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Ancient Slab May Be Sundial-Moondial

By Stephanie Pappas

A strange slab of rock discovered in Russia more than 20 years ago appears to be a combination sundial and moondial from the Bronze Age, a new study finds.

The slab is marked with round divots arranged in a circle, and an astronomical analysis suggests that these markings coincide with heavenly events, . . . → Read More: Ancient Slab May Be Sundial-Moondial

Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel

By Owen Jarus

A massive cult complex, dating back about 3,300 years, has been discovered at the site of Tel Burna in Israel.

While archaeologists have not fully excavated the cult complex, they can tell it was quite large, as the courtyard alone was 52 by 52 feet (16 by 16 meters). Inside the complex, . . . → Read More: Ancient Cult Complex Discovered in Israel

The Earth Mother of All Neolithic Discoveries

By John Lichfield

French archaeologists have discovered an extremely rare example of a neolithic “earth mother” figurine on the banks of the river Somme.

The 6,000-year-old statuette is 8in high, with imposing buttocks and hips but stubby arms and a cone-like head. Similar figures have been found before in Europe but rarely so far north . . . → Read More: The Earth Mother of All Neolithic Discoveries

What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?

A groundbreaking survey of the site has turned up tantalizing new clues to what really went on there

By Ed Caesar

We walked the Avenue, the ancient route along which the stones were first dragged from the River Avon. For centuries, this was the formal path to the great henge, but now the only . . . → Read More: What Lies Beneath Stonehenge?

World’s Oldest Ritual Discovered

Worshipped the python 70,000 years ago

By Yngve Vogt

[Snip] A startling archaeological discovery this summer changes our understanding of human history. While, up until now, scholars have largely held that man’s first rituals were carried out over 40, 000 years ago in Europe, it now appears that they were wrong about both the time . . . → Read More: World’s Oldest Ritual Discovered

Vandals Desecrate Ancient Standing Stone at Hill of Tara

Gardai confirmed that paint was poured over at least half of the Lia Fail, which is five thousand years old

By Elaine Keogh

For the second time in two years gardai are investigating vandalism to the Lia Fail, the 5 thousand year old standing stone on the top of the Hill of Tara, which is . . . → Read More: Vandals Desecrate Ancient Standing Stone at Hill of Tara

Stonehenge Discovery 'Blows Lid Off' Old Theories'

By Macrina Cooper-White

[Snip] Last October, [David] Jacques led an archaeological dig at a site 1.5 miles from Stonehenge. His team unearthed flint tools and the bones of aurochs, extinct cow-like animals that were a food source for ancient people. Carbon dating of the bones showed that modern-day Amesbury, an area that includes the dig . . . → Read More: Stonehenge Discovery ‘Blows Lid Off’ Old Theories’

Lunulae / Crescents in Ancient Europe

By Max Dashu

[Snip] While putting together a new visual talk on Ancient Central Europe (a very disregarded corner of history) one of the themes that emerged was lunar crescents. Clay sculptures known as Mondhörner, “moon-horns” have been found in Switzerland, dating to about 1500-900 bce, from what i’ve been able to determine so far.

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Voynich Manuscript Partially Decoded–Text Not a Hoax: Scholar

Medievalists.net

A Professor in Applied Linguistics believes he has decoded a few words from the mysterious Voynich Manuscript, a 600-year old work that has baffled scholars for the last hundred years.

Stephen Bax, who teaches at the University of Bedfordshire, has produced a paper and a video where he details his theories on the . . . → Read More: Voynich Manuscript Partially Decoded–Text Not a Hoax: Scholar

Saving the Villa of the Mysteries

Beneath the Surface of Pompeii’s Most Famous House

Archaeological Institute of America

The moment the Villa of the Mysteries was discovered in spring 1909, it was at risk. Once protected by a layer of at least 30 feet of the volcanic ash and soil that had fallen on Pompeii in A.D. 79, the villa’s stunning . . . → Read More: Saving the Villa of the Mysteries