Tag Archive for archaeology

Iennys was not well liked. In fact, he was cursed.

An interesting find… Ancient Magician’s Curse Tablet Discovered in Jerusalem | LiveScience. A lead curse tablet, dating back around 1,700 years and likely written by a magician, has been discovered in a collapsed Roman mansion in Jerusalem, archaeologists report. The text is written in Greek and, in it a woman named Kyrilla invokes the names…

Bulgaria vampire rituals are not a distant memory

Traditions die slowly? Vampires live on. Bulgarians Practiced Anti-Vampire Rituals up until 25 Years Ago. Rituals aiming to prevent dead people from turning into vampires were practiced in Bulgaria until quite recently, according to renowned Bulgarian archeologist Nikolay Ovcharov. The archeologist, nicknamed “Bulgaria’s Indiana Jones”, added that only 25-30 years ago in some of the…

Submerged pyramid structure found in Azores

Not sure what to make of this discovery, but it is in a volcanic area with seamounts and there are questions about the historical settlements here. Of course, this discovery is being linked to Atlantis. Terceira: Subaquatic pyramidal shaped structure found – Azores | Portuguese American Journal. An underwater pyramidal structure was identified at a depth…

Popular Archaeology promotes haunted museums

Popular Archaeology has a story on a haunted museum in North Carolina. My question: Is paranormal investigation now considered “archaeology”? Ghosts in the Nation’s Attics? | Popular Archaeology. Like cemeteries, old homes, and sunken ships, even museums may not be beyond the domain of investigators who specialize in detecting and documenting paranormal activity, experiences or…

THIS will prove the Bible is true!

First a piece of true cross, now this… Seems they are trying awfully hard to “prove” stuff from the Bible. Does this stuff ever get published in actual journals? It goes straight to the press from what I’ve seen. 3000-year-old inscription “proves Bible’s history is true” – Yahoo! News UK. A clay fragment unearthed in…

Is this discovery proof of King David? Help us dig through it.

What do our archaeologists and Biblical specialists think about this discovery? Archeologists dig up King David’s palace | JPost | Israel News. A joint excavation led by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and the Israel Antiquities Authorities discovered two of the largest structures ever uncovered from the Kingdom of Judea, the Israel Antiquities Authorities announced…

China’s biggest fake item museum

A museum in disgrace is closed. Museum’s ‘ancient relics’ exposed as a very modern swindle. A Chinese museum has been forced to close after claims its 40,000-strong collection of supposedly ancient relics is almost entirely composed of fakes. The Jibaozhai Museum in Jizhou, a city in the northern province of Hebei, opened in 2010, its…

They must appease the spirit and rebury the remains

What is this, Scooby Doo? A fantastic archaeological find must be sacrificed due to local superstitious-based outcry. Kazakhstan to Rebury Ancient Warlord, Fearing ‘Curse’ | World | RIA Novosti. Ever heard about the curse of the pharaohs? Well, how about the curse of a 2,500-year-old chief of a nomadic Scythian tribe that brings about floods,…

Serpent mound of New Age nonsense

What a great piece about all the New Age nonsense going on at the Serpent Mound. It’s a damn shame people can’t appreciate the site on its own merits. It’s a lovely thing. Nope, gotta go and woon it (ruin with woo). Crazy Theories Threaten Serpent Mound, Demean Native Heritage – ICTMN.com. Is it home…

Hundreds of metallic spheres found in Temple of the Feathered Serpent

The find in the historic Mexican tunnel is a significant archaeological discovery Robot Finds Mysterious Spheres in Ancient Temple : Discovery News. Hundreds of mysterious spheres lie beneath the Temple of the Feathered Serpent, an ancient six-level step pyramid just 30 miles from Mexico City. The enigmatic spheres were found during an archaeological dig using…

Chemistry of the crystal skulls confirms their fake origin

Margaret Sax, conservation scientist at the British Museum, and Jane Walsh, archaeologist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History, have worked together to study the lengendary crystal skulls from Central America, supposedly made before the Spanish exploration of the continent. Crystal Skulls Deemed Fake. Walsh has traced fake crystal skulls at the British Museum…

Criticism goes to court in case of fighting Bible archaeologists

Feuding Biblical Archaeologists in the news. Under contention – what to think of those that make questionably significant scientific announcements in sensational films or trade book. A Feud Between Biblical Archaeologists Goes to Court | TIME.com. Simcha Jacobovici, a Canadian documentary maker specializing in biblical archaeology, is suing a retired scientist and former archaeological museum…

Alternative ancient history author Philip Coppens dies

Author and investigative journalist, Philip Coppens passes away. Philip Coppens Of ‘Ancient Aliens’ Passes Away [Report] Philip Coppens, commentator on The History Channel’s Ancient Aliens: The Series, has reportedly died. Hundreds of “RIP” messages have poured in on the official Facebook page of Philip Coppens, the author and investigative journalist best known for his work…

Tourists damaged a temple at Tikal

Mayan temple damaged in tourist ‘apocalypse’ frenzy | The Raw Story. Tourists flocking to Guatemala for “end of the world” parties have damaged an ancient stone temple at Tikal, the largest archeological site and urban center of the Mayan civilization. “Sadly, many tourists climbed Temple II and caused damage,” said Osvaldo Gomez, a technical adviser…

Deformed skulls found in ancient Mexican mass grave

A disturbing find… but not that unusual it seems. Cranial deformation discovered in 1000 year old Mexican cemetery : Past Horizons Archaeology. The burial ground consists of 25 individuals; 13 have intentional cranial deformation and five also have dental mutilation, cultural practices which are similar to those of pre-Hispanic groups in southern Sinaloa and northern…