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Treasure hunters find Ancient Greek “Medusa Gorgon sarcophagus” in Turkey

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In Turkey, gendarmerie officials investigated unauthorized excavations in historic sites and discovered a 2,500-year-old sarcophagus adorned with a rare bas-relief, which was found by illegal treasure hunters.

According to the Hurriyet Daily News, a unique stone sarcophagus was discovered in the western province of Aydin. It was discovered by gendarmes, who reacted to reports of possible illegal excavations near the ancient city of Aphrodisias.

A trench was found in the olive grove, which was probably dug by the so-called treasure hunters. Noticing the stone object, the gendarmes reported the find to archaeologists.

By the way, a group of looters was detained near this place. Archaeologists examined the trench, taking precautions. As a result, two sarcophagi and a stone altar were raised from the ground.

It was preliminarily established that the age of these artifacts is about 2500 years. One of the sarcophagi was decorated with the image of Medusa the Gorgon. Such bas-reliefs have never before been found on sarcophagi found during excavations in this ancient city.

“Therefore, we think that the person buried in this sarcophagus was one of the top leadership of the time,” says Umut Tuncher, director of the provincial department for culture and tourism. “The city of Aphrodisias dates back to the Hellenistic period. And although these sarcophagi have not yet been fully identified , according to our estimates, they are at least 2500 years old. “

It is reported that the excavation site has been heavily guarded. Archaeologists believe that other sarcophagi will be found in the future. The presence of two stone coffins indicates that a necropolis that existed before the end of the Roman period may have been located here.

The danger is posed by treasure hunters who carry out their “excavations” by barbaric methods, often damaging objects that are quite valuable from the point of view of science. There is a suspicion that several groups of marauders are operating in the area, and so far only one of them has been detained.

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Who wore crosses around their necks 3000 years before Christians

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Christian crucifixion and Pomos idol

Christians were not the first to wear cruciform figures around their necks. Before them, this was done by the ancient inhabitants of the island of Cyprus. Did the Christians reused this symbol from them?

The Idol of Pomos, which you can see in the picture above, was found in Cyprus. It is about 5000-6000 years old.

It is interesting primarily because it has a cruciform shape. A pectoral cross is depicted on the figure’s neck. You might think that Christians borrowed this symbol from the ancient Cypriots who lived in the Copper-Stone Age and created cruciform figures.

Archaeologists carried out lengthy excavations during the second half of the 20th century and found many cruciform idols in the village of Pomos in the Paphos region of western Cyprus. Today they are kept in the Cyprus Archaeological Museum.

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All the figures are cruciform, but the most remarkable of them is in the center. It is 17 cm in size and has a copy of it in the form of a pendant on its neck, which speaks of the strengthened tradition of wearing cruciform amulets among the ancient inhabitants of Cyprus. Smaller figures could have been such amulets.

The figurine with a cross on its neck was called the Pomos idol. The sculpture depicts a woman with outstretched arms and was most likely used as a symbol of fertility. Unlike the Christian cross, where Jesus hangs on the cross, these sculptures have a sitting position.

Outstretched arms can be regarded as fertile women. Some figurines have distinct sexual characteristics. Apparently, the ancient Cypriots wore them around their necks for better fertility.

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There are variants of sculptures where two figures are intertwined in a cruciform shape. It is difficult to interpret this approach to creating an ancient amulet. Perhaps the authors wanted to enhance the potential of the idol.

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Today the Pomos Idol is one of the main symbols of Cyprus. He was depicted on Cypriot coins in denominations of 1 and 2 euros. At the entrance to Pomos, there is a monument dedicated to an idol. Instead of Christian crosses, they make jewelry with the Pomos idol.

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The remains of a previous civilization must be sought at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean

The remains of a previous civilization must be sought at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean 104

The legends and myths of many European peoples and ancient Russian pre-Christian tales and epics tell about the northern ancestral home of people of the white race. Now more and more ruins of ancient megalithic structures of immigrants from the Arctic continent are being discovered not only on the Kola Peninsula and in Karelia, but also in the Urals and Siberia. The artifacts of the most highly developed arctic civilization are now absorbed by the waters of the Arctic Ocean.

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Esoteric sources and ancient myths speak about this. More and more modern independent researchers who have discovered in our “official history” a large number of “inconsistencies” and outright falsifications come to a similar conclusion. 

That is why the mass of myths and legends concerning Hyperborea persistently tells us that the ancient inhabitants of this continent freely moved not only over the planet’s air ocean, but were the true masters of space. The ancient Greeks, describing the life of the Hyperboreans, largely told the truth about them. Indeed, the inhabitants of the legendary northern land, possessing gigantic cosmic knowledge, were, from the point of view of the ancient Hellenes, almost immortal.

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Knowledge of the laws of the Universe and the experience of higher magic allowed them, even after a global cataclysm that brought the earth’s axis to the center of Oriana, to preserve in high latitudes under the Pole Star an oasis of life, which collapsed only after another thermonuclear strike. The ancient Greeks rightly called the inhabitants of Oriana Hyperboreans, or Hyperboreans, that is, those living behind the domains of the northern wind of Boreas.

