The latest film documentary in the search for Noah’s Ark. Finding Noah coming to theaters one night only on Oct. 8th, 2015
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The latest film documentary in the search for Noah’s Ark. Finding Noah coming to theaters one night only on Oct. 8th, 2015
Go here to find where the film is playing near you & watch the film trailers!
I just wanted to update you all on the status of Finding Noah. As we previously announced, Finding Noah will have a nationwide theatrical event release through Fathom Events at 650+ theater locations on the night of Thursday October 8th. Please save the date.
Tickets for this One Night Only Event are on sale starting Friday August 28th at: www.fathomevents.com/event/finding-noah
We are still awaiting another 236 additional theater locations from Cinemark to be added to the list. So please do not despair if you cannot find a theater near you at this moment. More screens will be added shortly.
It is now up to each of us to help push it toward success. Please share the date and the ticketing information contained herein with your families, friends, church groups and circles of influence. The more these theaters fill, the more theaters and potential encore dates Fathom will provide for us. Early ticket sales are the greatest indicator of robust interest in the film and will help Fathom make decisions to increase our theater count and add extra event dates.
For those of you interested in group sales, please contact me for further info. Thank you! Let’s make Oct. 8th a great success for Finding Noah!
Don’t forget to go to www.FindingNoah.com to view the film trailers.
Pyramid of the Eye
I recently interviewed Klaus Dona on my radio show EPIC Voyages Radio on the Inception Radio Network. I’ve known about Klaus’s work now for about 15 yrs now. We have similar interests in the field of forbidden archaeology. After a long 2 years, I was finally able to make contact with Klaus & get him on my show. We discussed his work and a very intriguing find in Ecuador.
One very interesting artifact found is the so-called Pyramid of the Eye. This artifact along with 350 others were found in 1984 while digging for gold in Ecuador in an underground tunnel system. The eye is an inlay. The stone is grey and white and you have thirteen steps. It looks exactly like the Pyramid with the Shining Eye on the One US Dollar! Not any of these artifacts do not fit any known and existing South American pre-Columbian culture.
If you put this pyramid under black light, the eye is shining very strongly and it looks really like an eye, but not really like a human eye and takes on an interesting hue. Here you have a close-up of the eye and you can see the colors of the inlay. On the bottom of this pyramid, you have the inlay in little gold plates showing the Orion star constellation, and you have unknown writing. You can see a star map of Orion’s Belt along with writing that is older than any known writing on this planet.
The translation of Professor Kurt Schildmann, who was the President of the German Linguistic Association and he was perfect in more than forty languages… he was able to translate this writing. He called it pre-Sanskrit because it is older than the oldest writing and that it has similarity to the Indus writing and also to the Easter Island writing. The translation of these four letters you can see here, his translation is: “The son of the creator comes.”
According to the research of Klaus Dona, the same writing has been found all over the world, proving that there was a pre-existing GLOBAL civilization that is much older than any Sanskrit writings. Klaus informed me that similar writing has been found on stones in certain countries like Ecuador, Colombia, Illinois, Glozel, France; Malta in the Mediterranean; Turkmenistan, Australia, and in Southern Calabria, and Italy just a few years ago. There are stones and ceramics – terracotta – with the same writing. Klaus believes this writing existed once worldwide, and that means there must have been a global civilization older than Sanskrit- older than 6,000 years.
We are seeing a continuing theme involving Orion’s Belt. The pyramids on the Giza Plateau also reflect the exact same alignment as the “3 Kings” of Orion’s Belt. What is the significance of the Orion’s Belt constellation?
To understand this mystery is to understand that God has placed constellations in the heavens that reveal his plan & purpose- the Gospel in the Stars. To briefly recap: There are twelve major constellations along with their decans (side constellations) in the form of a Three-Act play.
Act One is presented through the first four constellations — Virgo, Libra, Scorpio, and Sagittarius. It begins in Bethlehem with the birth of the “Seed” of the woman, and establishes His conflict with and victory over Scorpio — the “seed” of the serpent.
Act Two is presented through four constellations — Capricorn, Aquarius, Pisces and Aries. They represent the Church Age and New Testament Christianity, whose astronomical symbol is a fish.
Act Three is the last four constellations, along with their decans, representing the concluding act in the great drama of the ages — The Tribulation Period followed by the Second Coming of Christ. It is presented through the constellations Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, and Leo. For the purposes of this writing, we will skip all except Taurus- for that is where the minor constellation of Orion comes into play.
