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Lithophones: Resonating Rocks of Antiquity‬

By Cecilia Bogaard - November, 16 2023

For thousands of years, lithophones - a term to denote musical instruments crafted from stone - have captivated audiences around the world. Much like a xylophone or a marimba, lithophones produce musical notes when struck. They come in all shapes and sizes, with the stones carved or shaped to create a variety of pitches and tones.

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.

A Daring Attempt to Steal the Crown Jewels

By Dhwty - March, 15 2023

Thomas Blood is an infamous Irishman known as the ‘Man Who Stole the Crown Jewels.’ The self-styled colonel lived during the 17th century and established his reputation as a rogue and trickster during the time when England was embroiled in a civil war. Blood cemented his place in history with his audacious attempt to steal the Crown Jewels. But what are the Crown Jewels of the United Kingdom?

7 Facts about the Parthenon Marbles

By Alicia McDermott - March, 15 2023

In recent years, there have been calls for the British Museum to return the Parthenon Marbles in its collection to Greece for display in a new museum on the Acropolis. The museum would be designed to showcase the Marbles in their original context, alongside other ancient artifacts. But what exactly are the Marbles and why are they important?

Here are seven facts, a video describing the art, and a collection of images of these controversy-sparking artifacts.

Medieval Chastity Belts are a Myth

By Ancient Origins - February, 16 2022

Chastity belts are items that titillate and fascinate in equal measure, inspiring the image of a medieval knight locking up his loved one’s private parts to ensure her abstinence during his absence. While exceptionally unhygienic, the belief that a padlock could protect a woman’s virtue has been ridiculed on countless occasions.

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