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Modern Forensic Science Explores Ancient Murder Mysteries

By Alicia McDermott - March, 16 2024

Forensic scientists can look at a single hair or a tiny drop of blood and tell you things about it that would have seemed like magic to people in the ancient world. It's like they have a time machine, allowing them to look back at events that happened days, years, or even centuries ago, and piece together the story.

Romania’s Bermuda Triangle: The Creepy Hoia Forest

By Caleb Strom - September, 26 2023

Outside of Romania, especially in the English-speaking world, Transylvania is a land associated with vampires, specifically Dracula. Inside Romania, where Vlad the Impaler is a national hero, his associations with the famed vampire are not as popular, though Transylvania is arguably still known for being home to one of the creepiest sites in the world.

Mary Anning: The Princess of Paleontology Finally Gets the Attention She Deserves

By Ancient Origins - July, 18 2023

During the 19th century, Mary Anning (1799 to 1847) was an enigma. A self-taught fossil-hunter and paleontologist—during a time when science was most definitely a man’s world—in the 21st century Anning has finally started to get the attention she deserves for the role she played excavating glimpses into prehistory at the Jurassic coast near her home town of Lyme Regis in Dorset, England.

Following in the Footsteps of Historic Explorers

By Alicia McDermott - May, 16 2023

The idea of venturing into the unknown, facing danger, and discovering something new has captivated people for centuries. From the great sea voyages of the Age of Discovery to the exploration of the polar regions and beyond, the exploits of famous explorers have captured public imagination. For some people, the allure of exploration is so strong that they have decided to recreate the famous journeys of historical explorers themselves.

Delve into History with Travel Journals

By Ancient Origins - May, 16 2023

There is an inexplicable pleasure to be gained from delving into the past through the written words and hand-drawn images of a personal travel journal. Inspired by the human instinct to keep a record of one’s life, they provide intimate insight into private thoughts, helping us to understand the passions and prejudices of historic individuals.

Fearless All-Female Military Force: The Dahomey Amazons

By Ancient Origins - February, 13 2023

The Dahomey Amazons were an all-female Fon military regiment of the Kingdom of Dahomey, a West African kingdom which was located within present-day Benin. They were dubbed “Amazons” by Western historians who likened them to the mythical Amazons of ancient Anatolia and the Black Sea. In their homeland, they were known as Mino, or Minon, meaning “our mothers.”

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