The sign of Taurus opens Act Three, and is the sign of coming judgment. Taurus is pictured as a raging bull, coming furiously. Taurus means “governer, captain, or leader.” In the shoulder of Taurus is a group of stars known as the Pleiades, meaning “congregation of the judge.”
Only the front half of the bull is depicted in the constellation. Where the back end of the bull would normally be drawn stands the constellation Aries, the Lamb — as if the bull is coming out of Aires. It is a magnificent picture of Christ who came the first time as the Lamb of God to take away the sins of the world, but will return one day bringing judgment upon the wicked showing us the coming of the Judge of all the earth.
Orion is the second of three deans of Taurus, which is said to be the most spectacular in the night sky and helps to tell the story of Taurus. We will skip Auriga and Eridanus, Taurus’s other two decans.
Orion means “coming forth as light.” Orion is pictured as a mighty hunter with a club in his right hand. In his left hand, he holds the skin of a lion that he has killed. Orion is mentioned twice in the book of Job and once in the prophecy of Amos.
The brightest star in the constellation is Betelgeuse, meaning “the coming of the branch.” Another star in his foot is Rigel, meaning “the foot that crushes.” In the shoulder of the constellation is a star called Bellatrix, meaning “quickly coming.” In his leg is a star called Saiph meaning, “bruised.” Again, as in every other case, we are reminded of Christ crushing the head of the seed of the serpent. Orion is obviously a picture of Christ coming in power and great glory.
In short, the constellations were named by our great Creator to tell the story of redemption for fallen humanity. The message was given to Seth, the son of Adam. For 2,500 years, before the writing of Genesis, those early civilizations were able to study the message of God’s love and redemption. That is the message of those mysterious signs in the heavens.
So does “the son of the creator comes” refer to Jesus Christ & His return? According to the study we just learned about the importance of Orion’s constellation, I think the answer is clear.
Jesus is the son of The Creator. He is also the Creator as part of the Trinity. And He is “coming forth as light” in Orion & as “the Judge” of Taurus.
Are you ready?
Happy St. Succat’s Day!
by Dr. Heather Lynn
I couldn’t let a holiday go by without revealing some lesser known history!
St. Patrick’s real name was Maewyn Succat. His father was Calphurnius, a deacon and son of Potitus who was a priest. His mother’s name was Conchessa, whose family is believed to have been from Gaul and originally sold into slavery to Calphurnius by her father. Calphurnius fell in love with Conchessa, released her from slavery, and married her. It is believed that Conchessa was either the sister or the niece of St. Martin of Tours in Gaul.
The family lived near the Firth of Clyde in Northern Britain (Scotland), which was still under the Roman Empire at the time (fifth century). When Succat was 16 years old, Irish raiders kidnapped him, along with his two sisters, and sold them into slavery in Ireland. He was separated from his sisters and sold to work as a shepherd. Succat remained a slave for six years. He believed his slavery was punishment for not believing in God as a child and living as a pagan.
The fifth century book, Armagh, includes a Latin passage written by Succat as St. Patrick called “The Confession”. In it he writes:
“But after I had come to Ireland, I was daily tending sheep, and I prayed frequently during the day, and the love of God, and His faith and fear, increased in me more and more, and the spirit was stirred; so that in a single day I have said as many as a hundred prayers, and in the night nearly the same; so that I remained in the woods, and on the mountain, even before the dawn, I was roused to prayer, in snow, and ice, and rain, and I felt no injury from it, nor was there any slothfulness in me, as I see now, because the spirit was then fervent in me.”
Succat became filled with religious zeal and eventually escaped captivity by sneaking aboard a ship headed to Britain, later joining a seminary on the south coast of France. His mission became converting pagans, whom he once identified with, to Christianity. Early in his mission, Succat acquired his name when he went to Rome and became a patrician- a Roman citizen with special status as a religious adviser. The name Patrick is believed to be more of a nickname and a corrupted form of his patrician title, Patrikios.
Aside from establishing many schools and churches around Ireland, St. Patrick became noteworthy as a missionary for his unusual approach to teaching. Rather than taking a “fire and brimstone” approach when speaking of the “evils” of pagan beliefs, he used pagan customs and blended them with Christian ideas in order to more effectively reach out to the locals. The most commonly cited example of this is his use of the shamrock to teach the idea of the holy trinity.
