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2019-08-18 20:57

The Restless Peninsula: The Proud and Colorful History of Iberia Over the ages, the Iberian Peninsula was a melting pot of diverse cultures and civilizations, a piece of Europe that saw numerous migrations and many nations that rose and fell on its soil.  ...
2019-08-18 18:30

The Reign of Wu Zetian: From Concubine to Empress to… Emperor! There are rarely any parts of our history more intriguing and interesting than the chronicles of ancient China. Full of unique cultural traits, obscure and colorful mythologies, and above all intrigues and power struggles ...
2019-08-18 03:30

Was Makhunik an Ancient Iranian Lilliput? In August 2005, a tiny mummified body was found in the ancient Persian village of Makhunik in what is now Iran. The discovery caused an international sensation when researchers reported that the remains belonged to an adolescent dwarf and that excava...
2019-08-18 03:30

Running the Family Business of the Roman Empire: Augustus the Founder Over three and a half centuries the Roman Empire - as seen through the lives of 10 of the most important emperors - gained in splendor and territory, then lost both. ...
2019-08-17 19:15

Peering Through Time: Early Mesoamerican Mirrors for Grooming and Divination Mirrors are known to have been used by human beings for thousands of years. The earliest examples of manufactured mirrors come from Anatolia (known today as Turkey). These were made from pieces of polished stone, and have been dated to around 6000 BC...
2019-08-17 19:15

Half of Neanderthal Population Suffered from Surfer’s Ear! A new study suggests that Neanderthals commonly suffered from “swimmer's ear” or “surfer’s ear” - dense bony growths that protrude into the ear canal.  ...
2019-08-17 19:15

Local Historians To Rebuild A 2000-year-old Romano-Celtic Temple A group of local history enthusiasts in Britain have announced an amazing project. They have secured permission to rebuild a 2000-year-old Romano-Celtic temple. ...
2019-08-17 19:15

The Ancient Philosophy of the Bhagavad Gita, Song of God The Bhagavad Gita is one of the most important religious texts in Hinduism as well as one of the most seminal religious texts in the world, alongside the Bible, the Quran, the Torah and the Ramayana. ...
2019-08-17 19:15

Seductress’ Cave of Depravity from Homer’s Odyssey Found? Italy's Mount Circeo or Cape Circeo is located about 60 miles (97 km) south of Rome and this promontory marks the southwestern limit of the former Pontine Marshes.  ...
2019-08-17 19:15

John Goodman Was a Man Without a Series. Now He’s Everywhere. He talks about his short-term unemployment between the canceled “Roseanne” and its sequel, “The Conners” — and the Danny McBride comedy “The Righteous Gemstones” that is putting him all over the dial....
2019-08-17 03:15

A Teen Pretends to Be Trans, and Some Viewers Object to the Deception The indie film “Adam” centers on the 17-year-old title character passing as transgender to win the affection of a lesbian. Is the boy problematic? Or is the whole film vexing?...
2019-08-17 03:15

Calling Commander Deborah and Callous Jael to Defeat the Canaanites Of the multitude of wars and battles, whether based on individuals seeking revenge, vendettas, or conflicts that unify or partially unify a nation, the Biblical allegory of Deborah is indeed a story that, as the author Richard Gabriel puts it, is “pr...
2019-08-16 15:45

Fighting the Flaming Wrath - The Great Fire of London, 1666 It was a year with a special number. A year that carried a lot of ominous superstitions. ...
2019-08-16 15:45

Hellenistic Elite Found Buried on a Bronze Bed with Gold in Her Mouth Ancient tombs are fascinating finds, especially when they’re intact. They can provide us with clues on how a person died, social status, burial styles, and funerary rites.  ...
2019-08-16 15:45

The White Lotus Secret Society and the Demise of Mongol Rule in China The White Lotus Society / Sect (written in Chinese as 白莲教, and Romanized as ‘Bai Lian Jiao’) was a millenarian movement that existed in imperial China. As a religious movement, the teachings of the White Lotus Society were based mainly on Buddhist tr...
2019-08-16 15:45

Maya Sacrificial Victims Were Likely Young, Foreign and Skinned Alive Scientists in Mexico have been studying tooth enamel from the skulls of 1,000-year-old Maya human sacrificial victims from the gloomy depths of a sacred cenote (sink hole). ...
2019-08-16 15:45

Hilda, A 2000-Year-Old Scottish Female Druid, Rises From The Grave A Scottish student using a rare Celtic female druid’s skull has recreated her head and face in a 3D wax model.  ...
2019-08-16 15:45

Huarmey Queen: Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous in Ancient Peru The Huarmey Queen is the name given to the 1200-year-old remains of a Wari woman found in a rich tomb in Peru. She has been a subject of interest since her lavish mausoleum was discovered six years ago. Her skeleton and grave goods have provided deta...
2019-08-16 15:45

My Name Is Heracles, And I Have Father Issues The story of Heracles is considered one of the oldest of the Greek myths. Heracles’ popularity stretched from the western world to the far reaches of northern India.  ...
2019-08-16 15:45

Huge Penguins Added to the List of New Zealand’s Extinct Species A new species of giant penguin - about 1.6 meters (5.25 ft.) tall - has been identified from fossils found in Waipara, North Canterbury. ...
2019-08-16 15:45

Humans A Major Factor In the Extinction of Giant Cave Bears Until 25,000 years ago, Europe was home to some of the largest mammals, that ever lived. One of the most remarkable of the megafauna was the gigantic cave bear.  ...
2019-08-16 15:45

25 Ancient Gold-Filled Warrior Tombs Discovered in Spain Archaeologists excavating in Spain have discovered 25 tombs of suspected warrior aristocrats containing hoards of artifacts and gold.  ...
2019-08-16 15:45

Can the American West Be Saved? Two new books — Anthony McCann’s “Shadowlands” and Christopher Ketcham’s “This Land” — explore the forces shrinking the open expanse and destroying unbridled nature out West....
2019-08-16 13:45

‘Pleasure, Obligation, Curiosity, Inspiration’: What’s on Marie Arana’s Nightstand Among other things, the author of “Silver, Sword & Stone: Three Crucibles in the Latin American Story” is reading a novel based on a juicy scandal in her own family....
2019-08-16 13:45

‘Aquarela’ Review: The Shapes of Water In this dazzling survey of man against water, mysteries and revelations are as integral to its impact as our certainty of the dangers faced by its makers....
2019-08-16 13:45

The Truth About Koch Industries Christopher Leonard’s “Kochland” is a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes look at how a family-run business in Kansas grew into an economic and political giant....
2019-08-16 13:45

How a Teeny-Weeny Chef Became a Great Big Star The Tiny Chef, the rotund, blissfully humming protagonist of a hit stop-motion video series online, is just the latest testament to the charms of miniature food....
2019-08-16 13:45

An Indian Space Mission Inspires a Bollywood Reckoning “Mission Mangal,” a fictional take on real female scientists, has been likened to “Hidden Figures.” But a male star dominates the marketing, raising questions about Bollywood and women....
2019-08-16 13:45

A Girl Was Barred From Singing With Berlin’s Boys’ Choir. So She Sued. The lawsuit says that rejecting girls denies them access to a high-quality educational opportunity. The choir says the problem with the 9-year-old is her voice, not her gender....
2019-08-16 13:45

The Scene of the Crime: A Jury Box? Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column features a serial killer who murders his way onto a jury, a wife creeped out by a robotic double and a nasty mental asylum....
2019-08-16 13:45

When Good Boys Say Bad Words The filmmakers behind the new comedy “Good Boys,” about potty-mouthed sixth-graders, had to figure out how to handle stars who were too young to actually see the movie....
2019-08-16 13:45

Arthur Jafa in Bloom Sought after by Spike Lee, Stanley Kubrick, and Solange Knowles alike, the visual artist is changing representations of blackness in museums and beyond....
2019-08-15 02:45

Dead Baby Burial Vessels, Or Catchers Of The Rain? You Decide Hundreds more 1,100-year-old dead babies and infants have been unearthed in Laos, which a new paper says greatly expands archaeologists understanding of how ancient cultures lived and died, on Laos. ...
2019-08-14 15:45

Who Was Zoroaster and How Did He Gain Religious Followers? Zoroaster was a prophet of ancient Persia, whose teachings laid the foundation for the religion known as Zoroastrianism, which largely dominated the land of Iran until the arrival of Islam after the fall of the Sassanian Empire. Whilst this figure is...
2019-08-14 06:45

Evidence Suggests an Underground of Roman Sorcery in Pompeii Experts have found a treasure trove of unusual objects concealed in Pompeii and it is theorized that the objects belonged to a Roman sorcerer who used them in the casting of spells. ...
2019-08-14 06:45

Identity of 1000-Year-Old Warrior Corrupted by Nazi and Soviet Spin Doctors Facts are finally dislodging almost 100 years of lies and misinterpretations pertaining to a mysterious 1000-year-old warrior’s skeleton unearthed at Prague Castle in Czechoslovakia. ...
2019-08-14 06:45

Ancient Pyramid Cities of Peru: A Catalogue of Swift Decline From 2600 BC to 1533, the legacy of the Peruvian region has revealed no end of epic tales of power, growth, unification, and demise.  ...
2019-08-14 06:45

A Lifetime at a Church, Filled With Faith and Drama Cara Wall’s novel, “The Dearly Beloved,” is the story of two ministers and their wives, as their lives intertwine over the decades, in love and religious devotion....
2019-08-13 22:45

IMDb Will Allow Removal of Birth Names — to a Point Advocates and Hollywood groups say the site’s previous practice of using such credits hurts transgender people. But the new policy still falls short in their view....
2019-08-13 22:45

Libraries’ Culture Pass Signs Up 70,000 in First Year The Queens, Brooklyn and New York libraries’ initiative has partnered with 17 new cultural institutions since its inception, bringing the number of participants up to 50....
2019-08-13 20:45

Visionary Musicians Seek Truths for the Future in a Spiritual Past Moor Mother, Ben Lamar Gay, Angel Bat Dawid and other jazz-adjacent storytellers are embracing tradition and questions about the nature of performance....
2019-08-13 20:45

Plácido Domingo, Opera Star, Accused of Sexual Harassment Multiple women told The Associated Press they were pressured into sexual relationships. Mr. Domingo said he believes the interactions were “welcomed and consensual.”...
2019-08-13 16:15

Wild Men of the Ancient World: Legends Across the Globe Tell of a Humanoid Beast – Are They Real? Man-like beasts appear in myths and legends of cultures around the globe. The best known ‘wild man’ phenomena of today is the Sasquatch or Big Foot of North America ...
2019-08-13 15:15

Exorcists Called as Mass Hysteria Takes Over Malaysian School Girls A school in Malaysia was shut after a dark spectral figure was reported taking over children’s minds in what is being called a case of “mass hysteria”, a psychological phenomenon that has been recorded throughout history. School authorities shut the ...
2019-08-13 05:15

Ningal: The Mesopotamian Goddess Awakening Female Mysticism In the city of Ur, where the first settlements in the marshes of southern Mesopotamia were built with reeds without any type of nails or woods, Ningal was born to Ninhursag and Enki. Her name means the Great Lady, and she’s also known as Nikkal. As a...
2019-08-13 05:15

Fort King George - Many Names, Many Rulers, But Never Besieged The Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, which consists of islands situated just off the coast of South America together form one of the most populous countries in the Caribbean.  ...
2019-08-13 05:15

2,500-Year-Old Smashed Jewel Found at Site of Babylonian Destruction of Jerusalem Archaeologists working at Mount Zion in Jerusalem have unearthed a rare, gold and silver jewel and a Scythian arrowhead in a layer of ash that dates to the Babylonian destruction of the city (587 BC). ...
2019-08-13 05:15

Two Intact Chamber Tombs Dating Back 3,300 Years Unearthed in Greece Two large chamber tombs dated to around 1300 BC have been found in an important Mycenaean-era burial ground in Greece. Previously discovered tombs in the area were extensively looted ...
2019-08-13 05:15

Our Cosmic Ancestry in the Stars: The Deepest Questions Where have we come from? Where are we going? What are we here for? Is life unique to this rocky planet we call Earth? ...
2019-08-13 05:15

The Sacred and Ancient Legacy of our Feathered Friends Although lions, tigers and other ferocious man-eaters were hunted and subsequently ritualized by shamans who attempted to internalize the energy of these different animals ...
2019-08-13 05:15

