The skeleton of a boy from the Hermitage revealed the mystery of the American Indian
An international group of researchers, including Russian geneticists have studied DNA from the skeleton of a boy who lived in Siberia some 24 thousand years ago. The analysis of genetic…

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Aswan tombs of the nobles
Sand hills of the West Bank Aswan is strewn with rock tombs, where the buried officials of high status, the Ancient and Middle kingdoms. On top of the hill is…

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Askold’s grave in Kiev: in the past and now

Beautiful Park, famous people under the name of “Askold’s grave” — the place of many unfortunate things. Here in ancient times was dead and buried Prince Askold, after alternately gave way to the Church, city and German cemeteries, and in the middle of the twentieth century buried the soldiers who died during the liberation of Kiev. Many changes have endured and the Church of St. Nicholas at Askold grave: from the sanctuary to the Park pavilion.

The history of the Park “Askold’s grave”

According to the ancient legend, Askold’s tomb owes its name to the head of the Kiev. Prince Askold was deceived and murdered in 882, and then buried at the place of his death. The cause of the tragedy was the desire of the Novgorod Prince Oleg to take the place of Kievan ruler.

Another name of the area — “Ugric tract” (“Ugorske tract”). It appears QC memo about ugrah, which in ancient times led a nomadic life and set up camp near the Askold grave. Thereafter, the tribe moved West, where he founded his own public education — Hungary. Continue reading

Archaeologists called the cause of extinction of civilization on Easter island

For a long time it was believed that the inhabitants of Easter island, or Rapa Nui (the local name for the Islands), were the victims of military conflict. The only thing left is the mysterious stone statues and a set of triangular shards of volcanic glass, which, presumably, was used as a weapon. However, it was different, believe scientists from the University of Binghamton in new York (USA).

In their opinion pieces, called “meta a”, actually served as tools. The findings of archaeologists refute existing theory about the bloody battle that destroyed the civilization on the island. New assumptions based on the results of the analysis of over 400 samples “mate and” collected on Rapa Nui.

According to the head of research, Professor Carl Lipo, a careful study of the fragments shows that they differ in shape, unlike the model spearheads. Comparing the samples from Easter island with the fragments of weapons found in Europe and around the world, you will notice that all the elements of the latter have the same carefully designed and tested the form, says the scientist. And she, in his opinion, was necessary that weapons are guaranteed to reach the desired goal. Continue reading

Excavation of the ancient city of Kition, modern Larnaca

Larnaca which we know now wasn’t always Larnaca. Around the 12th century BC there was built the important ancient city-Kingdom of Kition. Kition was one of the centres of Phoenician and Mycenaean civilizations. The Mycenaean Greeks had built a huge wall and the complex of five temple, including the temple of the goddess of fertility Estate. After leaving Kition, the Mycenaeans went into decline and then revived with the arrival of Phoenicians on the island. The Phoenicians brought with them a developed craft, Maritime Commerce and their rich culture. Entire trading ships began to arrive in the harbour of Kition with the goods and leave with copper. After several centuries of reign island was conquered first the Persians and then Alexander the great himself.

In the 7th century Kition was almost destroyed by the raids of Arabs. And with the arrival of merchants from Genoa city was again transformed. Since the purpose of merchants was the extraction of salt from Salt lakes Kition was renamed Salina . But the name Larnaca, the town got during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Larnaca in Greek means “tomb”. Continue reading