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  1. Sexual Exploits and Exploitation along the Silk Road

    The Silk Road created a convergence of cultures like no other. The route is deemed influential by historians because of the contributions it made to trade and the economy, as well as society in general. One aspect of the Silk Road that is less talked about is its relationship with sex and intimacy.

    Molly Dowdeswell - 28/09/2022 - 01:39

  2. The Ancient Art of Smudging: From Banishing Evil to Curing Ailments

    The burning of plant materials to produce smoke with positive effects has been practiced since ancient times. One of the best-known examples is the use of incense in the ancient Near East. Another popular example is smudging, which has been practiced for centuries by Native Americans and, more recently, in the New Age movement.

    dhwty - 11/11/2018 - 14:35

  3. The Bullroarer: An Instrument That Whirls Through Cultures and Time

    Music is believed to have been made by human beings since prehistoric times. Paleolithic tombs suggest that one of the earliest and longest-surviving artifacts that can be called a ‘musical instrument’ is the bullroarer. Although the bullroarer is an ancient instrument, it has also been used in various cultures throughout history. Today, the bullroarer is associated mainly with the Aboriginal peoples of Australia. Nevertheless, evidence of its use can be seen also in other cultures, such as the ancient Greeks and the Maoris.

    dhwty - 14/12/2015 - 14:46

  4. Scandalous Fashion: The Naked Appeal of Dhaka Muslin

    Dhaka Muslin is a precious fabric that gained popularity around 200 years ago, but its roots go back much further. In the late 18th century, Dhaka muslin became a new fashion and gained both admiration and notoriety throughout Europe. With its transparent appearance and its use in dresses and blouses, giving a near-naked appearance, the fabric became scandalous.  

    Bipin Dimri - 20/06/2021 - 22:59

  5. More Than Metal: Amazing Historical Suits of Armor

    Armor was commonly used by warriors for protection during combat. In the history of warfare, various types of armor have been used. Some of these, such as the lorica segmentata of the Roman legionaries and the plate armor of the medieval knight, are well-known examples of these protective suits. Others are perhaps less famous and will form the subject of this article. The suits of armor will be divided into three types – those made of metal, those constructed using animal parts, and those made with plant material.

    dhwty - 03/04/2017 - 18:57

  6. The Mystery of the Roman Tunnels of Baiae

    There are certain places on Earth in which nature is imbued with the supernatural. Over the ages, human beings attach mythological stories to these places of mystery; one such place is located at the ancient Roman resort of Baiae.

    dhwty - 18/10/2014 - 01:32

  7. Were the Chislehurst Caves Originally Created By Druids?

    The Chislehurst Caves are a series of subterranean tunnels , man-made rooms, and caverns located in the southeastern part of Greater Lon

    dhwty - 19/03/2019 - 13:11

  8. Enhance Your Memory with this Ancient Greek Memorization Technique

    In Greek mythology, Mnemosyne was the personification of memory. In ancient Greece, prior to being written down, stories were recounted orally. Due to that, memory played an important part in the life of an ancient Greek storyteller. Thus, it is not too surprising that the concept of memory was given the form of the goddess Mnemosyne. In addition, the Greeks also invented ways to improve their memories.

    dhwty - 30/09/2021 - 02:04

  9. Unraveling the secrets of White Shaman Cave

    On the border between southwestern Texas in the USA and northwestern Coahuila in Mexico, is the archaeological region known as Lower Pecos River. It contains more than 2,000 archaeological sites dating back up to 10,000 years. Of these, more than 300 sites are rich with ancient pictographs. Among them, the most famous is the White Shaman Cave.

    Natalia Klimczak - 19/05/2016 - 14:41

  10. 14 Old Swear Words That Should Totally Make a Comeback

    Cussing has been around since the time we could stub our toes. Though we’re all familiar with the swear words of the modern age, what about swear words from before our time? Believe it or not, there are actually quite a lot of them, and each one is more hilarious than the last. Below are 14 of our favorite ancient swear words from history that should definitely make a comeback. 

    Lex Leigh - 17/11/2022 - 17:59

  11. Nine Absolutely Disgusting Ancient Foods Our Ancestors Enjoyed

    Cuisine is an essential aspect of one’s culture. The meals enjoyed by various communities in ancient times have evolved throughout history to become the foods we know and love today. However, these foods weren’t always as delicious as many of our primary foods now. In fact, many of the foods our ancestors ate would be considered absolutely disgusting today, even if they were enjoyed at the time. Below, we’ll share some of the grossest meals enjoyed by those who came before us. 

    Lex Leigh - 30/12/2022 - 17:38

  12. Can You Imagine a Taxation System Where the Wealthy Competed to Pay the Highest Taxes? It Really Happened!

    Can you imagine a progressive tax system that motivates the wealthiest members of society to voluntarily pay large amounts of tax instead of implementing tax avoidance schemes, as is currently the norm in most parts of the world? Welcome to the marvelous mechanisms of the ancient Greek economy.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 02/08/2017 - 19:00

  13. Corpse Medicine: Brains, Mellified Man’s Honey-flesh, or Blood Drinks!

    In the 16th and 17th centuries while, with astonishing hypocrisy, Europeans were reacting with disgust and outrage to reports of cannibalism brought back by travelers from the New World. And yet in this very period people were still treating themselves with corpse medicine, cures and remedies consisting of human blood, bones, organs, and human fat! Perhaps the most extreme of these treatments was that of ‘mellified man’ - think a 100% honey diet, death, and his fat for consumption as medicine.

    Sahir - 13/05/2022 - 19:03

  14. Kombucha: Revered For Millennia, But Is It Really A Life Saving Brew?

    ... Available at: https://www.drinkpreneur.com/beverage-howto/the-history-of-kombucha/ Jayabalan, R., Malbaˇsa, R., ...

    Sarah P Young - 23/05/2019 - 22:59

  15. Securing Ancient Secrets: The Fascinating History of Letterlocking

    Communication through written word existed long before the days of text messages and DMs, and even then some kind of security was needed to protect people’s secrets. When we think of a handwritten letter nowadays, we think of a neatly folded piece of paper inserted into a pristine white envelope and sealed with a lick or two. However, this was not always the case for letters.

    Lex Leigh - 26/05/2022 - 18:56

  16. The Real Reason That Men in Classical Portrayals Were Given Small Manhoods

    Today, bigger is widely regarded as better. But was this always the case? This article sheds some light on how the Western culture changed in its phallic preferences. Over the past few decades, pornography has played a role in the infatuation of inflated sizes. But in ancient times, men were intentionally portrayed with small genitals. Why was this the case? The story starts all the way back in ancient Greece…

    Kerry Sullivan - 19/11/2020 - 22:24

  17. History’s Love of Lavender: From Mummies to Bathhouses and Beyond!

    Lavender is one of the most well-known plants throughout the world. It is popular in gardening, baking, cleaning, and medicine. The soft purple flowers have been around for a few thousand years and have been used significantly throughout history for different purposes. This famous plant boasts antimicrobial properties and has been used for calming anxiety, relieving pain, and healing wounds, in addition to many other purposes.

    Lex Leigh - 01/05/2022 - 14:59

  18. Has the Enigmatic Voynich Manuscript Code Finally Been Cracked?

    The Voynich Manuscript is a mysterious illustrated hand-written vellum codex in a currently unidentified written and visual code. However, according to a non-peer reviewed paper published in John's Hopkins University digital journal, a Canadian researcher has finally cracked the six century old Voynich Manuscript code. But has he really?

    ashley cowie - 12/03/2019 - 19:16