Bill Cosby’s Appeal Begins with Sharp Questioning by Judges Bill Cosby’s effort to overturn his conviction for sexual assault started Monday as his lawyers were pressed to explain the grounds for such an appeal....
2019-08-13 02:15

‘I Just Peeked Into Their World and Took Notes’: Yoko Ogawa Conjures Spirits in Hiding The Japanese writer, inspired by Anne Frank’s diary, sought to “recompose” that experience for her new book “The Memory Police,” a dystopian novel about surveillance and erasure....
2019-08-13 00:15

Denmark Has a National Songbook. Should It Mention Ramadan? Communal morning singing is a cherished tradition, anchored by the country’s best-selling book. And it’s become an unlikely focus for debates about immigration and national identity....
2019-08-12 21:15

Want to See the Mona Lisa? Get in Line Leonardo da Vinci’s famous painting has been moved to a new room in the Louvre while its usual home is renovated. That’s causing some commotion for visitors....
2019-08-12 21:15

Emperor Justinian the Great: The Life and Rule of a Visionary Roman From the numerous emperors in the long and exciting history of Rome and Byzantium, one manages to stand apart – Justinian the Great. His rule marked a turning point, an opening of a new era filled with revolutionary changes on the grand stage of Euro...
2019-08-11 14:45

Agathocles of Syracuse: The Original Machiavellian Tyrant Agathocles of Syracuse came from fairly humble beginnings but his focus and ambition brought him to the tyrannical rule of the city where he grew up.  ...
2019-08-11 14:45

Swastikas Carved at Prehistoric Sites in England by Neo-Nazi Groups that Worship Norse God Odin Neo-Nazi groups in England have been carrying out sinister torchlit rituals and carving swastikas into trees at ancient sites across the country. An investigation by The Telegraph revealed that far-right groups which have adopted religious beliefs co...
2019-08-11 14:45

The Week in Arts: Tom Hiddleston in ‘Betrayal’; Beck Takes the Stage in Queens A Marvel star lands at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theater, Beck and Cage the Elephant bring their tour to Forest Hills and ‘Lodge 49’ returns for a second season....
2019-08-11 03:00

San Francisco School Board May Save Controversial George Washington Mural Following outrage over its vote to paint over the murals, which some considered offensive, the board is considering covering them in a way that preserves them....
2019-08-11 03:00

500 Years Ago Today Magellan and Elcano Set Sail to Conquer the World On August 10, 1519, King Charles of Spain watched naval officers Ferdinand Magellan and Juan Sebastián Elcano set sail to the ‘Spice Islands’, now the Maluku Islands in Indonesia. 239 brave men boarded five ships, and to evade the Portuguese fleet, M...
2019-08-10 18:00

Golden Varna Plate Linked To Daring Sea Voyage Between Black Sea and Egypt 7,000 Years Ago There’s an odd-looking design on an ancient ceramic vessel that was found in Varna, Bulgaria that one expert believes is linked to another kind of vessel – a woven, seafaring kind. Many years ago, Todor Uzunov, of the Academy of Fine Arts, Sofia, wen...
2019-08-10 18:00

Fairground Ride in 900-Year-Old Norwich Cathedral is Not Leaving Everyone Thrilled A 55ft high fairground helter-skelter has been installed in Norwich Cathedral’s nave to give visitors a better view of its ornate ceiling, but not everyone is delighted with this controversial ‘fun’ feature. ...
2019-08-10 08:30

Grimoires by a Biblical King? The Magical Treatise of Solomon and the Key of Solomon The ‘Magical Treatise of Solomon’ and the ‘Key of Solomon’ are two grimoires (magic handbooks) commonly said to have been written by the biblical King Solomon. The latter grimoire has been described as “The most enduring, influential, and notorious S...
2019-08-10 08:30

Fort Hamilton: Black Caribs vs The British on Strategically Important Island in the Caribbean St Vincent and the Grenadines are a group of 32 small island with a long history. The main island of Saint Vincent is the sovereign state and was named by Christopher Columbus in 1498. ...
2019-08-10 08:30

Beyond the Mists of Time: The Mysterious Timoto-Cuica Culture of the Venezuelan Andes When we speak of the pre-Columbian South American civilizations, the first to come to mind are the Incas, the Tiwanaku, the Nazca, or perhaps even the Mayans. ...
2019-08-09 22:30

The Curious Roman Cult of the Moray Eel on the Island of Ponza A mysterious cult in which moray eels decided the fate of men existed on Ponza island, in the Tyrrhenian sea off the coast of Italy, during the first century AD at the so-called ‘Caves of Pilate’.  ...
2019-08-09 22:30

Ancient Egyptian Tomb to be Cut Up and Moved to Tourist Hotspot, Sparking Fury A well-preserved Ancient Egyptian tomb is being relocated to a museum sparking a wave of resistance among archaeologists who are concerned that it might get damaged in the move. ...
2019-08-09 22:30

Greek sculptor Takis, whose works used magnetism, sound and light, dies aged 93 Greek sculptor Takis, whose kinetic artworks were admired at major art museums around the world in a career spanning over 70 years, died on Friday at the age of 93, his foundation said....
2019-08-09 16:00

Téa Obreht Follows Up an Acclaimed Debut With a Visit to the Old West “Inland,” set in the rowdy lands of the Arizona Territory during the 1890s, weaves together the story of a frontierswoman with that of a wanted murderer and his camel....
2019-08-09 15:00

Cleopatra’s Perfume Recreated – A Scent That Once Masked The Odor Of Sour Donkey Milk! Two professors in Hawaii have recreated a range of ancient perfumes including the scent worn by the legendary Cleopatra, Queen of Egypt, which are all on exhibition in a National Geographic exhibit. ...
2019-08-09 10:00

Fort Diamant, A Little French Gem in South America The presence of France has been documented in the Caribbean and Latin America for centuries. Today, French Guiana, located in South America, is part of France and the only territory of the mainland Americas that is still part of a European country.  ...
2019-08-09 10:00

A Goddess’s Tricky Balance Portraying Durga, Ashrita Keshav dances on the rim of a brass plate: “The musicians perform and then I have to answer with my footwork and my hands.”...
2019-08-09 02:15

Looking Twice at Renoir and O’Keeffe (Ida, not Georgia) At the Clark Art Institute, when you tire of Renoir’s nudes, look at Ida Ten Eyck O’Keeffe’s quietly insistent art, some of which survived long enough to be rediscovered....
2019-08-09 02:15

Shah Jahan: Mughal Emperor, Creator of the Taj Mahal, Champion of Fine Cuisine One of the most well-known buildings in India is the Taj Mahal in Agra, which was commissioned by the Mughal emperor, Shahabuddin Muhammad Shah Jahan, more commonly known as Shah Jahan. This building, which houses the tomb of the emperor’s favorite w...
2019-08-08 22:00

Has the Biblical Moses Been Identified in Secular Egyptian Records? Moses was a prophet and a leader according to Abrahamic religions, but many scholars view him as a legendary figure rather than a real historic person.  ...
2019-08-08 22:00

‘The Peanut Butter Falcon’ Review: Big Dreams and Possible Big Trouble A young man who has Down syndrome, played by Zack Gottsagen, goes on an adventure that involves wrestling and crabbing. He and his co-star, Shia LaBeouf, make a winning team....
2019-08-08 18:30

A Fascinating Look into the Lives and Deaths of the Tierradentro People of Colombia One of the greatest Pre-Columbian civilizations of Colombia were the Tierradentro who flourished for centuries.  ...
2019-08-08 16:30

The Man Who Photographed Woodstock’s Most Iconic Couple Burk Uzzle thought he’d be at the festival for a day. He wound up trapped on the grounds, and spotted Nick Ercoline and Bobbi Kelly wrapped in a blanket....
2019-08-08 11:45

Can ‘Succession’ Succeed Again? The cast of the Emmy-nominated HBO drama, a surprise hit in its first season, discuss the challenges of Season 2 and what’s so relatable about a family of horrible rich people....
2019-08-08 11:45

Survey Identifies Neolithic Monument Aligned With the Winter Solstice at Brú na Bóinne The Newgrange Stone Age monument in Ireland is of great archaeological importance and it’s extent keep reaching new bounds. ...
2019-08-08 06:45

World’s Largest Stone Pillar Anchor From Archaic Period Found In Aegean Shipwreck Five major shipwrecks dating to more than 2,000 years old have been found to contain a subaquatic archaeological treasure hoard at the bottom of the Aegean Sea near Greece. ...
2019-08-08 02:30

Ancient Gold Hoards of the Celtic El Dorado The legendary lost city of gold, El Dorado, has drawn over 500 formal treasure recovery teams to South America over the last 500 years and over 3,000 people have been lost searching for ancient golden goblets and sun disks.   ...
2019-08-08 02:30

Viking Drinking Hall Unearthed On Orkney Provides ‘Unparalleled’ Insights Into Chieftain’s Life Archaeologists excavating on a tiny island off the north coast of Scotland have discovered an 800-year-old Viking ‘Bu’, or drinking hall, once serviced by a high-ranking Orcadian Norse chieftain. ...
2019-08-08 02:30

3 Foot Tall Parrot Species Discovered On New Zealand, Island Of Feathered Giants Scientists have uncovered fossilized leg bones from a gigantic parrot that once inhabited Central Otago on the South Island of New Zealand. ...
2019-08-08 02:30

Four in 10 indigenous languages at risk of disappearing, warn UN human rights experts Of 7,000 indigenous languages spoken today, four in 10 are in danger of disappearing, rights experts said on Wednesday, in a call for a decade of action to reverse the “historic destruction” of age-old dialects....
2019-08-07 19:30

A Performance Artist Testing the Limits of Her Own Endurance In deeply personal works such as the acclaimed “Bronx Gothic,” Okwui Okpokwasili explores ideas of cultural memory through poetry and visceral body-wringing choreography....
2019-08-07 19:00

Stephen Colbert Goes After Trump for Misspelling His Own Name “Now, I wasn’t sure who Donald Ttump was,” Stephen Colbert joked Tuesday, “so I Googled him, and it said was he was a tuh-torrible tacist who shouldn’t be puhtesident.”...
2019-08-07 11:00

World’s 8 Most Haunted Castles: The Lost Souls Tormenting Visitors of Famous Bastions The histories of many of the world’s most haunted castles are filled with bloodshed, treason, and treasure. The checkered past and centuries of existence make these locations the perfect choice for specters and shades to find their eternal homes. ...
2019-08-07 06:30

Afton Williamson, a Star of ‘The Rookie,’ Says She Was Sexually Harassed and Bullied Ms. Williamson said on Instagram that she was leaving the ABC police drama because she was subjected to sexual harassment and assault, bullying and racist comments....
2019-08-07 02:30

Toni Morrison, a Writer of Many Gifts Who Bent Language to Her Will Readers could sense in Morrison’s fiction the influences of Ralph Ellison, the Bible and William Faulkner, among others, but her idiosyncratic music was her own....
2019-08-07 02:30

‘How We Weep for Our Beloved’: Writers and Thinkers Remember Toni Morrison Generations of authors, editors and other artists and luminaries pay tribute to “the greatest chronicler of the American experience that we have ever known.”...
2019-08-07 02:30

Long Lost Gravestone of the ‘Real Snow White’ Emerges In Germany The long-lost gravestone of an 18th-century lady believed to be the inspiration for the fairy tale “Snow White” has re-emerged in Germany. ...
2019-08-07 02:00

Gyotaku: A Unique Japanese Tradition in Which a Fish Becomes a Work of Art Gyotaku is a traditional Japanese art form that is highly unique, and some may even say bizarre. The word Gyotaku itself is a combination of two separate words – Gyo, which means ‘fish’, and Taku, which means rubbing. As its name indicates, Gyotaku i...
2019-08-06 22:15

Large Gilded Coffin of King Tut Is Moved For The First Time The Ministry of Antiquities in Egypt has announced that the outer coffin of Tutankhamun has been removed from its tomb - for the first time since it was uncovered. Urgent restoration work needs to be carried out on the outer coffin of King Tut in ord...
2019-08-06 19:45

What Should an Artist Save? As our culture’s expectations of artists and art have changed, archives have moved on from the library and transformed into something stranger and more amorphous....
2019-08-06 19:45

What Do Toni Morrison’s Books Mean to You? Her powerful language, memorable characters, moving dialogue and vivid descriptions have resonated with generations of readers. Share your memories with us....
2019-08-06 19:45

