The Ancient Origins of Werewolves

Tanika Koosmen, University of Newcastle The werewolf is a staple of supernatural fiction, whether it be film, television, or literature. You might think this snarling creature is a creation of the Medieval and Early Modern periods, a result of the superstitions surrounding magic and witchcraft. In reality, the werewolf is far older than that. The…

Archaeologists Find “XBox” Tomb In China

Archaeologists in China have uncovered a rather unique looking tomb, with commentators comparing it’s appearance to Microsoft’s famous Xbox logo! There is unfortunately little information available on the tomb beyond the tomb being Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC), yet the discovery has provoked a flurry of interest through the quite spectacular shape. The tomb is amongst…

Guide to the Classics: Juvenal, the True Satirist of Rome

Robert Cowan, University of Sydney An angry man stands at the crossroads and rails against the moral cesspit around him, teeming with sexual deviants and jumped-up immigrants. This is the image which the Roman poet Juvenal paints of the satirist castigating the vices of contemporary Rome. Juvenal’s Satires provide a fascinating window onto the social…

52 Roman Era Skeletons Discovered in Suffolk, England – Many Decapitated

An archeological dig in Suffolk has uncovered 52 excellently preserved skeletons at a Roman era cemetery. Alongside cemetery treasure, diggers have uncovered something far more grizzly – many of the skeletons had been beheaded! Digging at Great Whelnetham ahead of a new housing project, it was found that only seventeen of the skeletons had been…

Blowing Up The Parthenon: The Power of a Symbol

Bronwen Neil, Macquarie University The Parthenon is one of the most famous and recognisable buildings in the world. Designed as a testimony to Athenian greatness, visible miles from the Acropolis (the citadel) on which it stands, the Parthenon still stands proudly among the remains of a massive complex of buildings that celebrated Athens’s deities. It…

How the Ancient Egyptian Economy Laid The Groundwork for Building The Pyramids

Andreas Winkler, University of Oxford In the shadow of the pyramids of Giza, lie the tombs of the courtiers and officials of the kings buried in the far greater structures. These men and women were the ones responsible for building the pyramids: the architects, military men, priests, and high-ranking state administrators. The latter were the…

How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets and Meteors

Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks of rock and ice are, ancient cultures often turned to myth and legend to explain them. The Greeks and Romans believed that the appearance of…