Yeshua And The History Behind The Real Name Of Jesus

Jesus’ real name, Yeshua, evolved over millennia in a case of transliteration. Regardless of religious belief, the name “Jesus” is nearly universally recognizable. However, it may come as a surprise that the name millions of Christians all over the world are implored not to take in vain was not actually “Jesus” at all. Controversial though … Read more

Medieval ‘Hipster’ Warrior Found Buried With Rare Ivory Comb

The items found in the 6th-century grave suggest the man was a wealthy warrior who cared about his appearance. Bavarian State Office for Monument ProtectionThe comb includes illustrations of possible gazelles, which are foreign to Europe. When archeologists came across the 1,500-year-old grave of a warrior in Bavaria, Germany, they found that it contained a … Read more

Oldest Drawing Of A Ghost Found On 3,500-Year-Old Babylonian Tablet

Discovered in the British Museum in London, the ancient tablet shows a lonely male spirit being taken to the afterlife by a female companion. The British MuseumThe clay tablet is 3,500 years old and was acquired by the British Museum in the 19th century. It’s only appropriate for the Halloween season that researchers have officially … Read more

Diver Finds 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword In The Mediterranean

Experts estimate that the sword dates back to the Third Crusade when Christian crusaders attempted to retake Jerusalem. JACK GUEZ/AFP via Getty ImagesJacob Sharvit of the Israel Antiquities Authority holds the sword discovered by a local diver. Shlomi Katzin dove into the waters off the Carmel coast of Israel with a Go-Pro and a sense … Read more

Hundreds Of Ornate Roman-Era Stone-Cut Tombs Discovered In Turkey

Excavations in the ancient Roman city of Blaundos revealed 400 chamber tombs that had been cut into the side of a nearby canyon about 1,800 years ago. Blaundos Archeological Excavation Project ArchiveThe tombs contain motifs of vines, grapes, flowers, animals, and mythological figures. At first glance, the Uşak canyons in western Turkey look ragged and … Read more

English Garden Statues Turn Out To Be 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian Sphinxes

The pair of sphinxes was just determined to date back over 5,000 years and recently sold for more than $265,000 at auction after spending 15 years in an English garden. Mander Auctioneers The sphinxes are in rather poor condition, having spent 15 years outdoors in England. Fifteen years ago, a homeowner in England paid $407 … Read more

Archeologists Uncover 1500-Year-Old Wine Factory In Israel

The sprawling site in Yavne, Israel, once produced half a million gallons of wine a year and exported it around the ancient world. MENAHEM KAHANA/AFP via Getty ImagesThe wine factory in Yavne was the world’s “largest” at the time. Raise a glass — the largest known Byzantine-era wine factory has been unearthed in Israel. The … Read more

Why The Real Demon Valak Is Even Scarier Than ‘The Nun’

Although Valak is depicted in “The Nun” as a habit-wearing spirit, the real demon appears as a child riding a two-headed dragon — at least according to a 17th-century demon-hunting manual. Skeptics are quick to dismiss the veracity of horror movies that claim to be based on real events, but references to the demon Valak … Read more

Locusta Of Gaul, The Lethal Poison Maker Of Ancient Rome

When she wasn’t testing her lethal concoctions on hundreds of slaves and children, she was dispatching Nero’s enemies — until she met a brutal end herself. Evelyn De Morgan/Wikimedia CommonsRoman poisoners turned to arsenic, belladonna, and other deadly substances to kill. Nearly 2,000 years ago, Rome’s emperors and empresses waged war against each other. Their … Read more