Excavating the Lost Work of Peter Laughner, a Rock ’n’ Roll Tragedy The Ohio musician, who died in 1977 at 24, was a member of the influential bands Rocket From the Tombs and Pere Ubu. A new boxed set collects his recordings....
2019-08-06 17:00

A Memoirist Remembers the Twinkle in Her Father’s Eye In “Travel Light, Move Fast,” the fourth volume of Alexandra Fuller’s lacerating portrait of her family, she focuses on her loving and lighthearted father, Tim....
2019-08-06 15:45

Brooklyn Academy of Music Commissions Four New Works of Public Art Teresita Fernández, Leo Villareal and Hank Willis Thomas will create the site-specific installations as part of BAM’s Robert W. Wilson Public Art Initiative....
2019-08-06 15:45

Ibram X. Kendi Has a Cure for America’s ‘Metastatic Racism’ In 2016, he was a surprise National Book Award winner for a sweeping history of ever-mutating American racism. Now, he’s back with a new book that outlines how to fight it....
2019-08-06 15:45

Exploring the Cupisnique Civilization: First Amongst the Supernatural Decapitators? The Cupisnique culture (1500 BC-200 BC) is considered one of the most definitive and influential societies that existed in the Jequetepeque Valley of Peru. Their influence reached Cajamarca, Chavin, and the northern highlands of the area and included...
2019-08-06 15:45

Ukko, The Mighty Finnish God of Thunder and Lightening Every culture has its sky deity or old man of the heavens. The ancient Greeks had Zeus. The Romans had Jupiter. For the Norse, Thor essentially played this role.  ...
2019-08-06 10:45

Conch Bar Caves: The Largest Non-Submerged Cave System of the Caribbean The Turks and Caicos Islands (often abbreviated to TCI) are a British Overseas Territory known primarily as a tourist destination and as an offshore financial center. ...
2019-08-06 10:45

13th Century Pont des Trous Bridge Demolished: Archaeological Vandalism or Economic Progression? Angry Belgians and a minister of that countries federal government have voiced their distain towards politicians and counselors who ordered the dismantling of Tournai’s gothic “Bridge of Holes” so that larger boats can sail and spend on the Scheldt r...
2019-08-06 10:45

The True Age of the Osirion at Abydos, an Antediluvian Temple By 5400 BC Abydos in Egypt was a thriving city, and 2,000 years later pre-dynastic pharaohs were still building shrines, temples and mortuaries at the site.  ...
2019-08-06 10:45

Earliest Writing System May Have Been Developed by Ancient Metalworkers 6,000 Years Ago An Israeli academic has claimed to have found the earliest writing in the world. He claims that a proto-writing system was developed by ancient metalworkers over 6,000 years ago in the southern Levant. ...
2019-08-06 10:45

Were Norsemen Tattooed? Evidence of Ink on the Rugged Rusiyyah Did the Norsemen of Scandinavia have tattoos? Did runic script adorn their arms as they sailed their longships down fjords? While material remains offer few clues, one piece of historical evidence says 'yes' - at least for those Varangians who plied ...
2019-08-06 10:45

‘Total Maya Warfare’ Happened Much Earlier Than Scientists Believed Archaeologists studying the fate of the flame engulfed ancient Maya city of Witzna believe that in AD 697 an army of Naranjo’s, from a kingdom in what is now Guatemala ...
2019-08-06 10:45

Duplicity, Grace and Violence: New Spanish-Language Fiction One novel transports readers to 1970s Spain, roiled by the Basque militants; another is about a Spanish-born MI6 agent; a third follows a political prisoner in Uruguay....
2019-08-06 01:45

Barry Manilow Just Wanted to Write the Songs. He’s Still Singing Them. Performing, in this case on Broadway, is a big chunk of the 76-year-old musician’s life, but he finds it torture. (Not that anyone would be able to tell.)...
2019-08-05 22:15

Woodstock’s Contradictions, 50 Years Later The 1969 festival was an epiphany and an indulgence. With five decades of hindsight, it still poses questions about the utopian ideals that surrounded it and our relationship to them today....
2019-08-05 18:45

The Peloponnesian War: Intrigues and Conquests in Ancient Greece When speaking of ancient Greece, most of us tend to think of their sprawling city states, iconic classical culture, philosophers, and myths – and rightly so. ...
2019-08-04 20:30

Mysterious Mass Grave Found in Wales May Contain Bodies of Vikings’ Slaves Archaeologists have uncovered a mysterious mass grave dating back 1,600 years in Wales containing the remains of 86 individuals.  ...
2019-08-04 20:30

Nine Parts of the Human Soul According to the Ancient Egyptians The idea of the human soul has fascinated humankind for thousands of years. Cultures around the world have sought to explain the soul or spirit in a wide and fascinating variety of ways. ...
2019-08-04 07:15

Battles of the Caribbean: Fort Rodney, St Lucia – Built by the British to Spy on the French Today, we think of the Caribbean as a tropical paradise, however, the area was once of strategic importance for the European Empires and a key battleground from the 17th to the 19th century. ...
2019-08-04 07:15

FROM THE FIELD: Balancing Morocco’s indigenous culture and conservation The delicate balance between indigenous farming practices and conservation in Morocco is under threat, but according to the UN, local communities in the Western High Atlas Mountains are finding ways to preserve traditions and still make a living from...
2019-08-04 00:30

9 Ancient Physicians and Legendary Healers that Changed Medicine Forever Most people have heard of the eminent physician Hippocrates and his famous oath. But far fewer know of Shennong, Avicenna, and Andreas Vesalius – some of the lesser-known figures to have transformed the face of ancient medicine. ...
2019-08-03 23:00

Katy Perry and Others Must Pay $2.8 Million Over ‘Dark Horse,’ Jury Says The jury had found that the singer, her record company and collaborators were liable for copyright infringement because parts of the song resembled a Christian rap song by the artist Flame....
2019-08-03 22:30

The Acropolis: Eternal City in the Sky Remains as a Legacy to the Golden Age of Athens The Acropolis of Athens is the most famous of the many acropolises from ancient Greece. The Acropolis we know today was initially constructed in the 5th century BC under Pericles ...
2019-08-03 17:30

World’s First Human-Monkey Hybrid Created In China A team of American and Spanish scientists relocated to China to jump European laws and they have created the world’s first human-monkey embryo, in the next step in the controversial breeding of animals for the human organs program. ...
2019-08-03 04:30

The End is Nigh, Scotland’s Magic Isle of Salvation A curious Old Gaelic prophecy is listed in the Ulster Journal of Archaeology, January 1853, which originated in the west coast of Scotland or Ireland and its meaning has eluded explanation for over 1,000 years. ...
2019-08-03 04:30

Oceanic Indiana Jones Attempts to Sail the Black Sea in an Ancient Egyptian Reed Boat Described by the New York Times as “part P. T. Barnum and part Indiana Jones” an eccentric former German school teacher ...
2019-08-03 04:30

Phil Hymes, Who Lit ‘Saturday Night Live,‘ Dies at 96 Mr. Hymes was a lighting director and designer at “Saturday Night Live” for over 40 years and was known as a gruff and outsize character behind the scenes....
2019-08-03 02:45

Norman Artifacts Indicate Long-lost Monastery Has Been Found in Ireland In Ireland a long-lost 13th century monastery has been found along with a large number of medieval artifacts. Monastic farms and other buildings that belonged to French and Norman monks who had settled in Ireland were unearthed. ...
2019-08-02 21:15

Stephen Colbert Calls Out Long Shot Presidential Candidates “I mean, it is 20 people and if I am generous, six of them should be up there,” Colbert said of the Democratic debates. “I’m looking at you, Steve Bullock.”...
2019-08-02 16:45

Damsels in Distress — or Causing It Marilyn Stasio’s Crime column stalks a lonely shop clerk in Norway, an almost kidnapped California bank clerk and a jittery Manhattan apartment sitter....
2019-08-02 16:45

Milo Ventimiglia on Jack Pearson and the Other Good Guys The three-time Emmy nominee talks about getting us all emotional in his new movie, “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” and his hit NBC drama, “This Is Us.”...
2019-08-02 16:45

When Rape Onscreen Is Directed by a Woman “The Nightingale,” from Jennifer Kent, looks at the effects of sexual assault in 1820s Tasmania. Critics say it is too graphic; defenders say it reflects historical truths....
2019-08-02 16:45

Who Were the Mysterious Neolithic People That Enabled the Rise of Ancient Egypt? To many, ancient Egypt is synonymous with the pharaohs and pyramids of the Dynastic period starting about 3,100 BC. ...
2019-08-02 16:45

Zorats Karer: The Incredible History of the 7,500-Year-old Armenian Stonehenge Armenia is full of archaeological surprises. It is a country where mysterious stories appear at every corner and most of them still wait to be solved. However, one of the greatest stories of prehistoric Armenia relates to the Army Stones, a riddle hi...
2019-08-02 16:45

What Would Happen to Earth if our Moon Were Obliterated? One of the most fascinating things about the evolution of life on Earth is its connection to the sky above. Only under the most precise conditions could tiny molecules have burst forth into life, and those conditions would not have been the same if o...
2019-08-02 05:45

‘Signs of Life’ Picked Out As TESS Satellite Uncovers Its First Nearby Super-Earth An international team of astronomers has characterized the first potentially habitable world outside of our solar system discovered by NASA's Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite (TESS) ...
2019-08-02 05:45

Jia Tolentino Wants You to Read Children’s Books “A really good middle-grade novel,” says the New Yorker essayist, whose debut collection is “Trick Mirror,” “will supersede a lot of contemporary fiction in terms of economy, lucidity and grace.”...
2019-08-01 23:00

Picture Books to Perk Up Any Kid’s Summer The story behind sea glass, a walrus who helps you learn to swim, a cat and a dog on the run, and more in books from Cori Doerrfeld, Calef Brown and others....
2019-08-01 23:00

Bizarre Bigfoot Incident Leads To Gunshots In America’s Mammoth Cave National Park A camping trip in the back country of Mammoth Cave National Park played out like a horror movie for a terrified couple. ...
2019-08-01 20:30

Rare Stone Steles With Unknown Figures Found At Neolithic Site in Switzerland A remarkable series of standing stones have been found near one of the most important Neolithic sites in Switzerland, and indeed in the entire Alpine region of Europe. ...
2019-08-01 20:30

Fascinating Artifacts from the Battle of the Egadi Islands are Pulled from the Depths Underwater archaeologists have recovered a treasure trove of artifacts off the coast of Sicily from the site of the first ancient naval battle ever discovered , including warship rams, helmets, armor, and weapons dating back 2,000 years. What was the...
2019-08-01 20:30

Neil Estern, Sculptor of Monumental Public Works, Is Dead at 93 With his renderings of Franklin and Eleanor Roosevelt, Fiorello La Guardia, John F. Kennedy and others, he strove for realism (as he once did with a doll)....
2019-08-01 04:15

Abdullah Ibrahim: A Lifetime of Dreams and Resistance at the Piano The South African musician formed the Jazz Epistles and got a boost from Duke Ellington. Now 84, he is a Jazz Master and still a vital force onstage....
2019-08-01 04:15

How an Artist Throws a Pool Party Mickalene Thomas and her partner, Racquel Chevremont, invited fellow members of a new collective of queer black women to their house for margaritas and zip-lining....
2019-08-01 04:15

After Decades of Music, Tanglewood Talks With its first major building project in 25 years at its summer home in the Berkshires, the Boston Symphony places a bet on the booming lecture business....
2019-08-01 04:15

The Fierce Amorites and the First King of the Babylonian Empire The Amorites, also called Amurru or Martu, were an ancient Semitic-speaking people who dominated the history of Mesopotamia, Syria, and Palestine from about 2000 to 1600 BC. Tribal nomads who forced themselves into the lands that they needed; the Amo...
2019-08-01 00:45

Memories of Childhood: Aesop’s Fables are as Relevant Today as They Were 2,600 Years Ago The Frog and the Mouse, The Fox and the Stork, The Boy Who Cried Wolf – these, and many other wonderful fables were a big part of childhood for many of us.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Geographic Gateways to the Underworld Ancient civilizations, including the Indian Hindu traditions, blended astronomical observations with religious and spiritual beliefs.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Tazumal, El Salvador: Where Chiefs and Shamans Ruled and Victims Burned The Maya were one of the many amazing Pre-Columbian cultures that flourished in the Americas before the coming of the Europeans. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Ancient Scottish Church Bell Stolen from Sacred Island Leaving Locals Devastated A sacred symbol of Scottish identity, a late medieval bell, has been stolen from a remote ruined chapel on an uninhabited Scottish isle which featured as the ‘Black Lake’ in the Harry Potter films. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

