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Families of missing trapped between grief and hope. The trauma faced by family when an aircraft or boat ''disappears without trace'' is one of the most extreme experienced, psychologists say.

Families of missing trapped between grief and hope

And Australia has its share of planes and vessels that have never been found, leaving behind relatives who, with no body to bury, no explanation of what happened and no one to blame, are left not knowing whether to hope or to grieve. What has been described as Australia's greatest aviation mystery was the loss of a single-engine Cessna 210 in August 1981 The plane was flying from Queensland to Sydney and on board were four Sydney men - Noel Wildash, 42; Sydney Water Police deputy chief Ken Price, 54; Rhett Bosler, 33; and Philip Pembroke, 43 and pilot, Michael Hutchins, 52.

The plane is thought to have plunged into the impenetrable bush of Barrington Tops and, despite numerous searches, has never been found. Yvonne Pembroke was aged 30 and seven weeks pregnant with Philip Pembroke's son, also to be called Philip, when the aircraft was lost. Beyond the Bermuda Triangle: The Devil's Sea. Mysterious waters: from the Bermuda Triangle to the Devil's Sea. Sea monsters have been blamed for unexplained maritime disappearances.

Mysterious waters: from the Bermuda Triangle to the Devil's Sea

Everything from UFOs to sea monsters blamed for unexplained nautical mysteriesBermuda Triangle became notorious after military planes disappeared off Florida coastThe "Devil's Sea," in the Pacific, is known as one of 12 "Vile Vortices" around the world (CNN) -- Tales of missing maritime vessels and rumors of drifting, crewless ships have long colored the popular imagination when it comes to legends of the high seas. Certain locations have become synonymous with unexplained disappearances and for intrepid sailors with a taste for the paranormal, these places can hold a spookily magnetic appeal.

So if you fancy a sailing holiday with a supernatural slant, you'll need to know where the fiction ends and the facts begin. Mysterious Shipwreck Reveals how the Spanish Built Their Boats. A sunken ship discovered during a search for the real Captain Morgan turns out to be a treasure trove of archaeological artifacts.

Mysterious Shipwreck Reveals how the Spanish Built Their Boats

Back in 2011, a team of underwater archaeologists hunting for the fleet of infamous pirate and rum mascot Captain Henry Morgan when they discovered a remarkably well preserved wreck off the coast of Panama. Four years later, researchers have finally identified the mysterious wreck as the Spanish merchant vessel Nuestra Señora de Encarnación. Is this Captain Henry Morgan's ship hull? 500 year old rum? Archaeologists search for the real Captain Morgan. To life, love and a legendary privateer’s lost fleet.

500 year old rum? Archaeologists search for the real Captain Morgan

U.S. archaeologists are continuing their search for real-life buccaneer Captain Henry Morgan’s lost fleet after the discovery of six cannons, a 17th century wooden shipwreck and even a barrel that may very well contain rum. Yo, ho ho indeed. Was King Arthur a real person? - Ask History. My TV provider is not listed.

Was King Arthur a real person? - Ask History

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Top 10 clues to the real King Arthur

But is he real? Arthur has been in and out of fashion more than denim: one year his veracity is being argued by every archaeologist in Britain, the next he's ignored or derided. In Revealing King Arthur: Swords, Stones and Digging for Camelot, Christopher Gidlow shows how archaeologists over the last 50 years have interpreted the evidence from Dark Age Britain. At first they were happy to link their discoveries to legendary names. Then came a backlash, when Arthurian links were ignored or derided. What Was Behind Mysterious Collapse of the Mayan Empire? The city states of the ancient Mayan empire flourished in southern Mexico and northern Central America for about six centuries.

What Was Behind Mysterious Collapse of the Mayan Empire?

Then, around A.D. 900 Mayan civilization disintegrated. Two new studies examine the reasons for the collapse of the Mayan culture, finding the Mayans themselves contributed to the downfall of the empire. Scientists have found that drought played a key role, but the Mayans appear to have exacerbated the problem by cutting down the jungle canopy to make way for cities and crops, according to researchers who used climate-model simulations to see how much deforestation aggravated the drought. Prehistoric Van Goghs: Artists Used Pointillism 38,000 Years Ago Nineteenth-century artists, such as Georges Seurat and Vincent van Gogh, weren't the first to use pointillism, according to a discovery of 38,000-year-old decorated limestone tablets in France. More evidence Mayan civilization collapsed because of drought. The Great Blue Hole off Belize, where scientists found evidence of Mayan drought.

More evidence Mayan civilization collapsed because of drought

(iStock) Even more than 1,000 years after their disappearance, it’s clear the Mayans had a good thing going. This was a civilization with hieroglypics, mathematics and art. This was a civilization with pyramids, agriculture and a complex economy. Sure: The Mayans enjoyed the occasional human sacrifice, and their calendar incorrectly predicted the world would end in 2012. Then, sometime around 900 A.D., Mayan society collapsed. Collapse: The Maya. The ancient Maya once occupied a vast geographic area in Central and South America.

Collapse: The Maya

Their civilization extended to parts of what is now Mexico, Honduras, and El Salvador, and most of Guatemala and Belize. From the third to the ninth century, Maya civilization produced awe-inspiring temples and pyramids, highly accurate calendars, mathematics and hieroglyphic writing, and a complex social and political order. Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse? A New Study Points to Deforestation and Climate Change. Bustling Mayan cities such as Tikal, in present-day Guatemala, were likely abandoned due to a combination of deforestation and drought.

