Archaeologists in Pella, the ancient capital of Macedonia, uncovered a lead scroll in 1986 within an ancient grave. The translation would reveal a curse in Ancient Macedonian from the 4th century BCE. But the curse itself, while interesting, had little impact compared to the impact of the language itself… What was on the tablet?
Ancient Rome saw gladiatorial combat on a regular basis. Battle for entertainment was a regular staple of the era. In 46 BCE, Julius Caesar decided to up the ante. 6,000 prisoners of war were placed in ships to fight against one another in a massive staging of naval battle. This was only the beginning of […]
Listen to this article: Many creative-minded people are known to use mind-altering substances; sometimes for the process, sometimes not. Shakespeare certainly drank alcohol (in Richard III, the Duke of Clarence is drowned in a butt of wine!), but his other possible vices remain unconfirmed. There is evidence that he at least had access to them at […]
Listen to this article: Archaeologist John Garstang was digging in the West Bank of Jerusalem in the 1930s. What he found was an art form that had disappeared for several thousand years. An art form that remains one of the oldest known in all the Middle East: human skulls covered in plaster.
Finding ancient art can be difficult, and depictions of the human face are even more rare, but each discovery leads to a better understanding of our shared history. This drawing, found in Vilhonneur grotto in France, shows that stylization (at 25, 000 years old) was an early development. Unfortunately though, not all of discoveries are treated well…
Stories of Atlantis have entertained people since Plato wrote of it in 360 BCE. There are those who would argue that Atlantis was a real place. They claim that Plato was writing a history, but few know of the Greek city of Helike which may have inspired Plato’s story.
In the rocky soil of the Pisca Valley, a path of holes can be found. Generally, it consists of holes one meter in diameter and one meter in depth, eight holes per row with rows stretching for nearly a mile. They stretch up a mountain from a river, and no one knows who built them or why. […]
Residents of Shingō village (in Aomori, Japan) claim that Jesus did not, in fact, die on the cross. Specifically, the family of Sajiro Sawaguchi purport that Isukiri, Jesus’ brother, took his place on the cross, allowing for Jesus to leave for Japan. Even more fascinating is how Mr. Sawaguchi claims to be a direct descendant of […]
From 535-536 CE, crops around the globe refused to produce. People from many cultures wrote of that year having droughts and strange weather. It was the year the Sun was darkened by volcanic dust.
During the early 16th century, the Spanish arrived in Mexico for the first time. One of the eventual goals of the Spanish was to enlighten the local populations with tales from the Catholic church. This goal, as it turns out, was not as cut-and-dry as they had hoped it would be. In fact, a strange […]