Posted inIron Age Archaeology

Analysis of Seeds and Fruits at the Biblical Site where Goliath Lived Reveals Philistine Ritual Practices

For over 25 years, archaeologists have been excavating the historic site of Tell es-Safi in Israel, home to the biblical city of Gath. New evidence uncovered at the site is shedding light on the mysterious Philistine culture that flourished between 1200-604 BC. A recent study published in Scientific Reports details analyses of plant remains found […]

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Amakusa Shiro, the Teenage Messiah who Led the Rebellion Against the Persecution of Christians in 17th Century Japan

When we talk about persecution of Christianity, usually the image that comes to mind is that of the Roman Empire, with Roman Christians identifying themselves incognito through drawings of the Chi-Rho or a schematic fish. However, in late 16th century Japan, a similar situation was also experienced. In 1587, the daimyo Toyotomi Hideyoshi, the unifier […]

Posted inMedieval Archaeology

Archaeologists Discover a Bronze Belt Accessory Referring to an Unknown Pagan Cult of Central Europe

Archaeologists discover a bronze belt accessory referencing an unknown pagan cult in Central Europe. An extraordinary find was made by archaeologists from the Faculty of Fine Arts at Masaryk University in the town of Lány, near Breclav in the Czech Republic. It’s a bronze belt from the 8th century AD featuring a depiction of a […]

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How a fourth-century bishop preserved the most extensive text on Phoenician religion that has survived to this day

It is shocking that from the people who invented the alphabet and by extension taught the world to write, the Phoenicians, nothing of their literature has reached us except three fragments of papyrus. It is true that some 10,000 inscriptions in stone and fragments of ceramics are preserved, but no literary, historical or other work […]