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  1. The Controversial Role of La Malinche in the Fall of the Aztec Empire: Traitor or Hero?

    La Malinche (meaning the captain’s woman), known also as Malinalli, Malintzin or Doña Marina, is an important figure in the history of Mexico, and she played a pivotal role in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire.

    dhwty - 02/02/2016 - 03:50

  2. The Megalithic Temple of Malinalco: Could these Magnificent and Complex Rock-Cut Structures Actually Pre-Date the Aztecs?

    The little town of Malinalco lies at the margins of the Valley of Tepoztlan, some 115 kilometers (71 miles) to the southwest of Mexico City. Since Prehispanic times, its name has been associated with magic and sorcery: Malinalxochitl, goddess of snakes was worshipped on the Cerro de los Idolos, a hill overlooking the entire valley and the town below. In 1470, a temple was built on the hill as a sanctuary and a center of initiation for the military elite of the Aztec empire, the Eagle and Jaguar warriors.

    Marco M. Vigato - 18/08/2017 - 18:48

  3. Laas Geel Complex and The Magnificent Ancient Rock Art of Somalia

    Thousands of years ago, humans from the Neolithic age, decorated the walls of rock shelters with paintings of animals and humans at a site called Laas Geel in Somaliland.  Their work would last 5,000 years and would one day attract the attention of the 21st century.  The caves provide a glimpse into the little known history of this part of the world.

    Bryan Hill - 13/07/2018 - 10:46

  4. Somalia: The Ancient Lost Kingdom of Punt is Finally Found?

    Tourists from all over the world are welcomed in Upper Egypt to admire temples and learn about the fascinating history of ancient pharaohs. However, the pharaohs’ true origins are not told and our literature is lacking adequate information.

    Tarek El-Diwany - 28/10/2016 - 04:00

  5. Did West Africans live in Four Corners Region of the United States from 12th Century?

    ... the Malians who explored the Americas with King Abubakari of Mali, also settled in the Four Corners area of the American Southwest, where ... of West Africans arrived in the Americas from ancient Mali.  Ibn Fadlullah al- Umari, in his encyclopedia "Masalik al Absar", ...

    Clyde Winters - 03/07/2016 - 00:57

  6. ‘Abundant’ Occurrence of Skeletal Abnormalities Found in Early Humans

    An American researcher examining ancient human remains has made a potentially ground-breaking discovery. The expert found a huge number of abnormalities and defects that seem to indicate extensive inbreeding in early hominids. The find is one that is very important as it is allowing researchers to understand the lives of our ancestors and their social organization.

    Ed Whelan - 07/11/2018 - 13:52

  7. Sundiata Keita: The Lion King of Mali

    Sundiata Keita was the founder of the Mali Empire. Prior to this, Sundiata was the king / chief of a small, obscure ... in the writings of several Muslim travelers who visited Mali. The Buffalo Woman According to the Epic of Sundiata , the ...

    dhwty - 18/04/2016 - 14:29

  8. Did Early Transatlantic Explorers Drop This Mysterious Tablet in the Brazilian Jungle?

    ... and features. The Legend of How Mansa Abu Bakr II of Mali Gave up the Throne to Explore the Atlantic Ocean Did West Africans ... African Civilization before the Bature , noted that “the Mali marines wore white caps on their heads and a white tunic.” E. Murphy, in ...

    Clyde Winters - 13/07/2017 - 19:00

  9. The Legend of How Mansa Abu Bakr II of Mali Gave up the Throne to Explore the Atlantic Ocean

    ... or sultan ) Abu Bakr II was a 14th century ruler of the Mali Empire in West Africa. This period of time, i.e. the 14th century, was a time when the Mali Empire had reached its pinnacle. The wealth of the Mali Empire can be ...

    dhwty - 21/02/2016 - 21:49

  10. Does a Mysterious Manuscript Describe a Forgotten Malian Mausoleum in Brazil?

    ... 512. Askia’s Tomb – a mud building in Mali. ( CC BY SA 3.0 ) Top Image: A mausoleum in the northern region of Mali. (UN Mission in Mali/ CC BY NC SA 2.0 ) Background: Detail of ...