The Mysterious Pyramid of Bomarzo: Discovering The Etruscan’s Enigmatic Past The ancient and far-reaching history of Europe is often veiled in mists of mystery. Enigmatic peoples, diverse cultures, and strange legends are all left in the past, with not a lot left behind them to assemble a proper tale. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Religion of the Aztecs: Keeping the Balance in an Unpredictable and Terrifying World The Aztec Empire was the largest and most successful Mesoamerican empire in terms of size and demographics. It stretched across highlands, coastal plains, valleys, and forests. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

The Valley of the Temples – Glorious Greek Monuments in Sicily Sicily is a beautiful and historic island separated from Italy by the Strait of Messina. It is also surrounded by two other seas - the Ionian and the Tyrrhenian. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

The World’s Oldest Talking Vagina is Discovered…in an Austrian Abbey! The Vagina Monologues is a play written by Eve Ensler which featured on an Off-Broadway run in 1996 at Westside Theatre exploring consensual and nonconsensual sex, body image, genital mutilation, and sexual life through the eyes of women of various r...
2019-08-01 00:45

Chinese Boy Accidentally Finds 66-Million-Year-Old Dinosaur Eggs A 10-year-old boy in China who was out playing near a lake accidently unearthed a fossilized egg that led to the discovery of a very rare dinosaur nest that is 66 million years old. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Cosmic Oceans: The Primordial Waters of Ancient Creation Myths Almost without exception, mythological and folkloric traditions around the ancient world were concerned with the matter of deep time and the earth’s creation.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Fort George - Slaves’ Gateway to the Spanish Colonies While Grenada is a popular tourist destination and one of the most beautiful islands in the West Indies, it is also a historic island, once one of the most strategic islands in the Caribbean. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

The Reign of Aethelwulf, King of Wessex: Between Realm and Religion The early history of England includes all kinds of different cultures and remarkable figures. And one of the crucial parts of the history of this country belongs to the Anglo-Saxon era. Filled with generations of kings who ruled over several small ki...
2019-08-01 00:45

Exodus: Which Way Did Moses Choose And Why? The actuality of the Israelites’ exodus from Egypt has probably generated the most discussion and argument among scholars of Biblical times.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

1,000-Year-Old Temple in Pakistan Reopens After Seven Decades Delighting Minority Hindus This magnificent ancient Hindu temple in Sialkot, in Pakistan’s Punjab province, was built by Sardar Teja Singh and has been closed for worship for 72 years ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Rare Ancient Buddhist Text Discovered In Doomed Temple Super-Complex Near Kabul Archaeologists in Afghanistan have discovered exceptionally rare pieces of an ancient Buddhist manuscript dated to around the seventh century AD at an ancient settlement near Kabul. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Roman Pen Inscribed With Precursor to Modern Classic Joke Found in London An expert on inscriptions has deciphered some Roman writing on a pen as a witticism left by its owner, with a sentiment remarkably similar to those found on tongue in cheek souvenirs of today.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Could Humans Become Immortal by 2045? Immortality has been a dream of human beings since the dawn of time. Mankind´s fascination with cheating death is reflected in scientific records, mythology and folklore dating back at least to ancient Egypt. Some have sought the secrets of immortali...
2019-08-01 00:45

Woman Risks Brain Eating Disease To Take A 3-Hour Swim In Roman Baths 2000-year-old Roman Baths in the English city of Bath have been closed for public bathing since 1978 after a girl died of a meningitis-related illness.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Detectorist Finds Falsely Executed 17th-Century Courtier’s Gold Signet Ring Metal detectorists have made a number of extraordinary finds in recent years. A detectorist on vacation in Scotland discovered a ring that belonged to a 17th-century English courtier who was unjustly executed.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Touching 4,000-Year-Old Royal Double Burial Found in Kazakhstan Archaeologists working in a desolate and remote area of the Central Asian country of Kazakhstan have made a remarkable discovery. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

El Mirador, ‘The Look Out’ Of Guatemala Boasts Probably the Largest Pyramid in the World The Mayan civilization is one of the most mysterious and fascinating in history. There is much we still don’t know, but they are much-admired for their fully developed writing system ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Stepping Back in Time at Skara Brae: A Neolithic Settlement in the Heart of Prehistoric Orkney In 1850, a fierce storm hit the Bay o’ Skaill on the main island of the Orkney island archipelago. In doing so, it ripped grass from a hill, then known as Skerrabra, to reveal the remnants of an ancient stone house. Further investigations revealed th...
2019-08-01 00:45

Ancient Celtic Woman Emerges from Zurich Tree Coffin In Elegant Dress 2,200 years ago an Iron Age woman was buried in what is today Zurich and in her 'Tree Coffin’ she was dressed and draped for a ball…in the afterlife. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Anti-Gravity Research May Pave the Way for Warp Speed Travel Researchers at CERN (the European Organisation for Nuclear Research) are looking for experimental confirmation to establish the existence of antigravity. The secrets of antigravity may be unlocked, they believe, by an in-depth study and exploration o...
2019-08-01 00:45

Sorcery at the Vatican: The Papacy’s Seven Deadly Sinners Mention ‘the Pope’ today and the image it immediately summons up for many people is of a saintly old man standing on a balcony in Rome blessing the crowds gathered in St Peter’s Square  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

The Inkarri and the Golden City of Paititi: The Myths Born from Blood and Greed On August 29, 1533, the Incan King Atahualpa, who only ruled for one single year, was ordered by Francisco Pizarro (1471-1541) to be strangled to death by a garrot. ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Pandora: Unleashing Hell and Hope Upon Humanity Most people are familiar with the creation of Adam and Eve in the Book of Genesis. But the story of mankind’s creation in Greek mythology is probably less well-known, and is arguably darker in tone when compared to Genesis. To begin with, men and wom...
2019-08-01 00:45

Are Alien Messages Encoded in our DNA? Are we alone in the universe? This is a question most people have pondered at one time or another. Since the distances between us and the nearest habitable planets can only be measured in light years, direct proof of alien life will remain incredibly...
2019-08-01 00:45

Myrmidons: The Fiercely Loyal and Unstoppable ‘Antmen’ Army of Achilles The Myrmidons were allegedly fierce warriors from Thessaly that fought during the Trojan War with Achilles as their leader. The Myrmidons were considered the among the best warriors in Greece.  ...
2019-08-01 00:45

Cruz-Diez, Venezuelan kinetic artist, dies in Paris at 95 Carlos Cruz-Diez, a Venezuelan artist who shaped the field of kinetic and optical art during the 20th century, died in Paris on Saturday, his foundation said on its website on Sunday. He was 95....
2019-07-31 19:15

Subaquatic Temple and Countless Treasures Discovered in Egypt's Sunken City of Heracleion Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities has announced that marine archaeologists diving at the ancient submerged city of Heracleion ( ...
2019-07-25 07:45

Tracing the Fall of Simon Magus to Ariccia, Rome In the 19th canto of the Inferno in the Third Bolonia of Circle VIII, Dante Alighieri admonishes the simonians – followers of Simon the Magus, including Pope Niccola de li Orsini of Rome ...
2019-07-25 07:45

Harrison’s Cave, An Underground Adventure in Barbados Barbados is known as ‘the land of fly-fishing’. It’s a popular tourist destination and is regarded as something of a tropical paradise. ...
2019-07-25 07:45

Why Pop Culture Still Can’t Get Enough of Charles Manson As Quentin Tarantino’s new film revisits Los Angeles at the end of the ’60s, a man who was there — and literally wrote the book on Manson — argues that we never really left....
2019-07-25 06:30

The Controversial Role of La Malinche in the Fall of the Aztec Empire: Traitor or Hero? La Malinche (meaning ‘the captain’s woman’), also known as ‘Malinalli’, ‘Malintzin’ or ‘Doña Marina’, is an important figure in the history of Mexico, especially for the pivotal role she played in the Spanish conquest of the Aztec Empire. La Malinche...
2019-07-24 23:45

Mysterious Perfectly Preserved Ship Found in the Baltic Sea Beneath the frigid waters of the Baltic Sea, investigators have discovered perhaps the best-preserved ship from the Age of Discovery. It was found on the seafloor and it is almost intact. ...
2019-07-24 23:45

Meek Mill Granted New Trial and New Judge in 2008 Conviction The rapper, who has become an outspoken advocate for criminal justice reform, claimed a legal victory after a Pennsylvania appeals court ruled in his favor on Wednesday....
2019-07-24 20:15

Unidentified High-Energy Particles Detected Passing through the Antarctic Ice The IceCube Observatory carries the distinction of being the most remote astronomical facility on Earth. Anchored deeply in the ice of Antarctica, in the very definition of the middle of nowhere, the IceCube installation features a high-tech particle...
2019-07-24 18:30

Ingmar Bergman’s Summer Movies Raise the Temperature The master filmmaker’s “Summer Interlude,” “Summer With Monika” and “Smiles of a Summer Night” evoke the transitory happiness of the brief, intense Nordic summer....
2019-07-24 16:30

One of the Oldest Islamic Holy Sites in the World Discovered in Israel The remains of a 1,200-year-old mosque have been unearthed in Israel’s Negev desert and it’s being celebrated as one of the earliest known mosques in the world. ...
2019-07-24 10:30

An Elite Class That Ruled Over the 99%. Sound Familiar? It All Began with the Patricians of Rome In ancient Rome, the patricians (from the Latin word patres, meaning ‘fathers’) were one of the main classes of Roman society. They were the ruling class, and enjoyed great prestige as well as special privileges, which they gladly lorded over the oth...
2019-07-24 04:45

Ancient Celtic Warrior-Priest Is Displayed In England - His Grave Goods Might Hold Deep Lunar Secrets A glorious 2,000-year-old Iron Age ‘warrior’, who might have fought against Julius Caesar during the wars against the Gaulish tribes in Britannia (Britain) ...
2019-07-24 04:45

Hunter Gatherer Society Has a Time-Tested, Secret Method to Traverse the Rainforest How do human foragers find food or the way home in rainforests, where heavy vegetation limits visibility, without a map, compass, or smartphone? ...
2019-07-24 04:45

10,000-Year-Old Engraved Stone Found to be World’s Oldest Lunar Calendar A new study, coordinated by Sapienza, claims to have discovered the oldest lunar calendar in the world in a pebble that was carved during the Upper Paleolithic period. ...
2019-07-23 19:45

Traditional Irish Sessions Are Thriving. Try Not to Spill the Beer. Sessions are the lifeblood of a centuries-old musical tradition. In New York bars, musicians are showing up, unpacking their instruments and diving in....
2019-07-23 19:30

Meteorite Found in Siberia Contains Naturally Impossible Crystal In 2009, scientists made a groundbreaking discovery that was ultimately traced to a remote corner of the world. In a box obtained from the Italian Museum of Natural History in Florence, Italy, they found a small grain of extraterrestrial mineral that...
2019-07-23 12:45

Trevor Noah Says Kanye West Has a Presidential Genie The “Daily Show” host was amazed that West had gotten President Trump to try to help a jailed rapper. “It’s like he uses his MAGA hat like a magic lamp,” he said....
2019-07-23 10:01

Fortaleza Ozama, Where Columbus Was Imprisoned for Being a Tyrant The language and culture of many of the Caribbean islands reflects four centuries of Spain’s presence in the region... ...
2019-07-23 05:45

1800-year-old Shard of Roman Glass Left A Fishy Trail From the Black Sea The mystery of the origin of an unusual piece of glass has been solved in Britain. It has been established that it belonged to a very rare fish-shaped bottle ...
2019-07-23 05:45

Unpacking the Ten Plagues of Egypt: A Scientific Explanation Could there be a scientific explanation and a sequence of natural disasters that caused the 10 Plagues of Egypt?  ...
2019-07-23 01:15

How Old Are The Thousands Of Bones Discovered Beneath Vatican? 500 Years? 50, Possibly 5? In Rome, in the summer of 1983, a 15-year-old girl vanished on her way home from a music lesson and in the ongoing search for her body thousands of bones have been unearthed by investigators in two ossuary chambers beneath the Vatican. ...
2019-07-23 01:15

