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<b>MYSTERIOUS HORSEMEN OF CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY </b><br><br>Renowned as fierce warriors and skilled horsemen, Scythians literally ruled the central Asian grasslands for centuries. In the absence of any script, the only source of information about these nomadic people are the writings of Greek historian Herodotus and the excavation of their burial mounds, well-known for the fine goldwork found beneath them. First appearing in the 7-8 th century BC, the horsemen disappeared by the 1st century BC leaving behind a big legacy.

History's mysteries

Atul Thakur | August 7, 2010


MYSTERIOUS HORSEMEN OF CLASSICAL ANTIQUITY

Renowned as fierce warriors and skilled horsemen, Scythians literally ruled the central Asian grasslands for centuries. In the absence of any script, the only source of information about these nomadic people are the writings of Greek historian Herodotus and the excavation of their burial mounds, well-known for the fine goldwork found beneath them. First appearing in the 7-8 th century BC, the horsemen disappeared by the 1st century BC leaving behind a big legacy.

<b>EASTER ISLAND </b><br><br>On the Easter day of 1722, Dutch navigators anchored on an isolated Pacific island. To the explorer's surprise, the island, even after being separated by the world by 4, 000 km of the Pacific Ocean, was inhabited. From where did the natives come? Equally mysterious were the island's iconic trademark;the huge stone figures known as the moai. Although recently the islander's DNA profile points towards their Polynesian links but why and how they made the moais remains unanswered?

History's mysteries

Atul Thakur | August 7, 2010


EASTER ISLAND

On the Easter day of 1722, Dutch navigators anchored on an isolated Pacific island. To the explorer's surprise, the island, even after being separated by the world by 4, 000 km of the Pacific Ocean, was inhabited. From where did the natives come? Equally mysterious were the island's iconic trademark;the huge stone figures known as the moai. Although recently the islander's DNA profile points towards their Polynesian links but why and how they made the moais remains unanswered?

<b>STONEHENGE </b><br><br>Southern Britain's Stonehenge has perhaps the world's most famous Neolithic and Bronze age monuments. Believed to have been built around 2400 BC, the monuments have excited the world's curiosity since the 12th century. Even today, the purpose of building these stone circles remains unknown. Pointing towards the graves surrounding the monuments, some experts claim it was an ancient burial place;some speculate it was a place of healing while others try to establish its link with astronomy.

History's mysteries

Atul Thakur | August 7, 2010


STONEHENGE

Southern Britain's Stonehenge has perhaps the world's most famous Neolithic and Bronze age monuments. Believed to have been built around 2400 BC, the monuments have excited the world's curiosity since the 12th century. Even today, the purpose of building these stone circles remains unknown. Pointing towards the graves surrounding the monuments, some experts claim it was an ancient burial place;some speculate it was a place of healing while others try to establish its link with astronomy.

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