Do you know why castles were constructed with moats?

These bodies of water surrounding fortresses reduced the risk of tunneling. One of the most serious forms of attack was to undermine part of a castle. The ‘miners’ were called Sappers. They would dig a tunnel underneath one of the corners using timber...

What is ARCHAEOASTRONOMY?

Archaeoastronomy is the study and interpretation of solar, lunar and stellar alignments found at ancient monuments such as pyramids, towers, ground lines such as the Nazca Lines in Peru, and megalithic sites Stonehenge, Carnac, Newgrange, etc. These monuments are on...

The Romans had wooden toilet seats?

Sited along Hadrian’s Wall, the massive defensive fortifications that delineated the northern border of the Roman Britain, Vindolanda was one of the garrisons built to house soldiers. Excavations here have uncovered many exciting finds – officer’s residences and...

What is the national capital with the shortest history?

The national capital with the shortest history is Naypyidaw, Myanmar. In 2005 the Burmese military leader Than Shwe ordered the capital moved from the 11th-century city of Yangon (Rangoon) to an uninhabited area of scrubland 200 miles to the north. By the end of the...