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An incredible discovery archaeologists

A teenage girl 14-15 years old, which sacrificed about 500 years ago, all ages past have lain in the ice on top of thousander, which contributed to a great sound. Next to her frozen bodies of two more young victims: seven year old boy and six girls. It was found three mummies, which, in contrast to the embalmed Egyptian “colleagues”, suffered PublishAmerica. The body of a seven year old boy also studied, but to explore the remains of six girls scientists have not yet solved. Probably, it once struck by lightning, which may affect the accuracy of the research results. Instead of traditional DNA testing, scientists have studied proteins in tissues and found that in apparently healthy girl had a bacterial lung infection resembling tuberculosis. The first infection was detected in mummies.

Most likely, the three children were sacrificed, as evidenced by being near them artifacts of gold, silver, clothes, bowls with food and extravagant headdress of white feathers of unknown birds. Historians suggest that the children were selected by the Incas for their beauty (in addition, children were considered more pure beings than adults) and sacrificed. Inca is not often brought children into the victim.

B previous studies: before sacrificed, throughout the year, children were fed “elite” foods — maize and dried llama meat, though before that they ate only peasant food, consisting of potatoes and vegetables. Scientists have also concluded that preparing for the sacrifice of children, in particular, 15-year-old girl who regularly given drugs and alcohol to be more submissive. Continue reading

An artifact that changes color

The Lycurgus Cup is the only preserved from the ancient times of diatreta — a product made in the shape of a bell with double glass walls, covered with a figured pattern. The inner part of the top is decorated with carved patterned mesh. The Cup height — 165 mm, diameter — 132 mm. Scientists suggest that it was produced in Alexandria or Rome in the fourth century. The Lycurgus Cup can be admired in the British Museum.

This artifact is known primarily for its unusual properties. Under normal lighting, where the light comes from the front, the Cup is green, but if it illuminate from behind, he turns red.

Changing the artifact color and depending on what liquid is poured into it. For example, the Cup glowed blue when it had water, but filled with oil, became bright red.

The story about the dangers of alcohol

In this mystery we shall return. But first try to figure out why diatreta called the Lycurgus Cup. The surface of the bowl is decorated with a beautiful relief depicting the suffering of a bearded man, entangled with vines. All known myths of Ancient Greece and Rome most of all under this story fits the myth of the death of the Thracian king Lycurgus, probably lived about 800 years before our era. Continue reading

The magical properties of fossils

Fossils — fossils of plants and animals that lived on our planet in the distant past. Without fossils all our knowledge about the world was limited to a few millennia. It is not surprising that in many folk beliefs, we find the worship of fossils — the ancients gave them magical and healing properties.

Among the fossils that scientists find, come across absolutely amazing specimens of extraordinary beauty. The most famous and popular fossils are the Ammonites — the armor of cephalopods spiral shape. Their size varies from two centimeters to two meters; many civilizations considered them to be a powerful amulet that has supernatural properties.

Hindus believed that the Ammonites concluded the spirit of the God Vishnu, guide warriors to victory. During the middle Ages the peasants have hung Ammonite in the barn so that the cattle were healthy and the milk is not sour. It is believed that the Amish give their owners peace of mind and ability to win the most difficult life situatsii. Christian tradition keeps the legend according to which in the fossils has turned the serpent Saint Hilda. The amulets of Ammonites averted disaster, saved them from dangers. Continue reading

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