Posts Tagged ‘ancient’

Most ancient supermassive black hole ever discovered powers distant quasar and sheds light on early universe

In a milestone breakthrough, astronomers have discovered the oldest supermassive black hole ever seen. The extraordinary find dates back to the early days of the universe and fuels the most distant quasar yet known. The mammoth black hole weighs in with a mass equivalent to the combined mass of 1.6 billion suns. It dates all […]

Maya Drug Secrets Revealed in Ancient Plant Residues

For the first time ever, scientists have identified a non-tobacco plant in ancient Maya drug containers. The researchers say the plant residues suggest that the Maya found a way to make tobacco smoking “more enjoyable.” This find is also shedding new light on the psychoactive and non-psychoactive plants that the ancient Maya and other pre-Columbian […]

Ancient Mesopotamia and the Rise of Civilization

In ancient times, Mesopotamia, meaning ‘land between two rivers’, was a vast region that lay between the Tigris and Euphrates river systems, and it is where civilization emerged over 7,000 years ago. The first inhabitants, the Sumerians, established an advanced system writing, spectacular arts and architecture, astronomy and mathematics. The Akkadians would follow the Sumerians, […]

Four Water Cisterns Found At The Ancient City Of Metropolis

The city of Metropolis, “The City of the Mother Goddess,” is a jewel in the crown of Turkish archaeology. Metropolis was a spiritual center and a king pin in the trade and economics of the ancient world. Now, the discovery of four buried water cisterns is revealing how the successive generations of people who lived […]

Mexican Farmers Unearth Ancient Statue of Elite Mesoamerican Woman

Farmers tilling the soil in a citrus grove in the Huasteca region along Mexico’s Gulf Coast unearthed something ancient and unusual. Hitting a hard object they assumed was a rock, the farmers dug down deeper to remove it.  Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Read Later  00 Hits: 6

The Faravahar: The Ancient Zoroastrian Symbol of Iran

The Faravahar is arguably the best-known symbol of the Persian Zoroastrian faith. This symbol consists of a winged disc with a man emerging from it. The man is shown holding a ring. Whilst the symbol is well known, the meaning behind it is more complicated. The Faravahar was adopted as a secular symbol to represent […]

Italy’s Ancient Home Scheme: Buy A Medieval Property For €1!

Remote Italian towns and historic villages have begun selling homes for €1 euro ($1.13) in a new governmental ancient home scheme to stop a severe drop in rural populations.  Read more Section:  News History & Archaeology Read Later  00 Hits: 2

The Planet Venus as a Symbol of Death and Resurrection in Ancient Mesoamerica

Do our myths come from the stars or do we project our myths onto the stars? The story of Mithras truly does come from astronomical discoveries in the ancient world Read more Section:  News Myths & Legends Americas Read Later  00 Hits: 2

Ancient Hilltop Monastery Led by Female Monk Found in India

Archaeologists have discovered a unique hilltop monastery in eastern India. The 11th or 12th century religious center is special because of its location and because it was headed by a Buddhist nun, who may have led an all-female group of renunciates in sacred rituals far from the densely populated areas below. Hindustan Times  reports that […]

The Legacy of Ancient Trippers Stripped from Teeth

According to a 2019 paper titled  Toxicology in Antiquity (Second Edition) , almost all of the Mystery Religions and cults of the ancient world “frequently, if not always, employed the use of psychoactive drugs or entheogens to induce altered states of consciousness.” An example was presented in a  National Geographic  when a pouch of ancient  ayahuasca, […]

Honey Liquid Gold Of The Ancient World

In Greek mythology, Melissa was a nymph who discovered and taught the use of honey and from whom bees were believed to have received their name. Regarded as nectar of the gods, honey is obviously as old as the bee and the oldest bee ever discovered was found embedded in amber in a mine in […]

Anahita: ancient goddess fertility

TEHRAN – Anahita, also known as Anaitis, and Anahit, was an ancient Iranian goddess of royalty, water, and fertility; she is particularly associated with the last. Possibly of Mesopotamian origin, her cult was made prominent by Artaxerxes II, and statues and temples were set up in her honor throughout the Persian empire. A common cult […]

Ancient objects recovered as police bust gang of smugglers

TEHRAN – Iranian police have recently busted a gang of antique dealers in southwestern Kohgiluyeh and Boyer-Ahmad province. Five ancient objects, estimated to date from the pre-Islamic times, were recovered during the police operation, the provincial tourism chief, Heshmatollah Baqeri, announced on Thursday. A handheld oil lamp, armband with stone ornaments, and a sugar bowl […]

Ancient Greek inscription discovered by chance near Nitzana in the Negev

Browse > Home / News / Ancient Greek inscription discovered by chance near Nitzana in the Negev January 7, 2021 by J-Wire News Service Read on for article Who was Maria, who died on 9 February some 1400 years ago and whose burial stone has now been discovered in Nitzana National Park? A stone bearing […]

Ancient Sassanid coins regain former luster

TEHRAN – A collection of 45 silver coins dating back to the Sassanid era (224 CE–651) underwent some rehabilitation works in western Lorestan province, the provincial tourism chief has announced.  The coins, which contained some deposits and corrosion, were cleaned and restored by cultural heritage experts in a laboratory at the Sassanid-era Falak-ol-Aflak Fortress in […]