Why Did the Mayan Civilization Collapse? A New Study Points to Deforestation and Climate Change

Photo via Wikimedia Commons/Shark. Khanacademy. Great Serpent Mound. Who Built the Great Serpent Mound? The Curse of King Tut: Facts & Fable. Among the world's most famous curses is the "Curse of the Pharaoh," also known as King Tut's Curse. Ever since King Tutankhamun's tomb was discovered in Egypt's Valley of the Kings, stories circulated that those who dared violate the boy king's final resting place faced a terrible curse. Though not as dramatic as a murderous mummy, it is widely claimed that many people associated with opening the tomb fell soon victim to the curse, dying under mysterious circumstances. Unlocking the medical mysteries of King Tut’s tomb.

The mask of King Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. Photo By Shadi Bushra/Reuters/File On this day in 1922, the tomb of Tutankhamun, or King Tut as he is better known, was discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter. America's Scariest Trails: Vanished - Backpacker. Bennington Triangle There are plenty of good reasons to hike Vermont's 272-mile Long Trail. It's the country's oldest long-distance path and still one of the hardest. And it takes you over Glastenbury Mountain, site of the backcountry's most bizarre–and still unexplained–case of missing hikers. Between 1945 and 1950, five people disappeared in the area. Amazingly, three of them were walking with other hikers when they momentarily slipped out of sight–only to vanish forever.

Bennington Breaking News, Sports, Weather, Traffic. Sunday October 2, 2011 GLASTENBURY -- A team of paranormal investigators hiked into Glastenbury over the weekend to survey the area known as the "Bennington Triangle. " Provided that they ever make it out safely, the group will use the experience along with any found phenomena in a hourlong documentary that will explore Glastenbury's rich and varied folklore. "We're really trying to tell the accurate story of the area, and these unusual reports -- what's actually happened as far as these reports are concerned," said Nick Smith, founder and director of Crypto Paranormal Investigations.

"Because there are crazy claims. Treasure Hunt to Discover Oak Island’s Mysterious Booty. Since 1795, explorers—including our 32nd president—have traveled to Oak Island in search of a mysterious buried and booby trapped treasure. So far, none have successfully reached it. About The Curse of Oak Island. Archaeological site, China. Archaeological site, China Alternative Title: Ch’in tomb. The Secret Tomb of China's 1st Emperor: Will We Ever See Inside? Buried deep under a hill in central China, surrounded by an underground moat of poisonous mercury, lies an entombed emperor who's been undisturbed for more than two millennia.

Art Through Time: A Global View - Terracotta Army (detail) from the Tomb Complex of Qin Shi Huangdi. Initially king of the feudal “Warring State” of Qin, he eventually conquered and consolidated the rival states to establish the Qin Empire in 221 BCE. As First Emperor of what became the Qin dynasty, Qin Shi Huangdi unified the Chinese lands politically and culturally by imposing a centralized bureaucracy and strict standardization of written language, weights and measures, and other cultural systems. B.U. Bridge: Boston University community's weekly newspaper. Stonehenge in America? Archaeology professor debunks claims for ancient rock structures as pseudoscientific fallacy By Brian Fitzgerald. The Mysterious Stone Chambers of New England - Page 2. America's Stonehenge On a hilltop in New Hampshire near the Massachusetts border are a series of low stone walls and cobbled rock chambers called America's Stonehenge.

The entire complex covers about 30 acres of hills and woodland, around which extends an apparently haphazard collection of walls interspersed with tall, triangular–shaped standing stones. The site's central feature is "Mystery Hill," situated on a single acre, which contains 22 stone chambers which can be characterized as dolmens, plus other megalithic features. Immediately surrounding the central site are upright stone monoliths aligned to predict prominent astronomical sightings. Roadside History: 'America's Stonehenge' is found at Mystery Hill in Salem.

The Kailasa rock-cut Temple, Ellora. Nazca Lines: Mysterious Geoglyphs in Peru. The Nazca (also spelled Nasca) Lines are geoglyphs located in an arid coastal area of Peru that cover an estimated 170 square miles (450 square kilometers). The Nazca Lines of Peru: An ancient riddle etched in the earth makes for a perfect family adventure. “New” 2,000-Year-Old Geoglyph Spotted in Peru. Easter Island has its iconic statues. National Geographic. Easter Island - Facts & Summary. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places.

Log In - New York Times. Archaeologists Catch Big Break In Disappearance Of Roanoke Island Colonists. Archaeologists Find New Clues to “Lost Colony” Mystery - History in the Headlines. Mystery of Angkor Wat Temple's Huge Stones Solved. - The Double Mystery of Angkor - Foreign Correspondent - ABC. Is the Bermuda Triangle Really Dangerous? The Mystery of the Bermuda Triangle May Finally Be Solved. Carnac, France: Where tradition and beauty are set in stone - latimes. Mysterious 176,000-year-old rock formation discovered in France could unlock secrets of Neanderthal age  Europe's Mysterious Megaliths. A Guide to Mysterious Britain. Log In - New York Times. History, Travel, Arts, Science, People, Places. Stonehenge. Watch The Lost Dutchman Mine Video - Legend of the Superstition Mountains.

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Log In - New York Times. The mystery of the Mary Celeste... solved? - Radiotonic. Anastasia's remains 'found in Russia' A New Theory on Fate of One of Russia's Last Royals : Books: Writer Edvard Radzinsky believes that Crown Prince Alexei survived the attack that killed his family, and spent years in a Soviet asylum. - latimes. Anastasia - Duchess. A Brief History of the Amber Room. Log In - New York Times.