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  1. Making Money Divine: Roman Imperial Coins had a Unique Value in Scandinavian Cultures

    ... on coins (and Roman bracteates and medallions) of a man in semi-divine forms. Though unseen by the North, the images spoke volumes, ... the Empire itself was recognized as a fierce power, led by a man to whom Scandinavians would easily have attributed the status of demi-god. ...

    Riley Winters - 22/08/2017 - 01:56

  2. Bronze Horse Head of Waldgirmes Emphasizes that Germanic Tribes and Romans Sometimes Played Nice

    Last week a rare Roman bronze horse’s head made international headlines because it gained a German farmer a pretty penny. Now the sculpture fragment is back in the limelight because archaeologists say it provides evidence that relations between Germanic tribes and Romans were not always as tense as some historians suggest. Actually, it seems life was mostly comfortable almost 2,000 years ago when the two cultures lived alongside one another at Waldgirmes.

    Alicia McDermott - 30/08/2018 - 14:04

  3. Why Did Early Human Societies Practice Violent Human Sacrifice?

    ... least some members of a society? The Fearsome Wicker Man: An Eerie Way Druids Committed Human Sacrifice The practice of ... Iron Age Britain Discovery of Ancient Tomb Suggests Man was Sacrificed to join a Noblewoman in Death Social control? ...

    ancient-origins - 06/04/2016 - 21:37

  4. The Fearsome Wicker Man: An Eerie Way Druids Committed Human Sacrifice

    The wicker man is purported to be one of the means by which the ancient druids made ... a form of druid human sacrifice which utilized the ‘wicker man’ can be found in two classical sources. 18th Century engraving of a Celtic wicker man, full of people, being lit on fire. ( Public Domain ) ...

    dhwty - 02/02/2016 - 14:46

  5. When a 2,000-Year-Old Iberian Settlement was Unearthed, The Remnants Confirmed a Tragic Story of Bravery, Death, and Suicide

    A legendary battle which remains one of the most iconic accounts of the brave struggles of native Iberian people took place in a small village in 134 BC. Faced with a powerful Roman legion, even their well-built hillfort could not save them from meeting their deaths at the end of a Roman sword.

    Natalia Klimczak - 17/02/2017 - 23:03

  6. Five Things We Learned About Our Human Origins in 2018

    The question of what makes us human is one that is fascinating to most of us, and for many the answer lies in looking back to our roots as a species. 2018 was a fantastic year for learning new and exciting things about our origins, with ground-breaking discoveries and pioneering technology changing a number of perspectives and bringing new possibilities to light. From hybrid humans to signs of human behavior 300,000 years ago, these are some of the most significant stories from 2018.

    Sarah P Young - 21/01/2019 - 13:48

  7. Man Mound, Wisconsin: The Last Anthropomorphic Mound in North America

    Man Mound (known also as the ‘Greenfield Man Mound’) is the name of a prehistoric earthwork located in the state of ... this earthwork has a humanoid shape.  Man Mound (known also as the ‘Greenfield Man Mound’) is the name of a ...

    dhwty - 23/05/2017 - 14:01

  8. The Roman Republic – Was It Truly A Republic?

    ... to the Roman Pantheon? Roman Mythology of the Ages of Man, Metamorphoses and the Founding of Rome The Battle of Carrhae: A ...

    dhwty - 19/01/2019 - 22:58

  9. The Emperor is Dead, Let Confucianism and Chaos Reign! The Rise and Fall of Wang Mang and the Xin Dynasty

    ... Wang Mang and the Xin Dynasty; a legacy that lasted only one man’s lifetime. Some saw Wang Mang as an evil usurper – others ... Wang Mang and the Xin Dynasty; a legacy that lasted only one man’s lifetime. Initially, Wang Mang was a Han official, though he rose to ...

    dhwty - 16/05/2018 - 13:58

  10. The translation of the Gallic faith into the Roman pantheon

    The continental neighbors of the Romans, the Gallic tribes were considered barbaric entities which the Republic and Empire attempted to colonize multiple times.  Stretching through modern day France and Spain, the Romans came into contact with the Gauls consistently throughout their history, most prominently when Julius Caesar made it his mission to dominate the tribes on the coast of the English Channel.  In doing so, he paved the way for two marches on the British Isles, most notably his infamous "crossing the Rubicon," though bot

    Riley Winters - 11/12/2014 - 10:38

  11. Examining the Impressive Ancient Roman Walls of Lugo

    ... and oaths – Lugos. After the Romans conquered Galicia, a man known as Paulus Fabius Maximus created the city called Lucus Augusti in ... army of c. 60,000 Galicians was destroyed by the Romans. The man who led the army – Decimus Junius Brutus – returned to Rome as a hero. ...