True Crime and the Satisfaction of the Unsolved Mystery HBO and Sundance TV are offering a high-end selection of documentaries about crimes including a double murder in India and a notorious vigilante killing in the American Midwest....
2019-07-22 21:45

The Ebers Papyrus: Medico-Magical Beliefs and Treatments Revealed in Ancient Egyptian Medical Text The Ebers Papyrus is an ancient medical document that contains over 842 remedies for illnesses and injuries. It specifically focused on the heart, the respiratory system, and diabetes. ...
2019-07-22 21:30

China Joins the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life ­­ For many years, space exploration seemed to be largely an American obsession. NASA was the only space agency on the planet with ambitious plans and the consistent financing to carry them out. But after first challenging the United States’ global e...
2019-07-22 21:30

Researchers Find Roman Villas and a Spectacular Mosaic in Egypt In Egypt, archaeologists have found some important Roman ruins, in the historic city of Alexandria.  ...
2019-07-22 21:30

5 Monday Must-Reads President Trump and race. The man who would have been the first black astronaut. A Dutch summer rite: abandoning kids in the woods at night. And more....
2019-07-22 14:30

David Spade Is Back on TV, Even Though He Never Left The actor and comic has thrived as a professional second-banana, even as he endured painful losses in his personal life. A new late-night show could give him a kind of relevance he’s never had before....
2019-07-22 10:45

Sex, Scandal, and Allure: The Erotic Art of Shun-ga from Edo to Early Modern Japan In the year 1770, within a large village house by the bustling city of Edo, Japan (modern day Tokyo City) ...
2019-07-22 00:15

The Pig Fat Sleds and ‘Flying’ Stones of Stonehenge An innovative professor proposes that Britain’s ancient people moved the massive megaliths used to build the world famous stone circle, Stonehenge, by ‘greasing giant sleds with pig lard’ and sliding the stones across the landscape. ...
2019-07-21 18:15

Artificial Intelligence Inching Closer to Deciphering Long Lost Languages With new technology available to us, we’re inching closer to the end of the days when deciphering ancient languages is a painstaking task filled with frustration and confusion. ...
2019-07-21 18:15

Ancient Plants Revive After Being Trapped in Ice for 400 Years Scientists visiting Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic discovered something remarkable and fascinating. Led by Catherine LaFarge, a geologist from the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada), they were exploring an area called the Sverdrup Pa...
2019-07-21 18:15

Xanten Archaeological Park – Step Back and Experience the Romans Open-air archaeological parks or museums are increasingly popular as they bring the past to life.  ...
2019-07-21 02:45

8 of the Most Popular Animal Species in the Ancient World Animals far outnumber us on the planet. And while humans have domesticated some of them for work or food, others have been observed, admired, feared, and revered from afar.  ...
2019-07-21 00:00

Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorists Biting Dust On the 50th Anniversary of First Lunar Mission Today, July 20 2019, at precisely 4:17:40PM ET, it is exactly fifty years since the Apollo Lunar Module ‘Eagle’ touched down on the Moon and while anniversary events are being held all over the world in honor of this monumental historic achievement ...
2019-07-20 18:15

César Pelli, Designer of Iconic Buildings Around the World, Dies at 92 Mr. Pelli, whose many distinctive projects include the Petronas Twin Towers in Malaysia, tried to reconcile modernism with his interest in shape, texture and the architecture of the past....
2019-07-20 12:45

‘Tired of Running’: A Sci-Fi Veteran Tells His Own (Earthling) Story In ‘Becoming Superman,’ J. Michael Straczynski chronicles a life that was dominated early on by dysfunction and later by success that came with its own tensions....
2019-07-20 12:45

Searching for the Lost Location of the Isle of Circe, Enchantress of Odysseus It was by chance that Homer’s brave Odysseus, on his odyssey home from the Trojan War, landed on the mysterious Isle of Circe... ...
2019-07-20 07:45

My Sheep Did it! Farmer Blames His Damage of Ancient Earthwork Offa’s Dyke on His Livestock Those readers who have watched the wonderful British animated series about the Welsh farmyard figure, Shaun the Sheep, will know just how mischievous these wooly Welsh creatures can be.  ...
2019-07-20 07:45

Tuatha Dé Dannan, the Enchanting Predecessors of Irish Fairies and Elves Most people do not believe in elves. The little people, along with fairies, banshees, and werewolves, are often thrown into the category of ‘fantasy’ and left to molder unless some video game or children’s book decides to make use of them for commerc...
2019-07-20 07:45

A Millennium of Glory: The Rise and Fall of the Byzantine Empire Late antiquity was one of the most dramatic periods in our history – a turbulent time in which nations and peoples rose and fell, vying for power and territory in a merciless fight for prominence.  ...
2019-07-20 07:45

Amputation Pit with Sawn-Off Limbs Found at Battle of Waterloo Field Hospital Site A team of archaeologists working with army veterans has uncovered four amputated limbs at the site of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium.  ...
2019-07-20 07:45

Hollywood and the Matter-of-Fact Abortion Series and films depicting the procedure as an everyday occurrence have markedly increased, a scholar finds. Writers say they’re showing what they know....
2019-07-20 00:00

First men on the moon ‘came in peace’ to UN Headquarters ‘for all mankind’ As the world remembers Saturday’s 50th anniversary of the “giant leap for mankind” made by all those involved in the pioneering Apollo 11 space programme, we take a look back at the visit made by astronauts Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin, and Michael Co...
2019-07-19 23:45

75 Years After World War II Theft, a Painting Returns to Italy Italy successfully pressed the heirs of a German soldier who had stolen a painting to give it back, with a little help from diplomats and social media....
2019-07-19 20:15

Why Have Novels About Royalty Stormed the Y.A. Best-Seller Lists? Ruthless and treacherous, the characters in these books may be kings, queens and pawns, but they act a lot like the people at a teenager’s lunch table....
2019-07-19 19:15

Demands of Far-Right Party Unsettle Artists in Germany The anti-immigrant party Alternative for Germany wants to know the nationalities of artists employed by state theaters, and cultural organizations are worried....
2019-07-19 19:15

Church of the Apostles Found? Archaeologists Claim Byzantine-Era Church is Highly Significant Archaeologists with the Israel Antiquities Authority have made what they claim to be a major discovery.  ...
2019-07-19 18:15

Vikings Didn’t Just Pop into Canada for a Visit, They Stayed for Centuries Do you remember that 1992 electro-techno tune by KLF America What Time is Love, which at the beginning declares this music is a 1000 year celebration of the Vikings of modern day Norway reaching America? ...
2019-07-19 18:15

Polishing the Nationalist Brand in the Trump Era Conservative thinkers are trying to bring intellectual coherence to the Trumpian moment under the banner of nationalism. But can it be cleansed of its darker currents?...
2019-07-19 16:30

Five Places to Visit in London The filmmaker Richard Curtis portrays an unblemished city in one British romantic comedy after the other. In real life, the screenwriter of “Yesterday” gives his spin on favorite spots....
2019-07-19 12:15

Palenque – The Splendor of a Great Maya Metropolis Hidden in the verdant hills of the Sierra Chapaneca in the beautiful state of Chiapas, southern Mexico, is the ancient capital of the B’aakal Kingdom. ...
2019-07-19 00:30

Saved by the Bell - The Surprising History of Safety Coffins Modern medicine is full of wonders and lifesaving, revolutionary methods - many of which are taken for granted.  ...
2019-07-18 22:15

The Fall of a Civilization: The Mysterious Collapse of the Mycenaean Bronze Age The Aegean Bronze Age is predominately known as the period in which the battle-hardened Mycenaeans conquered the simple sea-trading Minoans and rose to become one of the most powerful trading powers in the Eastern Mediterranean. While the Minoans hav...
2019-07-18 22:15

World Cup countdown starts for South Africa, Australia at Ellis Park South Africa and Australia ramp up their World Cup preparations when they clash in their opening game of the shortened Rugby Championship season at Ellis Park on Saturday, for which both sides have made surprise selections....
2019-07-18 18:30

The Amazons: Ancient Warrior Women Dismissed as Myth and Legend Were Real Fearsome Fighters Famous ancient Greek historian Herodotus once wrote of the Amazons - or as he called them Oier Pata (‘Killers of Men’) – a  tribe of fierce warrior women. ...
2019-07-18 15:30

At Least 20 Dead in Suspected Arson at Japanese Anime Studio Officials said more people were feared to have been killed in the blaze at Kyoto Animation. Reports said a man had ignited flammable liquid at the studio....
2019-07-18 13:00

What’s on TV Thursday: ‘The Real Housewives of New York City’ and ‘Secret Obsession’ The women meet up to rehash all the drama of Season 11 with Andy Cohen. And Brenda Song plays a car crash victim with amnesia in a new Netflix thriller....
2019-07-18 09:30

‘Go-Home Gate’ Roils Late Night (and Congress, Too) As lawmakers argued over whether President Trump is a racist, Jimmy Kimmel reminded viewers that they’ll be able to cast their own votes on the subject next year....
2019-07-18 09:30

Teeth ‘Time Capsule’ Reveals That 2 million Years Ago, Early Humans Breastfed For Up To 6 years! Humans’ distant ancestor Australopithecus africanus had a unique approach to raising their young, as shown in our new research published today in Nature.  ...
2019-07-18 05:30

Modern Humans Interbred With At Least Five Archaic Human Groups Genetic analysis has revealed that the ancestors of modern humans interbred with at least five different archaic human groups as they moved out of Africa and across Eurasia. ...
2019-07-18 05:30

Scythian Priesthood of Fierce Fighting Eunuch Shamans of the Snake Goddess The Scythian goddess Argimpasa was half-human, half-snake with a priesthood of powerful shamans, who despite their self-inflicted castration ...
2019-07-18 05:30

Patrice Rushen Found Success in Jazz and Dance Music. She Hasn’t Been Forgotten. She was already an accomplished jazz bandleader when she began releasing pop albums for Elektra in 1978. A new best-of compilation looks back at her major-label career....
2019-07-17 23:15

Alan Rogan, Keeper of Rock Guitars, Smashed Ones Included, Dies at 68 Of all his clients — the Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton and Paul McCartney among them — Pete Townshend of the Who posed the biggest challenge: repairing what he deliberately wrecked....
2019-07-17 23:15

In the ‘Fiddler’ Crowd, Far From the Home They Love The hit Yiddish-language rendition of the classic musical celebrates its first birthday today. An illustrator recently captured what the show meant to a unique audience — refugees....
2019-07-17 23:15

Prosecutors Drop Sexual Assault Case Against Kevin Spacey A young man who had accused Mr. Spacey of fondling him at a Nantucket restaurant had invoked the Fifth Amendment during a hearing, putting the prosecution in jeopardy....
2019-07-17 23:15

Skeptics Washed Away As Lost Civilization Is Finally Identified By Puerto Rican Figures A collection of highly-controversial stone figures discovered in Puerto Rico are believed by some to have been created by members of the lost Ten Tribes ...
2019-07-17 22:15

Dispute Over Evidence Of Cannabis Use By Vikings In North America Cannabis pollen discovered near an ancient Viking settlement in Newfoundland is generating differences in opinion as to whether or not the Vikings were smoking and eating the weed while they explored North America. ...
2019-07-17 22:15

The Boy King Behind the Mask: Tutankhamun’s Life and Legacy The incredible golden mask with its dark blue stripes of lapis lazuli and serious young face is probably the most famous ancient artifact in the world. ...
2019-07-17 22:15

Scottish Prof Links Mysterious Pictish Symbols and Distant Gobekli Tepe Signs The Picts were an ancient race of people who from at least the 1st century AD dominated the northern territories of what is known today as Scotland. ...
2019-07-17 22:15

Amazing Anazarbus: Digs Uncover Gladiatorial Ring, Triumphal Arch, and More in Ancient Anatolian City The long reach of the Roman Empire was felt in southern Turkey, where in the town of Anazarbus the Romans erected a triumphal arch after defeating a Parthian force in the first century BC. And archaeological excavations show that a well-preserved the...
2019-07-17 22:15

9,000 Year-old ‘Mega Site’ Found Near Jerusalem Changes History The Israel Antiquities Authority has announced a discovery that could change the history of the Middle East. ...
2019-07-17 22:15

