This incredible Roman gold snake bracelet was found on the arm of a woman who was killed by Mount Vesuvius’ eruption in 79 AD, Pompeii.

Jewellery has been commonly recovered in Pompeii. Archaeologists have found some skeletons and plaster casts clutching pieces of jewellery as if they were their most precious possessions. Jewellery looks like it was very important to the people of Pompeii as it was worth a large amount of money. Jewellery was a status item in Pompeii….

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Rare Bronze Age Arrow Discovered in Melting Ice

Archaeologists have discovered a well-preserved Bronze Age arrow in Norway’s thawing ice. Credit: Espen Finstad / Archaeologists have made an exciting discovery in the mountains of Norway: a truly unusual ancient arrow with its original quartzite arrowhead and feather tail still intact. This arrow, believed to have been employed by reindeer hunters around three thousand years…

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A 5,000-year-old mystery: recording rock art within the Dolmen de Soto

The Dolmen de Soto from above, showing both the low earth mound covering the megalithic corridor, and the reconstructed entrance way beside the portal, which provides access to the interior. (Image: Dron Pelayo) Investigating an isolated Neolithic tomb in Andalucía has revealed a new dimension to its rock art. What can this tell us about…

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The Surgeon domus in Rimini, Italy is a splendid example of a Roman residence of the 2nd century A.D.

The archaeological area of Piazza Ferrari presents a clear view of different buildings, a formidable historical and urban stratification bearing witness to 2000 years of our history. Together with the Surgeon’s House, other finds were unearthed i.e. traces of a building dating from the Late Republic period and finds of an Early Medieval settlement. The…

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Golden bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius from Avenches, western Switzerland, is going on display at the Getty Museum.

The golden bust of Emperor Marcus Aurelius from Avenches, western Switzerland, is going on display at the Getty. It is the largest known bust of an emperor made of a precious metal and one of only a handful of gold busts to escape being melted down. This Marcus Aurelius bust is so rare and so valuable…

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The Mughal Emerald Wine Cup: A Tale of Opulence and Desire

In the heart of the Mughal Empire, in the year 1620 CE, there existed a wine cup of unparalleled beauty. This was no ordinary cup; it was the Mughal Emerald Wine Cup. Owned by Emperor Jahangir, a man known for his love for art and luxury, this cup was far more than a vessel for…

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Acropolis of Athens, Greece in 1670s, in 1860s and 2021.

The Day the Acropolis’ Parthenon was Destroyed In 1687 the Parthenon of the Acropolis in Athens was blown up and partly destroyed by the Venetians. Credit: c. 1895 – c. 1915. Rijksmuseum / Public Domain On September 26, 1687, the Parthenon of Acropolis in Athens faced a severe blow and was partly destroyed by Francesco…

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Signs Of Another Civilization? The Sacred Boundary Stones Of Babylonia

The ancient civilization of Babylonia, nestled between the Tigris and Euphrates rivers, left an indelible mark on history. Among the remnants of this once-great empire, the sacred boundary stones, or kudurrus, stand as silent sentinels, bearing witness to the rich cultural tapestry and religious beliefs that defined Babylonia. In this exploration, we unravel the significance…

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Hohokam petroglyph rock art at Hayden Butte in Tempe

Updated March 10, 2018 The petroglyphs on the rock outcrop shown here are an excellent example of rock art left by the Hohokam Indians, believed to have dwelt in the Valley of the Sun between 700 and 1450 A.D.. Most of the rock art on Hayden Butte Preserve is located on the south slope adjacent…

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The Street of the Knights in Rhodes Island, approximately 200 years apart.

The Street of the Knights in Rhodes Island, approximately 200 years apart. On the historical street between the Palace of the Grand Masters and the port, there are inns belonging to the Hospitalier Sect. The Street of the Knights in Rhodes – Walking In The Days Of Old In this section I will be discussing…

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The theater, which has a capacity of 8,500 spectators, was built by the Nabataean King IV. While it is dated to the Aretas period, the back wall of the stage was rebuilt during the Roman period.

Originally built by the Nabataeans (not the Romans) more than 2000 years ago, the Theatre was chiselled out of rock, slicing through many caves and tombs in the process. It was enlarged by the Romans to hold about 8500 (around 30% of the population of Petra) soon after they arrived in 106 CE. Badly damaged…

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1000 Year Old Artifact Found. Why Did Ancient People Create Artifacts With Such Strange Shapes?