To Irish pagans, the shamrock, also called the “seamroy” by the Celts, was a sacred symbolizing the rebirth of spring. St. Patrick taught that each of the three leaves of the shamrock represented an element of the trinity, and their coming together at the base represented how three elements can constitute one entity, the shamrock, or the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.
With his success as a pagan converter, St. Patrick became known as the “Banisher of Snakes”, snakes being a metaphor for pagans. The legend says that St. Patrick drove all of the snakes from Ireland by standing on top of a hill with only a wooden staff. The fact is that Ireland was not a natural habitat for snakes since the ice age, as it separated from the mainland approximately 8000 years ago.
So by preaching from a hilltop armed only with a wooden staff, St. Patrick eradicated the pagans, or who were referred to as snakes, from Ireland and Christianity triumphed. Eventually Ireland was Christianized. St. Patrick’s mission lasted 30 years. He died March 17, 461CE, and was buried in Downpatrick in Country Down. This is why March 17th has been commemorated as St. Patrick’s Day.
Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
There is a code in the TORAH, the first five books of the Old Testament. The Code is real and mathematically provable. Incredibly, the Code seems to have information about what is happening today. Names, places and events are all encoded. The TORAH is not a crystal ball but new clues seem to indicate that it was meant for our generation to discover its secrets.
Since the first introduction of computers in the 70s, a select group of rabbis and professors have been working to crack the Code. You’ll meet them and see what they’ve discovered. The Torah seems to be encoded with major world events including anything that is important to Israel. The Hamas wars — rockets and terrorist attacks. Major events. The Economy, the Twin Towers, the BP Oil disaster, Terror Attacks, 2012 — all have been encoded. Director Richard Shaw interviews the world experts on the Codes, as well as explorers like L.A. Marzulli, IDF Reserve Captain / Writer – Dan Gordon, Col. Richard Kemp CBE, and many others that know the truth of what is happening in Israel. You’ll walk on the Gaza border, see actual Hamas missiles used to kill school children. An incredible look at an ancient mystery that seems to have been locked away until our generation. But why is it being revealed now?
You’re already familiar with the award-winning work that Richard Shaw does in the WATCHERS series. In Torah Codes, End to Darkness, Richard takes you through the real issues Israel faces while working with the world experts in the Codes. They show their most important Tables on those topics — mirroring what is happening today in Israel and the most recent Codes. Also, this is the first film to prove that only the Torah can deliver results unlike any other set of texts. The film shows actual computer searches and probability results between other Hebrew “monkey” texts and the Torah. The renown Professor Eliyahu Rips tells us how he nearly ended his life to protest the Soviet Invasion of Czechoslovakia, and how he went from a prisoner of the KGB to a world-class professor of mathematics in Israel. How trained as an atheist, he later became interested in the miracles he read about in the Torah and had to somehow prove it scientifically. Hence, the work he started and built a team to discover, suddenly was opening up secrets locked away for thousands of years, and that there really was “a creator of the world.” And, not unlike something you might see in the WATCHERS series, Richard takes us to ancient Hebrew expert Nir Studnitsky, whose research seems to suggest that in the un-edited Hebrew text in the Torah, it refers to the giants, and “cities in the sky.”
In the two-disc set, the Special Features section includes a collection of the 41 Torah Code tables seen in the film that you can study and click through at your leisure. Don’t miss this opportunity to see how Israel continues to be the recipient of terrorist attacks that continue to fail by some unseen force, while the Torah Codes seem to document all the details before they happen.
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It may or may not come as a surprise to some that Messiah Yeshua (Jesus Christ) may not have been born on December 25th. So if Jesus was not born on December 25th, then why do Christians celebrate that day?
It was in the 3rd century when the Roman Emperor Aurelan proclaimed the winter solstice, December 25th, as a feast day dedicated to the Roman sun god, Sol. With the advent of the winter solstice, each day thereafter becomes increasingly longer. Aurelian decreed that followers of Christ would be “allowed” to celebrate on December 25th because it was convenient to share the Lords birthday with the Roman celebration of their sun god. So this date was determined by the Romans, not the Bible. In fact, the Bible gives no exact date as to when the Lord was born. But it does leave us some incredible clues. The truth is that there is a whole lot about the birth of Jesus that you may not have been taught in church.
