Could the real Geillis Duncane please stand up

If you've read Diana Gabaldon's Cross Stitch series or watched its television adaption, Outlander, then you'll be familiar with the character Geillis Duncane, who was in fact a real person accused of Witchcraft. In the small Scottish village of Trenent, Geillis Duncane worked as a housemaid for the town's Deputy Bailiff, David Seaton.  She was [...]

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Scythe of Cronus

The Scythe of Cronus was a stone Scythe gifted to the Titan Cronus by his mother Gaia, in order to bring about the fall of Uranus as revenge for hiding Gaia's children from her. Cronus used the Scythe to castrate Uranus before the injured god disappeared. Later it would be Zeus who would use Cronus's [...]

5 Pirates you may or may not have heard of

September 19 is Talk Like a Pirate Day and to celebrate it we're going to take a brief look at 5 pirates in history that you may not have heard of. 1) Grace O'Malley       Pirate from: 1564-1603 Story: Born in 1530 to an Irish clan Chieftain in County Mayo, Grace O'Malley didn't [...]

2000 year old Podium found in the City of David, Jerusalem

Photo by Shai Halevy- Israel Antiquities Authority Earlier this week archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority uncovered a preaching stone, or podium, on Second Temple Road in the city of David, Jerusalem. The discovery is thought to have been constructed by the same group who made Second Temple Road due to both bearing the same [...]

Stone Markers behind the Colosseum, Rome.

These markers are a mystery to the Archaeological and Historical worlds. They sit roughly about 30 meters behind the Colosseum and don't appear to offer any obvious explanation as to their original function. Perhaps they were an area to make offerings to the gods, or place bets before a gladiatorial fight; maybe it was a [...]

A Very Brief History of Vegetarianism

  When the label "Vegetarian" is uttered most people know what the meaning behind it is but few know of its history and origin, so let’s remedy that with a brief look into its roots and evolution through the ages.     Originally vegetarianism was actually known as Pythagoreanism, named after the Greek Scholar, Pythagoras [...]