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  1. Grauballe Man: Ritual Sacrifice or a 2,300-Year-Old Murder Mystery?

    ... and marshes, perhaps the most interesting is the Grauballe man. Discovered in a peat bog in Jutland, Denmark in 1952, experts believe that the man had had his throat slit sometime in the 3rd century BC. His body was then ...

    Kerry Sullivan - 04/11/2016 - 13:52

  2. New Insights into Rapid Advance in Human Innovative Thinking

    The first evidence of human life in the Olorgesailie Basin comes from about 1.2 million years ago. For hundreds of the thousands of years, people living there made and used large stone-cutting tools called handaxes (below left).

    ancient-origins - 17/03/2018 - 00:59

  3. Books Bound in Human Skin – The Practice Isn’t As Rare As You Might Think!

    ... human skin from this period include a copy of the Rights of Man and several copies of the French Constitution of 1793. Skeletons and ... Office. The skin that was used belonged to an 18-year-old man by the name John Horwood, who was sentenced to hang for the murder of Eliza ...

    dhwty - 12/01/2019 - 23:03

  4. An Unbreakable Story: The Lost Roman Invention of Flexible Glass

    ... unbreakable glass that was invented during the Roman period. Man-made glass (as opposed to a naturally occurring one such as obsidian) is ... of the story told by Pliny. In the satirist’s account, the man who invented the flexible glass was granted an audience with the Roman ...

    dhwty - 18/01/2018 - 01:50

  5. Beasts of the Pagan Wild Man Ritual Come in All Shapes and Sizes

    The wild man is a creature found in various pagan traditions across Europe. Generally speaking, a wild man is a man dressed up in a beast-like costume for certain pagan rituals, which were ...

    dhwty - 16/10/2017 - 14:00

  6. Iron Age Sacrificial Site with Human and Canine Remains Discovered in Denmark

    ... Mummies Reveal Secrets of their Identity Clonycavan Man: A 2,300-Year-Old Murder Mystery An Iron Age road. Photo: ... One of the more phenomenal discoveries was  Tollund Man , a 4 th  century man found in Denmark, whose face is as preserved as ...

    aprilholloway - 15/10/2015 - 21:47

  7. Germanicus and Agrippina: The Golden Couple, Parents of the “Mad” Emperor Caligula

    ... of Germanicus ( CC BY-SA 3.0 ) As a young man, Germanicus was known to be very intelligent, with a stainless personal ...

    MartiniF - 20/06/2016 - 20:56

  8. Aquae Sulis: The Epitome of Roman Syncretization with the Celts

    The Roman bath system was one of the most intricate and complex of the ancient world.  Composed of various rooms for mental and physical cleansing, the Roman baths were more than a source of hygiene; they were an important source of culture as well.  The Aquae Sulis became one of the largest and most renowned Roman baths in Britain, and is considered today the highlight of the Roman syncretization of the Celtic tribes as well as the highlight of the Roman bath system outside the city of Rome. 

    Riley Winters - 12/01/2015 - 11:06

  9. The Ill-fated Elling Woman: An Iron Age Sacrifice to Appease the Gods?

    ... collapsed over it), and another being the famous Tollund Man, which was discovered 12 years after Elling Woman was found, and separated ... in Ireland may be Iron Age sacrifice Tollund Man on display at Silkeborg Museum. ( CC BY-SA 3.0 ) Initially, ...

    dhwty - 19/03/2017 - 13:02

  10. Risky Wealth: Would You Dare to Open the Mysterious Sealed Door of Padmanabhaswamy Temple?

    ... is now lost. In addition, it is claimed that only a holy man with the knowledge of this chant would be capable of opening the vault’s ...

    dhwty - 11/09/2017 - 18:55

  11. Prince Akinidad of Kush and the One Eyed Kandake in the Meroite-Roman War

    ... than a qore (king). -- Top Image: Bust of Nubian man  ( CC BY-SA 3.0 ) and the Pyramids of Meroe, Sudan. ( CC ...

    Clyde Winters - 21/10/2016 - 14:56

  12. Göbekli Tepe Shamans and their Cosmic Symbols – Part I

    ... more recently. This sign very much resembles the “medicine man” symbol of Native Americans. A medicine man, or shaman, was believed to have magical powers of spiritual healing and ...

    Ozgur - 16/01/2016 - 00:51

  13. Representation of Sumerian Elites Detected in the Crespi Gold Tablets

    ... 2) Lidakuku. 3) Mash mi ta. The translation is “1) The man [with] the Sceptre of the Shaman. 2) Lidakuku. 3) The Shaman [Lidakuku] is ... Chief in the Tablets? The next Crespi Tablet has a man sitting on a throne, with a stylus in his hands and an inscribed document ...

    Clyde Winters - 19/04/2018 - 13:58

  14. Ancient Human Fossil Finger Discovery Points to Earlier Eurasian Migration

    ... Find Reveals New Species of Early Human - Origins of Modern Man Gets Crowded 7.2 million-Year-Old Pre-Human Fossil Suggests Mankind ...

    ancient-origins - 11/04/2018 - 01:27

  15. Unraveling the Nature of the Green Man, Part 2: How a Pre-Christian Icon came to be found in Christian Monuments

    ... important quandaries to discuss in relation to the Green Man, a representation of a face surrounded by foliage and greenery, is how he ... stemmed from before the coming of Christianity, the Green Man's appearance at Christian locations was an interesting puzzle for ...

    Riley Winters - 30/01/2015 - 12:47

  16. Commandaria: The Oldest Wine in Production, Praised By Homer, and Richard the Lionheart's "King of Wines"

    The first evidence of wine making is from the Caucasus Mountains bordering Eastern Europe and Western Asia around 6000 BC. From there it spread throughout the ancient Near East to gradually become the celebrated alcoholic drink associated not just with sophistication but sacred rituals that it is today.

    Caleb Strom - 14/03/2019 - 17:51

  17. The Enigmatic and Undeciphered Voynich Manuscript Unlikely to be a Hoax

    The Voynich manuscript is among the most perplexing texts ever discovered as it has never been decoded despite over 25 analyses conducted in an attempt to decipher its meaning. As a result, many have drawn into question whether the manuscript is authentic, or nothing more than a hoax.

    aprilholloway - 20/07/2017 - 01:59

  18. Eliminating the Competition: Selim I, A Grim Conqueror Who Vastly Extended the Ottoman Empire

    Selim I (known also by his epithet ‘Yavuz’, which, translated from Turkish, means ‘the Grim’) was the 9th sultan of the Ottoman Empire who lived during the second half of the 15th century and the first half of the following one. He is remembered today as a conqueror who significantly extended the domains of the Ottoman Empire.

    dhwty - 23/02/2017 - 01:48

  19. Hidden Romanian Treasures– A Cursed History

    People have spoken of hidden Romanian treasures for generations. Some of these stories are terrible, but each tale involves mystery, curses, and legends.

    isav - 01/05/2019 - 14:08

  20. Herero and Namaqua Genocide: The little-known first genocide of the Second Reich

    When you hear the word genocide, your mind may immediately go to the Holocaust by the Nazis during the Second World War. Very few know that the first genocide of the 20th century that almost led to the extinction of two nations of Southwest Africa – Herero and Namaqua – and this one was also done by the Germans. But let’s take things from the beginning.

    Giannis Baltzois - 14/09/2015 - 00:51