Now when Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, there came wise men from the east to Jerusalem, saying, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” for we have seen his star in the east, and are come to worship him…and, lo, the star, which they saw in the east, went before them, till it came and stood over where the young child was.
The Creator uses celestial bodies for signs, times, & seasons.
“God made the stars…for signs and times and seasons”. (Genesis 1:14-16).
There have been many “signs” that God has given us throughout history, but one particular sign would be the most relevant in all of history, when God Himself became man, incarnate in human flesh, was born for the redemption of mankind.
Before I begin, I want to make something very clear. The Scripture condemns the principles of astrology and Matthew was not endorsing such practices. The Magi were astronomers (scientific observation of the heavens) who had been influenced by Daniel and other Old Testament prophets. The Gospel message is clearly seen in the Zodiac, beginning with the constellation of Virgo, the virgin, and ending with Leo, the King. This message was later perverted in Babylon into the reading of horoscopes to predict future events, which God strictly condemns as demonic, occult practice.
Now let’s look at the possible theories:
The DEATH of HEROD
Most of the early church fathers placed Christ’s birth from 3 B.C. to 1 B.C. However, since the nineteenth century the majority of theologians have placed the birth of Jesus before the Spring of 4 B.C. This placement was due to a reference in Josephus that King Herod died shortly after an eclipse of the moon and before a Springtime Passover of the Jews. Astronomers in the last century identified an eclipse of the moon, which could be seen at that time, occurred on the evening of March 13, 4 B.C.
Herod’s death was arbitrarily placed within the 29 days from that eclipse until the Passover. Thus, theologians have looked for celestial displays as candidates for the Star before that date. Ernest Martin disagrees & builds a convincing argument showing that the proper eclipse occurred on January 10, 1 B.C.
CENSUS of CYRENIUS:
Ernest Martin argues that Cyrenius received special Roman commands throughout his career, especially in census-taking events, and acted as procurator. This special census was one of the most important in history.
This census (or registration) in 3/2 B.C. was actually an oath of allegiance demanded by Augustus Caesar and proclaimed during the summer of 3 B.C. Since both Joseph and Mary were descendants of David, and could both be considered legitimate claimants of the throne of Israel, both could be required to make the trip to Bethlehem. On February 5, 2 B.C., Augustus was given the title Pater Patriae (Father of the Country) by decree of the Senate and the people of Rome. The festivities coincided with his 25th jubilee year of being emperor of Rome and the 750th year of the founding of Rome.
ATTENTION in the HEAVENS
Astronomer Johann Kepler in 1605 suggested that a conjunction of Saturn, Jupiter and Mars was the Star of Bethlehem. To Persian Magi, Saturn represented Jerusalem and Jupiter represented royalty. Pisces and Virgo both represented the Hebrews.
On May 29, 7 B.C. a conjunction of Saturn and Jupiter occurred in Pisces. On October 3, 7 B.C. the same thing happened.
This normally occurs once in 804 years. In the spring of 6 B.C. they conjuncted again with Mars joining! This is the only historical occasion when a planetary “massing” has occurred at the same time as a “triple” conjunction. Certainly a celestial message was being sent!
Also, supernovas have been suggested as candidates for the Star. Visible supernovas have been reported in A.D. 1054 (the Chinese star), A.D. 1572 (Tycho’s star), and A.D. 1604 (Kepler’s star). On a date corresponding to July 5 B.C., the Chinese astronomical records report a “guest star”, a nova in the constellation Aquilla.
An excavated Roman garden wall, dating to the time of Augustus Caesar, shows a painting of a tree with fruit clustered in the configuration of the star constellations. An “extra” fruit is shown where this “nova” occurred. It is of interest to note that this “nova” (X-1 Cygnus) appeared in the Northern Cross, with star Deneb (meaning “The Lord Comes”) at the head of the cross. Stars Altair (“The Wounding”) and Vega (“He Shall be Exalted”) are nearby. Our entire Solar System is moving toward star Vega. A celestial announcement anticipating the birth of a King is again being displayed!
