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Mexico Is Hiding The World’s Largest Pyramid. In the city of Cholula in central Mexico there stands a hill with a giant church on top which hides a manmade pyramid filled with secrets.

Mexico Is Hiding The World’s Largest Pyramid

MEXICO CITY—In 1519, Hernán Cortés and his conquistadors arrived in Cholula, one of the largest cities in central Mexico. Roughly 50 miles southeast from modern day Mexico City, its tens of thousands of residents sat in the shadows of the 17,000 foot Popocatépetl volcano. It had a temple featuring more stairs, claimed one Spaniard, than the main pyramid in Tenochtitlan. The Spanish tore it down, and rebuilt Cholula in the same fashion they did across Mexico—replacing “demon-worshipping” sites with Catholic ones. That also meant a hermit’s shrine on top of a large hill called Tlachihualtepetl had to go. Mysterious Earthen Mounds Discovered in Ancient Cambodian Cities. Using airborne laser-scanning equipment, archaeologists have discovered vast fields of dome-shaped earthen mounds, arranged into gridded patterns, in 1,000-year-old Cambodian cities.

Mysterious Earthen Mounds Discovered in Ancient Cambodian Cities

The scientists are puzzled as to what these vast "dome fields" (as archaeologists sometimes call them) would have been used for around 1,000 years ago, calling them "the most enigmatic features" from this archaeological landscape. In addition to the dome fields, archaeologists also found mounds shaped into geometric patterns, such as spirals. These geometric features are located near Cambodian temple complexes, including examples found near Angkor Wat. The finding is part of a huge project in which archaeologists with the Cambodian Archaeological Lidar Initiative (CALI) are targeting areas located near large temple complexes (such as Angkor Wat). Evidence of Sophisticated, Ancient, Unknown Cultures in North America....Page 38. Photo: Burnt Hill Site-Western Massachusetts, by Colgate Gilbert Mystery Hill, the Upton Cave, Calendar I and Calendar II, Gungywamp and Druid’s Hill are just several of the names given some incredibly important historical sites of which many have never heard a whisper.

Evidence of Sophisticated, Ancient, Unknown Cultures in North America....Page 38

But their existence—and their importance—is becoming harder and harder to hide as more are discovered and interested folk become exposed to their grandeur. Sometime in the late 1600s or early 1700s, early American colonists began discovering and utilizing underground "root cellars" made of large, but manageable pieces of dressed stone as storage houses for food stuffs. Many also had carefully crafted openings in their roofs which allowed a small amount of light to pass through to the interiors. Before long, the inheritors of these properties thought their own American ancestors had built these cellars—some which were eighty feet deep and lined the entire way with roughly hewn stone. Travel - The mystery of England’s ancient tunnels. “How do you like spiders?”

Travel - The mystery of England’s ancient tunnels

Asked James Gossip, an archaeologist, British prehistory expert and my guide to this subterranean world – one, apparently, that’s already inhabited. I looked at him, blanching slightly. He laughed. “Shall I just not point them out?” “Maybe not,” I said, peering into the dark tunnel before us. Ancient Pompeii Is Alive Again as Italian Officials Unveil Six Restored Ruins.

Mesa Verde: Cliff Dwellings of the Anasazi. The Mesa Verde archaeological region, located in the American Southwest, was the home of a pueblo people who, during the 13th century A.D., constructed entire villages in the sides of cliffs.

Mesa Verde: Cliff Dwellings of the Anasazi

Mesa Verde is Spanish for “green table” and the people who lived there are often called the “Anasazi,” a Navajo word that has been translated as “the ancient ones” or “enemy ancestors.” While they did not develop a writing system, they left behind rich archaeological remains that, along with oral stories passed down through the ages, have allowed researchers to reconstruct their past. The region they lived in is defined by researchers at the Crow Canyon Archaeological Center. Thermal Scans Of Egypt's Great Pyramid Reveal 'Impressive' Anomaly. Mysterious Symbols in Kazakhstan: How Old Are They, Really? Sprawling earthen swastika designs, crosses and rings that cover part of Kazakhstan are becoming a little less mysterious: Archaeologists have found and investigated 60 of these symbols, called geoglyphs, and determined when they were created and what their potential function might have been.