In fact, warm Hyperborea, surrounded on all sides by regions where winter temperatures (70 – 10 thousand years BC) were often set to -80C and even -100C, as indicated by the many-meter permafrost of northern Asia and America , as well as entirely frozen mammoth animals found in the fossil ice of Siberia, confuses most climatologists in Europe and around the world with its climatic phenomenon. Indeed, according to science, the climate of the Arctic, despite the fact that fierce winters were raging in Europe, Asia and North America, and the soil was frozen tens of meters, was soft and warm. If you believe the data of paleobotanical analysis, then another 15 – 10 thousand years BC. cypresses, chestnuts and plane trees grew in the Arctic islands and the north of Scotland, grapes grew in full swing. According to science, only in the 8th – 6th millennium BC. the water area of ​​the Arctic Ocean has turned into an icy lifeless desert. “

Another Russian scientist N. Pavlischeva, based on Wegener’s lithospheric theory of earthly catastrophes, writes in her book the following:

“One of the major shortcomings of modern historical thinking is a complete conviction in the progressive development of mankind. What are we taught in school? At first they were completely wild, then they learned to make rough stone products and bones, then small, learned to speak, work the land, raise livestock, fight … and off we go … to the very “Shuttles” and “Worlds”.

However, if we recall the natural disasters in only one European part of Russia, then we can understand that the people who lived on it had to periodically slide almost to their starting positions due to changes in living conditions … Why did nature treat its children so cruelly, exposing their such tests? And in general, what happened in unthinkable ancient times, however, which affected the development and even survival of all people on planet Earth? …

All the ancient religions of the world and the legends of most people mention this catastrophe. They have been passed down from generation to generation as precious information that should not be lost. Unfortunately, the descendants of the “enlightened” centuries did not treat it too attentively, but it would be worth listening. All sources say one thing: earthquakes, fire (volcanoes), black clouds, terrible waves, flood, lack of light for a long time and … the sun went mad, which began to rise and set differently than it did until then.

The past and terrible catastrophe has been told more than once in many legends and tales. The fact that the east has become north and the earth turned upside down is reported by the Egyptian papyri “The Magic Papyrus of Harris”, “The Ipuvera Papyrus” and “The Hermitage Papyrus”. There are legends in which everything is conveyed poetically, there are very figurative stories – the Greek myth of Phaethon and the myths of many people, edifying – in the “Avesta” the coming to Earth of the devil Ahriman. There are also completely business-like descriptions of the cataclysm.

And in all of them there is something that is of particular interest to us now: the strange, if not crazy, behavior of the Sun! According to numerous testimonies of the ancients, it either disappeared for a while, or simply “rushed” across the firmament, as if not daring to move anywhere, and then changed the direction of its movement. Now it rose in the east and set in the west. The polar constellations have also changed …

If once the main directions of the Indians were northwest – southeast, and now it is north and south, then the continents turned counterclockwise? Yes, and thoroughly moved out of their positions? Then it turns out for sure that the region of the Arctic Ocean simply crawled to the place of the pole, and the huge ice fields of the North Pole covered the north and west of Eurasia …

Let me remind you: if during such a lithospheric shift, Eurasia “entered” under the ice of the Arctic Ocean, then under them there were also huge territories, previously inhabited by people. That is, North Atlantis was simply buried under the ice. Its civilization is accordingly buried.

Of course, it is difficult to judge what it was, but it is quite possible that it was very, very developed. That is, if you follow this theory, then the Arctic territories now (they, by the way, were not islands at all, there the land stretched far, far beyond the current edge of the Arctic Ocean, all geologists agree with this statement) from their wonderful almost tropical climate suddenly appeared in the ice, and not even in the ice, but under them.

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And what, people just now guessed about it? No, once again we can state that humanity has already gone through everything in its history and is now only repeating. If only it still remembered the past and learned more attentively to the words of previous generations! But, having made all possible mistakes, it made the most important thing – it never learned anything from these mistakes.

If all these estimates are correct, then the remains of the previous civilization (whatever you call it) should really be looked for at the bottom of the Arctic Ocean.”

So, space and air travel, the use of alternative cheap energy, climate control were just a few of the technologies available and used by the inhabitants of the legendary Arctic civilization. Perhaps, not by chance, despite the denial of official structures, in recent years there has been a real hunt for artifacts and technologies of this highly developed civilization.

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How Nefertiti’s husband fought with the gods, the traditional role of the pharaoh and the canon in art: 20 years of Akhenaten’s rebellion

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A reformer pharaoh, a seer, a guest from the past, or … an alien? The identity of the mysterious ruler of Egypt, the husband of the beautiful Nefertiti, is surrounded by many fantastic rumors. If you cut off the most incredible, there will be a story of a man who went against millennial traditions – in politics, religion and art. He rejected all canons, rejected all gods except one, and ruled Egypt along with a mysterious woman!

Portraits of Akhenaten in his youth and heyday.
Portraits of Akhenaten in his youth and heyday.

Akhenaten is best known for his religious reform – a monotheist pharaoh who challenged numerous priests. However, there are many more revolutions on his account than it seems.

