Covid UK: Lockdown visitors ruin one of Britain’s most important ancient forests by holding weddings

Lockdown visitors ruin Dartmoor’s ancient forest Wistman’s Wood by holding weddings, leaving litter and stripping moss from trees for their hanging baskets Devon County Council say visitors are ‘ruining’ Wistman’s Wood on Dartmoor People have held weddings, left litter and stripped moss from dwarf oak trees  Area likely to be left-over from ancient forest that covered … Read more Covid UK: Lockdown visitors ruin one of Britain’s most important ancient forests by holding weddings

Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ was used to ward off evil eye 1,500 years ago

Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ that was used to ward off evil eye is found above the doorway of a once-magnificent church built in Israel 1,500 years ago A 1,500 inscription that reads ‘Christ, born of Mary’ has been found in Israel The phrase, written in ancient Greek, was used to ward off … Read more Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ was used to ward off evil eye 1,500 years ago

Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ was used to ward off evil eye 1,500 years ago

Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ that was used to ward off evil eye is found above the doorway of a once-magnificent church built in Israel 1,500 years ago A 1,500 inscription that reads ‘Christ, born of Mary’ has been found in Israel The phrase, written in ancient Greek, was used to ward off … Read more Ancient Greek inscription of ‘Christ, born of Mary’ was used to ward off evil eye 1,500 years ago

Spectacular fossil of an eight-foot ancient shark unearthed in Germany 

Spectacular fossil of an eight-foot SHARK that roamed the seas 150 million years ago and was one of the largest of its time is unearthed in Germany The well-preserved skeleton of the  Asteracanthus shark were found in Bavaria The almost complete skeleton shows that Asteracanthus was up to 8ft long There were 150 teeth preserved within … Read more Spectacular fossil of an eight-foot ancient shark unearthed in Germany 

Ancient art: Mysterious painting of a PIG dating back 45,500 years found in a cave in Indonesia

An image of a warty pig painted onto the wall of an Indonesian cave some 45,500 years ago may be the ‘world’s oldest-known figurative artwork’, a study has claimed. Researchers from Australia and Indonesia found the painting of the native wild boar on the rear wall of the Leang Tedongnge cave in the south of … Read more Ancient art: Mysterious painting of a PIG dating back 45,500 years found in a cave in Indonesia

Ancient art: Mysterious painting of a PIG dating back 45,500 years found in a cave in Indonesia

An image of a warty pig painted onto the wall of an Indonesian cave some 45,500 years ago may be the ‘world’s oldest-known figurative artwork’, a study has claimed. Researchers from Australia and Indonesia found the painting of the native wild boar on the rear wall of the Leang Tedongnge cave in the south of … Read more Ancient art: Mysterious painting of a PIG dating back 45,500 years found in a cave in Indonesia

Visiting Laos: It hasn’t had one Covid death and has an uplifting ancient capital

Shopkeeper Kalina has just brewed tea and offers me a cup. I have stopped to buy water from her village store in Ban Chan, near Luang Prabang in northern Laos. It’s her home, too, built at ‘pig height’ off the ground to stop the animals wandering in, and is also reassuringly surrounded by a border … Read more Visiting Laos: It hasn’t had one Covid death and has an uplifting ancient capital

Alphabet: Canaanite miners in Ancient Egypt made simple letters from intricate hieroglyphs

The alphabet was invented by illiterate Canaanite miners in ancient Egypt who turned elaborate hieroglyphs into basic letters 4,000 years ago, a study claimed. In 2006, Egyptologist Orly Goldwasser argued that symbols on artefacts from a temple in the Sinai are prototypes of the letters that we use to read and write today. While it had … Read more Alphabet: Canaanite miners in Ancient Egypt made simple letters from intricate hieroglyphs

Archaeologists unearth ancient ‘salad bar’ at Pompeii

A fast-food eatery at Pompeii has been excavated, helping to reveal dishes that were popular for the citizens of the ancient Roman city who were partial to eating out. Pompeii Archaeological Park’s longtime chief, Massimo Osanna said Saturday that while some 80 such fast-foods have been found at Pompeii, it is the first time such … Read more Archaeologists unearth ancient ‘salad bar’ at Pompeii

Ancient wolf pup mummy unearthed in Canadian permafrost

A mummified baby grey wolf with a perfectly preserved head, tail, paws and fur has been found in Yukon, northern Canada.  The seven-week-old female wolf pup, christened Zhùr, had been locked in permafrost – ground that remains completely frozen – for 57,000 years. Researchers think the 1.4-pound pup, who had traces of salmon in her gut, died … Read more Ancient wolf pup mummy unearthed in Canadian permafrost