On August 12, 3 B.C. Jupiter and Venus united as a “morning star”, then displayed an “evening star” reunion 10 months later… On September 14, 3 B.C. Jupiter (the royal planet star) came into union with Regulus (the royal fixed star of the first magnitude) in the constellation of Leo, the Lion. Regulus is situated between the feet of Leo (the Royal constellation). After this first conjunction Jupiter continued on its normal course in the heavens. Then, on December 1, 3 B.C., the planet stopped its motion through the fixed stars and began its annual retrogression. As it did so, it once again headed toward the star Regulus. On February 17, 2 B.C. the two were reunited. Jupiter continued this backward, retrogressive motion another 40 days and then reverted to its normal motion through the stars. This movement placed the planet once again into a third conjunction with Regulus on May 8, 2 B.C. To the observer, it would appear that Jupiter was making a circling “crown” effect over and around Regulus. With each of these apparent changes in direction, the Planet briefly becomes “stationary” within the background of the fixed stars. On December 25th, 2 B.C. Jupiter came to a normal stationary position DIRECTLY OVER BETHLEHEM, as viewed from Jerusalem! At precisely this time the planet “stopped” in the middle of the constellation Virgo, the Virgin. The Sun was also “standing still” in its usual Winter Solstice.
To the secular world devoid of spiritual conscience, particularly to those in Rome, it seemed like heaven itself was giving approval for the emperorship of Augustus and that Roman government had the divine right to world sovereignty. This was in spite of the fact that they were aware of the prophecies made by Daniel. Suetonius and Tacitus confirmed that Rome knew of the belief that the empire of the world would be given to someone from Judea.
Martin aptly notes that the spectacular astronomical signs from May, 3 B.C. to December 2 B.C. would have caused wonderful interpretations, by astrologers, on behalf of Augustus and the Roman Empire, but the Magi decided instead to go to Jerusalem with gifts to a newborn Jewish king. On August 12, 3 B.C., Jupiter rose as a morning star, which soon came into conjunction with Venus. That started Jupiter off on a journey in which six conjunctions with other planets and the star Regulus took place. The final planetary union was the massing of the planets, which occurred with Mars, Venus, and Mercury on August 27, 2 B.C., Jupiter then became “stationary” for a brief time over Bethlehem on December 25, 2 B.C. At the inception of this scenario, here was Jupiter (the King Planet), which had just united with Venus (the Mother), now joining itself with the King star Regulus (the star of the Jewish Messiah) in Leo (the constellation of Judah), while the Sun (the Supreme Father of Ruler) was then located in Virgo (the Virgin).
1) Joseph and Mary began their journey to Bethlehem for the “census” at the close of the Jewish civil year in 3 B.C.
2) Near this time on August 12, 3 B.C. Jupiter and Venus united as a “morning star”, then Jupiter continued its phenomenal progression through the starry heavens.
3) In 3 B.C. Jupiter, the planet representing King David, was in conjunction with Regulus, the star of kingship, in the constellation Leo the lion, considered to represent the tribe of Judah. This conjunction in the lion would have served as a sign of the birth of a leader. Jesus was born in a stable on the twilight period of September 11, 3 B.C., the Day of Trumpets.
The arrival of a king is usually announced with trumpets. It is amazing how exactly in detail God fulfills His Word! What an awesome God we serve! Truly “The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands. Day after day they pour forth speech; night after night they display knowledge.” (Ps 19:1-2)
4) On September 14, 3 B.C. Jupiter came into union with Regulus and began the circling “crown” effect, which took place during the early months of Jesus’ infancy.
5) Fifteen months later, when Jesus was a “young child” in a house the Magi arrived on December 25, 2 B.C., when the King planet Jupiter came to its stationary point in mid-Virgo, the Virgin. The star would have been seen as “stopped” over Bethlehem, as viewed from Jerusalem.
One conclusion that can be drawn is that that star in the east, which that Magi saw was this progression of Jupiter through the heavens. Thus, the star was not “standing” over the manger at the time of Jesus’ birth (even though it was already in its divinely-appointed historic progression), but instead, at the appropriate time “stood” over Bethlehem at the time the Magi arrived to visit in the house.
As always, check out Man vs Archaeology’s website: www.AARONJUDKINS.com for the latest.
1. Earnest L. Martin, The Star that Astonished the World, 121
2. Josephs, Antiquities XVII. 218
3. D. Ronald Allen, The Stars of His Coming, 15
4. Robert Faid, A Scientific Approach to Biblical Mysteries, 62, 63
10 Strange & Bizarre Archaeological Discoveries
#10. The Bog People
In Northern Europe peat farmers discovered something terrifying. Accidentally unearthed in the bog were unusual preserved bodies that were remarkably well preserved.
