By Acharya S
A fascinating discovery is shedding light upon pre-Christian Scandinavian religion and early Christian inroads into Norway. In the Norwegian press, this highly important find is being called “unparalleled,” “first of its kind” and “unique,” said to have been “deliberately and carefully hidden” – from invading and destructive Christians.
Located at the site . . . → Read More: ‘Unparalleled’ pre-Christian Temple Unearthed in Norway
By Rossella Lorenzi
A “gate to hell” has emerged from ruins in southwestern Turkey, Italian archaeologists have announced.
Known as Pluto’s Gate — Ploutonion in Greek, Plutonium in Latin — the cave was celebrated as the portal to the underworld in Greco-Roman mythology and tradition.
Historic sources located the site in the ancient Phrygian city . . . → Read More: Pluto’s Gate Uncovered in Turkey
During the 2013 season of the Valley of the Kings Project carried out by University of Basel, Prof. Susanne Bickel’s team have found a number of exciting artefacts including what they suspect to be one of the oldest portable sundials in the area between tombs KV 29 and 61.
A long term project
. . . → Read More: 3200 Year Old Sundial Guides Archaeologists Into the Past
Archaeologists working at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama have discovered a cluster of 12 unusual stones in the back of a small, prehistoric rock-shelter near the town of Boquete. The cache represents the earliest material evidence of shamanistic practice in lower Central America.
Ruth Dickau, Leverhulme Post-doctoral Fellow at the University . . . → Read More: 4000-Year-Old Shaman’s Stones Discovered
By David Moore
[Snip] “If we gave the task of designing this building to today’s engineers, they couldn’t do it. There is no steel reinforcing in the dome. It violates our building codes.” But there it was, still standing after almost 2,000 years. With this mystery tucked away in my mind, and with plenty of . . . → Read More: The Pantheon: Crown Jewel of Roman Concrete
In a field in Kent the ruins of an ancient building of uncertain origin lies. It is called Faversham Stone Chapel, or alternately Stone-next-Faversham, and was known as the Church of Our Lady of Elverton – or Our Lady of Elwarton – from the 7th century until the 16th century, when it was . . . → Read More: The Roman structure within Faversham Stone Chapel
By Anthony M. Perks
Stonehenge, with its stone circles and awe-inspiring arches, the trilithons, has stood over Salisbury Plain, in the centre of southern England, for over 4000 years. . .it is said to be the largest and most complete megalithic monument in Europe, and is probably older than the Great Pyramid of Egypt. For . . . → Read More: Stonehenge: a View from Medicine
By Karen Tate
A plethora of sacred sites of Goddess can be found on almost every continent, ranging from archaeological sites and churches to museums, industrial parks and natural landscapes. The variety of these sites depicts the diversity of her worship across the globe from living traditions thousands of years old to contemporary temples . . . → Read More: Goddess Destinations
[Snip] In ancient Roman times A.D., Palmyra was the most important point along the trade route linking the east and west, reaching a population of 100 000 inhabitants. But its history has always been shrouded in mystery: What was a city that size doing in the middle of the desert? How could so many people . . . → Read More: Researchers Solve Mystery of Palmyra
Reviewed by Tesse D. Stek
This volume bears the fruits of a fully packed conference session on the subject during the APA/AIA Annual Meeting in 2008 in Chicago. The enthusiasm and excitement felt during that session can now be shared by a broader audience in the form of this very welcome volume, which not only . . . → Read More: The Archaeology of Sanctuaries and Ritual in Etruria