Prague Castle side view from distance.

The Defenestrations of Prague l European History

Prague’s Dramatic Defenestrations: A Glimpse into Tumultuous Times Have you heard of the Defenestration of Prague? First of all, how cool is the word defenestration? It means throwing someone ou...

La Venta Monument 1, c. 1960

Podcast Episode 76 l The Olmec Heads

The Americas have been traditionally considered new territories with civilisations not as old as the rest of the world. Even so, we find fascinating signs of varying cultures in both north and south A...

A stela that challenges longstanding interpretations of how the carvings represent gender and social roles in prehistoric times. Credit: Durham University

In ancient times, women were warriors too

In ancient times, women were warriors too, our History was not always exactly what we thought and gender roles were probably different.

La Cobata head, in the main plaza of Santiago Tuxtla

The Olmec Colossal Heads of MesoAmerica

The Olmec Colossal Heads of MesoAmerica are giant sculptures of heads that were part of the Olmec culture in Mexico and were first uncovered in 1938.

Ruth Belville 1908

Podcast Episode 75 l The Greenwich Time Lady

In late 19th-century and early 20th-century Britain, time itself was a commodity up for sale. In a world before smartphones and atomic clocks, a remarkable woman known as Ruth Belville sold time to t...

Gunung Padang

Gunung Padang: The World’s Oldest Pyramid?

What if there is a pyramid even older than the pyramids of Giza? A new study claims that Gunung Padang, a pyramid in Indonesia, is between 25,000 to 14,000 years old, roughly 10,000 years older than t...

Baumhaus an der Mauer (Treehouse on the Wall): Bethaniendamm 23, 10997 Berlin

Podcast Episode 74 l The Berlin Wall Treehouse

Osman Kalin, the man behind the Treehouse, was a Turkish worker who had come to Berlin in search of a better life. Undeterred by the restrictions and tensions of the divided city, he found solace in a...

A 2,700-year-old alabaster sculpture of the winged Assyrian deity Lamassu, with a human head, the body of a bull, and the wings of a bird, has been unearthed in northern Iraq! Despite its large size, the sculpture was found largely intact, with only the head missing. The head was already in the collection of the Iraq Museum in Baghdad, having been confiscated from smugglers in the 1990s. It was commissioned during the reign of King Sargon II who ruled from 722 to 705 BC and erected at the city's gates to provide protection. The head of the Lamassu sculpture was looted and smuggled abroad in the 1990s. During the Islamic State jihadist group's occupation of the area in 2014, residents of the village of Khorsabad hid the rest of the relief before fleeing to government-held territory, sparing it from destruction. Images: Zaid AL-OBEIDI
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