Category: Archaeology

Relics discovered in Mexico’s Teotihuacan

Relics discovered in Mexico’s Teotihuacan

Via BBC News Some 50,000 relics have been discovered in Mexico in the ancient city of Teotihuacan, Mexican archaeologists say. The city, located about 50 km (30 miles) northeast of Mexico City, dominated central Mexico in pre-Columbian times….. PICTURES

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The Stunning Ancient Tattoos of the Pazyryk Nomads

The Stunning Ancient Tattoos of the Pazyryk Nomads

Via Ancient-Origins Archaeologists made a stunning discovery in Russia when they uncovered mummies bearing intricate tattoos on their bodies. The mummified remains belong to members of the Pazyryk tribe. Originating in the Iron Age (600-300 BC), researchers speculate that the nomadic Pazyryk tribe used the tattoos for personal identification, and possibly so that others could identify a tribesman in another […]

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Necromanteion – The Ancient Temple of the Dead

Necromanteion – The Ancient Temple of the Dead

Via Ancient-Origins The Necromanteion was an ancient temple dedicated to the god of the Underworld, Hades, and his consort, the goddess Persephone. According to ancient Greek beliefs, while the bodies of the dead decayed in the earth, their souls would be released, and travelled to the Underworld via fissures in the earth. The spirits of the dead were said to […]

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The Ancient Art of Magic, Curses and Supernatural Spells

The Ancient Art of Magic, Curses and Supernatural Spells

Via Ancient-Origins As long as humanity has had beliefs in deities, the supernatural, and the power of magic, the use of magic, spells, and curses have featured widely across cultures. Very much entwined with human nature, such beliefs and practices have continued to the present day. Archaeological finds show evidence of a plethora of ancient curses and protective spells, such […]

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Decrypting the enigmatic Phaistos Disk

Decrypting the enigmatic Phaistos Disk

Via Archaeology News Network The decoding of the Phaistos Disk has puzzled specialists for over a century, however new findings describe the disk as “the first Minoan CD-ROM’ featuring a prayer to a mother. Gareth Owens, Erasmus coordinator at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete, speaking at the TEI of Western Macedonia on Monday, said the disk is dedicated […]

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Medieval shopping list found in Russia

Medieval shopping list found in Russia

By David Herszenhorn/NYTimes VELIKY NOVGOROD, Russia — The note, from father to son, was the sort of routine shopping list that today would be dashed off on a smartphone. In 14th century Russia, it was etched into the bark of a birch tree and curled into a scroll. “Send me a shirt, towel, trousers, reins, and, for my sister, send […]

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Sphinx’s missing head found deep within Alexander the Great-era tomb

Sphinx’s missing head found deep within Alexander the Great-era tomb

Via Daily Mail The world is waiting to see whether one of Alexander the Great’s relatives lies in a mysterious ancient tomb in Greece. In the early days of the excavation, which has been ongoing since August, a pair of headless sphinxes were found ‘guarding’ the entrance of the huge burial mound in Amphipolis, in northern Greece. Now, archaeologists have found […]

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Witch bottle found during Newark Civil War Centre dig

Witch bottle found during Newark Civil War Centre dig

Via BBC News A suspected witch bottle has been unearthed by archaeologists during a dig at the site of the new Civil War Centre in Nottinghamshire. The green bottle, which is about 15cm (5.9in) tall, was probably used in the 1700s to ward off evil spells cast by witches, researchers believe. The witch bottles were usually filled with fingernails, hair […]

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Stunning murals uncovered in Ming Dynasty tomb

Stunning murals uncovered in Ming Dynasty tomb

Via Ancient-Origins Archaeologists in China have unearthed a Ming Dynasty tomb decorated with spectacular and finely-detailed paintings, according to a report in China.org.cn. Scientists are excited by the finding as it is the first time that murals have been discovered in an ancient tomb in the region. The 16th century tomb was discovered accidentally while workers were paving the way […]

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Georgia Guide Stone 2014 cube stone removal

Georgia Guide Stone 2014 cube stone removal

VIDEO Was it all a hoax?

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