A vow of silence has protected the mystery behind an ingenious invention for nearly 500 years. The secrets behind an amazing diving bell, a technical marvel which allowed men to stay underwater for hours at a time, might predate others by 200 years.
The Hongshan underground Goddess Temple housed beautiful and mysterious relics of unknown deities, and larger-than-life statues. Uncovered in 1983, the sprawling archaeological dig at Niuheliang has revealed ritual sites, stone circles, and graves filled with jade artifacts.
Mummies, unlike other human remains, are even now regarded as special, exciting artifacts. However, it was not too long ago that mummies were used in unconventional ways—as drugs, as entertainment, and perhaps even as fuel.
A remarkable cemetery in China is renowned for its rich trove of mummies and artifacts, and it has now given up another secret of the ages; the oldest glue ever found in China. Dating back 3,500 years, the adhesive tells researchers a new story of ancient manufacturing.
Experts have blown into the skull-shaped grave items found with a sacrificed skeleton at an Aztec temple in Mexico. The terrifying sounds of the ‘death whistles’ may have been used during ceremonies, sacrifices, or war to unnerve enemies or guide spirits into the afterlife.
The history of curses varies between cultures, locations, religions or beliefs, and times. A curse, sometimes called jinx, hex, or dark spell, can be verbalized, written, or sometimes cast through elaborate ritual.
In 1908 an Italian archaeologist ventured into the ruins of Phaistos, an ancient Minoan palace on the south coast of Crete. In an underground temple depository, among burnt bones, dust, and ashes, he found a remarkably intact golden-hued disc. The discovery is known as one of the most famous mysteries in archaeology: The Phaistos Disc.Continue reading “The Curious Phaistos Disc – Ancient Mystery or Clever Hoax?”
In 2012 ancient remains were discovered in a bog in Denmark – not an uncommon occurrence. However, after examining the bones, archaeologists were startled by what appeared to be a brutal desecration of the skeletal remains. The macabre discovery tested what we thought we knew about the rituals and beliefs of Iron Age man. ArchaeologistsContinue reading “Ancient Remains: Iron Age Necromancy on the Bones of the Dead?”
NASA’s Curiosity rover recently discovered a massive metal meteorite on the surface of Mars. The first encounter of its type, the two meters (6.5 feet) wide iron meteorite has been named ‘Lebanon’, and scientists are eager to examine the find. It is the largest ever discovered on the planet. Back on Earth, meteorites have longContinue reading “Falling Stars and Black Stone: Humanity’s Worship of Meteorites”
The macabre discovery of a ring of children’s skulls buried in the earth around lakes in Germany and Switzerland has revealed an age-old tradition of making offerings and sacrifices to the water gods. Archaeologists from Basel University, Switzerland found the skulls of children forming a protective ring around the settlements in what they believe wasContinue reading “Ring of Skulls: Ancient and Modern Sacrifices to the Water Gods”