Ancient History

The Sacred Band of Thebes was an elite unit of the Theban army comprised of 150 gay male couples totaling 300 men. They were formed under the leadership of Gorgidas but first achieved fame under the general Pelopidas. They remained invincible from 378-338 BCE when the entire troop fell together at the Battle of Chaeronea. The military unit is first mentioned in 324 BCE in the speech Against Demosthenes... [...]
Thu, Jun 17, 2021
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

Age and sex of people involved in production of pottery can be determined from their fingerprints. These two prints on a pottery fragment from biblical Gath belong to an adult male who lived some 4,700 years ago. Photo courtesy Tell es-Safi/Gath archaeological project.

“Pottery-making was not a solitary affair; it was not limited to adults or highly experienced potters,” remarks Kent D. Fowler, Professor in the Department of Anthropology at the [...]

Thu, Jun 17, 2021
Source: Ancient Cultures

Discovered by a metal detectorist in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland in 2014, the Galloway Hoard, buried around 900 CE, contains over 100 diverse objects, from silver, gold and jewelled treasures to rarely surviving textiles, including wool, linen and Scotland’s earliest examples of silk. 

 It is thought that the hoard was buried some time in the mid-ninth or tenth century, though it is not known why it was buried. The hoard consists of a variety of gold [...]

Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Source: Ancient Times

The Isle of Skye, Scotland, is a land of myth, legend, and swirling mists that easily transport a visitor through time. The history of the island goes back to the Neolithic Period, and it has been the site of many significant events but, when I think of Skye, its place in Scottish legend always comes first to mind. [image:14257] My wife Betsy, daughter Emily, and I traveled up [...]
Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

For centuries, scholars have searched in vain for any remnant of Solomon’s Temple. The fabled Jerusalem sanctuary, described in such exacting detail in 1 Kings 6, was no doubt one the most stunning achievements of King Solomon in the Bible, yet nothing of the building itself has been found because excavation on Jerusalem’s Temple Mount, site of the Temple of King Solomon, is impossible.

Fortunately, several Iron Age [...]

Wed, Jun 16, 2021
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

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