Category Archives: Sites

What Treasures Were Lost in the Destruction of the Great Musaeum of Alexandria?

What Treasures Were Lost in the Destruction of the Great Musaeum of Alexandria?

What Treasures Were Lost in the Destruction of the Great Musaeum of Alexandria?

The monumental Musaeum of Alexandria was famous for its legendary library. The tragic story of the building’s destruction continues to be a painful one for people who love ancient history and literature. So what treasures were lost in its devastating fire? Read more

Ancient Earthworks of Ukraine May Be the Biggest Solar Observatory in the World

Ancient Earthworks  in the Ukraine may be the biggest Solar Observatory in the World.

Ancient Earthworks in the Ukraine may be the biggest Solar Observatory in the World.

More than thirty man-made hills with different forms were located in an area of about twenty square kilometers. And the hills are not scattered randomly. They are organized by mathematical proportions and create the sacred geometry of Bezvodovka. Ancient astronomers could use the observatory, not only as a solar calendar and for holding associated religious rites, but also as a tool to calculate the lunar cycle known as the Meton cycle, as well as to study the motion of the planets and stars in the sky. Long-term observation of the motion of celestial bodies, and knowledge of the laws of celestial mechanics, allowed the determination of the date of the lunar and solar eclipses and even the displacement of the equinoxes on the horizon due to variations in the Earth’s axis called precession. Read more

5,000-Year-Old Swirling Rock Art in Scotland Remains a Mystery

 The huge stone was recently unearthed in Scotland so that archaeologists could use modern techniques to study it. Credit: University of Glasgow

The huge stone was recently unearthed in Scotland so that archaeologists could use modern techniques to study it. Credit: University of Glasgow

Archaeologists in Glasgow, Scotland, briefly excavated and then reburied a 5,000-year-old slab of stone that contains incised swirling geometric decorations. The Cochno Stone, which measures 43 feet by 26 feet (13 by 8 meters), contains swirling decorations, also called “cup and ring marks.” The stone and its decorations have been known to people in the area since at least the 19th century. Decorations similar to these swirls have been found at other prehistoric sites around the world; however, the examples incised in the Cochno Stone are considered to comprise “one of the best examples” of such art in Europe, according to a statement by the University of Glasgow, which led the new study. The stone slab was fully unearthed in West Dunbartonshire by Rev. James Harvey in 1887. By 1965, the stone had been vandalized with graffiti and damaged by the elements, so a team of archaeologists buried it beneath the dirt in order to protect the artwork . This summer’s two-week re-excavation allowed archaeologists to use modern-day surveying and photography techniques to better record the artwork.  [Gallery: Aerial Photos Reveal Mysterious Stone Structures] Read more

The world’s oldest observatory? How Aboriginal astronomy provides clues to ancient life!

These rocks are thought to have once marked the sun's journey throughout the year  [Credit: ABC: Hamish Fitzsimmons]

These rocks are thought to have once marked the sun’s journey throughout the year [Credit: ABC: Hamish Fitzsimmons]

An ancient Aboriginal site at a secret location in the Victorian bush could be the oldest astronomical observatory in the world, pre-dating Stonehenge and even the Great Pyramids of Giza. Scientists studying the Wurdi Youang stone arrangement say it could date back more than 11,000 years and provide clues into the origins of agriculture.”Some academics have referred to this stone arrangement here as Australia’s version of Stonehenge,” Dr Hamacher said. “I think the question we might have to ask is: is Stonehenge Britain’s version of Wurdi Youang? Because this could be much, much older.” If the site is more than 7,000 years old, it will rewrite history and further disprove the notion that first Australians were uniformly nomadic hunter-gatherers. Scientists believe the arrangement of stones was able to map out the movements of the sun throughout the year. Read more

Australias indigenous rock art revealed by researchers

indigenous rockart in australias kimberley region

Over 30’000 rock art depictions have been documented. Picture: The Guardian

A world-first survey of more than 250 rock art sites in Western Australia’s Kimberley region has documented more than 30,000 images and will help researchers answer some of the biggest questions about human migration. The sites feature a number of the haunting, elongated human forms known as Gwion figures. Read more Picture-Gallery (The Guardian)

Archeologist have uncovered new Maya Tomb with a Body, Treasure and Tales of a “Snake Dynasty”

Xunantunich, where archaeologists found a tomb and hieroglyphic panels depicting the history of the ‘snake dynasty’. Photograph: Jaime Awe

Archaeologists have uncovered what may be the largest royal tomb found in more than a century of work on Maya ruins in Belize, along with a puzzling set of hieroglyphic panels that provide clues to a “snake dynasty” that conquered many of its neighbors some 1,300 years ago. The tomb was unearthed at the ruins of Xunantunich, a city on the Mopan river in western Belize that served as a ceremonial center in the final centuries of Maya dominance around 600 to 800AD. Archaeologists found the chamber 16ft to 26ft below ground, where it had been hidden under more than a millennium of dirt and debris. Read more  

Prehistoric Rock Shrine with giant Snake Heads discovered in Bulgaria

Giant Snake Heads carved from Rocks near Bulgaria’ s Sarnitsa. Photo: Ivan Manuilov / Mineralni Bani Municipality

A prehistoric rock shrine with giant snake heads shaped out of the rocks has been discovered near the town of Sarnitsa, Mineralni Bani Municipality, Haskovo District, in Southern Bulgaria, an archaeologist has confirmed. The rock complex featuring what appear to be giant rock snake heads was first discovered a few weeks ago based on aerial photos of the area known as Dikilitash near Sarnitsa. The initial reports talked of the discovery of a rock city but it has now been established that the place was a prehistoric rock shrine. Read more  

Researchers find underground tunnels beneath a Mexican Pyramid

Tunnels have been found under the alleged Tomb of King Pakal II in Palenque.

Researchers from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) of Mexico have discovered a set of ‘tunnels’ leading to the ‘underworld’ beneath an ancient Pyramid in Mexico. According to reports, the underground tunnel system connects to another, and is made of stone and approximately 40 centimeters wide and tall. In the Temple of Inscriptions, where the king of Palenque; Pakal the Great was buried, an engraving indicates that in order to be received into the underworld, one must dive into the water of the God ‘Chaac’. Read more Infos from INAH – Secretaria de Cultura