The ancient and elusive fairisle of Hy Brasil

Hy Brasil is a mysterious phantom island that was thought to exist off the west coast of Ireland in the Atlantic Ocean for hundreds of years. The area being nautically challenging for seafarers, it was an elusive and mysterious place, hailed in pre-Christian times as being the Celtic Elysium or land of promise. During Christian…

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Here be the Viking Hoard: The Mystery of the Lewis Chessmen

The Lewis Chessmen were likely to have been made in Trondheim in Norway from walrus ivory. This kind of bone was hard to come across at the time (1150-1200 A.D), as it required hunting during a brief window of time per year in the Arctic Circle, using primitive hunting tools of the time and in…

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Day out in Wellington: The Terracotta Warriors at Te Papa Museum

The first week that we moved to Wellington we went to see Te Papa Museum's landmark exhibition: Terracotta Warriors: Guardians of Immortality. Enshrined in darkness and dim light, the exhibition feels like being submerged into the underworld. The exhibition offers you a rare opportunity to have an intimate and immersive encounter with remarkable treasures from…

Book Review: Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Hariri

Most people are either not aware or don't care that the most pressing and revolutionary change in our world is right on our doorstep. The advance and rise of the machines. This is a book that tells the story of what happens next with the human species based on what came before and the technological…

Bas-relief depicting a banquet in the palace of Assyrian king Ashurbanipal

Cooking 4,000 year old Babylonian recipes, how do they taste?

This is one for all the history nerds out and anybody who likes cooking and eating, which probably means you. When you try to recreate an ancient recipe, you may end up with a stinking cesspool of inedible muck or a culinary wonder. Two very famous US universities Harvard and Yale collaborated together to cook…

Mudlarking for treasures on the River Thames

Mudlarking for treasures on the River Thames

A Mudlark while being a species of Australian bird', is also a curious river-side rambler. Over several millennia of habitation, London's River Thames has collected many layers of mud-addled refuse of varying degrees of value. Although one man's trash is another's treasure and the shores of the Thames are still a magnet to curious folk…

The Post-Apocalyptic Underground Lunchroom

The Post-Apocalyptic Underground Lunchroom

One of the more quirky destinations in New Mexico is Carlsbad Caverns. Located 228 metres below the surface is a diner/lunchroom that is frozen in the middle of the 20th century. The eatery sells cold cuts and food stuffs that don't require cooking (as they don't have cooking facilities), along with souvenirs. Over the ensuing…

To Won’s Father: An Ancient Love Letter Rediscovered

In 1998, archaeologists in Andong City, South Korea to their amazement discovered the tomb of Eung-tae a man who lived in the 16th century. The mummified remains were a rare find for the time. Eung-tae was unusually tall, even by today's standards. He was 5''9 and well built with skin and beard still intact. "The…

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

The Sky Bastard Who Ate My Ancestors in New Zealand

Introducing the Sky Bastard who terrified the shit out of my Maori ancestors in New Zealand... Common Name: Haast's Eagle Scientific Name: Harpagornis moorei (Discovered and named by Julius von Haast in the 1870s) Traditional Name: Te Pouakai or Te Hokioi (Meaning the 'Old Glutton' in Maori) My Name for him: Sky Bastard (Why? Because he was…