Ancient Roman Marble Used As A Step Is Worth Thousands

A carved Roman marble slab that was used as a step to mount a horse for twenty years is expected to fetch up to £15,000 ($20,400) at auction this February. The 25 inch (63.5 cm) high slab of marble was originally dug up two decades ago from an old garden rockery in the village of […]

Byssus, Secrets of a Shining Sea Silk Loved by Ancient Cultures

Byssus is an extremely fine, rare, and valuable fabric of animal origin. It is a sort of natural silk with golden and sparkling reflections that is obtained from the filaments secreted by a large marine bivalve mollusk known as a “noble pen shell” or “fan mussel” – Pinna nobilis. Its processing has been developed exclusively in the Mediterranean area […]

Thoth Hermes Trismegistus and his Ancient School of Mysteries

Thoth Hermes Trismegistus is portrayed by the Egyptians as the moon god with the body of a man, head of an ibis, and a crescent moon over his head. His symbol was the winged serpent staff. He was the god of wisdom, letters, and time. But he was not only known to the Egyptians. To […]

How Pixar’s ‘Soul’ borrows from an ancient Jewish idea

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WATCH: Arab bandits caught digging illegally in ancient Tekoa

Browse > Home / News / WATCH: Arab bandits caught digging illegally in ancient Tekoa January 5, 2021 by Aryeh Savir – TPS Read on for article Arab bandits digging at the archeological site of Tel Tekoa in Gush Etzion on Thursday were documented by the Shomrim Al Hanetzch (Preserving the Eternal) organization while in action. […]

Ancient Temple of Aphrodite Unearthed in Modern Turkey

Archaeologists performing excavations in the Urla-Cesme Peninsula in western Turkey recently found something remarkable. They uncovered the remains of a 2,500-year-old temple dedicated to the worship of Aphrodite, the Greek goddess of love, beauty, and fertility. For several years, revolving teams of archaeologists have been surveying and digging at a specially selected 17,220 square-foot (1,600 […]

Killer Queens: 5 of Ancient History’s Most Outstanding Female Rulers

True leadership knows no gender and despite societal condemnation or restrictions of the gods, powerful women have risen to the challenge and stepped up to take the reins of governance firmly in their delicate hands. Queens in their own right, their reigns are characterized by progress, wealth and prosperity, intellectual mining, civil construction, military genius, […]

Mystery of Ancient Buddhist Cave Temple Writing Solved

Researchers have successfully dated a set of mysterious phrases discovered on the ceiling of a Tibetan tantric Buddhist cave temple in China. The Mogao Caves are located on the ancient Silk Road in Dunhuang, northwest China, on the edge of the Gobi Desert. This designated UNESCO World Heritage Site features sacred meditational environments with high […]

Mad Monarchs & Outrageous Emperors: 7 Crazy Rulers of the Ancient World

Our understanding and treatment of mental illness has come a long way over the centuries – and it’s just as well! In medieval times, people suffering a bout of ‘melancholia’ or those deemed ‘mad’ were seen as a great embarrassment to their families and were routinely locked away, hastily removed from the public eye. But […]

How Have Ancient New Year’s Traditions Influenced Festivities Today?

January 1st, New Year’s Day, is often ushered in with fireworks and festivities beginning on December 31st. Although this practice is the norm in many places around the world, not every culture has celebrated the start of a new year in this way, or necessarily on January 1st. There are many ways to honor the […]

Glanum, An Ancient Roman Town in France Renowned for Its Healing Spring

We are fortunate to have access to many ancient Roman cities throughout the vast regions they once ruled. Their ruins tell us a great deal about their gods, their hobbies, their lifestyle, and their politics. Glanum, an ancient site located near the picturesque town of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, southern France, is a beautiful testament to their achievements. […]

Ancient textiles on the verge of oblivion in western Iran

TEHRAN –Handicraft skills of namad-mali, jajim-bafi and moj-bafi, which are considered as ancient Iranian textiles native to Kordestan province, are on the verge of oblivion, deputy provincial tourism chief has warned.  Namad-mali is a traditional craft to make wool felt rugs and other objects by rolling and pressing them. Jajim-bafi and moj-bafi are both the […]

Archaeologists uncover ancient street food shop in Pompeii

Archaeologists in Pompeii, the city buried in a volcanic eruption in 79 AD, have made the extraordinary find of a frescoed hot food and drinks shop that served up the ancient equivalent of street food to Roman passersby. Known as a termopolium, Latin for hot drinks counter, the shop was discovered in the archaeological park’s Regio […]

An Ancient Baby Skeleton Was Found Buried In A Jar, But Why?

Israeli archaeologists excavating in Jaffa have made further discoveries beneath the streets of this ancient Greek settlement, but this time, they’ve discovered a baby’s skeleton buried in a jar! Back To The Mother’s Womb Or Mother Earth? Jaffa is an ancient town in southern Tel Aviv and recent archaeological work has determined it was one […]

Ancient Eulogia Token Depicts An Unusual Nativity Scene

An ancient stone token depicting a deeply religious scene, the Nativity, was discovered in the Holy Land. It’s being described as being “unlike all others,” because it doesn’t feature Mary and Joseph. Yesterday, on Christmas Eve, we published an article about an Israeli researcher who has presented new evidence of the earliest Christian pilgrimage route […]

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