Mysterious Symbols in Kazakhstan: How Old Are They, Really?

The Kazakhstan geoglyphs, described at an archaeology conference in Istanbul and reported by Live Science last year, range in size from 90 to 400 meters (295 to 1,312 feet) across — longer than a commercial aircraft. The earthen works take on various geometric shapes, including squares, crosses, rings and a swastika. NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks. Photo High in the skies over , space-age technology has revealed an ancient mystery on the ground.

NASA Adds to Evidence of Mysterious Ancient Earthworks

Satellite pictures of a remote and treeless northern steppe reveal colossal earthworks — geometric figures of squares, crosses, lines and rings the size of several football fields, recognizable only from the air and the oldest estimated at 8,000 years old. The largest, near a Neolithic settlement, is a giant square of 101 raised mounds, its opposite corners connected by a diagonal cross, covering more terrain than the Great Pyramid of Cheops. Another is a kind of three-limbed swastika, its arms ending in zigzags bent counterclockwise. Prehistoric Village Of 'National Significance' Unearthed Amid Miami Skyscrapers. Photos: The Secret Passageways of Hadrian's Villa. 'Secret' Labyrinth of Tunnels Under Rome Mapped. Deep under the streets and buildings of Rome is a maze of tunnels and quarries that dates back to the very beginning of this ancient city.

'Secret' Labyrinth of Tunnels Under Rome Mapped

Now, geologists are venturing beneath Rome to map these underground passageways, hoping to prevent modern structures from crumbling into the voids below. In 2011, there were 44 incidents of streets or portions of structures collapsing into the quarries, a number that rose to 77 in 2012 and 83 to date in 2013. To predict and prevent such collapses, George Mason University geoscientists Giuseppina Kysar Mattietti and scientists from the Center for Speleoarchaeological Research (Sotterranei di Roma) are mapping high-risk areas of the quarry system.

An ancient city thought lost is exhumed from the depths of the ocean. Atlas Obscura on Slate is a new travel blog.

An ancient city thought lost is exhumed from the depths of the ocean

Like us on Facebook, Tumblr, or follow us on Twitter @atlasobscura. It was a legend. No trace of the city had ever been found, and it appeared only in a few rare inscriptions and ancient texts. The city of Thonis-Heracleion (known by both its Egyptian and Greek names) was not something anyone was expecting to find, because no one was looking for it. So it was something of a shock when in 2000 French archaeologist Franck Goddio, looking for 18th-century French warships, saw a colossal face emerge from the watery shadows of the Alexandria bay. Goddio had stumbled upon Thonis-Heracleion completely submerged 4 miles off the coast of Egypt. The granite ruins and artifacts are remarkably well preserved.

Robot discovers three unexplored passages in 2,000-year-old tunnel near the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico. By Daily Mail Reporter and Associated Press Reporter Published: 05:54 GMT, 23 April 2013 | Updated: 08:21 GMT, 23 April 2013 A tiny robot has made a momentous archaeological discovery deep under the famous Temple of Quetzalcoatl, near the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico, it was announced on Monday.

Robot discovers three unexplored passages in 2,000-year-old tunnel near the Pyramid of the Sun in Mexico

A French-Peruvian-Spanish Team Discovers a Chamber in Machu Picchu. Image Source: Flickr : Creative Commons License : Rogerimp For more than fifteen years, Thierry Jamin, French Archaeologist and adventurer, explores the jungles of South Peru in every possible direction, searching for clues of the permanent presence of the Incas in the Amazonian forest, and the legendary lost city of Paititi. After the discovery of about thirty incredible archeological sites, located in the North of the department of Cuzco, between 2009 and 2011, which include several fortresses, burial and ceremonial, centers, and small Inca cities composed by hundreds of buildings, and many streets, passages, squares…, Thierry Jamin embarks on an incredible journey in Machu Picchu. A few months ago, Thierry Jamin and his team think they have realized an extraordinary archaeological discovery in the Inca city discovered by Hiram Bingham in 1911.