Argentine photo exhibit stirs memories of 1994 bombing attack on Jewish center Julio Menajovsky was one of the first photographers to reach the scene of a devastating bombing at a Jewish cultural center in Argentina on the morning of July 18, 1994, that killed 85 people and wounded hundreds....
2019-07-17 19:45

Rain sweeps in on final Open practice day at Portrush The final day of practice before the British Open Championship at Royal Portrush was hit by steady rain on Wednesday, and forecasts are for showers on the first two days of competition....
2019-07-17 17:15

R. Kelly pleads not guilty, denied bail on U.S. charges of sex crimes R&B singer R. Kelly pleaded not guilty on Tuesday to a raft of federal charges accusing him of running a scheme to force women and girls to provide sex for himself and others, and a judge ordered that he remain in jail without bail....
2019-07-17 02:30

What Our Critics Think of the 2019 Emmy Nominations This year brought welcome newcomers like “Fleabag” and “Schitt’s Creek,” along with 32 nominations for “Game of Thrones.” Our TV critics discuss the Emmy nominations, surprises and snubs....
2019-07-16 22:30

Frigg: Queen of Asgard, Beloved Norse Goddess, Mother Frigg or Frigga (which means ‘Beloved’ in Old Norse) is a goddess found in Norse mythology. As the wife of Odin, and the mother of Baldur, she is the ‘Queen of the Æsir’. This deity was worshipped as a sky goddess and is believed to be responsible fo...
2019-07-16 19:30

Oldest Human Bone Engraved and Painted By Hominid Found In China In China a team of archaeologists has made a significant discovery after examining a human bone that may be up to 125,000 years old.  ...
2019-07-16 16:15

Why Do Women Love True Crime? Men are more likely to be involved in violent crime — as perpetrators and victims — but women love to read about it. Kate Tuttle considers the gendered attractions of the genre....
2019-07-16 13:45

Fort Shirley, Where A Mutiny Led to Emancipation of the British Slave Soldiers Dominica is one of the most beautiful islands in the Caribbean. Its beauty, however, belies a somewhat violent past when it was often a center of violent conflict.  ...
2019-07-16 09:30

Were the Anunnaki the Architects of the Towers and Tombs of the Giants of Sardinia? Sardinia is one of the most geologically ancient lands in Europe, inhabited during the Upper Paleolithic, home to a Nuragic civilization that left nothing behind by way of writing. ...
2019-07-16 02:45

Evidence Suggests Stonehenge May Have Been Built Using Pig Fat Fat residues on shards of pottery found at Durrington Walls, near Stonehenge, have long been assumed to be connected with feeding the many hundreds of people that came from across Britain to help construct the ancient monument. ...
2019-07-16 01:30

Neuroimaging and Ancient Engravings Allow Experts to Understand Prehistoric Thinking Researchers in France have used neuroimaging to monitor the impact of prehistoric engravings on modern human brains. ...
2019-07-15 21:30

Magic and Mayhem of Japanese Legend: Don’t Try To Out-Trick A Tengu! The Tengu were not only protectors of the mountains and the Buddhist faith, they were also known to be mischievous tricksters who, much like their Kitsune cousins, were capable of using magic such as glamour to change their shape. ...
2019-07-15 19:30

The 25 Works of Art That Define the Contemporary Age Three artists and a pair of curators came together at The New York Times to attempt to make a list of the era’s essential artworks. Here’s their conversation....
2019-07-15 17:30

How Moon-Landing Tapes Found in a $218 Batch Could Fetch $1 Million Three reels of videotape will be auctioned at Sotheby’s on Saturday. Other recordings could have laid claim to being earlier or better, but those tapes were lost....
2019-07-15 17:30

UN highlights importance of skills development on World Youth Skills Day At UN Headquarters, and across the globe, events are taking place on Monday to celebrate World Youth Skills Day – marked each year on 15 July – to raise awareness about the importance of youth skills development....
2019-07-15 17:30

Footprints on the Moon and Cemeteries on Mars: 50 Years Evidence of Human Activity In Space There is a lot of documentation about what’s been left on the Moon – but it’s amazing how much we don’t know. ...
2019-07-15 09:15

The Plastico di Roma Imperiale Wasn’t Built in a Day: Accurate Mini Rome Model Took 35 Years The Roman Empire dominated most of Europe and parts of Africa and the Middle East for over thousand years ...
2019-07-15 02:15

The Mars Rat and Other Unexplained Features on the Martian Planet In September 2012, a photograph snapped by NASA’s Mars rover Curiosity caught the attention of Internet sleuths everywhere. This picture appears to show a large rat hiding among some Martian rocks, and after its release it quickly went viral. The ima...
2019-07-14 22:45

Sneferu’s Distinctive Bent Pyramid Opened to the Public In Egypt, the Antiquities Minister Khaled el-Anany has announced that two pyramids are being opened to the public for the first time since 1965. ...
2019-07-14 22:45

In ‘The Nickel Boys,’ Colson Whitehead Depicts a Real-Life House of Horrors The reform school at the center of Whitehead’s new novel (his first since “The Underground Railroad”) is more like a prison where the inmates are brutalized and even killed....
2019-07-14 17:15

The Devil is to be Aerially Assaulted by Flying Exorcist Priest Waves of violence, corruption and crime in a Columbian city are to be addressed with an audacious exorcism by a Catholic bishop who plans to launch holy water over the city from a helicopter. Seriously, keep reading, this is actually happening. In 20...
2019-07-14 14:15

‘First Kings’ Myths From Around the World: How Do They Compare? Monarchs have always played a very important role in how their subjects form their cultural identity.  ...
2019-07-14 08:45

With half of Somaliland children not in school, UNICEF and partners launch education access programme Access to education in Somaliland is extremely limited, with more than 50 per cent of children in Somaliland out of school. In an effort to address the problem, the UN children’s fund, UNICEF, has partnered with the government, and the global fund Ed...
2019-07-14 00:30

Legendary Black Knights: Mysterious Medieval Entities of Neutrality Black Knights began to appear in history during the Middle Ages. Since the 13th century, a series of legends mentioning the mysterious Black Knights emerged. Although the Black Knights were said to have carried out good deeds and fought to protect ci...
2019-07-14 00:15

Tourists Trash Sacred Site of Uluru as Permanent Closure Approaches In the 1999 movie, The Matrix, Agent Smith said that when trying to classify our species it came to him we are “A virus ...
2019-07-14 00:15

660,000 Sign Up to Take Area 51 By Storm and ‘See Them Aliens’ As of today, there are almost 660,000 people who’ve signed up to attend a Facebook event on September 20. What’s all the fuss about?  ...
2019-07-13 21:30

Subterranean ‘Water Tank’ Is Actually the Oldest Christian Church in Russia, Say Nuclear Physicists The conclusion of a team of scientists testing the hypothesis of archaeologists about the use of a building in the Derbent fortress of Naryn-Kala as a Christian temple is that it is ‘most likely to be true’.  ...
2019-07-13 17:00

Deathbed Revelations: Extraterrestrial Spacecrafts Powered by Mind. Sounds Crazy, But Tech is Real Many people were shocked by the deathbed revelations of Ben Rich, the former director of Lockheed Skunk Works (a secret research and development facility). Rich claimed that UFOs were alien spacecraft and that extraterrestrial visitors were real. Fur...
2019-07-13 10:15

Fort Fincastle, The Small But Mighty Flatiron Protector of The Bahamas The Bahamas is comprised of 700 islands as well as thousands of rocks and cays (low banks of coral reefs) spread out over 100,000 square miles of ocean.  ...
2019-07-13 03:30

Russia’s Wealth of Archaeological Wonders The treasures and ancient mysteries of Russia provide evidence of vital stages in not only human evolution, but the very origins of life on planet earth. ...
2019-07-13 02:15

World’s Oldest Christian Letter Found On 3rd Century Egyptian Papyrus Egypt played a very significant role in the history of early Christianity. A researcher has announced that she has found the earliest known Christian letter ...
2019-07-12 22:30

Unique Bird With Bizarrely Long Toe Found Fossilized in Amber Meet the ancient bird that had toes longer than its lower legs. Researchers have discovered a bird foot from 99 million years ago preserved in amber that had a hyper-elongated third toe. ...
2019-07-12 21:45

Pentagon chief to speak with Turkish counterpart, position on F-35 unchanged Acting U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper said on Friday that the United States had not changed its position on Turkey's role in the F-35 program if they accepted a Russian missile defense system and he would be speaking with his Turkish counterpart l...
2019-07-12 20:15

Turkey begins receiving Russian missiles in challenge to U.S. and NATO Turkey began taking delivery of an advanced Russian missile defense system on Friday, a move expected to trigger U.S. sanctions against a NATO ally and drive a wedge into the heart of the Western military alliance....
2019-07-12 20:15

NBA announces new replay, coach's challenges leaders The NBA is promoting referee Jason Phillips to lead its replay center as Replay Center Operations Principal. Joe Borgia, the current leader of the replay center, will move into a different role where he will oversee the implementation of coach's chal...
2019-07-12 20:15

Lawmakers considering one-week delay in Mueller testimony Two U.S. House committees are considering a one-week delay for former Special Counsel Robert Mueller's planned July 17 testimony to allow more time for lawmakers to question him, sources told Reuters on Friday....
2019-07-12 20:15

Behind the Scenes in the Food Biz: Four Culinary Memoirs It’s hardly glamorous but still enticing, as reported by a young black chef, an obsessive blogger, a prickly female restaurateur and the man who made Noma famous....
2019-07-12 18:00

R. Kelly Accused of Paying Off Family at Center of His 2008 Trial Two new federal indictments charge the R&B singer with making child pornography, obstructing justice and other crimes relating to sex with underage girls....
2019-07-12 18:00

Coded Jewel Found in 300-Year-Old US Tavern Has Secret Message to Overthrow British King Brunswick Town, in North Carolina, was once ‘a hotbed of anti-crown sentiment’ where rebellions were plotted and planned. Now archaeologists have made an amazing discovery in a once razed tavern that dates from the pre-Revolutionary period in the Uni...
2019-07-12 15:15

Rewriting Greek Tragedies as Immigrant Stories Luis Alfaro, whose latest play is an adaptation of “Medea,” appreciates such “primal” points of origin: “They get to the essence: why we hurt each other, this inability to forgive.”...
2019-07-12 12:30

The Man With the $13 Billion Checkbook How Darren Walker, a gay black man who grew up poor in Texas, came to be one of the best connected people in New York City. And what that means for the future of philanthropy....
2019-07-12 12:30

Where Are All the Bob Ross Paintings? Bob Ross painted more than 1,000 landscapes for his television show — so why are they so hard to find? We solve one of the internet’s favorite little mysteries....
2019-07-12 12:30

A David Bowie Barbie: Mattel Unveils Ziggy Stardust Doll The new Barbie sports a skintight metallic outfit and a golden circle on her forehead, mimicking the image of the rock icon onstage in the early 1970s....
2019-07-12 05:15

Review: The Greeks Go Coachella in a Boisterous ‘Bacchae’ Sure, it’s a tragedy, but along the way this Classical Theater of Harlem production is a riot of music and dance, with a Dionysus worthy of Jimi Hendrix....
2019-07-12 05:15

The Country-Rap Song Taking Over Nashville? It Isn’t ‘Old Town Road’ Billboard removed Lil Nas X’s “country trap” record from a country chart. So why did Blanco Brown’s “trailertrap” song “The Git Up” make it to No. 1?...
2019-07-12 05:15

Accurate 3D Model Of Stonehenge Proves It Had Great Acoustics Researchers in the UK have created a mini model of one of the most famous prehistoric monuments in the world in order to understand its acoustics.  ...
2019-07-12 00:45

Mount Shasta: Spirits and Danger on a Sacred California Mountain Mount Shasta, located near the Oregon border in northern California, holds the distinction of being one of the world’s preeminent sacred mountains. It is recognized as an eligible Native American cultural and cosmological property on the National Reg...
2019-07-12 00:45

Salzburg’s Young Singers Get ‘a Crash Course in Being a Professional’ The Young Singers Project draws budding talents for two months of learning, rehearsing and performing — as well as opera greats who are eager to teach....
2019-07-11 22:30

Review: ‘The Little Prince’ Travels the Universe but Never Lifts Off Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s adaptation of Antoine de Saint-Exupéry’s beloved novella for BalletX doesn’t elevate the production beyond a story staged as a dance....
2019-07-11 22:30

