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Reconstructing the story of humanity's past
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In the plateau of Bezvodovka in Chernigiv, Ukraine, are a series of large ancient mounds scattered across 20 square kilometers that have recently been revealed as an ancient solar observatory. Ancient astronomers could use the observatory, not only as a solar calendar and for holding associated religious rites, but also as a tool to calculate the lunar cycle and to study the motion of the planets and stars in the sky.
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An 8th century carving of a Pictish dragon has been discovered on an eroding cliff face in Orkney, Scotland. The stone decoration is one of the most striking Pictish artifacts discovered in recent years.
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Seated figure of the goddess #Sekhmet.

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The fall of #Babylon is a historical event that occurred in 539 BC. This event saw the conquest of Babylon by the #Achaemenid Empire under Cyrus the Great and marked the end of the Neo-Babylonian Empire. The fall of Babylon is reported by a number of ancient sources, including the #Cyrus Cylinder, the Greek historian #Herodotus, as well as a number of books in the Old Testament.

Gary Lite reveals: What really contributed to the destruction of Babylon? When did Babylon fall? And as to the prophecy – what story does it tell?
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The monumental Musaeum of Alexandria was famous for its legendary library. The tragic story of its destruction continues to be a painful one for people who love ancient history and literature. One must wonder what ancient treasures have been lost forever…
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The Lchashen settlement in #Armenia has revealed incredible insight into a civilization that lay beneath a lake for centuries and it was only by pure chance that this astonishing site was rediscovered.
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The Behistun Inscription is an engraving located on the cliff of Mount Behistun (said to have had the meaning of ‘place where the gods dwell’ in antiquity). This inscription was written in three languages, and is accompanied by a large rock relief. The Behistun Inscription is for the field of Assyriology what the Rosetta Stone is for Egyptology. Apart from aiding the decipherment of the cuneiform script, another importance of the Behistun Inscription is that it is the only known monumental text created by the Achaemenids that documents a specific historical event.
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The first Russian tsar, Ivan IV, was a complex figure, and this is evident in the way he ruled. For instance, although he was a devout #Christian and made huge donations to monasteries, he had no qualms about killing priests.
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