Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan

Yaxchilan, located on the banks of the Usumacinta River in the Yucatán peninsula of Mexico, was an important Late Classic Maya centre. The Maya dated the founding of their city to 320 CE, but Yaxchilan flourished between c. 580 and c. 800 CE, benefitting from commerce via the Usumacinta River and trading in copal resin…

The Norse Legend of the World Tree – Yggdrasil

The Norse Legend of the World Tree – Yggdrasil

By Andreas Kornevall In 1643 a Bishop called Brynjolf Sveinsson was given forty- five pieces of vellum containing poetry and prose from the heart of ancient Northern European indigenous culture. This collection is called The King’s Book (the Codex Regius in Latin). It is thought to have been written around 1270. Between 1270 and 1643…

1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Used Nanotechnology

1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Used Nanotechnology

By April Holloway The Lycurgus Cup, as it is known due to its depiction of a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman chalice that changes colour depending on the direction of the light upon it. It baffled scientists ever since the glass chalice was acquired by the British Museum in…

10 Ancient Civilizations That History Forgot

10 Ancient Civilizations That History Forgot

By Michael Van Duisen Much like Isaac Newton imagined when he gave his famous “shoulders of giants” quote, our modern civilizations owe a great deal to those which came before us. While examples like the Sumerians or Egyptians are deeply ingrained in nearly everyone’s minds, there are a number of other civilizations which have been…

Did Ancient Aliens Exterminate the Dinosaurs?

Did Ancient Aliens Exterminate the Dinosaurs?

By Kelley Did dinosaurs and people coexist? Proponents of ancient aliens have made many claims in recent years and one of them is that extraterrestrials exterminated the dinosaurs so advanced mammals such as humans could dominate the planet. Is this theory true or just the work of overactive imaginations bent on writing bestselling books and/or…

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