Newly Discovered Mayan Calendar Goes Way Past 2012

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So can we stop it with the 2012-is-the-end-of-the-world nonsense? In a striking find, archaeologists in Guatemala report the discovery of a small building whose walls display not only a stunningly preserved mural of a brightly adorned Mayan king, but also calendars that destroy any notion that the Mayans predicted the end of the world in 2012. [Read More...]

Have Archaeologists Found the Miraculous Quarry of Justinian?

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The reign of the Byzantine Emperor Justinian saw a flourishing of the arts and a burst of construction to mark his military successes and solidify the Christian character of his empire. One of those buildings was the Nea Ekklesia of the Theotokos (“New Church of the God-Bearer”), dedicated to the Virgin Mary as the Mother [Read More...]

New Artifacts Illuminate the Design of Solomon’s Temple UPDATED

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From a story in the Jerusalem Post: A Hebrew University archeologist has discovered artifacts from a 3,000 year old community that have created a new understanding of how Solomon’s Temple was built, the university announced on Monday. Professor Yosef Garfinkel, the Yigal Yadin Professor of Archaeology at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, revealed models of [Read More...]

Caves of Refuge Discovered

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A survey of caves in Israel has turned up 500 “caves of refuge”: places where Jews hid during the The First Jewish-Roman War (66-73AD). Most astonishing has been the discovery of 5 mikva’ot (ritual baths) in absurdly inaccessible caves on the Galilean cliffs of Arbel. The presence of mikva’ot indicate that members of the priestly class (kohanim) were [Read More...]

Last Fragments of Important “Book of the Dead” MS Discovered

This is fairly big news, so I’m surprised to see it getting minimal coverage. The final, missing pieces of a key manuscript of the Egyptian Book of the Dead have been found at last. Although there isn’t a single Book of the Dead, the papyrus in question belonged to Amenhotep, chief builder of the temple [Read More...]

Marco Polo WAS in China

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I never doubted it for a minute. Historical revisionists have been saying for years that Marco Polo’s famed Travels were a tissue of lies compiled from other sources. Hans Ulrich Vogel, a Sinologist from the University of Tübingen (where Pope Benedict once held the chair of dogmatic theology), has accomplished a staggering act of scholarship that [Read More...]

Remains of Abbot of Furness Discovered

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A major discovery at Furness Abbey, in the Lake District in England, may have revealed the long-lost remains of an abbot, along with his crosier and jewelry. Furness was a powerful, wealthy Cistercian monastery until Henry VIII seized control of the church, dissolved the monasteries, and looted their treasures, leaving the grand edifices to rot. The picturesque ruins were made [Read More...]

Rare Animal-Shaped Mounds Discovered in Peru

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Giant earthen mounds in the shape of an orca, a giant condor, a duck, and a caiman have been discovered on the plains of Peru. These huge structures, ranging in length from 5 to 400 meters, are found in North America, but are uncommon in South America. Dr. Robert Benfer of the University of Missouri believes [Read More...]


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