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Gold earrings from Hellenic era. Credit: Balkan Insight
Over 80 golden artifacts are presumed stolen from the museum depot in Skopje, the capital of FYROM, the Reformed Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.
Many of the items were golden earrings dating back from the Hellenic era. They were discovered in digs between 2009 and 2010.
Several archaeologists (illegal excavators) working as employees of the culture ministry, have been charged with helping to determine the price of the artifacts and find buyers abroad.
s former chief excavator, Pasko Kuzman, was arrested in July for misuse of office, leading to speculation of his involvement in the theft.
And so the "Indiana Jones-esque" intrigue continues.
Extra tidbit: Though the country’s residents call themselves the “Republic of Macedonia,” its neighbor, Greece, is outraged. It has threatened economic blockades, fearing the use of the name “Macedonia,” might provide claim to ancient Macedonian lands that reside well within Greece.
For more on the lost treasure, click HERE.
For more on FYROM, click HERE.
This 2,300-year-old collar, which was worn by a mummy, was discovered in fragments in a tomb in Thebes. The falcons in the top corners signify the god Horus, while the "Ba-bird" at top center represents the immortal soul of the deceased mummy [Credit: Susan Redford]
Reassembled after 2300 years, this beautifully decorated collar was found in fragments in an Egyptian tomb in Thebes.
Called “wesekhs,” they were made of beads and worn by people in ancient Egypt while alive. The painted “cartonnage” collars were worn by the mummy only after death.
The tomb became crowded through the years, as more mummies found homes there, a common occurrence with possible economic motives
An inscription written in a mud-clay seal near the collar
says that it was made for a man named "Padihorwer."
The translation reads he was "privy to the mysteries and god's sealer, 'embalmer,' scribe, prophet of the 'desert' (necropolis) of Qus," which is located north of Thebes.Read more
Did you know there are over 3000 Stonehenge-like formations around the world?
Placed in circles or rows, these structures still baffle the experts. They have been linked with worship, sacrifice, and alignment with the planetsA newer idea is
that they were used for their earthquake-warning ability. Hmmm.A beautiful example are those in France, called the Carnac Stones, which are configured in different patterns.For more info, check this out.
Huge public bath
How could an advanced, thriving civilization the size of Norway just disappear?
The Indus Valley Civilization, India’s oldest known people group, once occupied the Indus Valley that stretches from western India to Afghanistan. Their abrupt collapse in 1500 BC is baffling—the scale rivaling that of the great Mayan decline.
In 1922, archeologists started uncovering remnants of this people’s fascinating cities, lost for 4,000 years. By 1998, 1400 town sites were discovered, some occupied by 50,000 residents!
Adding even more mystery, the towns were laid out in perfect grids by experienced, organized engineers and workers. Each brick home had its own bathroom, connected by clay pipes that ran underground and dumped waste outside the city. Each had running water and windows that opened onto a central courtyard.
Residents were skilled in metallurgy, jewelry-making, and even dentistry. They developed their own precise measuring system and their hard, uniform bricks still survive. In the fertile valley, they grew a surplus of food and each town had a large central storage building for grain.
So what happened? Wouldn't you know if your great-grandfather lived in 50,000-person city? How could this information vanish from the records and memories? With no known natural disaster and no evidence of a military defeat, scientists continue to search for more clues.
Here’s my question: If massive, complex cultures can exist for 2000 years, then virtually vanish off the face of the earth, with no one knowing what happened, what makes us think it couldn’t happen to us?
Read more HERE
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Though the natural beauty is what draws many to this tropical paradise, the legends surrounding it are sure to be part of the appeal.For one thing, it is bottomless. No diver has reached the lower extent of its blue majesty, lending an eerie feeling to those diving into the abyss. What lies beneath?Swimmers can enjoy the enchanted waters at their leisure until noon, when all are asked to stay on shore. At that time, the caretakers throw a feast onto the surface, calling swarms of fish from out of nowhere.
fish has ever been caught from this pool. One story purports that at dusk, fishwives of the area laid their fish traps, but returned to find them hanging on a branch the next day.
Two pale-skinned women with flowing hair were viewed bathing under a full moon. The witnesses, a father and son, said the apparition vanished in a swirl of fireflies.
Even Neptune has a part in the stories, and is said to have carved sets of furniture in a nearby cave for "King Neptune's Party."The legends seem to flow with the gentle energy of the pool, which is fully accessible - even accommodations are provided for the fortunate traveler to this popular area. Link to more photos at Entravel.blogspot.com.Link to more mysterious trivia and travel info at Inquire News.
Besides unexplained rocks falling from the sky, traveling to Chico, California netted two more interesting blog stories.
