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  1. Roman Empire sponsored road found in Jerusalem

    It is not only in our Era that Governments commission the building of roads in their countries. Large roads are important not only for creating safe passages for people but vital for expanding the commercial abilities of a country and promoting growth. Apparently this is something that the Roman Empire was well versed in.

    johnblack - 30/06/2013 - 07:46

  2. Queen Isabella I of Castile: What Drastic Measures Did She Take to Keep Her Power?

    ... had successfully convinced Isabella and Ferdinand to sponsor his voyage of discovery. This would later lead to Spanish dominance in ...

    dhwty - 30/04/2017 - 01:54

  3. The Birkebeiners and a Heroic Mountain Rescue that Helped Unify Medieval Norway

    The rebels were so poor that their shoes were made of birch. The wealthier, better-established party derided the upstarts in state-sponsored propaganda, labeling them ‘birkebeiners’ after their birch bark shoes and gaiters. Yet what this rabble lacked in protective winter wear, they made up for in heart.  Against all the odds, the Birkebeiner party would not only seize power but also snatch their king from the very jaws of death and lead the Kingdom of Norway to its golden age.

    Kerry Sullivan - 19/09/2017 - 19:07

  4. Zheng He: Famous Chinese Explorer Who Added Wealth and Power to the Ming Dynasty

    Zheng He (also known as Cheng Ho) is one of the most famous admirals in Chinese history, and is best known for his treasure voyages. These voyages served to project the power and the wealth of the Ming Dynasty to the known world and were sponsored by the Ming emperor, Yongle, himself. Yet, due to the way that the Yongle Emperor came to power, it has been speculated that the treasure voyages were commissioned with a more sinister goal in mind.

    dhwty - 28/12/2015 - 03:36

  5. Catering to Trade: Hospitality in the Ancient Iranian Site of Godin Tepe

    Once a lively outpost on the early Mesopotamian trade route, Godin Tepe now sits in ruins in Iran. Controversial archaeological excavations in the 1960s and 70s highlighted some of the rich cultural elements of this ancient site. Evidence of beer and wine-making, along with a well-fortified settlement, suggest that weary traders would have found Godin Tepe a pleasant place to rest their heads while on long journeys with their wares.

    dhwty - 24/12/2016 - 00:47

  6. Scientists to map out vast ancient Chinese city of Loulan

    A team of Chinese scientists have plans to undertake a five year, government sponsored project to fully map out the kingdom of Loulan, and to solve the mystery of its sudden abandonment, according to a news report in English China News Service. Loulan was an ancient city based around an important oasis city along the Silk Road on the north-eastern edge of the Lop Desert, and is well-known as the location of the Tarim mummies.

    aprilholloway - 18/06/2014 - 23:30

  7. Temples of Palenque Reveal Story of Lady Cormorant and Her Three Sons, The Triad Gods

    In the mountain rain forest of Chiapas, México, sits the ruins of Palenque, considered the most beautiful ancient Maya city. Silhouetted against a backdrop of natural hills and valleys, the elegant pyramids and palace offer fine Maya bas-relief carvings of high-grade limestone and stucco. Palenque's artists created a unique style of flowing, cursive hieroglyphs and realistic, graceful portraits. Orange-red pigment was applied to buildings, while figures and symbols were painted in bright contrasting colors. 

    lennie - 16/10/2017 - 18:48

  8. What Really Lies Hidden in the Vatican Secret Archives?

    Mystery and intrigue are inherent to the Holy See. People will always wonder what religious authorities are conspiring to behind closed doors, what treasures lie within the vaults of the Vatican. Despite claims that the Pope has evidence of extraterrestrials and demons tucked away in his catacombs, the truth of the secret archives is much more realistic. Because of this, it is also much more interesting.

    Kerry Sullivan - 31/01/2017 - 13:50

  9. The Columbus Myth – Part 2

    (Read Part 1)

    The First Voyage of Christopher Columbus

    afaram - 04/08/2014 - 23:13

  10. 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

  11. Manuel Rosa and Bob Lamming

    ... be purchased on Amazon – or directly from its New Jersey sponsor,  Nowy Dziennik,  Polish Daily News. See more at:  ... be purchased on Amazon – or directly from its New Jersey sponsor,  Nowy Dziennik,  Polish Daily News. “Another ...

    ancient-origins - 02/01/2013 - 08:04

  12. Rene of Anjou - the Littlefinger of the pre-Renaissance Game of Thrones

    ... the Dauphin’s mother-in-law, appointed herself Jeanne’s sponsor, insisting the court and Dauphin listen to the young girl.  There has ...

    Katrina Sisowath - 10/05/2015 - 19:24

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  14. Ancient Volcanic Eruption Protected a Treasure Trove of Ritual Relics On Santorini

    Recent excavations at the famous prehistoric village of Akrotiri on Santorini Island have unearthed “amazing treasures” including a 3,600-year-old marble figurine of a woman. The finds add to the understanding of a mysterious prehistoric island culture which collapsed under an ancient volcanic eruption.

    ashley cowie - 16/10/2018 - 22:59

  15. Are you ready for a One-Way trip to Mars? Apply now!

    Who would believe that we would reach the point where volunteer astronauts would be required for a one-way trip to colonize Mars?

    johnblack - 17/04/2013 - 13:18

  16. Lost Kingdom of Saguenay: Did 16th Century Canadian Indians hoax Frenchmen with Tales of Gold and Riches?

    According to legends, the Kingdom of Saguenay is a lost city supposedly ruled by blonde men rich with gold and jewels. No one knows if native Canadians in 1534 and 1535 hoaxed greedy Frenchmen and later a French king with their tales of gold, ruby and silver mines to the northwest of present-day Montreal. Whether prevarications or lost legends of visiting Vikings, the stories of fantastic riches were part of the reason France claimed Canada for itself.

    Mark Miller - 04/10/2015 - 15:03

  17. Remains of Saxon Church Discovered on Viking Raided Lindisfarne Island

    A team of archaeologists have recently excavated the remains of a church on Lindisfarne (Holy Island) in Northumberland. Experts describe the newly discovered church as one of the most significant archaeological finds in the history of the Holy Island.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 29/06/2017 - 14:06

  18. Increase A303 Stonehenge Tunnel to 6.12km (3.8mi)

    Increase A303 Stonehenge Tunnel to 6.12km (3.8mi) Garry Denke d/b/a A Texas Tycoon (net worth £1T) has offered to Solely Fund construction of A303 Stonehenge Tunnel provided its length is increased to 6.12km (3.8mi) at no cost to UK Taxpayers. Good Faith deposit is already in National Trust / English Heritage hands. Accept offer. Citizens save £2B. Majority of stakeholders in Agreement to said increase.

    YHWH Allah - 20/10/2017 - 15:51

  19. The Early Chinese Empires: Qin and Han (History of Imperial China)

    In 221 bc the First Emperor of Qin unified the lands that would become the heart of a Chinese empire. Though forged by conquest, this vast domain depended for its political survival on a fundamental reshaping of Chinese culture. With this informative book, we are present at the creation of an ancient imperial order whose major features would endure for two millennia.

    ancient-origins - 30/06/2017 - 21:03

  20. Could Clues From the Ocean Floor Finally Lead to Zheng He’s Lost Treasure Ship?

    A recent investigation off the coast of Sri Lanka is offering hope that the lost treasure ship of Zheng He, one of the most famous admirals in Chinese history, may finally be found.  This ship sank almost six centuries ago but newly found traces of evidence may finally lead the researchers to the sunken treasure ship.

    Theodoros Karasavvas - 06/11/2017 - 22:51