Saturday, October 21, 2017

History of zero pushed back 500 years by ancient Indian text

By Timothy Revell The symbol “0” is a familiar sight, but its origins are far from certain. A recent batch of carbon dating is causing the history of mathematics to be rewritten, as it has...

Archaeologists Search Ancient Pyramid for Clues to Maya Underworld

By Tom Clynes Chichén Itzá, MexicoAt the spring and fall equinoxes, the setting sun casts serpent-like shadows along the northern stairs of El Castillo, or “the castle.” Built more than a thousand years ago by...

Göbekli Tepe: Discovering the World’s Oldest Religious Site

By Matthew Strebe   “This is the first human-built holy place,” Klaus Schmidt, the late director of excavation at Göbekli Tepe, once said of the ancient Anatolian site. It is a powerful statement, but belying...

Help Find the Missing Corner of the Hopi Tablet To Prove Their Creation Story

I am sometimes asked, “How can we help the Hopi People?” Having lived with the Hopi for a number of years, I can assure you that they do not need our help. They have...

Ancient writing in Turkey dates back to 2000 BC

Clay tablets dating back 4,000 years show the beginnings of writing and literacy in ancient Anatolia, in the middle of modern-day Turkey, according to researchers. Excavations at an ancient mound in the central Anatolian province...

Ancient Maya May Have Foreseen Meteor Showers

By Kimberly M. S. Cartier Using state-of-the-art computer models, an amateur historian and a professional astronomer have found evidence that many important societal events recorded in Mayan hieroglyphic inscriptions may coincide with outbursts of meteor...

A student found an ancient Canadian village that’s 10,000 years older than the Pyramids

by Leanna Garfield For hundreds — perhaps thousands — of years, generations of the Heiltsuk Nation, an indigenous group in British Columbia, have passed down the oral histories of where they came from. The nation...

People may have lived in Brazil more than 20,000 years ago

by Bruce Bower People hunted giant sloths in the center of South America around 23,120 years ago, researchers say — a find that adds to evidence that humans reached South America well before Clovis hunters...

Controversial footprint discovery suggests human-like creatures may have roamed Crete nearly 6m years ago

by Matthew Robert Bennett And Per Ahlberg The human foot is distinctive. Our five toes lack claws, we normally present the sole of our foot flat to the ground, and our first and second toes...

Castle of the Sealand kings: Discovering ancient Iraq’s rebel rulers

The Kings of the Sealand sound like they come straight out of a fantasy novel but it’s the name given to a royal dynasty who ruled a swathe of Bronze Age Iraq for almost...
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