National Geographic has an interesting article about the history of (and the business of) Halloween. In addition to sacrificing animals to the gods and gathering around bonfires, Celts often wore costumes—probably animal skins—to confuse spirits, perhaps to avoid being possessed, according to the American Folklife Center at the U.S. Library of
A collection of 9,000-year-old artifacts has been uncovered at a site in central Sweden. Parts of a bow, a paddle, and the wooden shaft of an axe are among the discoveries recently unearthed from the Stone Age settlement Kanaljorden outside of Motala, according to local media reports. “Totally unbelievable,” project leader Fredrik
40 mummified Scotch pines, dating back to the early 1200s, have been found near a fjord in Norway. The find astounded researchers, since most dead trees decay as they are eaten by tiny organisms, said research leader Terje Thun, a biologist at the Norwegian University of Science and Technology in Trondheim. "Here
A 16 year-old, the son of an archaeologist, was swimming off a beach in Montenegro when he discovered an odd looking stone, evidence of an ancient Greek or Roman trading post. Once his son reported the find, Mr Le Quesne, a professional archaeologist, fetched a snorkel and dived down to investigate.
Two gravestones, one carved with mysterious markings, has been found at the former medieval stronghold of the Knights Templar. The ancient stones were unearthed under a gateway leading from a ruined medieval church to the adjoining manse in the village of Temple, Midlothian. One, believed to be of 10th-century origin, is