While on a tour of the cemetery, my guide shared the history of the type of tombstone shown in the photo. Though it appears to be made of stone like its neighbors, when I tapped on the side, it resounded of metal. Apparently, there was a marketing strategy to encourage the use of metal instead of stone, but it never went over. Most people just didn’t believe it would last, but 140 years later, there it was.
The fun of all this, however, is something entirely different.
See that plate with the names and dates on it? It was made to unbolt to add new names. Behind these plates are empty compartments, some of which became useful in the 1920s.
During prohibition, many hid their alcohol in this secret recess.
Wives must have been perplexed at their husbands' rising interest in visiting cemeteries during that time. To keep them from tagging along, or perhaps to explain their altered state, husbands could rightly say they encountered spirits
in the cemetery.
***For more photographs of the beautiful sculptures located in the Chico cemetery, click here.
Photo by Funky Plum
Well, maybe this photo is a bit of an exaggeration.
This interesting story was covered by the San Francisco Chronicle
, and on March 12, 1922, the New York Times
reported that smooth, warm rocks had been falling out of a cloudless sky over Chico, California since July 1921.
The first complaint was made on November 1921 to City Marshall, J.A. Peck, by J.W. Charge, who said someone was throwing stones at his warehouse every day. The stones fell with enough force to damage windows, wooden boards, and roof shingles. Investigators, Fire Chief C.E. Tovee and Traffic Officer J.J. Corbett, narrowly escaped personal injury when a large boulder struck a wall where they had been standing only moments earlier.
Police could not come up with an explanation for the long duration of the phenomenon or the limited geographic scope of the rock fall (only on or around the warehouse).
In addition to rocks falling from Chico's skies, on Sept 2, 1878, the New York Times
said the Chico Record
had reported that a great number of small fishes fell from a cloudless sky, covering a store and several acres.
Falling fish or frogs or reptiles seem easier to explain than rocks, as they can be picked up by waterspouts from pools of water. The curious thing here is how the waterspouts manage to only pick up one species at a time out of the body of water. A Moses-type plague? Heavenly provision for the hungry? Hmmm.
Speaking of hungry (ugh), there have been several documented accounts of flesh and blood falling from the sky. These have been examined, but with no reasonable explanation. Well, reasonable to most of us. Some assert that Aliens are dumping their refuse to lighten their load before exiting our atmosphere. Hmmm, again.
##Dig Deeper:Though I am focusing on Chico's mysteries, Troy Taylor recounts the fascinating history of falling objects here.
Be sure to watch the One Step Beyond video
where this story is featured along with another fun mystery.
The Alamo, San Antonio, Texas
There is a little-known (outside of Texas) legend about Jim Bowie's additional purpose for being at the Alamo at the time of the famous 1836 battle.
This tale assures us he was defending the fabulous gold and silver treasure he found at the Lost San Saba Mines. It was intended to finance Texas independence from Mexico.
Are there any facts to support this story? Possibly.
In 1753, an expedition seeking a site for an Apache mission led to the discovery of Los Almagres Mine (later called San Saba) in what is now Llano County. It was famed to be rich in silver and gold. The mission, however, was destroyed a year later, and constant Comanche and Apache attacks made further hunts for the treasure a deadly risk.
We know that around 1832, Bowie lead two separate expeditions into the hill country north of San Antonio. Did he find the mines? Rumors abounded that he led a pack train of seventeen burros laden with treasure. Some assumed that when all seemed lost at the Alamo, he ordered his men to hide the treasure.
Too much to believe? More recently, after a radar scan over the Alamo revealed something odd buried underground, the Archaeology Department at St. Mary’s University agreed to oversee an excavation project. Permits were granted for a dig 15 X 15 feet. Historically valuable artifacts were found, but no treasure.
So, was the treasure real? Two first-hand accounts add more weight.
In 1838, a story appeared in the New York Mirror
, about Ms. Webster, a white woman who escaped from the Apaches. She told of gold and silver mines and brilliant stones like diamonds (certainly quartz crystals).
Later in the century, using the original chart from his great-grandfather that mapped the mines, Franciso Yorba led a band of Mexicans to the mine. It was at Bowie's old fort, Loma Grande. They camped for ten days and dug a great hole under the wall of the fort.
One witness, Pedro Sanchez, asserted that a frenzy broke out after discovering a mound of gold and silver bars and coins.
Sanchez was shot, but escaped with a gold bar and several gold coins in his shirt. When the cowboys that treated him found the gold, it set off a new round of searches.
The hunt continues. One journalist reports he has heard these stories for more than three decades. On occasion, a secretive miner will show up with "bars of silver the size of the largest Hershey bars and five times as thick." Dig deeper:Panning for Texas Gold by Ira Kennedy Alamo treasure?San Saba Lost Silver Mine