Burying A Thracian Tower-Tomb In A Huge Mound Didn’t Deter Ottoman Grave Robbers! Bulgaria is a land that is blessed with a great many important historic and archaeological sites. ...
2019-07-11 20:00

March of the Denisovans: Evidence of Archaic Human Gene Now Detected In the Orient The Denisovan story keeps evolving. This group of ancient hominins has been something of a mystery ever since they were first discovered in 2010 as an extinct sister group to the Neanderthals.  ...
2019-07-11 18:30

Lost Biblical City Where Philistines Gave Refuge to King David Found, Archaeologists Say Archaeologists digging in southern Israel near the modern city of Kiryat Gat claim to have found an ancient biblical city from the time of the legendary King David. The ancient Philistine city was discovered by researchers from the Hebrew University ...
2019-07-11 14:15

Hurdy Gurdy Man: Rock Star of the Medieval Music Scene The hurdy gurdy is a musical instrument, or more precisely, a string instrument, that traces its origin to the Middle Ages of Europe. The hurdy gurdy was initially used to play sacred music, before being adapted to play popular and folk music. ...
2019-07-11 10:00

A Beauty in Darkness: The Hidden Secrets of the Catacomb Saints Death was always a source of mystery for people around the world. But what happens when we erase that invisible border and make the dead a thing to worship? ...
2019-07-11 10:00

210,000 Year Old Homo sapiens Skull From Greece is Oldest Outside Africa A 210,000-year-old human skull could provide new evidence that our species left Africa much earlier than previously thought.  ...
2019-07-11 10:00

3000-year-old Greek Processional ‘Sacred Road’ Discovered in Turkey An important and very rare ‘Sacred Road’ has been unearthed by archaeologists in western Turkey.  ...
2019-07-11 10:00

The Age-Old Bone-Rank Caste System of the Korean Kingdom of Silla In several cultures one’s social standing was determined by one’s birth, which included or precluded certain privileges and even determined the cutlery one was allowed to use.   ...
2019-07-11 10:00

Listen to the Sound of Love Reinvented in ‘Oklahoma!’ (Headphones On) How did a lush throwback like “People Will Say We’re in Love” become the lean, sexy, countrified number being sung today? Follow along as we break it down....
2019-07-10 23:45

Ticket resellers settle New York charges over inflated concert ticket prices Two companies in the ticket resale industry agreed to pay $1.55 million to settle a lawsuit by New York Attorney General Letitia James accusing them of tricking tens of thousands of people into buying tickets for concerts, shows and other live events...
2019-07-10 23:30

Kim Petras Builds Tomorrow’s Pop Out of Yesterday’s Fragments On her debut album, “Clarity,” the 26-year-old pop singer who works closely with the producer Dr. Luke transcends pastiche and embraces a fringe sound that’s utterly new....
2019-07-10 21:45

Listen to the Sound of Love Reinvented in ‘Oklahoma!’ (Headphones On.) How did a lush throwback like “People Will Say We’re in Love” become the lean, sexy, countrified number being sung today? Follow along as we break it down....
2019-07-10 21:45

Review: An Intimate, Harmonious ‘Bournonville Legacy’ Dancers from the Royal Danish Ballet bring a satisfying, if occasionally uneven, showcase of August Bournonville’s choreography to the Joyce Theater....
2019-07-10 21:15

Rams RB Gurley on knee: 'we're going to find out' The Los Angeles Rams' primary ballcarrier said Tuesday he isn't certain how his arthritic knee will hold up over the long haul. An "arthritic component" in his knee became problematic in the playoffs last season, when the team attempted to manage his...
2019-07-10 18:30

Overlooked No More: Else Ury’s Stories Survived World War II. She Did Not. Ury’s books about a young German girl were so beloved, readers clung to them through the upheaval of World War II and passed them on to their children. But few knew Ury died in Auschwitz....
2019-07-10 18:30

Origin of Greek Civilization Believed Found On Monumental Pyramid Island A new discovery has possibly revealed the origin of Ancient Greek culture. In a remote and uninhabited pyramid-shaped islet, archaeologists have found evidence of a rich cultural ...
2019-07-10 17:45

Valentina Cortese, Italian Film Actress, Dies at 96 Ms. Cortese, who starred in over 50 films, was perhaps best known for her role as a fading, tippling movie diva in François Truffaut’s “Day for Night.”...
2019-07-10 15:45

Norte Chico: The First Civilization in the Americas? The Norte Chico Civilization was an ancient civilization/complex society belonging to the Pre-Columbian era. ...
2019-07-10 05:00

The Moon and Its Atmosphere: What You May Not Know Many people are convinced the Moon lacks an atmosphere. They believe it is directly exposed to the vacuum of space. But this is incorrect. In fact, there is an atmosphere on the Moon. It is far less dense than Earth’s and wouldn’t be safe to breathe....
2019-07-10 05:00

Astronomers Studying The Oumuamua ‘Alien Spaceship’ Identify Its Interstellar Origins The huge, strange, cigar-shaped object known as ‘Oumuamua’ originated beyond our solar system and “is consistent with a natural origin” and “probably not" an alien controlled interstellar spaceship, according to a team of scientists. ...
2019-07-10 05:00

Five Bold Navigators Master the Deadly ‘Black Stream’ Migration After 32,000 Years A brave Japanese and Taiwanese rowing team has successfully replicated a 32,000-year-old ancient sea migration route in a traditional dugout canoe. ...
2019-07-10 05:00

Ingenious Abandoned Jungle City of Guayabo de Turrialba in Costa Rico South and Central America have many amazing archaeological sites, some of which were left behind by pre-Columbian peoples and cultures who left no written records. ...
2019-07-10 05:00

If You Could Stop Time, Would You? A Novel Puts a Dark Spin on the Question During a worldwide economic collapse, the heroes of Andri Snaer Magnason’s “The Casket of Time” seal themselves in time-proof boxes. So does everyone else....
2019-07-10 02:45

Review: ‘Dog Man: The Musical’ Celebrates a Cop Who Sniffs Out Crime The bizarro, irreverent world of Dav Pilkey, the creator of the Captain Underpants books, has been deftly translated to the Lucille Lortel Theater’s stage....
2019-07-09 21:45

In This Existential Thriller, a Heroine Has to Save Her Kidnapped Daughter “The Chain,” by Adrian McKinty, imagines a crime syndicate operating a string of abductions like a chain letter, with each set of victims responsible for taking the next hostage....
2019-07-09 21:45

‘American Carnage’ Shows How War Between Republicans Led to Their Peace With Trump In his deeply reported new book, Tim Alberta writes about George W. Bush, Sarah Palin, the Tea Party and the transformation that led to the G.O.P.’s loyal support for the current president....
2019-07-09 21:45

The Story of the Boko Haram Schoolgirls, by a Reporter Who Takes It Personally “Beneath the Tamarind Tree,” by Isha Sesay, weaves an account of the Nigerian girls’ kidnapping with the story of her own mother, another African girl determined to get an education....
2019-07-09 11:45

What Do the Sex Lives of ‘Three Women’ Tell Us About Female Desire? To write her book, Lisa Taddeo spent thousands of hours over eight years getting to know her subjects in an effort to understand their eroticyearnings and obsessions....
2019-07-09 11:45

Her Book in Limbo, Naomi Wolf Fights Back After her American publisher delayed her new book, “Outrages,” over accuracy concerns, she is responding with a strategy mixing scholarly peer review and damage control....
2019-07-09 11:45

Mussolini’s Quincussis: Was the Ancient Roman Coin a Fake? Scientists are perplexed at the origins and provenance of two very ancient and unusual Roman coins that turned up like a bad penny in the 20th century. ...
2019-07-09 07:45

6,000-Year-Old Budj Bim Named Australia’s First ‘Purely Cultural’ World Heritage Site UNESCO has given a 6,000-year-old Aboriginal cultural landscape called the Budj Bim archaeological site in Victoria, Australia the status of a World Heritage Site.  ...
2019-07-09 07:45

Martin Charnin, Who Helped Create ‘Annie,’ Dies at 84 He turned the comic strip “Little Orphan Annie” into a long-running Broadway musical and wrote the memorable lyrics to a score that included “Tomorrow.”...
2019-07-09 02:45

Ancient Mesopotamia and The Rise of Civilization In ancient times, Mesopotamia, meaning ‘land between two rivers’, was a vast region that lay between the Tigris and Euphrates river systems... ...
2019-07-09 01:00

Kuelap, Peru - Ancient Fortress of the Cloud Warriors Built by the Chachapoyas, the fortified citadel of Kuelap was home to the Warriors of the Cloud in Peru before they were conquered by invaders. Massive stone walls and hundreds of ruins stand as a reminder of a formidable culture lost to history. The...
2019-07-09 01:00

Long Frozen Organisms in the Arctic Awakened, Hinting at Life on Other Planets In recent years, researchers have reawakened life in frozen organisms in the Arctic permafrost, bringing them back to life. ...
2019-07-09 01:00

Encased In Pompeii’s Volcanic Ash ’10 Unexploded Bombs’ Take Over Italian Headlines In a conflict that killed almost 70 million people, it hardly comes as a surprise that archaeologists dig up so much left over junk.  ...
2019-07-09 01:00

‘Stranger Things’ Season 3 Recap: All’s Well That Ends Weird The third season brought all the nostalgia, gross-outs and character-driven emotion we’ve come to expect. But the ending left some lingering questions....
2019-07-08 22:15

Three Collections of Stories in Translation “Rain” (by Mia Couto), “The Sun on My Head” (by Geovani Martins) and “Arid Dreams” (by Duanwad Pimwana) depict landscapes of misfortune around the world....
2019-07-08 22:15

Alvin Ailey’s Associate Artistic Director to Step Down Masazumi Chaya will leave his post in January, and Matthew Rushing will take over. Also, Ronni Favors, an ex-Ailey member, will become rehearsal director....
2019-07-08 21:15

They Didn’t Speak for Nearly a Decade. Then They Made a Show About It. After starring together in “The Last Five Years” and “Dirty Rotten Scoundrels,” Norbert Leo Butz and Sherie Rene Scott had a “fracture” in their relationship. How do you set that to music?...
2019-07-08 21:15

Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch' begins on-site restoration Rembrandt's 17th century masterpiece "The Night Watch" begins restoration work on Monday in Amsterdam where visitors will be able to watch every step of the Rijksmuseum's biggest ever project....
2019-07-08 20:15

Spanish-Language Music Has Gone Global. Watch Rosalía Make Her Hit ‘Con Altura’ Two Spaniards, a Canadian, a Colombian and a clip from a Dominican television show helped turn a tribute to reggaeton into one of the hottest international songs of the summer....
2019-07-08 12:45

Hato Caves –Shelter of the Rebellious Slaves of Curaçao Caves and cave systems have an enduring fascination for us and are to be found all over the world.  ...
2019-07-08 03:00

Have the Ancient Origins of Scotland’s Loch Ness Monster Been Identified on Film? A Scottish filmmaker has published evidence of the “true nature and origins" of the 1450-year-old mystery of the Loch Ness Monster, which he discovered within a mysterious 7th century text. ...
2019-07-08 00:15

The Dramatic History of the Normans: A Tale of Medieval Conquest History is full of stories that will grip you like a modern page-turner novel, but only a few can do it as easily as the tale of the Normans.  ...
2019-07-08 00:15

James Monroe Enslaved Hundreds. Their Descendants Still Live Next Door. A small African-American community has existed less than 10 miles from the president’s former plantation for generations. Only recently has the full extent of their relationship been revealed....
2019-07-07 23:45

The Grotesque World of Gargoyles Gargoyles are an architectural feature that have existed for thousands of years. Initially designed to filter rainwater away from the edge of a building, they also have an arcane purpose – to ward off evil spirits. ...
2019-07-07 16:45

Taking Another Look at the Author of ‘The White Man’s Burden’ Christopher Benfey’s “If: The Untold Story of Kipling’s American Years” traces their influence on his work — and Kipling’s lasting influence on others....
2019-07-07 16:15

Pompeii: The Ancient Roman City Frozen in Time In the Campania region of Italy near the modern day city of Naples, there was once a prosperous Roman city - Pompeii. ...
2019-07-07 02:30

11 Ancient Remedies that Effectively Treat Modern Ailments With innovations appearing in our lives seemingly every day it seems that new breakthroughs in science are the only ones we trust. New is always considered better. With this prevalent thinking those who espouse the wisdom of the ancients are ignored ...
2019-07-07 00:45