The pictures are, unfortunately, exactly what they look like: murdered bodies offered up as part of some freaky bog people ritual. One corpse in particular, the “Grauballe Man,” tells the story pretty clearly: He was put to death the winter after a bad harvest, there’s evidence of stubble on his jaw (indicating he had been detained and not allowed to shave in the days before he was put to death) and his burial pit was right in the middle of a consecrated area.
Pompeii, the ancient Roman city, was buried during a volcanic eruption in 79 AD when Mount Vesuvius exploded. It was lost for nearly 1700 years and the damage done to the city was so severe that even the name of the city vanished from memory. In 1738 Herculaneum – a nearby city also lost – was discovered and then ten years later military engineer Rocque Joaquin de Alcubierre discovered Pompeii. Whilst digging in later excavations, Giuseppe Fiorelli discovered that some of the large bubbles in the volcanic mud were perfectly formed molds of the men who had died there. He injected plaster into the bubbles and gave the modern world the first look at real Ancient Roman people. Interestingly the city was full of erotic art and objects (many of which were hidden until 2000 AD) and graffiti found on a wall in Pompeii called the city “Sodom and Gomorrah” leading many Christians to believe that the city was destroyed by God in retribution for its sexual perversities.
#8. Teotihuacan Sacrifice
In 2004, a grisly discovery was made outside of modern day Mexico City. Although it has been known for years that the Aztecs performed bloody sacrificial festivals, numerous decapitated and mutilated bodies of both humans and animals shed some light on just how horrific the rituals could get.
#7. Mount Owen Moa
In 1986, an expedition was exploring the cave system of Mount Owen in New Zealand when it came across the huge claw you’re now looking at. It was so well preserved that it almost seemed like whatever it belonged to had just died recently. Upon excavation and inspection, however, it was determined to belong to an Upland Moa, a large prehistoric bird that apparently came with a nasty set of claws.
#6. The Mass Grave of the Headless Vikings
Archaeologists were digging up the side of a boring old roadway in Dorset when they unearthed a mass grave containing the headless remains of 54 Viking warriors. Researchers began to notice something unusual about the placement of the bones. The leg and arm bones, heads and torsos were all neatly arranged into their own separate piles. So what happened? The Vikings may have been sacrificed in a ritualistic manner not consistent with the surrounding culture of the time.
#5. Ancient Chemical Warfare
In 1933, archaeologist Robert du Mesnil du Buisson was conducting a dig in the area of Dura-Europos, where ancient Persians laid siege to their longtime enemies, the Romans. During the excavation, du Mesnil found several tunnels, which is pretty much par for the course in a siege situation. A little out of the ordinary, however, was the haphazard pile of 19 Roman soldiers he found in one of those tunnels, all looking as though they died while fleeing something. So what was at other end of the tunnel that could terrify and ultimately murder 19 Roman soldiers so quickly?
A single Persian soldier, found clutching desperately at his armor, forever preserved in that panicked moment. Add to the strangeness the fact that there were traces of sulfur and bitumen all along the walls, and the implication is clear: one terrified Persian who died clawing frantically at his own body, 19 Romans who died fleeing from his direction, sulfurous emanations in the walls? This indicates that the deaths were actually due to one of the earliest attempts at chemical warfare.
The story may have happened like this:
“The Romans heard the Persians working beneath the ground and steered their tunnel to intercept their enemies. The Roman tunnel was shallower than the Persian one, so the Romans planned to break in on the Persians from above. But there was no element of surprise for either side: The Persians could also hear the Romans coming.
“So the Persians set a trap. Just as the Romans broke, through, James said, they lit a fire in their own tunnel. Perhaps they had a bellows to direct the smoke, or perhaps they relied on the natural chimney effect of the shaft between the two tunnels. Either way, they threw sulfur and bitumen on the flames. One of the Persian soldiers was overcome and died, a victim of his own side’s weapon. The Romans met with the choking gas, which turned to sulfuric acid in their lungs.”
#4. The Screaming Mummies
In 1886, Gaston Maspero, then head of the Egyptian Antiquities Service, was cataloging mummies when he came across an unusually plain burial box. Unlike the kings and queens he’d been working with for most of his career, this particular box didn’t give any information as to the identity of the individual inside. Even stranger, the body was wrapped in sheepskin, which was considered unclean by ancient Egyptians. And then, as he slowly unwrapped the mummy & gazed upon the face — as if in a horror movie– he found this screaming, mummy face looking back at him!
