Posts Tagged ‘ancient’

Melancholia: How Ancient Societies Grappled to Understand and Treat Depression

Depression is a serious mental disorder and a state of being that troubles many people all over the world. It is not a condition to be taken lightly – it can weigh down on a person immensely and can even claim lives.  It is a state of extreme sadness, of apathy and lethargy, and an […]

Moroccan Cave Find Shows Ancient Humans Made Clothes 120,000 Years Ago

Researchers have announced the discovery of bone tools in a cave in Morocco that appear to have been used to carefully remove skins and fur from the bodies of dead animals. The skins recovered this way were apparently used to make clothing. Such a find would not normally be considered remarkable. But these particular tools […]

The Genesis Of Modern Religions In Ancient Egypt

It is an irony of history that the three great religions of Europe and the Middle East, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam, did not originate there but rather had their genesis, like the human species itself, under more southern skies. Indeed, the oldest of these, Judaism, which gave rise to Christianity, and the later Islam were […]

The Code of Ur-Nammu: When Ancient Sumerians Laid Down the Law, Everyone Obeyed

The Code of Ur-Nammu is the oldest surviving law code. This text was written on clay tablets in the Sumerian language and is reckoned to have been produced towards the end of the 3rd millennium BC. The Code of Ur-Nammu may be divided into two parts, the first is the prologue and the second is […]

Two Amazing Ancient Artifacts Found Inside Giant Mississippi Alligator

A 750-pound (340-kg) Mississippi alligator was killed in Eagle Lake Mississippi earlier this year. Inside it, butchers found “the shock of the year” – two ancient Native American artifacts, a 1,700-BC plummet stone, and a 6,000-BC atlatl dart point. According to a report in Clarion Ledger the “13 ft five-inch long [4.1-meter-long] alligator was killed […]

Egypt Opens Ancient Tomb of King Djoser After Restoration

A path leads to the entrance of the southern cemetery of King Djoser, after its restoration, near the famed Step Pyramid, in Saqqara, south of Cairo, Egypt, on Sept. 14, 2021. (Nariman El-Mofty/AP Photo) SAQQARA, Egypt—Egypt on Tuesday showcased an ancient tomb structure belonging to the cemetery complex of King Djoser, a pharaoh who lived […]

New Light On The Ancient Origins Of Poetry And Song

A Cambridge researcher has rewritten the history of the origins of song. A singular text has revealed modern poetry began hundreds of years earlier than was previously believed. A 2nd to 3rd century poem has come under the spotlight. A Cambridge academic had discovered that the set lines were widely reproduced in the eastern Roman […]

Sociae Mimae: Ancient Roman Actresses Doing It For Themselves

When Thespis, a Greek performer, stepped on the stage in 534 BC and became the first known man to speak words as a character in a play or a narrative, he broke the tradition where ancient Greek legends were only expressed in songs, dances and third-person storytelling. However, for hundreds of years after Thespis’ first appearance […]

The Legendary Hyperborea and the Ancient Greeks: Who Really Discovered America?

In his story of Atlantis, written at around 360 BC, Plato mentioned a grand island or continent across the Atlantic, one larger than Libya and Asia combined. This continent was so enormous, he said, “it encompassed (wrapped around) that veritable ocean”. Is it possible that Plato was talking about the American continent and not that […]

Who Was Shahmaran? Lover, Trickster, Ancient Persian Snake Lady

Shahmaran is the name given to a mythical creature found in the various cultures of the Middle East, in particular, those of the eastern Anatolian region of Turkey. According to the folklore of these cultures, Shahmaran was a creature with the top half of a woman, and the bottom half of a snake. According to […]

Imprisoned Murderer Solves Ancient Math Problem

A living genius recently solved an ancient mathematical problem, first tackled by Greek mathematician Euclid over two millennia ago. However, the brain behind the impressive solution is an imprisoned murderer. Incarcerated murderer, 40-year-old Christopher Havens, has resided in a US prison near Seattle for the last nine years. From the confines of his cell, and […]

A Versatile Plant: What Were the Many Uses of Cannabis in Ancient Egypt?

Cannabis is widely considered to be one of the most widespread options when it comes to medicinal herbs. However, in ancient times the plant’s popularity was far greater, and its use much more common in different aspects of regular life. As things have turned out, modern laws have now prohibited a lot of the cultural […]

Ancient vicuna shearing tradition lives on in Peruvian Andes

At daybreak on a freezing cold day high in the Andes, dozens of Peruvian peasants clamber up a mountainside to carry out a centuries-old tradition: shearing vicunas. For one week, every year, the peasants of Totoroma, a village 50 kilometres to the southwest of Lake Titicaca, join forces for the “chaccu”, the round-up and shearing […]

Therapeutic Hypothermia: Is Extreme Cold An Effective Ancient Remedy?

Of all the methods of healing and therapy, one would never think of hypothermia as an effective medical aid. But is there more to cold than we realize? Therapeutic hypothermia has surprisingly old roots in medicine, and extreme cold has been experimented with from times immemorial. It was always thought that the very low temperatures […]

Ancient DNA Sample From Indonesia Is From An Extinct Human Lineage

Genetic researchers have confirmed what archaeologists had previously suspected. A 7,200-year-old fossilized skeleton found in a cave on the Indonesian island of Sulawesi in 2015  cannot be linked  to any previously discovered type of modern human. Through the sequencing of a recovered DNA sample, the researchers proved the skeletal remains belonged to a young woman […]

Egypt’s Ancient Tahtib Martial Arts Form: Stick Fighting Warriors!

