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Ancient Chariots Found in Bulgaria

Bulgarian police have discovered three ancient chariots and two ornaments tossed in an abandoned vine-field

Peaceful primitive people were a myth

Our society tends to portray pre western primitive people as mostly peace loving It serves as a kind of comparison that we now are more warlike, and that in the past people were more "attuned to nature" but this interesting book shows that the opposite is true

Circle the wagons!

This saying came from an amazing battle where 32 soldiers and workers held off over 1000 Indians The victory was also aided by the new breach loading rifles they used

Plane hits Empire State building - really!

The Plane That Crashed Into the Empire State Building. On the foggy morning of Saturday, July 28, 1945, Lt Colonel William Smith was piloting a US Army B-25 bomber through New York City

The history of the Kings of Britain - pre Romans

Way back in the 11C Geoffrey of Monmouth compiled together the existing Welsh legends and manuscripts about the History of the land of Britian before the Romans, here is a translation of his fascinating book

Blackbeards ship found me hearties

The pirate Blackbeard's flagship may finally be yielding its identity after nearly 300 years on the ocean floor

The Templars discovered America!! DaVinchi code eat your heart out.

Researchers have found new evidence of a secret code concealed on the Kensington Runestone, one of the most controversial pieces of Minnesota history

Archaeologists Unearth Britain's Own Miniature Coliseum

Archaeologists have discovered evidence of Britain's own miniature Coliseum, it was revealed today The two-tier stone built structure, in Chester.

WW2 Doolittle Raiders Share Stories

There has been a recent movie that ended with this scene of the Doolittle raiders taking off to bomb Tokyo, on what they all knew was a suicide mission Well some survived, hero's indeed

Stalin's secret files on Hitler

The secret personal files of the Soviet dictator Josef Stalin on the private life of his greatest enemy, the Nazi leader Adolf Hitler, have been unearthed in a Moscow archive

Archaeologist discovers ancient ships in Egypt

Kathryn Bard had the best Christmas ever this past December when she discovered the well-preserved timbers and riggings of pharaonic seafaring ships inside a cave.

Underground city in Iran?

Iranian Three-Story Underground City Served As Haven .

Guy finds ancient Roman villa on Google maps

While searching around his hometown in Google Earth, Luca Mori stumbled on what looked like the meanders of an ancient river On the satellite image, it looks like “prominent, oval, shaded form more than 500 metres long“ However, his eye caught what he described as “rectangular shadows“

Hiroshima, why they had to drop the bomb

60 years on from Hiroshima it seems very PC to criticize the dropping of the bomb, but released transcripts of the messages between the Japanese leaders shows that they would have "unleashed hell" had America tried to invade Japan

Graffiti from Pompeii some things never change

Some things never change, yet the style is more informative and poetic than just the random abuse now

Have they found King David's palace?

In what might be a profound discovery, an Israeli archaeologist has found the site of a great complex of buildings which may be the house of King David from the bible Not surprisingly she just followed the descriptions of its site from the bible, and there it was

 

Huge biblical underground complex found

Recent excavation of a cave site near Jerusalem has revealed once-full exterior water pools and a corridor

Lady Be Good WW2 bomber found

Fascinating true tale about finding a crashed WW2 bomber in North Africa Great article. In early November, 1958, a British oil exploration team was flying over North Africa's harsh Libyan Desert when they stumbled across something unexpected

Bodies of Knights Templar found.

Archaeologists have found remains of some Knights Templar, where they were killed fighting against the forces of Saladin. This is an exciting find, and I am surprised we do not hear about this in other news outlets

Ancient Pyramid Discovered in Mexico

Archaeologists said Wednesday they have discovered a massive 6th-century Indian pyramid beneath the site of a centuries-old re-enactment of the crucifixion of Christ

Whatever happened to the monowheel?

This fascinating site shows pictures of monowheels through the centuries We don't seem to have the passion for them that they had in the past it seems

Ancient Sarcophagus Unearthed in Cyprus

A 2,500-year-old sarcophagus with vivid colour illustrations from Homer's epics has been discovered in western Cyprus, archaeologists said Monday .Construction workers found the limestone sarcophagus last week in a tomb near the village of Kouklia, in the coastal Paphos

Hey where did these manmade caves come from

The puzzling Huashan caves. Is it simply a coincidence or do certain laws of nature lie behind the phenomenon.

