1. Ancient Sea Navigators

    Many people in history have been skilled sea navigators. They often sailed by the stars and various other methods. The early Polynesians populated much of the Pacific ocean using these skills. Ancient Europeans also appear to have possessed this knowledge. https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-important-events/transoceanic-voyage-0013390…Read More

  2. The Night Sky for the Week of 3-8-20

    Spring is less than two weeks away, but there is still much of the winter night sky to see. Orion and Sirius are high in the southern evening sky. Sirius is one of three stars of the winter triangle, the other two are Betelgeuse (upper right of Sirius) and Procyon (upper left of Sirius). The planet Venus is in the evening sky as well. While the moon will be full on Monday. Enjoy the view. https://…Read More

  3. Agriculture and the Beginning of Civilization

    The ancient city of Gobekli Tepe in Turkey, challenges what we know about the relation of  agriculture to the origins of civilization. Until its discovery it was believed that agriculture had to have been developed, before it was possible to have large societies. Since Gobekli Tepe is composed of massive stone monoliths, it was clearly built by an advanced society. But it predates the discovery o…Read More

  4. Classical Mythology- Xiwangmu

    In the far eastern mythology of China and Japan, Xiwangmu is a major female deity who is connected with immortality. Her name means 'Queen Mother of the West'. She was the wife of the Jade Emperor, and the her peaches from her orchard give eternal life. https://www.ancient-origins.net/human-origins-religions/queen-mother-west-0013364…Read More

  5. The Night Sky for the Week of 3-1-20

    It is March and winter is starting to wind down. In the evening sky the evening star- Venus is close to the moon and the constellation of Aries.  The constellations of Canis Major, Orion, and Taurus, with their bright stars Sirius, Betelgeuse, and Aldebaran, are high in the evening sky. The first-quarter moon is Monday. Have a great week. https://skyandtelescope.org/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-…Read More

  6. Great Astronomers- William and Caroline Herschel

    William and Caroline Herschel where brother and sister astronomers who discovered many famous things in the night sky. William discovered the planet Uranus in 1781. He was then made the court astronomer by King George III. Caroline discovers include: NGC 205 (a satellite galaxy of the Andromeda galaxy), NGC 2360 (a star cluster), and several comets. https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-famous-p…Read More

  7. Has the Lost Tomb of Queen Nefertiti Been Found?

    Researchers may have solved one of histories great mysteries, where is the great Egyptian Queen Nefertiti buried. Scientists where using ground penetrating radar in King Tutankhamen's tomb looking for hidden rooms, and managed to find a hidden chamber, which resembles an Egyptian queen's tomb. Queen Nefertiti was one of the most powerful women ever in ancient Egypt. Women had a high status in Egyp…Read More

  8. The Night Sky for Week of 2-23-20

    The planet Venus is slowly heading toward the Pleiades in the early evening sky. Also, look for the Winter Hexagram, which consists of the major stars and constellations in the winter sky. The moon is new on Sunday the 23rd, which makes for dark night skies this week.  https://www.skyandtelescope.com/observing/this-weeks-sky-at-a-glance-february-21-29/…Read More

  9. Austrian Eisriesenwelt Ice Caves

    The Eisriesenwelt Caves, which are located in the Austrian Alps, are one of the great natural wonders of Europe. The ice part of the cave system, are about 3000 feet long. One of the ice formations is an impressive 246 feet high. The Eisriesenwelt Caves are close to famous Austrian city of Salzburg. https://www.ancient-origins.net/ancient-places-europe/eisriesenwelt-cave-0013310…Read More

  10. Ancient Languages that are Still in Use

    Some ancient languages are still being spoken around the world. Many people speak Chinese and Persian. Other languages such as Aramaic are only spoken by a few people. Here are the top ten surviving ancient languages: https://www.ancient-origins.net/history-ancient-traditions/oldest-language-0013298…Read More