Tahtib is an ancient Egyptian stick fighting martial art that dates back to Egypt’s Old Kingdom (2649-2130 BC) during the second millennium BC. This martial art emphasizes the use of a long stick for battle against another combatant. Tahtib, or “the stick dance,” is still practiced by the people of Upper Egypt, North Africa, and […]

Study Reveals Extensive Hyper-Violence in Japan’s Ancient Yayoi Period

A new archaeological study in Japan, published in the August issue of Journal of Archaeological Science , has produced evidence supporting the idea that population growth can lead to an increase in warfare and other forms of violence. Academics who study the history of human warfare have identified population pressures as one root cause of […]

Gallic Ancient Skeleton Found Clutching Deer Antler in Neolithic Complex in France

Archaeologists involved in a mid-summer excavation in northcentral France discovered two isolated Neolithic-era burials, dating from the years 5,500 BC to 3,700 BC. Uniquely, one of the skeletons was found holding a deer antler in its arms. France’s National Institute for Preventive Archaeological Research  (INRAP) reports that the ancient graves were found at a 20-acre (eight-hectare) […]

The Legendary Mug Ruith: Irish Wizard, Sun God, Or Ancient Astronaut?

The Irish Celtic heritage is filled to the brim with unique and wondrous characters. From the tales of ancient and venerable High Kings, to their colorful pantheon and powerful wizards, Irish history is full of characters and events that are so outlandish they seem often hard to grasp and explain. Luckily, thanks to the early […]

The Ancient Celtic Thresholds Of Liminal Time And Space

The ‘Veil of Isis’ is an ancient metaphor and allegorical motif of mythology where nature is personified as the goddess Isis covered by a veil representing the mystery and inaccessibility of nature’s infinite secrets. In mythology and religion liminal deities, like Isis, were gods or goddesses who presided over thresholds, gates, or doorways: the crossers of boundaries. While at the simplest level these deities could be called […]

Ancient Indigenous Funerary Urns Unearthed in Ecuador [Images]

This week an unassuming Ecuadorian hacienda became a site of archaeological interest. Workers accidentally discovered a mound containing multiple Pre-Hispanic ceramic funerary urns while using heavy machinery to remove soil on private property in the province of Los Ríos. The funerary mound discovered at the hacienda in Antonio Sotomayor, canton Vinces, Los Ríos, Ecuador. ( […]

Pyramids Of The Ancient Aryan Kingdom Of Kush — Ethiopia And Sudan

We have previously featured the work of historian and anthropologist, Robert Sepehr — whose specialty is tracing the history of the Genesis 10 Aryan-Adamic peoples — such as the Chachapoyas or “Cloud People” who built the remarkable pyramids of Central and South America. Here we have transcribed one of Sepehr’s lectures on the ancient kingdom […]

Ancient Tales of Wisdom: The Trust of an Eagle

“Ancient Tales of Wisdom” remind us of the traditions and moral values that have been treasured all over the world. We hope the stories and messages in this series help uplift the hearts and minds of our readers. “The Trust of an Eagle” is about an eagle—the king of all birds—that grew up among barnyard chickens […]

Ancient Stones of Australia: Rock Arrangements that Defy Conventional Historical Accounts

My son Evan and I have written extensively about the site Frederic Slater, President of the Australian Archaeological Education and Research Society, proposed was “Australia’s Stonehenge,” which we refer to as the Standing Stones site, and a complementary site we have named “Adam’s Garden.” What hasn’t been made clear, and nor is it still fully […]

Ancient Demonic Shadows Of Today’s Alien Body Snatchers

The demons that tormented the people of history were considered to be angels cast out of heaven for defying God, and similarly, today’s aliens are believed to come from distant, incomprehensible, realms in the universe. This raises the question: Are historical accounts of the demons who snatched souls, witches who stole children, vampires who sucked […]

Mathematician Finds Pythagorean Triples On Ancient Babylonian Tablet

A University of New South Wales, Sydney mathematician has discovered the oldest example of applied geometry ever recorded, the university’s newsroom reports . The tablet illustrates the use of Pythagorean triples in dividing land, 1,100 years before the geometric principle was recorded by the Greek mathematician Pythagoras. On a 3,700-year-old Babylonian clay tablet map recovered […]

Study Contradicts Top-Down Theories on Ancient Thai Metal Production

Archaeometallurgy, the study of metals and their past production and usage by humans, is a fascinating discipline that is a fixture of both archaeological and historical sciences. A groundbreaking new study focusing on ancient Thai metal production has subverted the long-held top-down approach applied to material history. Penn Museum Issues Contradictory Findings for Thai Metal […]

Iranian police seize ancient relics from smuggler

TEHRAN – Three historical objects have recently been confiscated from an antique dealer in west-central Iran.  The accused was traced and finally arrested in his place after police received reports from cultural heritage aficionados about his misdeeds, a senior police official in charge of protecting cultural heritage said on Sunday, CHTN reported. Recovered relics include […]

The Disc of Sabu: Ancient Egyptian Water Pump or Alien Hyperdrive?

There is no doubt that the Ancient Egyptian civilization is filled with wonders and mysteries beyond our comprehension. An exceptionally old culture that reaches far back to the early dawn of man’s advancement, Egypt left behind it many man-made wonders. From the enormous pyramids, the giant statues, and the sprawling mortuary temples, their monuments are […]

Structure, probably dug by ancient troglodytes, discovered in northern Iran

TEHRAN – Remnants of a rocky structure, which is thought to probably be carved by ancient troglodytes, have been discovered in northern Iran. The structure was accidentally unearthed during a grading and site preparation in Rudbar county of Gilan province, deputy provincial tourism chief Vali Jahani announced on Wednesday, CHTN reported. “The finding, according to […]

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