When he finally uncovered it, Gaston also found that the corpse’s hands and feet had been bound for some unspeakable reason. Because of the strange coverings and the bound hands & feet with a seemingly tortured expression, experts theorized that the body (creatively named Unknown Man E) had been poisoned, buried alive or otherwise tortured before his untimely death.
#3. The Tomb of the Sunken Skulls
In 2009, archaeologists were excavating the bottom of a prehistoric dry lake bed in Motala, Sweden, when they stumbled upon the foundations of a mysterious stone structure sealed at the bottom of an ancient lake. They eventually unearthed the exact kind of stuff one expects from primitive mystery structures: animal bones, stone tools and, oh yeah — the 8,000-year-old skulls of 10 people, ranging in age from small children to the elderly. And then they found an 11th skull buried deep within the ancient mud of the lake bottom. Fragments of one of the other skulls were deliberately lodged inside the cranium of the 11th skull.
For reasons that are unclear to us, some ancient society probably butchered 11 people in a stone hut and then put the pieces of one dead person’s skull inside the brain space of another person.
But the horror doesn’t end there: Not only had somebody perhaps bashed one person’s skull in with another person’s skull, but, before being interred inside the tomb, several of the bodies had stakes driven through them and were then set on fire. Two of the skulls were found with the stakes still embedded.
Bulgaria archaeologists may have ‘stumbled’ upon new evidence of vampires. The evidence for this is that there was a burial of a man with an iron stake through his chest and trauma indicative of stab wounds to the heart. Since the burial dates to the 15th century, they argue that it was likely meant to prevent the individual from rising as a vampire. This brings the total number of potential vampires found in Bulgaria from this period to 100 cases. The current pattern shows that they are all men, likely wealthier individuals who would be suspected of evil in life, and were found with injuries indicative of being stabbed after death or were pinned down by metal stakes.
This isn’t the first time that an archaeologist has cried ‘vampire’, although it does represent one of the larger cases. A female skeleton recovered from Venice dating to the 16th century was found with a brick in her mouth. She was part of a larger mass grave that contained the bodies of plague victims. Stories of the time period talk of these mass burials being reopened and finding individuals within who looked fresh and were vampires. It is possible that her lack of decomposition of the body and breakdown of the shroud was thought to be a sign of vampirism and the brick in the mouth was a method to prevent her feeding on the living or deceased.
Reference: Archaeology 2012 Archaeologists Stumble Upon ‘Vampire’ Skeleton in Bulgaria. Novinite. http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php?id=139940
#1. An Italian Witch or a Vampire?
There’s another strange burial from a Medieval cemetery at Piombino in Tuscany, Italy. Two female bodies in particular interested the excavators. One was found buried with 17 dice and since women were not allowed to play dice games at the time, they interpreted her as a having been a prostitute.
The second body was far more interesting … Seven nails were placed in her mouth. Presumably this was an attempt to stop the women rising and returning from the dead. Yet in addition, in this Italian burial, the woman’s clothes were nailed to the ground by 13 nails, to further ‘hold’ her down.
Because of these highly unusual nails, the woman was identified initially as a witch. She died around AD 1300, aged 25 to 30, and was buried in the church yard amongst other citizens of Piombino who had been buried normally. Most of the other burials had a shroud and / or a simple coffin, but the ‘prostitute’ and the ‘witch’ had neither. The excavator, Prof Alfonso Forgione, of L’Aquila University, said he had never seen anything similar, and felt that the pinning down by nails was an attempt to stop her from ‘rising’ from the dead by those who buried her and who believed she had some sort of magical powers, making her a witch.
The fact that the two women were buried in the church graveyard, in consecrated ground, has been an issue, and led some to question whether a witch would be buried in this way. The Irish ‘zombies’ were certainly buried in a consecrated graveyard, as were many of the Bohemian and Moravian ‘vampires’ so I’m not sure why this should be an issue. It has however led at least one archaeologist to revise his opinion of the ‘witch’ burial and re-label her an ‘adulteress’ … seven nails through the jaw and another 13 pinning her clothes down seem to be to be over-kill for an adulteress, but then again it was a pretty serious sin in the Medieval period. Or maybe she was a vampire after all…
If you want more info, then I recommend UNC anthropologist Krista Killgrove’s blog post on the burials (here), since she links to all the Italian coverage.