For hundreds of years, England’s Stonehenge has fascinated everyone from travelers to scientists. While numerous theories have been proposed as to the history and purpose of this UNESCO World Heritage Site, many archaeologists strongly believe the massive ring of stones served as burial grounds from its early beginnings in 3000 BC.
Archaeologists already knew there were human remains under the Stonehenge for about 100 years but they didn’t think much about these remains then. It all changed in 2013, however, when researchers found that the remnants of some of the buried individuals proved they were of high status in ancient Briton society.
In short, they belonged to the 1%.
For decades, archaeologists thought only men were buried under the Stonehenge. They were so wrong!
DNA evidence proved that almost half of the presumed ancient elites buried under the site were women. And recently, according to Discovery News, remains of 14 more women (along with the remains of 9 men) were excavated by researchers. These are believed to have been buried between 3100 and 2140 BC.
These remains prove that women were given as much prominence in terms of burial at the time.
Archaeologist Mike Pitts told Discovery News:
“The archaeology now shows that as far as the burials go, women were as prominent there as men. This contrasts with the earlier burial mounds, where men seem to be more prominent.”
The recent discovery could also mean that the females buried under the Stonehenge were leaders in society or were family members of high-status men.
This recent discovery shows that progress toward gender equality is more like a wave rather than a straight line.
“Historical evidence has shown that women’s status has gone up and down quite noticeably at different times in the past.”
There are studies that suggest gender equality was very common in hunter-gatherer societies before the advent of farming. In Western culture, traditional gender roles were more blurred and less enforced, too, prior to the Victorian period.
Gender equality has gone up and down throughout history.
While we can’t conclude that women in ancient Briton society really experienced equality, we can deduce that their lives were properly honored after their death.
With this recent discovery, perhaps we can stop referring to regressive cultural views and attitudes as belonging to the “Stone Age.” For all we know, they might have been more advanced in terms of gender equality then than we are today.
US Government Declassifies 750 Nuclear Test Videos – And It’s Truly Terrifying!
“If we show what the force of these weapons are and how much devastation they can wreak, then maybe people will be reluctant to use them.”
We all know it can be very frightening and destructive but have you ever wondered what a real nuclear explosion looks like? Well we have the answer to that now.
Recently, the US government has declassified 750 video footage from 210 atmospheric nuclear tests conducted in the United States between 1945 and 1962. The clips are truly fascinating and, yes, downright scary.
History tells us that the nuclear tests were done by the government during the nuclear arms race up to the Cuban missile crisis of 1962. The footage were captured using several cameras from different angles, showing us how the explosion looks like at around 2,400 frames per second. The US government made about 10,000 films....
Ancient Romans Used War Pigs Against Powerful War Elephants
War pigs were used in ancient warfare to counter against war elephants.
Man have recruited animals to help fight his battles since the dawn of war, and today's militaries use an even wider range of creatures from bomb sniffing to coastline patrolling. That may seem remarkable, considering that dogs, horses and other animals certainly did not evolve for the purpose of human conflict. Yet nature's designs have not only stood the test of time, but have also inspired humans to use four legged creatures in ancient warfare. Animals such as monkeys, rhinos, and elephants. But would you believe that pigs were also used as a war weapon in ancient times?
Around 240 B.C., pigs are probably the most interesting animal weapon utilized in ancient Roman warfare. War pigs as they were called, are reportedly used as countermeasure against war elephants. Elephants are generally peaceful and majestic creatures but in ancient times, their size and power were used with devastating results.
In ancient times, war elephants functioned as living tanks.
Mysterious Rabbit Hole Leads to a Secret 700-Year-Old Temple Built By Knights Templar
This archaeological underground wonder in Shropshire, England was built by the Knights Templar.
The first thing that might come to mind when you talk of rabbit holes and underground caverns would be Alice in Wonderland. However, this cavern is more than just a place of wonder. Instead, it's a cave entrenched in the rich history of the Knights Templar!
The Knights Templar were a feared Catholic order with massive military power. They're known for being composed of noblemen who fought in the Crusades for the Holy Land. The Crusades raged on for almost 200 years.
Sadly, the Knights Templar fell into ruin when the Crusaders failed to reclaim the Holy Land, and their members were arrested and executed by the King Philip IV of France and Pope Clement V for charges such as corruption, fraud, and secrecy....