Archive for category History

Boadicea’s gold found

boudicas-goldWith thanks to the MailOnline 18.1.09:

For 2,000 years, this enormous fortune lay undisturbed in the ground where it had been left as a gift to the gods. The 824 gold coins were minted by the deeply-religious Iceni tribe, made famous by the warrior queen Boadicea. They have been dated to some time between 40BC and 15AD and are worth up to £250,000 at today’s values. Read the rest of this entry »

Chess in Crete 2000BCE?

chessApparently the game of chess did not begin in India!

It may have evolved into its modern form there in about 600AD, but the game was known in many forms for millenia. Read the rest of this entry »

The May Pole

may poleBack to our pagan roots!

In Druidic times, the 1st May was a fertility festival where the goddess of sexuality and fertility would be celebrated, firstly by everyone dancing around a May Pole (her traditional symbol) and then disappearing into the ‘greenwood’ to undergo nuptials. Read the rest of this entry »

Who is Father Christmas Anyway?

green manWe all know that Christianity hijacked the most revered and favourite figures and festivals from our ancestors when they ‘took over’.

This is because they could not extinguish the people’s love of the Old Ways. Read the rest of this entry »

2,000-year-old Dead Sea Scrolls to go online

With thanks to MSNBC and By Joseph Nasr via Reuters

JERUSALEM – Scientists in Israel are taking digital photographs of the Dead Sea Scrolls with the aim of making the 2,000-year-old documents available to the public and researchers on the Internet. Read the rest of this entry »

Lost Cities of the Ancient World

I have just stumbledupon this fabulous site with loads of pictures of ancient lost cities.

This photographic collection is awesome and must have taken a great deal of collecting. Do take some time to visit this site and look around.

There is a brief explanation of each site and lots of pictures. The sites range from well known places such as Abu Simbel, to lesser known places like Sanchi, and little known cities, for example Lothal.

This World just gets more interesting!

Ancient Cemetery Found; Brings “Green Sahara” to Life

With thanks to National Geographic Christine Dell’Amore National Geographic News August 14 2008:

Dinosaur hunters have stumbled across the largest and oldest Stone Age cemetery in the Sahara desert. Paleontologist Paul Sereno and his team were scouring the rocks between harsh dunes in northern Niger in 2000 when they stumbled across the graveyard, on the shores of a long-gone lake. Read the rest of this entry »

Neal Stephenson

Baroque TrilogyI must recommend Neal Stephenson’s Baroque Trilogy Quicksilver, The Confusion and The System of the World! Wow!

If I could write like this I would feel truly blessed.

What a sweet way to learn history!

Thank you Mr Stephenson!

Language is our history

cohaneJohn Philip Cohane wrote a classic book The Key which unfortunately is not available on amazon but can be obtained as my link indicates.

This fascinating book shows how language can be used to unlock the riddle of our past, like DNA strands can unlock our genetic structure.

Well worth a read!

Daughters of Fire

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Daughters of Fire by Barbara Erskine

This wonderful novel lights up the Celtic World in great brilliance.

It is a great story and also great history. It is well researched and takes into account all the recent archaeology and also the current arguments, fights and debates in modern historical and archaeological academia. Very clever indeed! Read the rest of this entry »