Posted inAntiquity, Archaeology

Archaeologists find Tiles from Ancient Acra Fortress in Jerusalem, evidence of Seleucid rule in 2nd Century BC

Archaeologists in Jerusalem have made an exciting new discovery that provides evidence of the city’s history. Workers digging at the City of David archaeological site found fragments of ceramic roof tiles from the 2nd century BC. This time period was under the rule of the Seleucid Empire, a Greek kingdom based in Syria. The tile […]

Posted inArchaeology, Middle Ages

Rare Byzantine gold coin found in Norway, probably brought from Constantinople by Harald Hardrada

A metal detectorist discovered in the county of Innlandet, in inland Norway, a rare histamenon nomisma (literally standard coin), a Byzantine solid gold coin, minted in Constantinople around the year 960 AD. The coin was found in the mountains of Vestre Slidre municipality and has been exceptionally well-preserved given its appearance, as it looks practically […]

Posted inArchaeology, Prehistory

The provenance of the stones in the Menga dolmen reveals it as one of the greatest feats of Neolithic engineering

The technical ability of ancient societies is reflected in the monumental structures they were capable of building. Determining the origin and transport of the enormous stones used in prehistoric megalithic monuments provides crucial information for understanding these achievements. Recent provenance studies of places like Stonehenge and Easter Island have improved our understanding of the role […]

Posted inAncient Rome

Gaius Appuleius Diocles, the invincible charioteer considered the highest-paid athlete in history

They probably don’t know it, but Fernando Alonso, Michael Schumacher and all the champions in motorsports, whether Formula 1 or other specialties, had a historical predecessor who surpassed them all in victories and fame, and by a wide margin. We’re talking about Gaius Appuleius Diocles, the most famous charioteer of Antiquity, a Spaniard who stirred […]

Posted inScience

Physicists announce new theory that unifies Gravity and Quantum Mechanics while preserving Einstein’s concept of Spacetime

Modern physics is based on two pillars. One is quantum theory, which governs the smallest particles in the universe. The other is Einstein’s general theory of relativity, which explains gravity through the curvature of spacetime. But these two theories contradict each other, and reconciling them has been difficult for over a century. The prevailing hypothesis […]

Posted inArchaeology, Art

The Hirschlanden Warrior, the oldest life-size anthropomorphic Iron Age sculpture north of the Alps

On November 5, 1963, an enigmatic stone sculpture dating back almost 2,600 years was discovered in Hirschlanden, now a district of Ditzingen in the German state of Baden-Wurttemberg. It is a statue of a warrior measuring 1.50 meters in height and depicting the figure in an upright position and with clear signs of his high […]

Posted inHistory

Through speed and skill, the Chasquis couriers linked all corners of the Inca Empire

Similar to what happened before with Rome and later with the famous Pony Express in the American Far West, the expansion of the Inca Empire owed much to the development of an extraordinary road network that facilitated communication between different points of Tahuantisuyo and Cuzco with astonishing speed, allowing for prompt action. However, in the […]