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Indian archaeologists discover ruins of a lost civilization in Mizoram

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Ancient ruins in Mizoram
A team of archaeologists excavating the mysterious megalithic structures at Vangchhia in Champhai district of Mizoram was of the opinion that a city belonging to a greater lost civilization might have once existed there. The excavations concluded on Wednesday.

Vangchhia is Mizoram's only ASI-protected site.

Sujeet Nayan, assistant superintending archaeologist at ASI Delhi and director of the excavation at Vangchhia, said this was one of the most important archaeological finds of the present time. He said the site held the key to hitherto-unknown facts about Mizoram and the northeast.

The team documented more than 50 structures at Vangchhia and will return soon for further research and study. It collected fragments of charcoal that will be sent to specialized laboratories for carbon dating and other scientific analysis.

"We were exploring what lay beneath the bushes and thick foliage. The entire site could hold traces of a lost city or a greater lost civilization. It is amazing to stumble upon so many things. We need more time and research to reach a final conclusion," said Nayan.

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Rare glass beads found in Danish tomb were made in King Tut's workshop

Egyptian Bead in Danish Tomb
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Detail of a bead found at the Danish tomb.
Glass beads discovered in 3,400-year-old Danish graves were Egyptian in origin, and made by King Tutankhamun's workshop, Israeli newspaper Haaretz reported Thursday.

The beads were found in the Nordic burial sites by a team of Danish and French archaeologists, the publication explained, and nearly two-dozen of them were blue, which was said to be a rare color during the Bronze Age. Their discovery indicates that trade routes between the Levant and northern Europe may have been established as early as the 13th century BCE.

Jeanette Varberg, an archaeologist and curator at the Moesgaard Museum who was involved in the research, told Haaretz that blue glass was "the next best thing" to Lapis lazuli, a blue-colored semi-precious gemstone that would have been the most valuable bauble of its kind in the Nordic Late Bronze age. "In the north it must have been almost magic," she added.

One of the beads was found buried along with a Bronze Age woman at a gravesite in the town of Olby in Denmark, the researchers said, while another was discovered in a necklace together with four pieces of amber at the burial location of a second woman. Twenty-three beads were found in all, and were analyzed using a non-destructive technique known as plasma-spectrometry.

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Rise and Fall of Islam in Europe: When the Moors (Muslims) ruled Europe

Join British historian Bettany Hughes as she examines a long-buried chapter of European history--the rise and fall of Islamic culture in what is now Spain and Portugal.

Although generations of Spanish rulers have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archeology and scholarship now shed fresh light on the Moors who flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years.

This fascinating documentary explodes old stereotypes and offers shocking new insights. You'll discover the ingenious mathematics behind Granada's dazzling Alhambra Palace, trace El Cid's lineage to his Moorish roots, and learn how the Iberian population willingly converted to Islam in droves.

Comment: For more information, listen to our radio show Behind the Headlines: 'Muslim Hordes' - The Islamic origins of Western Civilization.


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Behind the Headlines: 'Muslim Hordes' - The Islamic origins of Western Civilization

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The Age of the Caliphs: Brown - Muhammad, 622–632. Orange - Rashidun Caliphate, 632–661. Yellow - Umayyad Caliphate, 661–750
With post-9/11 anti-Muslim hysteria in the West providing fertile ground for the perception of today's refugee crisis in Europe as a "Muslim horde invading Western civilization to rape our women, steal our jobs and generally tarnish Our White European Christian Values", intense historical revisionism is underway to paint Muslims as having always been a 'backwards, sub-human horde'.

In a throwback to the Medieval crusades, today's Western wars of conquest in the Muslim world have essentially been justified on the basis of a 'civilizing mission' to bring freedom and democracy to backwards peoples. Citing it as historical precedent, the revisionists propose that the Medieval era crusades launched against Muslim cities in the Eastern Mediterranean were justified because of the 'invasion and occupation of Medieval Spain' during Europe's Dark Age.

In what is arguably one of history's richest ironies, this complete inversion of what really happened when the Muslims came to Europe around 700 AD has obscured the truth about just who was behaving like a marauding horde and who was doing the civilizing. So this week on Behind the Headlines we're going to take a moment to explore the origins of Western civilization.

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Archaeologists discover 1000 year old 'lost' village of Cadzow in Scotland

medieval village Cadzow
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Artists impression of the lost village of Cadzow
Construction work to upgrade Central Scotland's motorway network on the M74 near Hamilton has unearthed a rare archaeological discovery, including remnants of a medieval village and a collection of mediaeval coins believed to date from the 10th or 11th Century.

The discovery was made on the verge of the M74 motorway near Junction 6 Hamilton, opposite Hamilton Services, where the carriageway is being widened as part of the £500m M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements Project.

Keith Brown, Minister for Infrastructure, Investments and Cities, visited the site and viewed the rare collection of coins and artefacts, which archaeologist believe to be more than 1000 years old and could finally identify the location of the lost village of Cadzow.

Black Magic

Report claims Hitler engaged in bizarre sexual fetish acts and forced his niece to act them out

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The latest personal information to be revealed about Adolf Hitler since the "micro-penis" report shows that the Nazi leader had some seriously strange sexual interests.

A U.S. intelligence report claims the Fuhrer indulged in bizarre sexual fetishes and even made his own niece act them out. A psychological profile compiled by American spies revealed that Hitler was a coprophiliac — someone who gets sexual pleasure from feces.

He allegedly forced his niece, Geli Raubal, to perform disturbing sex acts.

Before this finding was made public, the most recent information revealed about Hitler's sex life was that he had an abnormally small, deformed penis and had only one testicle.

