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Mythical creature marble statues unearthed in Hierapolis

Two marble statues, one of Cerberus, the three-headed dog, and the other of a coiled snake, have been unearthed at Pluto’s Gate in the ancient city of Hierapolis. Archaeologists digging in Turkey have found the guardians of the "Gate to Hell" -- two unique marble statues which once warned of a

Prehistoric bone may have inspired Greek myths

A bone treasured by the ancient Greeks of a large extinct animal has found a new home in England. Large fossil remains of prehistoric species, like this petrified thigh bone, might have been the inspiration for many legendary beasts of classical mythology, according to Mayor, who described the fossil for the

6 ridiculous history myths you probably think are true has put together another great history list showcasing six ridiculous history myths you probably think are true. #3 America Goes Crazy Over War of the WorldsIn 1938, Orson Welles' radio production of the H.G. Wells novel War of the Worlds played out as a massive prank on the nation,

Found: The Minotaur’s Labyrinth on Crete

A stone quarry, riddled with an elaborate network of tunnels, on the Greek Island of Crete may be the original site of the Labyrinth, the maze which served as the home of the half-man/half-bull Minotaur. Working with experts from the Hellenic Speleological Society, the Oxford researchers found that the cave complex

8 myths about the Freemasons

National Geographic has compiled a list of 8 myths surrounding the Freemasons. Likewise, the all-seeing eye saw its way to the Great Seal—and the U.S. dollar bill—by way of artist Pierre Du Simitiere, a non-Mason. The eye represents divine guidance of the U.S. ship of state, or as Secretary of the U.S.

10 pirate myths and surprises

Mental_Floss has compiled an interesting list featuring ten pirate myths and surprises. 10. It wasn’t all pillaging and plundering. Sometimes being a pirate was really boring. So to amuse themselves, they drank, of course, but they also sometimes gambled (some ships forbade it, though), sang, danced, and put on plays. Once,

Machu Picchu: A mini re-creation of a mythic landscape?

A new study is proposing that Machu Picchu, in Peru, was an Inca pilgrimage site and a scaled-down version of a mythic landscape. The finding challenges the conventional view that Machu Picchu was a royal estate of the Inca ruler Pachacuti, who built it around A.D. 1460. "I believe that much of

Stucco panels tell Maya creation myth

Two massive carved stucco panels, discovered in Guatemala, are the earliest known respresentations of the Mayan creation myth. According to the researchers, the panels—26 feet long and 20 feet high, with images of monsters, gods, and swimming heroes—date to 300 B.C. They formed the sides of a channel that carried rainwater