Fo Guang Shan Buddha Memorial Hall – I have photos!!!

So the Buddha Memorial Hall is finally complete! I remember when I was there last year during construction and you can already tell that it was going to be AMAZING! It was HUGE and despite covered in dust, it was beautiful. I had the opportunity to meet Venerable Master Hsing Yun, founder of the Fo…

Archaeology – It’s the Bog Bodies!

I LOVE archaeology and I LOVE mummies even more. There, I said it. Every time I talk about mummies (and I mean I could go on and on about the topic), my friends and especially my mom, would give me a look of distaste. Like, “Ew”, they would say. “How can you like dead people?”…

St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research: And I get to take part in it!

In just a few days, I will be taking part in an archaeological excavation with the St. Eustatius Center for Archaeological Research (S.E.C.A.R)  team in the Caribbean! Here is some background information about the excavation and what is currently happening over there! Where Are We Excavating? Archaeological investigations of Colonial Period slave sites in the…

The Kensington Code – Fact or Fiction?

Ever heard about the Knights Templar and the Holy Grail? From the two-hour show last fall on the History Channel called Holy Grail in America to Dan Brown’s novel The Da Vinci Code, many conspiracy theories have been mentioned and has been a hot commodity for the media.The Holy Grail in America takes as its…

Genes Says You’re A Neanderthal…Well, A Little Bit Anyway

In my previous post about scientists cloning our extinct cousins, the Neanderthals, I pondered on the idea of what it would be like to actually meet one someday. Well, it seems the latest discovery shows that we have met them….and they are ‘us’ –  at least a little anyway. University of California Santa Cruz professor…

China’s First Emperor and his Terracotta Warriors

Little was known about Qin Shihuangdi (259 BC – 210 BC) until his astonishing army of life-sized terracotta warriors was discovered in 1974 by some farmers while building a well in Xi’an, China. Still not fully excavated, the Terracotta Army is estimated to number more than 8,000 figures, including 400 chariot horses and 300 cavalry…

The Real Temple of Doom – Part 2

Welcome back everyone! We’ll be continuing off from the last post……..so let’s continue our journey to the real temple of doom! As I mentioned from the last post, archaeologist Christian Mesia and his team found something at the site in Peru; dozens of snuff tubes made from animal bones all over Chavín. These snuff tubes…

The Real Temple of Doom – Part 1

The ruins of the ancient civilization of Chavín have stood for over 2500 years. How did this empire endure without the use of weapons and warfare? Was it a Utopian society? Or was it a warped experiment in mind control? Through secret tunnels deep within the ruins in the Amazon jungles to hallucinogenic rituals of…

16th-century mummy captivates a nation

In April of 1998, a construction was about to begin on a large apartment complex in Andong City, South Korea. An earlier survey had established that the hillside contained 16 tombs. Archaeologists determined that the tombs belonged to the ancestors of the Goseong Yi, a clan indigenous to the region that rose to power at…

Cloning an Extinct Cousin: A New Life for Neanderthals?

In the next few months, the first draft of a Neanderthal’s genetic code will be published by a group of scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany. In the latest issue of Archaeology Magazine (March/April 2010), this topic is thoroughly discussed; the cloning of Neanderthals. I can’t help but wonder what life would be…