World’s oldest portrait, carved in ivory 26,000 years ago

Near the Czech town of Dolní Věstonice in Moravia is the archaeological site of the same name. A site that, before systematic excavations began in 1924, had already provided researchers with extensive prehistoric materials from the Gravettian period (which ran from 27,000 to 20,000 years ago). Some 2,300 pieces of pottery have so far been…Continue readingWorld’s oldest portrait, carved in ivory 26,000 years ago

The Egyptian-Phoenician expedition that circumnavigated Africa more than 2,500 years ago

The fact that the African continent was for the most part an unknown place until the second half of the 19th century does not mean that it did not gather several exploratory missions attempting to unravel its mysteries. And not only in Contemporary Age because the list of them goes back to Antiquity. For instance,…Continue readingThe Egyptian-Phoenician expedition that circumnavigated Africa more than 2,500 years ago

Miyamoto Musashi, the invincible warrior who won more than 60 duels

Diego García de Paredes, Tlahuicole, Alonso de Contreras, Juan de Dios Aldana, Galvarino… All these names have one thing in common: they were great warriors of the Modern Era. More could be added, of course, and one of those that should not be missing is Miyamoto Musashi, one of the most famous samurai in history,…Continue readingMiyamoto Musashi, the invincible warrior who won more than 60 duels

How the ancient Greeks invented a telegraphic system for transmitting messages

The history of cryptography is almost as old as that of human language. It is known that the ancient Egyptians, Chinese, Indians or Greeks used more or less sophisticated methods of encrypting messages, as shown by some documentary examples that have survived. Generally associated with the military field, the need to send messages also produced…Continue readingHow the ancient Greeks invented a telegraphic system for transmitting messages

The plans designed by the German Empire between 1897 and 1903 to invade the United States

That the German Empire had speculated on the possibility of invading the United States before the twentieth century was well known even before the Second World War, since as early as 1940 a German professor named Alfred Vagts published an article reviewing reports about plans to attack some cities on the east coast that he…Continue readingThe plans designed by the German Empire between 1897 and 1903 to invade the United States

The curious case of Maltese, the only Semitic language in the European Union

The special location of Malta, in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea and halfway between Africa and Europe, gave the country (which are actually three islands: Gozo, Comino and Malta itself) unique cultural characteristics within the European environment. There are megalithic temples built in the fourth millennium BC by a culture that disappeared a millennium…Continue readingThe curious case of Maltese, the only Semitic language in the European Union

Simonetta Vespucci, the muse who was a model both for Botticelli and many others, died at the age of 23

If we had to choose the most famous paintings in history, there would certainly be one from Botticelli and, most likely, the one chosen would be The birth of Venus, which is one of the greatest paintings ever produced in Quattrocento. The curious thing is we can also admire the face of this goddess in…Continue readingSimonetta Vespucci, the muse who was a model both for Botticelli and many others, died at the age of 23

Fort Samaipata, the largest rupestrian architectural work in the world

Although Machu Picchu attracts mass media attention and world tourism on the Andean area, this one is extraordinarily rich in historical patrimony and abundant archaeological sites can be found distributed by the countries that compose it, from the cañari ruins of Ingapirca (Ecuador) to the great Inca constructions or the Peruvian mochicas huacas, through the…Continue readingFort Samaipata, the largest rupestrian architectural work in the world

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