Cracking the Hieroglyphic Code" The earliest attempt at translating hieroglyphics came well before the discovery of the Rosetta Stone. A fifth-century scholar named Horapollo set up a translation system based on hieroglyphics' relation to Egyptian allegories. After Horapollo's hypothesis, 15 centuries of scholars dedicated themselves to a false translation system. De Sacy, who had translated the Demotic portion, tried his hand at the hieroglyphic inscription, but he failed, too. Thomas Young made a significant breakthrough in 1814 when he discovered the meaning of a cartouche [source: BBC]. Identifying the name of the pharaoh Ptolemy, Young was able to make some progress with his translation. Champollion began his linguistic education in 1807 under de Sacy and became familiar with the languages and skills that would aid in his translation of hieroglyphics. In 1822, Champollion got his hands on some very old cartouches. Next, we'll learn about the vast world that opened up after hieroglyphics could be read.
Project Avalon - Klaus Dona: The Hidden History of the Human Race Click here for the PDF version of this interview (20 pages) Click here for the video presentation March 2010 **Ed note: Some transcripts contain words or phrases that are inaudible or difficult to hear and are, therefore, designated in square brackets BILL RYAN (BR): This is Bill Ryan here from Project Camelot and Project Avalon. Klaus is going to be doing an audio commentary on one of his extremely special, unusual, and fascinating slide shows about the artifacts and the various phenomena that he has been researching, discovering, investigating personally all over the world relating to what I think you could legitimately call The Hidden History of the Human Race. KLAUS DONA (KD): That's a very good summary, yes. BR: [laughs] So I'm going to step back here, and what follows now, just kick back and enjoy this slide presentation. What are we looking at here ? Ancient World Maps Ecuador Even the next one, [right, above] you can see how this statue is sitting. Bolivia Colombia Guinea, West Africa
People of the Rainbow Gathering Ever hear about Rainbow Gatherings? They're temporary community events typically held in outdoor settings; a place where people practice ideals like peace, love and harmony. The original Rainbow Gathering was in 1972 and was started as an alternative to mainstream popular culture. In the United States, the annual event is held on National Forest land from July 1 through 7. The highlight is when everyone gathers together in a large circle, and each person prays silently for peace. After going to Rainbow Gatherings for several years, self-taught Canadian photographer and art director Benoit Paillé got permission to take portraits of his "brothers and sisters." "The pictures you see are very precious since photography is not usually allowed during the event," he says. Over the last three years, Paillé captured these moments at Rainbow Gatherings across Spain, Canada, and Mexico. Benoit Paillé on: Flickr, deviantART, Behance
Real life experiments that reveal the ancient art and techniques of building Egyptian pyramids Copyright © 2006 by Mike Molyneaux New insights into ancient pyramid construction techniques presented in this article include the following:-  The use of battering rams to create acoustic energy for quarrying, shifting and positioning stones.  The use of counter-ramps with counter-weight principles for hauling massive stones uphill.  The use of overlapping planks and rollers to create an auto-aligning, auto-braking system for the ramps.  The use of leveraging towers with counter-weights for lifting stones out of a quarry and onto rollers.  Submerging large stones in watery mud for transporting them down rivers or along canals.  Partially completed courses of the pyramid forming a spiral staircase to support a ramp to the inner chambers. 1 Actual experiments using scale models A new, realistic set of trials and experiments using scale models or children have now revealed how easily large stones can be transported with rather primitive technology.
Ancient underwater cities being found that are 10,000 years old Lost city 'could rewrite history' By BBC News Online's Tom Housden The remains of what has been described as a huge lost city may force historians and archaeologists to radically reconsider their view of ancient human history. Marine scientists say archaeological remains discovered 36 meters (120 feet) underwater in the Gulf of Cambay off the western coast of India could be over 9,000 years old. The vast city - which is five miles long and two miles wide - is believed to predate the oldest known remains in the subcontinent by more than 5,000 years. Using sidescan sonar - which sends a beam of sound waves down to the bottom of the ocean they identified huge geometrical structures at a depth of 120ft. Debris recovered from the site - including construction material, pottery, sections of walls, beads, sculpture and human bones and teeth has been carbon dated and found to be nearly 9,500 years old. Lost civilization "Nothing else on the scale of the underwater cities of Cambay is known.
Films Plutocracy Counter-Intelligence The Power Principle Rise Like Lions Lifting The Veil Psywar Human Resources Egyptian Symbols and Definitions Djed It is believed that the Djed is a rendering of a human backbone. It represents stability and strength. It was originally associated with the creation god Ptah. Djew Which means mountain, the symbol suggests two peaks with the Nile valley in the middle. Feather of Maat Represents truth, justice, morality and balance. Fetish of Osiris An animal skin hanging from a stick, this is a symbol of Osiris and Anubis. Flail and Crook A symbol of royalty, majesty and dominion. Heb The heb glyph represents an alabaster bowl. Heb-Sed The Heb-Sed glyph Is a combination of the heb glyph and the sed glyph. Hedjet The White Crown. Ieb This symbol represents a heart. Imenet These symbols represent the west or western desert AKA the land of the dead. Ka The ka is usually translated as "soul" or "spirit" The ka came into existence when an individual was born. Khepresh The blue crown was a ceremonial crown often worn in battle. Khet This symbol represents a lamp or brazier on a stand from which a flame emerges. Maat
15 Fascinating Facts About Ancient Egypt History Ever since my childhood I have been fascinated with all things relating to Ancient Egypt. I have tried for a long time to come up with a good idea for a list relating to it and this is the first (of what I hope will be many!) 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Sources: National Geographic, James’ Interesting Facts Jamie Frater Jamie is the founder of Listverse.
Amalfi Coast Italy Photography Positano - a charming stop for lunch along the Amalfi Coast There’s more to Italy than Rome and Tuscany. Have you seen the Amalfi Coast? It will leave you breathless! This collection of photos is from my recent trip back to the Amalfi coast after 4 years of being away. Typical pottery sold along the seaside town of the Amalfi coast The cliffs of Sorrento, one of the main towns along the coast The ancient streets of Pompeii - an easy stop along the Circumvesuviana Train The hill town of Positano Cook up some dishes at Mami Camilla's cooking school near Sorrento Beach cabanas in Sorrento - a popular beach in the summer The villagers (plaster cast) of Pompeii caught in the eruption The Sorrento coastline is a boating paradise Old door in Positano Get out of Rome and visit the Amalfi Coast! For more great information on the Amalfi Cost – check out Italylouge.com For information on the Mami Camilla’s cooking school check out Mami Camilla and tell them you saw it on Ottsworld!
Top 10 Myths About Ancient Egypt History The Ancient Egyptians are shrouded in an aura of mystery and intrigue, cultivated by continuing archeological discoveries. Unfortunately, the sense of awe that pervades Ancient Egypt has also produced countless myths. This list will investigate the most common misconceptions about Ancient Egypt, and include some interesting digressions that will illuminate new areas of their advanced culture. Cleopatra Was Beautiful Cleopatra VII, the last Pharaoh of Ancient Egypt, has always been a cultural figure, renowned for her alluring beauty. Reading about the Ancient Egyptians with their pyramids, mummies and imposing gods, it is easy to reach the conclusion that they were preoccupied with death. Listverse attracts a very rational crowd, but unfortunately there are some who believe that the Egyptians were in contact with aliens. Many believe that we have found out everything we can about Ancient Egypt, and that Egyptology is a dead and buried subject. Pharaohs Killed Servants