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Along the river of the Mississippi Valley where its banks form the boundary between Illinois and Missouri, there exists thousands of ancient pictographs carved or painted on rocks, on walls in cave shelters, and beneath overhanging cliffs. For hundreds of years these images have been described in the journals of explorers, heard about through whispers of townspeople, scrawled in old town records and in innumerable reports of ethnologists and archaeologists.
gregsorrell - 16/03/2014 - 12:43
... torturous activity. The Yoruba tribes of Nigeria, Benin, and Togo in Africa practice scarification: the cutting or burning of skin to create ...
Riley Winters - 12/02/2017 - 13:57
The Katskhi Pillar is the name given to a natural limestone column located in Georgia. On the top of this monolith is a monastery, which was built during the 1990s. Today, a solitary monk by the name of Maxime Qavtaradze lives in this monastery atop the Katskhi Pillar. Nevertheless, it has been established that the pillar had been used by Christian ascetics as early as the 6th – 8th century A.D.
dhwty - 21/05/2017 - 22:47
Hidden beneath the city of Istanbul (Constantinople), Turkey, are hundreds of ancient cisterns that stored and supplied water to its inhabitants in the ancient past. The largest of these is the Basilica Cistern. So spectacular is the cistern that one could easily mistake it for a sacred subterranean temple.
dhwty - 25/05/2014 - 12:30
Clonmacnoise is a medieval monastic site located in County Offaly in the Irish province of Leinster. This monastic site is recorded to have been founded during the middle of the 6th century AD, though the area itself is reckoned to have already been inhabited at a much earlier point of time. Clonmacnoise flourished until the 13th century, after which is went into decline, due to several factors.
dhwty - 30/07/2018 - 13:59
When archaeologists came across a tin containing an unknown 2000-year-old ointment they were both pleased and bemused. It was not discovered in a home as one might think, but rather near an ancient Roman temple in London.
The location of its discovery initially led researchers to believe it was an ointment used for healing or rituals. However, a detailed analysis was able to reveal its ingredients - animal fat, starch, and tin for pigment – revealing that it was none other than a tinted Roman face cream.
ancient-origins - 20/05/2018 - 13:57
From nativity plays to crèche sets to Christmas cards, animals are ubiquitous in our vision of the birth of Christ – but according to the Bible, not a single animal was there. Where did all these animals come from, and why are they now so central to the story?
ancient-origins - 20/12/2017 - 02:00
The modern Swiss Army Knife didn’t make its debut until the nineteenth century, revolutionizing convenient tools on the go. But, as with so many other things, the ancient Romans did it first! Meet the so-called “multi-tool,” a handy, fold-up device that contained a mini knife, spatula, fork, toothpick, and spike. Crafted in the third century AD, the tool could be toted around by a Roman soldier in his pocket while trekking through dangerous territory.
Carly Silver - 15/06/2018 - 22:51
Located in the central Gifu Prefecture, not very far from Tokyo or Kyoto, a beautiful example of traditional Japanese architecture survives in the villages of Shirakawa-go and Gokayama. Some of the existing houses were built over 300 years ago and have been beautifully preserved by each successive generation of residents. The 'gassho-style' houses, as they are known, are rare examples of their kind, even in Japan.
marinasohma - 03/04/2017 - 01:51
From preserving the food and trade of a prosperous Pre-Hispanic civilizations, to funding a liberator’s fight for independence, all the way to astonishing modern tourists and worshippers with its marvelous ornamentation, the Zipaquirá salt mine in Colombia has had a rich history.
Alicia McDermott - 13/08/2016 - 21:51
The coiled snake headdress is a significant artifact connected with Mayan women, both ancient and modern. Images of ancient Mayan women wearing this distinctive headdress have been found carved on stone monuments, painted on ceramics and murals, and drawn in screen-fold bark paper books called codices. Similar headdresses are worn today by Mayan women who practice healing and midwifery in the tradition of the goddess Ix Chel. Every village has its curendera, a medicine woman who uses plant-based remedies for a wide varie
lennie - 02/08/2017 - 13:59