Matthew Szybalski

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Ten Discoveries of 2014 that Suggest there is Truth to Ancient Myths and Legends

<i>Sponsored Links</i><p>by April Holloway <br>Ancient Origins<p>Myths and legends have generally come to be viewed as work of fiction, superstition, or fantasy. …

‘Lost Gospel’ depicts a married political activist Rabbi Jesus

For almost 1,700 years, Christian theology has been dominated by Pauline orthodoxy – a faith based on the New Testament gospels of the apostles, …

Evidence of sacrificial practices found at 6,000 year old temple in Ukraine

Archaeologists exploring the remains of a 6,000 year old temple in Ukraine have found evidence of complex sacrificial practices at the site.<p>The …

Prehistory

Exodus: the evidence for the Bible story

Did the ten plagues really happen? Was Moses an Egyptian cult member? And how did he part the Red Sea?<p>Exodus is far bigger than a battle or a geographical migration. The book that recounts it establishes a foundational myth for the Jewish and the Christian religions. Myths don’t come with much …

Theology

Ancient zigzag reveals world's first artist wasn't exactly human

A human ancestor carved a zigzag onto the shell of a mussel some 430,000 years ago. Now that shell, recovered from a riverbank in Indonesia in 1891, could alter our understanding of what it means to be human.<p>Artistic creativity has long been considered unique to <i>Homo sapiens</i>: Before the shell's …

Did the Ancient Chinese Make Contact With Native Americans?

It is commonly held that Native Americans are descended from people who traveled across the what is known today as the Bering Strait, between Siberia …

Anthropology

Feasting and politics in Viking Iceland

12/04/2014 06:00:00 PM<p>Vikings are known for raiding and trading, but those who settled in Iceland centuries ago spent more time producing and …

Smithsonian Institution admits to destroying thousands of Giant Human Skeletons in early 1900's, page 1

A US Supreme Court ruling has forced the Smithsonian institution to release classified papers dating from the early 1900′s that proves the …

The 'Breaking Bad' Syndrome? UCLA anthropologist exposes the moral side of violence

Fiske and Rai say that—aside from a small number of psychopaths—people rarely commit violent acts with evil intentions.<p>To the extent that their …

First Americans

<b>The first face of the first Americans belongs to an unlucky teenage girl who fell</b> to her death in a Yucatán cave some 12,000 to 13,000 years ago. Her bad luck is science’s good fortune. The story of her discovery begins in 2007, when a team of Mexican divers led by Alberto Nava made a startling …

Anthropology

Will religion ever disappear?

Atheism is on the rise around the world, so does that mean spirituality will soon be a thing of the past? Rachel Nuwer discovers that the answer is far from simple.<p>A growing number of people, millions worldwide, say they believe that life definitively ends at death – that there is no God, no …

Religion

The Indiana Jones of collapsed cultures: Our Western civilization itself is a bubble

<b>Editor’s Note:</b> How can you spot an economy, indeed a civilization, in collapse? Anthropology gives us some answers.<p>Ted Fischer, a professor of …