In the realm of archaeology, a recent discovery has left researchers and enthusiasts alike in awe – a 1000-year-old artifact with a peculiar and enigmatic shape. Unearthed from a long-forgotten archaeological site, this ancient relic has sparked intense curiosity and raised a fundamental question: Why did the people of antiquity craft artifacts with such strange…

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Mystery of the Big Book

  Over the years, the photograph above has appeared on numerous blogs and websites, usually captioned as “man with large book at Prague Castle, 1940s” or “c. 1940s: Man with books.” However, bibliophiles and antiquarians have long questioned the image’s description and sought a more accurate attribution. Well, it seems that the only thing that…

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The serpentine column can be seen also between the two obelisks

  Several years ago while on a holiday in Santa Barbara, California, I visited the Lost Horizon Bookstore on Anacapa Street, one of my favorite haunts. My attention was focused on the shelves that held old books about Greek history, classical Greek literature, and Balkan history. When I took a heavy book from a shelf…

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Heart found in Cork crypt in 19th century to be returned to city aboard Naval ship

A human heart found deep within a city centre crypt in the 19th century is to be returned to Cork next month as “sacred cargo”. A human heart found deep within a city centre crypt in the 19th century is to be returned to Cork next month as “sacred cargo”. The relic of a human…

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What do the perfectly sized thousand-year-old stone balls in Costa Rica hide?

Archaeologists in Costa Rica have unearthed many almost perfectly round stone balls, raising the question of how ancient people achieved such a level of precision thousands of years ago. “We have studied the terrain where there are more than 15 of these spheres, and there are several placed next to residential entrances as if to…

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Your guide to Stonehenge, plus 12 fascinating facts you might not know

Stonehenge is one of the world’s most famous monuments. Located in Wiltshire and managed by English Heritage, the prehistoric site attracts more than one million tourists each year. But when was Stonehenge actually constructed? What was it used for? And why did Charles Darwin pay a visit in the 1880s? Standing proud on Salisbury Plain…

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Vatican experts uncovering gilded glory of Hercules statue struck by lightning

Vatican Museum restorer Alice Baltera works on the bronze Hercules statue, in the Round Hall of the Vatican Museums, Thursday, May 11, 2023. Work will continue until December to reveal the 4-meter- (13-foot-) tall Hercules, believed to have stood in … more >PrintBy Francesco Sportelli – Associated Press – Saturday, May 13, 2023 Scaffolding in a niche of the Vatican…

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The Wonders of the Sarcophagus of Pakal

In 683 A.D., Pakal, the great King of Palenque who had ruled for almost 70 years, died. Pakal’s time had been one of great prosperity for his people, who honored him by entombing his body inside the Temple of the Inscriptions, a pyramid that Pakal himself had ordered built specifically to serve as his tomb….

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Tutankhamun’s burial mask when found (in 1922), 3200 years old, Egypt

The gold funerary mask of Tutankhamun is an example of the highest artistic and technical achievements of the ancient Egyptians in the New Kingdom. The exact portrayal of the king’s facial features achieved here made it possible for his soul to recognize him and return to his mummified body. Thus ensuring his resurrection. After being…

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Why Did All Civilizations Build Pyramid-Shaped Buildings?

Pyramid-shaped structures have been a fascinating and mysterious subject of study for researchers across the world. Found in various prehistoric civilizations, these remarkable architectural achievements have led some to believe in conspiracy theories about a lost antediluvian civilization. However, anthropological evidence and cultural analysis have provided more grounded explanations for the construction of these structures….

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Devil’s Descent ( slide ). Utah Morgan County USA. Look at the illustration to see how tiny the men on horses are compared to the structure

The Devil’s Slide is amazing. The devil has 3 toys in a canyon in Morgan county, or so the locals say. The first 2 are pretty cool, and if you’re in the area, you should check them out. The first is called the Devil’s Slide. It is a really unique geological formation where 2 layers…

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Purpose of Egypt’s Great Pyramid ‘uncovered’ by mysterious lost structures

An ancient Egyt expert may have uncovered why the Great Pyramid of Giza was built and what its purpose was, perhaps answering a mystery that has stretched back hundreds of years The two “lost pyramids” of Lake Moeris may prove the Great Pyramid of Giza was built to be a giant water pump and not…

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Unrаveling Pyrаmid Myѕterieѕ: Debunkіng the Slаve Conѕtruction Myt

In а ѕіgnіfіcant revelаtіon сhаllenging сenturіes-old misconceptions, hіѕtorіanѕ аre dіѕpellіng the wіdely held belіef thаt ѕlаveѕ were reѕрonѕible for constructing… In а ѕіgnіfіcant revelаtіon сhаllenging сenturіes-old misconceptions, hіѕtorіanѕ аre dіѕpellіng the wіdely held belіef thаt ѕlаveѕ were reѕрonѕible for сonѕtruсting the аnсient Egyрtіan рyrаmids. Contrаry to thіѕ рerѕiѕtent myth, reсent reѕeаrch hаѕ trасed the orіgіn…

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