Celestial Maps of Gegham Mountain: The Unique Rock Art of Armenia

In the volcanic Gegham and Vardenis Mountains of Armenia, architect Suren Petrosyan discovered unique and mysterious astrological rock art paintings. Experts have different opinions on the creation chronology of the rock art paintings found in the basin of Lake Sevan and along the slopes of Mount Aragats. Some think these rock art paintings were created in the third to second millennium BC, others claim about the fifth to fourth millennium…

Man Claims Bosnian Boulder is World’s Oldest Man-Made Sphere

A man who some people call the ‘Bosnian Indiana Jones’ claims he found the world’s oldest man-made sphere, which looks suspiciously like the boulder that rolled behind Doctor Jones in Raiders of the Lost Ark. This is the same ‘Bosnian Indiana Jones’ who claims to have discovered the world’s largest pyramids, also in Bosnia. Is he for real or a member of the Bosnian Tourism Bureau? Archaeologist Semir Osmanagić (also…

Scientists resolve myth about the identity of the Dark Countess

Marie-Thérèse in Vienna in 1796 soon after her exile from France. Image from Wikipedia. The Countess and the Princess In 1807 an enigmatic couple arrived in the village of Hildburghausen in Central Germany and lived in the castle of Eishausen for the next 30 years. The villagers referred to the solitary duo as the Dunkelgrafen or the “Dark Counts” because when the couple was seen outside of the castle they…

The Fantastic Adventures of Vainamoinen: Finnish Hero, Wizard, Shaman, and God

Väinämöinen is an important figure in Finnish folklore, and has been variously referred to as a hero, a wizard, a shaman, and a god. More importantly, this benevolent character is the primary protagonist in the Kalevala. This is a 19th century work of epic poetry that has since been regarded as the national epic of Finland. The Kalevala is made up of oral folk poetry and mythology collected and compiled…

Years Before Columbus: Leif Erikson, His Life and His Voyage of Adventure to the New World

Many people still believe that the person who “discovered” America was Christopher Columbus, forgetting the fact that there were already indigenous people living there. An additional fact that is often overlooked is that the new world was visited, and temporarily colonized, about 492 years before Columbus by another European – a man known as Leif Erikson. A Family History of Banishment and Adventure-Seeking Leif Erikson was born circa 970 AD…

The human bone chandelier and other creepy decorations of the Cabaret of Death

The human bone chandelier at the Cabaret du Néant. Image credit: billyjane via Flickr. Patrons from far and wide came to sip drinks with names like Cholera and Arsenic while sitting at a coffin under a real human bone chandelier in the Cabaret of Death, a peculiar Parisian watering hole that opened in the early 1890’s. The Cabaret of Death was in the eccentric Montmartre neighborhood near the divine Cabaret…

The Black Death: the Plague that Sowed Terror and Death in Medieval Europe – Part 1

In recent months, health authorities in California, USA, have been obliged to report two cases of the plague that appeared in West Coast state. In the state of Colorado two other people also contracted and died of the disease. As if that were not enough, in recent weeks the Yosemite National Park located in California, has had to close their camp Tuolumne Meadows after the authorities determined that two squirrels apparently also died from the plague. The plague is…

Hy-Brasil: The Legendary Phantom Island of Ireland

Hy-Brasil was an island which appeared on ancient maps as early as 1325 and into the 1800s.  On most maps, it was located roughly 321km (200 miles) off the west coast of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean. One of the most distinctive geographical features of Hy-Brasil on those maps is that it often appears as a circle with a channel (or river) running east to west across the diameter….

Ancient Irish Were the First Known to Mark an Eclipse in Stone

More than 5,000 years ago people in Ireland carved a representation of an eclipse into three stones at a megalithic monument—the first known recording of a solar eclipse, scholars say. Researchers have further noted that the sun shines into a chamber of this monument in County Meath on the later ancient Celtic festivals of Samhain and Imbolc. IrishCentral reports: Our ancient Irish ancestors carved images of an ancient eclipse into giant stones over 5,000…

Holy Crap, This Odd Viking “Treasure” May Rival the Crown Jewels

Paleoscatology, a branch of research that involves precisely what you think it does — ancient excrement — would rank high among areas one would least hope to find revelations about humanity and its prehistoric activities. However, before you accuse us of being “full of crap” (placing all puns aside), among the most treasured, and perhaps stomach-turning items ever recovered from the ancient living spaces of Viking settlements involves this odd area of interest….

Underwater pyramid discovered near Portugal

Underwater pyramid discovered near PortugalThought that the pyramids only belonged to the Egyptians and the Mayans? Well think again, because a pyramid has been discovered within the region of Portugal. “”Researchers have discovered an underwater pyramid 60 meters high and 8000 meters square base near the Bank De João de Castro, between the islands of Terceira and São Miguel. The structure was identified by the sailor Diocleciano Smith based on…

Lost Underwater Forest of Doggerland Found by Diver

Have you heard of Doggerland? If you think it sounds British, you’re right. If you think it’s a place where people have sex in public, get your mind out of the gutter and into the North Sea because Doggerland is actually a lost land mass sometimes called Britain’s Atlantis because it disappeared 8,000 years ago. Now a diver has discovered an underwater forest of Doggerland in 20 feet of water…

The Bizarre Anatomical Machines of Italy

The historic and magnificent city of Naples, Italy, has long been home to some of the finest masterpieces of art on earth. Among the quaint streets and museums, one can find a place called The Cappella Sansevero, or the Sansevero Chapel, also called the Chapel of Santa Maria della Pietà. It is a beautifully crafted chapel that is home to some of the best works of the top Italian artists of the…