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Ruling over one of the greatest empires in the ancient world - the Persian Pishdadian Dynasty

Iran, Gate of all nations.
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Iran, Gate of all nations.
It is arguable that the most famous empire based in Persia was that of the Achaemenids. This was one of the greatest empires in the ancient world, and is best known in the Western world for its wars with the Greeks during the 5th century BC and the Macedonians later. According to Persian epic tradition, there were other dynasties that preceded the Achaemenids. The archaeological record shows that prior to the rise of the Achaemenids, Persia was under the rule of the Elamites, and, later, in certain areas, under Assyrian and Median control. The Avesta (a collection of Zoroastrian sacred texts) and the Shahnameh (the national epic of Iran) however, state that this period saw native Persian rule in the form of the Pishdadian and Kayanian Dynasties.

Early Rule of Persia

The Pishdadian Dynasty is said to have produced the first kings who ruled over the land of Persia. Some of the Pishdadian kings are claimed to have even ruled for thousands of years. On the one hand, it has been suggested that given these impossibly long reigns, the historical veracity of these kings are somewhat dubious. On the other hand, it has been argued that such tales should just not be taken too literally. Instead, the reign of each king ought to be regarded as being "a sequential record of human development", as "developments that correspond to archaeological / historical ages such as the Stone and Metal Ages" are said to have happened during their rule.

The first mortal, who was also the first Pishdadian king, for instance, is recorded to have been Kaiumers (spelled also as Kayomars and Keyumars). This name evolved from Gayomard, and Gaya Maretan (literally translated as 'life mortal') before it. Ferdowsi, in the Shahnameh, describes Kaiumers as such...

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Is this a huge million-year-old complex of underground man-made structures?

Underground complex
Most archaeologists and historians agree that human civilization only emerged some 10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Yet many researchers have drawn attention to artifacts and various other evidence of advanced civilizations long before this, even millions of years earlier.

Among them is Dr. Alexander Koltypin, a geologist and director of the Natural Science Research Center at Moscow's International Independent University of Ecology and Politology.

Koltypin has analyzed ancient underground structures across the Mediterranean and identified similarities that lead him to believe the sites were once connected. Furthermore, the weathering of the structures, their material composition, and the geological features and historic changes in the region, lead him to believe they were built by an advanced civilization hundreds of thousands or millions of years ago.

Archaeologists working in the region usually date the sites by looking at the settlements located on them or nearby. But these settlements were simply built upon existing prehistoric structures, Koltypin said.
"When we examined the constructions ... none of us never for a moment had a doubt that they are much older than the ruins of the Canaanite, Philistine, Hebraic, Roman, Byzantine, and other cities and settlements that are placed on it and around," he wrote on his website.
He climbed a hill about 1,300 feet high near the Hurvat Burgin ruins in Adullam Grove Nature Reserve, central Israel. As he looked over the site, he recalled a similar feeling from when he had climbed to the top of the rock city Cavusin in Turkey.

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The MOVE bombing - An urban tragedy

MOVE bombing
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On May 13, 1985, the City of Philadelphia dropped a bomb on a house, 6221 Osage Avenue in West Philadelphia, that had been occupied by members of the MOVE, a radical social group that sought to return human society back to its natural roots.
On May 13, 1985, one of the most shameful, horrific attacks by US police ever took place in West Philadelphia. Eleven people - including five children - were killed in a deliberate massacre. A racist and political attack on a radical community group known as the MOVE Organization, city and police officials were revealed to have intentionally set their home ablaze, let the fire rage, and violently kept escaping men, women and children trapped inside.

Featuring a harrowing first-hand account with the only adult survivor of the atrocity, Ramona Africa, Abby Martin documents an indispensable - but largely unheard of - moment in US history. From MOVE's formation, to the arrest of the MOVE 9 political prisoners, to the build-up to the infamous bombing, The Empire Files chronicles an act that cannot be forgotten.

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Decoding ancient Celtic astronomical symbols, links to Jungian archetypes

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"ancient X files"
My nonprofit educational corporation, The Celtic Collection Program, exhibits the largest privately owned collection of Celtic artifacts in the United States. When we started purchasing the artifacts from private collections and ancient galleries several years ago, I observed a motif of X and interconnected X designs on some of them, including important ones likely used to perform ceremonies. As a historian and a therapist with preferences for Psychoanalytic Theory and Neo-Freudian traditions such as Analytical Psychology, a school of psychology that originated from the ideas of Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung, interpreting these symbols became a personal and professional challenge.

After fifteen years of identifying hundreds of linear and X patterns on artifacts and studying the symbolism of Stonehenge and Newgrange, I have discovered remarkable data, some of which has led me to consider that there may be a correlation between ancient X symbolism and what Dr. Carl Jung referred to as the "Collective Unconscious", a subconscious storehouse of buried memories inherited from our ancestral past.

Importance of the Sun in Ancient Celtic Society

According to Dr. Miranda J. Green in her book, Dictionary of Celtic Myth and Legend, the sun was significantly meaningful to the ancient Celts. She states that "One of the most important venerated natural phenomena was the sun, seen as a life giver, promoter of fertility and healing" and that "coins were struck with sun symbols associated with the horse".

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Coin from Iceni Tribe 62 AD
Some of the primary symbols for the Sun in ancient Celtic times were an X or a four-spoked wheel featured on bronze axes, swords, coins, urns, pottery and jewelry since Neolithic Europe. "Hallstatt Iron Age sheet-bronze vessels were decorated with repousse crosses and solar wheels," states Dr. Green.

The X symbol was no doubt a significant astronomical representation for thousands of years; perhaps one of the most powerful ideograms valued by the Celts, which explains the X motif on our artifacts. The X artifacts range from 62 AD to 400 BC. However, to uncover the mystery of the interconnected design, a close evaluation of the symbols at Stonehenge and Newgrange needed to be conducted.