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...

Was Tutankhamen crippled due to inbreeding?

Using computerized tomography (CT) scans of his mummified body, scientists have conducted a “virtual autopsy” of Tutankhamen, the boy king who ruled Egypt some 3,300 years ago. The scan suggests that he suffered from numerous deformities and ailments, caused in part...

Was Cleopatra beautiful?

There are no paintings or statues that can be definitively credited to this queen, and yet she was described by historians as being physically alluring. Coins with her image that were struck in her time show a masculine face with a protruding nose – not (by our...