A team of academics have revealed the “sonic experience” that early visitors to Stonehenge would have heard.
Scholars from the Universities of Salford, Huddersfield and Bristol used an American replica of the monument to investigate its audio history.
Salford’s Dr Bruno Fazenda said they had found the site reacted to sound “in a way . . . → Read More: Neolithic acoustics of Stonehenge
A series of 59 boulders placed at a seaside cliff in Sweden might represent Stonehenge’s “sister” site.
By Crystal Gammon
Ancient Scandinavians dragged 59 boulders to a seaside cliff near what is now the Swedish fishing village of Kåseberga. They carefully arranged the massive stones — each weighing up to 4,000 pounds (1,800 kilograms) — . . . → Read More: Swedish Stonehenge?
By Alan Burke
The Salem witch tragedy of 1692 took less than two years to play out. Yet 300 years later, explanations for how and why it happened are still coming.
One theory recently gaining exposure thanks to bloggers comes from a 2004 college thesis that places the blame on something we think of as . . . → Read More: Did climate change cause witch hysteria?
[Snip] Much of my thought stemmed from reading Ronald Hutton’s article in the Pomegranate, Writing the History of Witchcraft: A Personal View. Here Professor Hutton writes about his work in the academic and pagan re-evaluation of the history of modern paganism and Wicca. This was a much anticipated article, as it was one . . . → Read More: Wicca, the Golden Dawn and the Revelation of Love
Central to most forms of contemporary Paganism are traditions and paths based on ancient European practices, but this ethno- and Eurocentrism could easily open doors to a dangerous process of differentiation based not only on ethnicity, culture and religion but also race. In a country such as South Africa, which has been marred . . . → Read More: The Pagan Melting Pot – A little too White?
By Jaclyn Richmond
Abstract: The expansion of the Hellenistic and Roman empires brought their people into direct contact with a variety of cultures. Exposure to foreign deities had a significant impact on the role of religion in ancient world, especially as the Greeks and Romans adapted them to fit the ideals of their own societies. . . . → Read More: Effects of Greco-Romanization on the Worship of Isis in the Ancient Mediterranean