Akhenaten initially turned out to be not the pharaoh whom the priests would like to see – it was all about his mother. Akhenaten (at birth he received the name Amenhotep) was the second son of Pharaoh Amenhotep III and Queen Tiya, which in itself reduced his chances of succession to the throne. 

However, Amenhotep’s eldest son died too early. In addition, Tia was the beloved wife of Amenhotep – and this caused the displeasure of the priests. Tia was not of royal origin, some researchers suggest that she has Semitic roots. She was distinguished by a sharp mind, irrepressible energy – and sufficiently ignored the traditional role of women in the life of the court. 

She supervised the construction of temples and actively intervened in the political decisions of the pharaoh. Amenhotep consulted with her on every issue and kept a thorough correspondence in separation. Later, when Akhenaten ascended the throne,

Scribes.  An example of Amarna art - the role of the common man is growing.
Scribes. An example of Amarna art – the role of the common man is growing.

He began to rule in Thebes, the capital of Egypt, and at first nothing anticipated radical changes – except that the sun god was now paid more attention, but each pharaoh has his own quirks! The fact that the great sun deity Amon-Ra was replaced by some unknown god Aton, at first did not cause the alarm of the priests. 

Meanwhile, the divine service itself was no longer held in the temple – Amenhotep IV preferred to perform ceremonies in the open air, in public. In the fifth year of independent reign, the young pharaoh changed his name. The former meant “Amon is pleased”, and the new, Akhenaten, meant “Useful for Aton.” 

Pharaoh wanted to serve his god and was not going to stop for a second. He did not trust the priests and relied in his actions on the support of unborn “service people”.

On the right is a portrait of Nefertiti.
On the right is a portrait of Nefertiti.

At the same time, he began the accelerated construction of the city of Akhetatona. This was facilitated by the changed construction technology, instead of Cyclopean buildings from heavy blocks, temples are being erected from lighter slabs, which significantly speeds up construction and allows the main buildings of the new capital to be completed in record time. Pharaoh moves there with all his court, wife Nefertiti and children.

Now this territory is called Tel el-Amarna, and the period associated with the rule of Akhenaten in culture is Amarna.

Naturalistic images of plants and birds are evidence of the destruction of the canon.
Naturalistic images of plants and birds are evidence of the destruction of the canon.

The poorly preserved Amarna art demonstrates the incredible destruction of the ancient Egyptian canon. The images become softer, the plots – chamber, intimate. At the same time, realism increases.

 The sculptural portraits of Nefertiti look soulful, alive. Her joint pastime with Akhenaten was devoted to many works of Amarna art, and her figure was portrayed – again a violation of the canon! – the same size as the figure of a regal consort. This meant that the role of women at the court of the reformer pharaoh increased significantly.

Portrait of the daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.
Portrait of the daughter of Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

Now they would say that Akhenaten was fighting “toxic masculinity.” He himself appears before the viewer not in the form of a conqueror, a demigod, a warrior, as befits a great ruler. 

Akhenaten in sculptures and paintings is a gentle father, a loving husband, not at all the governor of the gods on earth, but a mere mortal enjoying everyday pleasures. He rests with his family, plays with children, sometimes there are images of family prayers.

Prayer scenes.  Akhenaten and Nefertiti.
Prayer scenes. Akhenaten and Nefertiti.

What Akhenaten looks like also sparked heated discussions. His image seems strange, pathological, although not repulsive. No proud turn of the shoulders and a stern look. The sculptures show a man with a sickly, rickety physique, with a disproportionately elongated face and roundness atypical for men. 

However, the allegedly identified remains of Akhenaten in 2010 do not indicate any significant abnormalities in bone structure. Possibly, Akhenaten wanted the sculptures to depict him as somewhat androgynous, combining male and female features – the god Aton was just as bisexual. Probably, an attempt to get closer to the image of God was the mysterious co-government of Akhenaten with a woman named Neferneferuaten – this is either one of his wives (Nefertiti was not the only one!), or a daughter.

A family scene and a funny animal.  The character of the sculpture is becoming more and more secular.
A family scene and a funny animal. The character of the sculpture is becoming more and more secular.

At first, the cults of the old gods continued to exist along with the development of the cult of Aten, but in the ninth year of his reign, Akhenaten decided to ban them, which actually destroyed the priestly power. Moreover, Akhenaten changed the very concept of God in Ancient Egypt!

 Previously, the gods were presented as individuals with their own life stories, virtues and vices. But Aton was in everything and everywhere, everything that exists came from him. The god Aton did not even have a canonical image – his power was symbolized by a solar disk with widely diverging rays, which are often called “Old Testament”. 

In the religious environment there is an opinion – though not particularly popular – that the idea of ​​a single god of the Abrahamic religions arose under the influence of the cult of Aton.

Tutankhamun with his wife.
Tutankhamun with his wife.

After the death of Akhenaten, the cult of Aten was canceled, the young Tutankhamun returned to the faith of his grandfather and announced that he would inherit the power of Amenhotep III. 

Akhetaton was destroyed and forgotten, but today the progressiveness and courage of the reformer pharaoh excites researchers, and the masterpieces of Amarna art fascinate museum visitors.


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