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  1. Pope Joan: The Female Pope whose Real Gender was Revealed after she Gave Birth in a Procession

    The origins of the Papacy can be traced to St. Peter, one of the original disciples of Jesus. The current pope, Francis I, is the 265th successor of St. Peter. Needless to say, all 266 popes are male. Yet, during the middle ages, there existed a story about a pope who was actually a female in disguise. The name of this supposed female pope was Joan. Who was this mysterious Pope Joan, and did she really exist?

    dhwty - 28/05/2015 - 14:32

  2. First colonists led by Christopher Columbus hit by severe scurvy

    Forensic archaeologists have published a new study in the International Journal of Osteoarchaeology, which suggests that Christopher Columbus's crew was struck with scurvy, a fatal disease caused by lack of vitamin c.  Furthermore, they suggest that scurvy may have led to the collapse of La Isabela, the first European town established in the New World.

    aprilholloway - 20/04/2014 - 05:03

  3. Two ancient skeletons found holding hands in medieval chapel

    Archaeologists have discovered two skeletons holding hands at an ancient site of pilgrimage, in the newly-discovered Chapel of St Morrell in Leicestershire England.  According to a news release in the Leicester Mercury, the remains are that of a man and a woman of a similar age, although researchers are not sure of their identity.

    aprilholloway - 11/09/2014 - 02:28

  4. A Feast for the Eyes and Ears: The World’s Most Beautiful and Majestic Library

    The Clementinum is a complex of historical buildings founded by Jesuits in Prague, Czech Republic, and is famous for its stunning Baroque-style library which houses more than 20,000 historically rare books and is adorned with beautiful fresco paintings.

    dhwty - 11/12/2016 - 00:40

  5. Giordano Bruno: What Led The Renowned Friar and Astrologer to a Burning Stake?

    A monumental statue of Giordano Bruno stands in the heart of Rome as a reminder of the remorse of the people who accused him and sentenced him to death. Although he may look like a monk dressed in a hooded coat, his clothes are those of a mysterious man, perhaps even a magician. Despite many works related to Christianity suggesting something different, there is conclusive evidence that shows Giordano Bruno was an influential male witch and a magician that terrified Christians.

    Natalia Klimczak - 03/02/2017 - 02:03

  6. Geghard Monastery: Ancient Guardian of the Lance that Stabbed Jesus?

    According to the Gospel of John, Jesus was stabbed in his side by a lance whilst hanging from the cross. As a result, this weapon is believed to possess supernatural powers and it became an important and much sought after Christian relic. Over the centuries, a number of churches have claimed to possess this sacred object. One such claimant is the Geghard Monastery, or Geghardavank (meaning ‘Monastery of the Spear’).

    dhwty - 29/09/2018 - 04:16

  7. Mythbusting Ancient Rome: Did Christians Ban The Ancient Olympics?

    Every two years, when the Winter or Summer Olympics comes around, we hear about how the games staged at Olympia in Greece since 776 BC came to a sudden end in the late fourth century AD.

    ancient-origins - 22/02/2018 - 01:45

  8. The Maya myth of creation

    The Maya civilization flourished in South America at approximately 2000BC. They developed a unique style of arts and architecture, astronomy, even a written language. Though their writing—and even the famous Mayan calendar—were not of their own invention (but from the Olmecs), they developed them further.

    aprilholloway - 30/01/2013 - 21:30

  9. War God

    A young girl called Tozi stands at the bottom of a pyramid, waiting to be led to the t

    ancient-origins - 06/10/2013 - 22:03

  10. The Buccaneers of America

    A cross between genuine privateers, commissioned to defend a country's colonies and trade, and outright pirates, buccaneers were largely English, French, and Dutch adventurers who plied the waters among the Caribbean Islands and along the coasts of Central America, Venezuela, and Colombia more than 300 years ago. The activities of these bands of plundering sea rovers reached a peak in the second half of the seventeenth century, when this remarkable eyewitness account was first published (1678).

    ancient-origins - 31/03/2018 - 01:49

  11. How Columbus, Of All People, Became a National Symbol

    Christopher Columbus was a narcissist. He believed he was personally chosen by God for a mission that no one else could achieve. After 1493, he signed his name “xpo ferens” – “the Christbearer.” His stated goal was to accumulate enough wealth to recapture Jerusalem. His arrogance led to his downfall, that of millions of Native Americans – and eventually fostered his resurrection as the most enduring icon of the Americas.