Melania Trump Gets a Statue Near Her Hometown, Carved by Chain Saw An American artist commissioned a local amateur wood carver to create “the first monument to Melania” in her native Slovenia. Not everyone is impressed....
2019-07-06 17:30

Most Convincing Evidence Yet that Mars Supported Life A lot of intriguing evidence has been collected over the years in support of the idea that life once existed on Mars. No definitive proof has been found, in the form of indisputable fossil evidence, for example. But it is known that Mars was once a w...
2019-07-06 14:45

Axe Slices Through Helmet and Wounds Man During Medieval Battle Re-Enactment A young man who participated in a mock medieval battle in Australia has been rushed to hospital after he received an axe-blow to the head, which sliced through his helmet and caused severe lacerations. The battle was organized as part of the Winterfe...
2019-07-06 14:45

Desert Diver Discovers Submerged Treasure Beneath 2,300-Year-Old Kushite Pyramid A team of archaeologists ‘diving’ in the sweltering deserts of northern Sudan, once the land of Nubia, have discovered artifacts and ‘gold leaf’... ...
2019-07-06 09:30

Irish Poets Uncover the Kabbalah in Celtic Creation Myths In the early ninth century an Irish warrior-priest Cormac mac Cuilennáin, who would become king, wrote Sanas Cormaic in which he presented... ...
2019-07-06 05:30

Searching for the Terrifying Mongolian Death Worm Deep within the shifting sands of the Gobi Desert lies the elusive Olgoi-Khorkhoi, the Mongolian Death Worm – or so legend has it. The Mongolian Death Worm is a bright red worm, a mysterious cryptid said to inhabit the southern Gobi Desert. Local Mon...
2019-07-06 01:00

Two Viking Ship Burials Revealed by Archaeologists in Sweden Archaeologists in Sweden have announced the discovery of two ship-burials that may add invaluable data to the country’s Viking past.  ...
2019-07-06 01:00

The Grand Architect: The Sacred Link Between Architecture and the Divine Across Ancient Cultures In 1892, architect W.R. Lethaby wrote: “The main purpose and burden of sacred architecture - and all architecture, temple, tomb, or palace... ...
2019-07-06 01:00

A Family’s Real-Life Lie and the Movie That Complicated It When a cancer diagnosis was kept secret from her grandmother, Lulu Wang knew she had a film. But how to explain her project to a matriarch who’s still in the dark?...
2019-07-05 20:15

Ben Barenholtz, Midnight-Movie Innovator, Is Dead at 83 Mr. Barenholtz created a cult hit and started a trend in 1970 with late-night showings of the bloody, surreal film “El Topo” at his Manhattan theater....
2019-07-05 20:15

The disabled artist and her dirty secret When a disabled artist tried to show her family how messy they were by taking photographs of their clutter, they mistakenly thought she had created a new piece of artwork....
2019-07-05 19:15

Possibly the Earliest Deliberate Cranial Deformations Found In China Our ancestors had many practices that we may find inexplicable, one of these being the intentional reshaping of skulls until they were egg-shaped. ...
2019-07-05 16:30

Ancient Knowledge from Irish Manuscripts Used to Track Volcanic Activity and Climate Change Using voluminous data left behind by our ancestors, modern scientists have discovered a correlation between volcanic activity and periods of bitterly cold weather in Ireland. They uncovered this connection while studying climate records produced by I...
2019-07-05 14:30

Macuahuitl: Aztec Wooden ‘Paddles’ Are Obsidian Swords, Sharper Than Steel The Spanish conquerors of the 16th century were met by the sophisticated Aztec culture when they first landed on the shores of Mexico.  ...
2019-07-05 01:15

Russian Billionaire Continues the Search for Extraterrestrial Intelligence It hasn’t been widely publicized, but the most extensive search for extraterrestrial intelligence ever undertaken has been up and running for more than four years. Breakthrough Listen is a 10-year, $100 million space scanning project sponsored the Be...
2019-07-05 01:15

What Went Wrong? The Real Story of the Battle of Thermopylae In 480 BC, an enormous Persian army under the chief command of Emperor Xerxes (son of Darius the Great) campaigned against Thessaly in central Greece. Mainly they fought against the southern mostly democratic and independent city/states. The army num...
2019-07-05 01:15

Roman Fort Excavation in England Reveals Lost Road and Ancient Mine Setting this discovery in context, an article on the National Trust website declares that in 2006, the Cornwall and West Devon mining landscape achieved World Heritage Status recognized by UNESCO  ...
2019-07-05 01:15

Murder in the Paleolithic? Proof of Ancient Homicide Deduced By Forensic Archaeology A paper published today has concluded that the 33,000 year old remains of a man excavated in a cave in South Transylvania are of the victim of a bloody and murderous attack.  ...
2019-07-05 01:15

Writers Who Worked on Idris Elba Play Say They Have Been Erased Two British playwrights said their work on “Tree,” a new work that will premiere at the Manchester International Festival, was not properly acknowledged....
2019-07-04 21:30

Spiro Malas, Dependable Bass and a ‘Most Happy Fella,’ Dies at 86 Mr. Malas’s resonant voice and sly comic timing served him well in numerous secondary roles. A starring role, and acclaim, came late in his career on Broadway....
2019-07-04 05:30

DNA Shows Biblical Philistines Came From Europe New research on Philistine DNA reveals that the Biblical enemies of the Israelites were newcomers to the region in the 12th century BC. Where did they come from? Their genes suggest Southern Europe. ...
2019-07-04 03:30

Review: ‘Stranger Things’ Reaches 1985 and Goes to the Mall Netflix’s hit blend of sci-fi, horror and big-hair nostalgia adds John Hughes-style teenage romance and “Fast Times at Ridgemont High” to its recipe....
2019-07-03 23:45

Archaeologists Believe 3200-Year-Old Hittite Temple Was a Functioning Lunisolar Calendar Yazılıkaya is a 3,200-year-old building that was known to have been central in religious ceremonies in the capital city of the ancient Hittite Empire, but according to a new scientific theory, it might have served as a working calendar and a sacred c...
2019-07-03 22:45

The Rosslyn Chapel Carvings: Facts, Mysteries, and Conspiracies The exquisite carvings of Rosslyn Chapel in Scotland are among the best in Europe and portray scenes not found in any other 15th century chapel. Much of the mystery and intrigue surrounding this site is connected with the unique carvings. Rosslyn Cha...
2019-07-03 22:30

A TV Critic Who Has Seen the Small Screen Become Huge In “I Like to Watch,” Emily Nussbaum of The New Yorker looks back on television’s artistic high points and cultural influence over the past two decades....
2019-07-03 22:15

From 1860s Strife to ’60s Pop Art to Today’s Runways, Unforgettable Images Three shows and one new book vividly illustrate how photography and art can capture the moment, whether it’s men going to the moon or models striding a catwalk....
2019-07-03 22:15

To Understand Climate Change, We Need to Understand Greenland In “The Ice at the End of the World,” Jon Gertner recounts a sprawling history of adventurers and scientists who have tried to unlock the secrets of this vast polar expanse....
2019-07-03 22:15

3,000-Year-Old Phoenician Shell-Dye Factory Linked With The Temple Shards of Phoenician pottery excavated fifty years ago from an archeological dig in Tel Shikmona located south of Haifa, in Israel ...
2019-07-03 21:45

Fresh Light Illuminates Brilliant Medieval Fresco Incarcerated For Centuries in Rome A letter from 1965 alerted a curious historian to the existence of an interesting painting that was hidden in one of Rome’s many churches.  ...
2019-07-03 21:45

UN cultural agency removes birthplace of Jesus from its list of heritage sites in danger The United Nations’ cultural agency announced on Tuesday that it was removing the place that is officially recognized as the Birthplace of Jesus, from its List of World Heritage in Danger – crediting extensive restorative work on Bethlehem’s Nativity...
2019-07-03 07:30

A Quarry Is Actually A 3D Map Of The Ancient Egyptian Underworld, Suggests Polish Scientist Ancient Egyptians are well known for their creation of vast architectural structures which penetrate the skies and each one required a thorough understanding of the universal dynamics of breadth, width, and height. ...
2019-07-03 02:30

Lewis Chessman Bought for £5 Sells at Auction for £735,000 In the early 1800s, an ancient treasure washed up on the Isle of Lewis in westernmost Scotland – 78 ornately-carved chess pieces made from walrus ivory dating back to the 12th century.   ...
2019-07-03 02:30

1500-Year-old Concealed ‘Font Within A Font’ Found At Jesus’ Birthplace A remarkable find has been announced at the Church of the Nativity, which Christians believe marks the location of Jesus Christ’s birthplace. ...
2019-07-03 02:30

Can You Name the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World? The Seven Wonders of the Ancient World are seven awe-inspiring monuments of classical antiquity that reflect the skill and ingenuity of their creators. ...
2019-07-03 02:30

Max Wright, Who Went From Theater Roles to ‘ALF,’ Dies at 75 He was best known for playing a suburban father who lives with a furry alien. But he preferred the stage, and he said he had been “hugely eager” for the show to end....
2019-07-02 21:15

Savion Glover, Listening to the Sound of His Own Searching “There’s always new rules to establish, a new understanding for others to get hip to,” said the master tapper, who has a new show at the Joyce Theater....
2019-07-02 21:15

‘Stranger Things’ Is Back. Here’s Where We Left Off in Season 2. The Upside Down was sealed, but Hawkins clearly isn’t out of the woods yet. If you’re a little fuzzy on the difference between a Demogorgon and a demodog, read on....
2019-07-02 21:15

Want Kids to Learn the Joy of Reading? Barbershops and Laundromats Can Help A movement supported by nonprofit groups and libraries is creating literary spaces in places where children find themselves with time on their hands....
2019-07-02 13:15

The Cosmic Scorpion Evident in Ancient Cultures Scorpions have inhabited the Earth for over 400 million years. They were one of the first seabed evolved creatures to climb out of oceans onto land. Although older than the dinosaurs and despite many species, there has been small change to their basi...
2019-07-02 04:15

The Khachkar Stones of Noratus and a Peculiar Resistance of the Invasion of Tamerlane The ancient village of Noratus, in the Gegharkunik region of Armenia, is a hidden gem with a number of historical monuments. ...
2019-07-02 03:30

Antarctica’s Hidden Mountains Revealed Antarctica has been covered with ice for thousands of years, and only recently have we been able to fully identify its underlying features.  ...
2019-07-02 03:30

The Maasai Legend Behind Ancient Hominin Footprints in Tanzania In 1976 paleoanthropologist Mary Leakey and other scientists reported that they’d found ancient hominin footprints at a site in Laetoli, northeastern Tanzania.  ...
2019-07-01 22:15

When Leaving a Religion Is Like Abandoning a Cult Amber Scorah’s memoir, “Leaving the Witness,” recounts a tale of disillusion and ultimate apostasy as she decides to turn away from the faith she’s known since birth....
2019-07-01 20:45

The Cwezi: Ancient Race of Mystical People and the Modern-Day Cwezi Cult Accused of Black Magic The Bachwezi people, who are also known as the Ancient Cwezi or Chwezi, were a group of people who legends say ruled the Empire of Kitara (Empire of the Sun) ...
2019-07-01 19:01

Glastonbury: Supporting Stormzy's headline set As Stormzy delivered his acclaimed headline performance at Friday's Festival, interpreter Tara Asher who specialises in signing grime music was working alongside him. ....
2019-07-01 17:30

The Ancient Maya Apparition Who Showed the Way to Xunantunich The ancient Maya civilization was one of the most remarkable of all the many Mesoamerican cultures, not only because they wrote books and were lovers of chocolate, but also because many of their ruins and temples are still being discovered.  ...
2019-07-01 10:45

The Zapotecs of Monte Alban - The First Civilization in Western Mexico? In the central valleys of the Mexican state of Oaxaca lie stone ruins centered around an artificially leveled hill. It is now a famous tourist destination as well as a major archaeological site. Although it has cultural significance today, it has ver...
2019-07-01 01:30

1,000 Years of Archaeology Emerges from Virgin Hotel Site in Edinburgh Delaying Branson's Plans Sir Richard Branson’s first Virgin Hotel in the UK, which is being constructed in Edinburgh, will be delivered a year late. This is due to archaeologists uncovering 1000 years of artifacts at the site – artifacts which are providing new insights abou...
2019-06-30 14:45