    Clyde Winters - 26/07/2017 - 14:00

  11. Mansa Musa: The Richest Man in History

    ... a Malian ruler named Musa Keita I, tenth Mansa of Empire of Mali (Mansa is a title like ‘sultan’ or ‘emperor’). Born in the 1280s AD, Mansa Musa expanded the Mali Empire by conquering 24 cities and their surrounding areas. By the time he ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 20/10/2016 - 00:49

  12. Charles Fort: Pioneer in the Search for Scientific Anomalies or Anti-dogmatist who Collected Bizarre Stories?

    Charles Hoy Fort was an American “self-educated newspaperman, modestly-successful short story writer, unsuccessful novelist and inventor, and eccentric natural philosopher,” regarded by some, especially his devotees, who call themselves ‘Forteans’, as a pioneer of anomalistic.

    dhwty - 25/03/2016 - 13:50

  13. 6 Discoveries that Show the Pre-Columbian Americas Traded Across the Oceans

    ... in Flora Vista, New Mexico. The Vai script of the ancient Mali empire can be found on the Elephant Slabs. Records from the ancient Mali empire also happen to detail multiple expeditions across the western ocean ...

    ancient-origins - 19/01/2018 - 18:57

  14. The Busy Romans Needed a Mid-Winter Break Too … and it Lasted for 24 days

    In the Doctor Who Christmas Special from 2010, Michael Gambon’s Scrooge-like character remarks that across different cultures and worlds people come together to mark the midpoint of winter. It is, he imagines, as if they are saying: “Well done, everyone! We’re halfway out of the dark!”

    ancient-origins - 22/12/2016 - 03:55

  15. Dwaraka, The Golden City of Krishna

    Has the sunken ancient Golden City of Krishna been rediscovered?

    Located on the west coast of India in the state of Gujarat, the city of Dwaraka is considered one of the seven holy cities of India. Archaeological discoveries of ruins and artifacts off the city’s coast have now conclusively proven what many have long believed: modern Dwaraka is built on the same site as the famed city of the same name from the Puranas and the Mahabharata—the “Golden City” of Lord Krishna.

    ancient-origins - 19/06/2018 - 03:36

  16. Anomalist

    The Anomalist is a daily review of World News on Maverick science, unexplained mysteries, unorthodox heories, strange talents and unexpected discoveries. The articles are carefully selected, well writen and provide information and news on the respective topics.

    The Anomalist is also a journal that explores the mysteries of science, nature, and history and was first published in June 1994. You can buy the journal on Amazon.

    ancient-origins - 03/04/2013 - 22:25

  17. Researchers Diagnose Earliest Known Cancer on 1.7-Million-Year-Old Hominin Fossil

    Scientists have identified a particularly lethal form of cancer on the fossilized toe bone of an early human relative who lived about 1.7 million years ago in South Africa.

    Mark Miller - 29/07/2016 - 14:49

  18. The Elephant Slabs of Flora Vista: Enigmatic Artifacts with Ancient African Origins

    ... to the Americas around 1310. The Mandinkas founded the Mali Empire. The Vai script is written in over 200 syllabic signs. It dates ... in the Malinke-Bambara language which was spoken in the Mali Empire of Mansa Abubakari. Figure 1: Elephant Slab ...

    Clyde Winters - 24/07/2016 - 15:05

  19. 300-Year-Old Shoe Behind Wall of English College Was Meant As Protection From Malicious Spirits

    Workers discovered a shoe this month behind a wall at a Cambridge University college in England that was probably meant to protect inhabitants of the building from mischievous or malicious spirits. The shoe is about 300 years old, and the workers found it in St. John’s College behind a wall in the Senior Common Room, a historic spot.

    Mark Miller - 21/08/2016 - 00:44

  20. The Mysterious Connection Between Geophysics, Architecture and Biomedicine

    From the ancient past to the modern times, man has been experimenting with various architectural approaches, according to the era, the specific functions and his own level of consciousness.

    Nowadays, in spite of all the technological evolution and tools in our hands, there are still so many unanswered questions regarding the use and purpose of ancient temples and megalithic monuments.

    LydiaGian - 01/07/2016 - 04:29