    ancient-origins - 08/10/2017 - 13:56

  12. Stunning 16th Century Church Emerges from Mexican Reservoir after Drought

    The remnants of a 400-year-old Spanish colonial church have emerged from the depths of the Nezahualcoyotl reservoir in Chiapas, Mexico, after a drought caused the water level to drop by 82 feet (25 meters).  The church, known as the Temple of Santiago or Temple of Quechula was originally lost to the waters of the reservoir in 1966 when the dam was finished on the Grijalva River. Tourists are now flocking to the site to catch a glimpse of the Temple before it disappears beneath the water once again.

    aprilholloway - 19/10/2015 - 21:57

  13. Cave Art in the Dark: Thousands of Indigenous Pre-Columbian Paintings Brought to Light

    A team of British and Puerto Rican archaeologists claim to have uncovered the long-lost art of a forgotten civilization on a tiny and remote uninhabited island in the Caribbean. Experts suggest that the specific indigenous civilization may have contributed more to modern culture than we originally thought.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 30/10/2017 - 21:55

  14. The Malleus Maleficarum: A Medieval Manual for Witch Hunters

    The Salem witch trials, which began in 1692 in Salem Village, Massachusetts bay colony, are one of the most well-known and notorious witch trials in history. Yet, this was not the only case of these acts, as witch trials had been conducted in Europe for almost three centuries by then. This was due to the fear engendered by the perception that there was an ‘organized threat’ by satanic witches against Christendom.

    ancient-origins - 29/11/2015 - 14:46

  15. Mummified 18th century bodies give scientists clues about spread of TB

    Scientists recently examined tissue samples from tuberculosis-infected bodies that were naturally mummified in a church crypt in Vac, Hungary. Researchers found that the tuberculosis that killed them in the 1700s derived from an ancestral strain of the bacteria dating from Roman times still circulating in Europe in the 18th century.

    The bodies, excavated in 1994, were naturally mummified by extremely dry air and pine chips in coffins. The pine chips have natural anti-microbial agents and absorbed moisture.

    Mark Miller - 10/04/2015 - 14:33

  16. Popol Vuh: The Sacred Narrative of Maya Creation

    One of the most famous of all creation stories is that found within the Book of Genesis, where the Judaeo-Christian god is said to have created the world in six days. Prior to the coming of Christianity to Mesoamerica, its peoples also had their own creation myths, the most significant that we know of today being the Popol Vuh.

    dhwty - 11/04/2015 - 21:56

  17. Trying to Align Forbidden Love, God, and Science: The Secret Relationship of Nicolaus Copernicus and Anna Schilling

    Nicolaus Copernicus is one of the most famous astronomers in history. As a man of the Renaissance, his life and work were never focused on just one discipline. However, a secret relationship also led him to be known as one of the more scandalous priests of Central Europe during his lifetime.

    Natalia Klimczak - 28/01/2016 - 03:51

  18. The Medieval Origins of The Carol: How Christmas Songs Have Survived Through the Centuries

    Singing and Christmas seem to go naturally together, like plum pudding and custard. Even those who would not normally attend a choir concert or church service throughout the year might happily participate in a civic Carols by Candlelight or a Midnight Mass. In these settings, the carols come thick and fast, and everyone joins in, almost involuntarily. But what is the origin of the choral music which adorns these settings?

    ancient-origins - 21/12/2016 - 03:48

  19. Amber encases a flea infected 20 million years ago with bubonic plague-type bacteria

    Closely related ancestors of the bacteria that cause the bubonic plague may be millions of years older than the 14th century, when the disease devastated Asia and killed more than half of Europe’s population. And diseases like it, borne by insects, may have played a role in the mass extinctions of dinosaurs, a researcher says.

    Mark Miller - 30/09/2015 - 14:42

  20. Has the Hidden Location of the Tomb of Cleopatra Finally Been Found?

    Taposiris Magna was just another archaeological site in Northern Egypt, until a rumor arose that the famous queen Cleopatra and her lover Mark Antony may have been buried there.

    Natalia Klimczak - 06/02/2016 - 14:44