Columbus mystery nearly solved 500 years after death

Nearly 500 years after the death of Christopher Columbus, a team of genetic researchers are using DNA to solve two nagging mysteries: Where was the explorer really born? And where the devil are his bones?

Egypt announces discovery of Ramses II statues

Statues weighing up to five tonnes and thought to be of one of ancient Egypt's greatest pharaohs, Ramses II, have been found northeast of Cairo.

WW2 Russian tanks found that work perfectly

Now this is neat, they found 2 Russian tanks from 1943 in a Latvian bog, dug them out and within a couple of days drove them away with everything working

Russian Colonel prevented WW3 in 1983

Fascinating article, here we were quietly going about our business, and at any time a computing fault could have blown the whole world to oblivion Gives hope for humanity when the people with their hands on the missiles are careful like this

Stone age footprints in Australia

What's interesting is the size and fitness of the hunters We are often  old that prehistoric people were smaller than us, and that we are attaining optimum size because of diet and medicine

 

98 year old colour photos of Russia

View of the Nilova Monastery The Monastery of St Nil' on Stolobnyi Island in Lake Seliger in Tver' Province, northwest of Moscow, illustrates the fate of church institutions during the course of Russian history

12800 year old cave paintings verified

Britain's first cave art is more than 12,800 years old, scientific testing has shown Engravings of a deer and other creatures at Creswell Crags, in Derbyshire, have proved to be genuine Ice Age creations, and not modern fakes, as some had feared

Was stonehenge much bigger?

A team of archaeologists from Sheffield University have revealed significant new insights into the role of Stonehenge after discovering a prehistoric ceremonial road

Tragic end in ancient cave drama

Deep under a quiet valley in southern Greece, archaeologists are struggling to unravel a 1,400-year-old tragedy that wiped out a rural Byzantine community

Librarian finds hand written Beethoven manuscript

Now you don't see one of these every day, especially when it goes up for auction for a million pounds I wonder what Beethoven was doing in a religious school in Philadelphia

The real Robinson Crusoe found.

A glint of metal in the soil marked the end of a 13-year quest by a Japanese explorer to locate the base camp of Alexander Selkirk, the marooned 18th-century mariner, whose ordeal inspired the book Robinson Crusoe

 

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WW1 pictures in colour

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Ancient Roman mosaic found under football field

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Photo's from Russia of World War 2 The "Great War" Or in the west, it could be called the "Forgotten war" Suffering and horror almost unknown by the Allies

 

Celtic mummies in China a long way from home

Fascinating article includes Nordic mummies as well . Solid as a warrior of the Caledonii tribe, the man's hair is reddish brown flecked with grey, framing high cheekbones, a long nose, full lips and a ginger beard

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The strange stone spheres of Costa Rica

Was God playing marbles? In the 1930s, workers from the United Fruit Company, were clearing land in the Diquis Valley and began unearthing large numbers of almost perfectly round stone spheres The largest of these apparently man-made balls was over two meters in diameter and weighed over 16 tons

Is an Egyptian pharaohs daughter the mother of all Scots

An ancient story about the origin of the Scots is given credence by some new research . Actually there are alternative histories written by the Celts and other people of the time that show a strong Greek and Mediterranean influence on the original inhabitants of the British Isles

Pyramid found in Ukraine older than Egypt

Archaeologists in Ukraine have unearthed the remains of an ancient pyramidal structure that pre-dates those in Egypt by at least 300 years

2000 year old underground iron age chamber discovered

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Hot summer reveals Scotland's past

A heat wave has revealed fleeting traces of early settlements to historians taking a bird's eye view of Scotland The conditions this summer have proved ideal for aerial archaeologists who document the buried sites, which appear in ripening crops

Has Noah's Ark been found in Northern Iran?

An interesting article here on Noah's ark not being on the traditional Mt Ararat, but in the north of Iran, on a mountain range there The reasoning is pretty sound and backs up the biblical story well

Archaeologists find more than 1000 skeletons dressed in togas

Archaeologists exploring one of Rome's oldest catacombs have discovered more than 1,000 skeletons dressed in elegant togas

Dwarf Dinosaur Fossils Found in Germany

Fossils from northern Germany have revealed a dinosaur that evolved into a dwarf, ending up only about one-third the size of its closest known relatives

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A crater as big as Ohio has been found in Antarctica . Scientists think it was carved by a space rock that caused the greatest mass extinction on Earth, 250 million years ago

Prehistoric ecosystem found in Israeli cave

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