    Natalia Klimczak - 19/04/2016 - 03:49

  12. A 700-Year-Old Murder Mystery: Who Bludgeoned the Bocksten Man to Death and Why?

    Around 700 years ago, a young man, who has come to be known as ‘Bocksten Man’, was struck three times on the head, then tossed into a peat bog and ... to the surface.  Around 700 years ago, a young man, who has come to be known as ‘Bocksten Man’, was struck three times on ...

    dhwty - 07/03/2017 - 13:59

  13. The Mandala: Mapping the Cosmos and the Soul

    Human cultures are replete with ways to depict or represent some aspect of the universe. Calendars, ordinary maps, star charts, and other diagrams are all examples of ways to make sense of or map part of reality. The calendar is a way to understand time just as the map is a way to understand geography. Even ancient temples were designed to be a model to make sense of the cosmos. One type of map or diagram is the mandala - which could be thought of as a map of reality itself.

    Caleb Strom - 07/11/2017 - 14:01

  14. Roman Weapons: Sharp Blades to Conquer the Ancient World

    The Romans were arguably one of the most successful conquerors of the ancient world. At the height of their power, the Roman Empire stretched from the British Isles in the north to Egypt in the south, and from the Iberian Peninsula in the west to the Mesopotamia in the east. A number of important factors contributed to their success as a military force, one of which being the weapons that they used.

    Ed Whelan - 12/01/2019 - 18:48

  15. The Misnomer of Gypsies: The Real History of the Romani People

    Colloquially, and rather insultingly, known as 'gypsies', the history and culture of the Romani people is surrounded by stereotypes and misnomers, none more damningly pervasive than Esméralda from the Hunchback of Notre Dame. Because of such images spread by mass media's misunderstandings of the Romani, it is often believed that the Romani people are to be feared or exiled and avoided.

    Riley Winters - 03/08/2018 - 22:42

  16. Age of the Wise Men: What Distinguishes Homo Sapiens from the Other Great Apes?

    ... Skull Discovery in Ethiopia: Is This the Oldest Known Modern Man? Why are humans unique? It’s the small things that count ... culminating in Homo Sapiens . Top image: Thinking Man? By Moncloa ( Deviantart ) By Caleb Strom References Hill, ...

    Caleb Strom - 16/11/2017 - 13:56

  17. The Roman Pantheon Had A God for All Seasons - And Then Some

    The Romans were a polytheistic people who worshiped a great number of gods. Nevertheless, the most important gods in the Roman pantheon are the twelve gods and goddesses of the Dii Consentes, who are roughly equivalent to the Twelve Olympians of the Greeks. The Dii Consentes are also a good example of an important feature of Roman religion known as syncretism, in which the gods of other cultures are assimilated into the Roman pantheon.

    dhwty - 23/01/2019 - 01:49

  18. 9,000-Year-Old Cheddar Man Has Living Descendant Still Living in The Same Area

    Cheddar Man is the name given to the remains of a man that was found in Gough’s Cave in Cheddar Gorge, Somerset, England. Cheddar Man was discovered around the turn of the 20th century, and has been dated to ...

    dhwty - 08/11/2016 - 14:44

  19. The Ancient Indian City of Mandu: A Fort and Pleasure Palace

    The city of Mandu is located in the present day  Dhar district situated in the Malwa region of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. Perched atop a 20 square km plateau, the ruined city is not only endowed with beautiful natural scenery, but also occupies a strategically important location in the landscape.  Mandu was a key fort at least 1,500 years ago and is also the home of the famous Jahaz Mahal.

    dhwty - 05/08/2015 - 03:44

  20. The Origin of ‘Us’: What We Know So Far About Where We Humans Come From

    ... a small book he published in 1863, called Evidence as to Man’s Place in Nature , Huxley concluded that the differences between modern ... Charles Darwin referred to in The Descent of Man in 1871. He speculated that because African apes were morphologically ...

    ancient-origins - 12/01/2018 - 19:12

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