The Phoenician Alphabet in Archaeology

These Phoenicians who came with Cadmus…brought with them to Greece, among many other kinds of learning, the alphabet, which had been unknown before this, I think, to the Greeks.—Herodotus 5.58        Herodotus’s story of the foundation of Greek Thebes by the Tyrian prince Cadmus may be more myth than history, but the detail …

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‘Invaders of Obscure Race?’ Understanding the Hyksos

By: Anna-Latifa Mourad From the time of the first pharaoh, ancient Egyptian civilization saw over a thousand years of unbroken development, with dynasty after dynasty of divine kings building pyramids and overseeing the growth of a rich culture. But after this ‘classical age’ of the Old Kingdom, toward the end of the third millennium BCE, …

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle

Ancient Mayan Superhighways Found in the Guatemala Jungle - Seeker https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/addEventListener.js?v=asset2a65c5a3571a106904a2dbcac76e4c17 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/bind.js?v=assetb4b44e88256d517dc80092f1fddfdeb0 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/polyfill/indexOf.js?v=assetf99e3210291abbbb9189e7e35109d117 https://static.rbl.ms/static/js-build/libs/html5shiv/html5shiv.js BY ROSSELLA LORENZI An ancient network of roads that stretched over 150 miles has been discovered in the jungle of Guatemala, according to high-tech scanning carried out in the area. Used by the Maya for travel and transporting goods, the causeways …

The Animals Went in Two by Two, According to Babylonian Ark Tablet

We all know the story of Noah’s Ark. Ever since George Smith’s 1872 translation of Babylonian texts similar to the Biblical Deluge (see “George Smith’s Other Find” below), we’ve also known about echoes of the Genesis narrative in pre-Biblical Mesopotamian texts. A recently translated Old Babylonian (c. 1900–1700 B.C.E.) tablet has literally reshaped our vision …