Privacy hedges date back to the Iron Age. Vestiges of a fortified village on an islet in Borremose in Northeastern Jutland, Denmark. The village is thought to have been inhabited between 400 and 100 BC. A distinctive ring around the village shows that it has been well-shielded against enemies and animals. (Photo: Lie Helles Olesen, fortidensetfrahimlen.dk) Labyrinth Lies Within Mysterious Desert Drawing.

A large labyrinth lies in the midst of Peru's Nazca Lines, according to the most detailed study on the enigmatic desert etchings created between 2,100 and 1,300 years ago. Completely hidden in the flat and featureless landscape, the labyrinth was identified after a five-year investigation into the arid Peruvian coastal plain land, about 250 miles south of Lima, where the mysterious geoglyphs are located. "As you walk it, only the path stretching ahead of you is visible at any given point," Clive Ruggles of the University of Leicester's School of Archaeology and Ancient History, said.

PHOTOS: The Nazca: Mysterious and Gruesome Ruggles and colleague Nicholas Saunders of the University of Bristol's Department of Archaeology and Anthropology walked more than 900 miles of desert, tracing the lines and geometric figures carved between 100 B.C. and 700 A.D. by the Nasca people. Lines in the sand may have been made for walking. Pre-Viking hotspot on the Norwegian Coast. A number of petty kings ruled from royal estates or manors at Avaldsnes in Rogaland County throughout history. The emergence of royal power in Norway was interlinked with control of the coastal sailing route, in the Old Norse language: Norðvegr.

It literally means North Way, hence Norway’s name. Avaldsnes was a centre of power of great importance for petty kings and later for national kings. (Photo: KIBmedia) Russian Geoglyph: Elk-Shaped Design Found In Ural Mountains, May Predate Peru's 'Nazca Lines' {*style:<ul>*}{*style:<li>*}{*style:<h3>*}Napoleonic Soldiers Buried{*style:</h3>*}{*style:<br>*}A Catholic priest blesses a grave during a burial ceremony for the remains of 110 Napoleonic soldiers who died in a major battle against the Russian army, near the of Studenka, about 100 kilometers (63 miles) east of Minsk, Belarus, Friday, Nov. 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Sergei Grits){*style:</li>*}{*style:<li>*}{*style:<h3>*}Mayan Tomb Discovered{*style:</h3>*}{*style:<br>*}This photo taken on May 25, 2012, released on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2012 by Tak'alik Ab'aj Archaeological Project shows a jade piece in the tomb of a very early Mayan ruler at Tak'alik Ab'aj archaeological site in Retalhuleu, south of Guatemala City.

Göbekli Tepe. First Ever Etruscan Pyramids Found in Italy. Roman Fort That Helped Julius Caesar Conquer Gaul Identified In Germany. The English inspired Vikings to build cities. When Danish Vikings conquered England, they left an imprint on the language and place names on the other side of the North Sea. What’s perhaps less known is that the English also left a significant mark on the Christian religion and the cities that were emerging in medieval Denmark. (Photo: Wikimedia Common ('Tone')) When Danish Vikings sailed across the North Sea and conquered England, they left their mark on the English language and place names. That’s common knowledge, at least to historians.

What’s perhaps less known is that the influence cut both ways. Historian Marie Bønløkke Spejlborg was one of the more than 300 Norse mythology researchers who attended the 15th International Saga Conference held recently in Aarhus, Denmark. She is currently writing her PhD thesis about how the English some 1,000 years ago left a significant imprint on Danish society. From marketplaces to cities “The English already had something that resembled a state with a functioning administration system.

St. Herders, Not Farmers, Built Stonehenge.