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The failure of the Great Teutonic State

The failure of the Great Teutonic State

A few days ago we told you about the Order of the Teutonic Knights, a religious-military order founded during the Third Crusade in the Holy Land, similar to that of the Hospitaller Knights and Knights Templar, although it never had such a relevant weight in those distant lands as The rest of the military orders had it, the true protagonism of the Teutonic knights did not reside in the crusades in which they participated in Tripoli, but those that were carried out in the European territory, in Prussia and the lands of the East.

What was the Marshall Plan? European recovery after the Second War

What was the Marshall Plan? European recovery after the Second War

The European Recovery Program (ERP), popularly known as the Marshall Plan, in honor of the United States Secretary of State George Marshall (the main man behind its design), was an economic recovery program organized by the United States for the reconstruction of the European countries after the Second World War.

The end of the Templars

The end of the Templars

The Order of the Temple was one of the famous military orders of the Middle Ages. With a short history of barely two centuries, its end was both horrible and controversial: it was founded by nine knights in 1118 in Jerusalem, led by Hugo de Payens after the First Crusade in the Holy Land.

Excavations shed light on the history of Cölln and Berlin

Excavations shed light on the history of Cölln and Berlin

Centuries ago, a settlement called Cölln formed the core of what is now the German capital. However, it was absorbed by the growing city of Berlin and disappeared without a trace. Spectacular finds are helping archaeologists piece together the history of the city and its inhabitants.

The origin of the seasons of the year according to Greek mythology

The origin of the seasons of the year according to Greek mythology

Throughout the year the four seasons follow one another: winter, spring, summer and autumn. We currently know that it is due to the translation of the Earth, but the ancient Greeks were unaware of this, so they created their own history to explain it. For this they involved the gods and their actions, as in most of their explanations.

Greek Mythology: Apollo and Daphne

Greek Mythology: Apollo and Daphne

Every time there is a sports competition, or simply looking at ancient representations of winners, there is always something in common: a laurel wreath on the winner's head. Greek mythology has an explanation for this fact. Curiously, it has its origin in an unfortunate love story.

The Holy Alliance as an instrument of the Restoration

The Holy Alliance as an instrument of the Restoration

The Holy Alliance was created by Tsar Alexander I on September 26, 1815. Although not taken seriously at first, it was signed by Austria, Russia, and Prussia. The British Foreign Minister, Lord Castlereagh, called it "an example of sublime mysticism and folly." A similar opinion was held by the Austrian Chancellor, Klemens von Metternich, who affirmed that the Holy Alliance was a "declaration of a void of sound".

A team approaches Amelia Earhart

A team approaches Amelia Earhart

Ric Gillespie may be closer than anyone has ever been to solving one of the great mysteries of the 20th century, but he's still trying to understand the complicated woman at the center of it all. Recently, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton had a meeting with Gillespie (leader of the International Group for the Recovery of Aviation History -TIGHAR-) in which a new expedition was announced to solve the disappearance of the famous aviator Amelia Earhart.

Greek tombs from the Byzantine period found in Alexandria

Greek tombs from the Byzantine period found in Alexandria

Egyptian archaeologists have discovered four Greek tombs from the Byzantine era in a section of the necropolis east of Alexandria, in an area neighboring the Al-Ibrahimeya tunnel, discovered during excavations carried out by the State Ministry of Antiquities ( MSA) and runs between the Al-Shatbi and Mostafa Kamel areas.

Greek Mythology: Theseus and the Minotaur

Greek Mythology: Theseus and the Minotaur

A well-known myth is that of Theseus and the Minotaur's Labyrinth. Theseus was the son of Aegean, king of Athens, and Etra. Aegean had killed the son of Minos, so Crete besieged Athens, which was quickly ravaged by hunger and disease, so Aegean had to accept the conditions of Minos.

Archaeologists follow the clues of a 1662 chapel in the United States

Archaeologists follow the clues of a 1662 chapel in the United States

A team of archaeologists and volunteers is close to locating a 1662 chapel in Newtown Neck, Crompton, United States. The Catholic Church of St. Francis Xavier has recruited Scott Lawrence of Grave Concerns and James Gibb of Gibb Archeology Consulting, to find the original chapel on the occasion of the 350th anniversary of its construction this year.

Plans to renovate Cirencester Roman amphitheater revealed

Plans to renovate Cirencester Roman amphitheater revealed

Plans have been revealed to refurbish the Roman amphitheater in and around Cirencester. The city council, which has taken over the management of part of the English Heritage, wants to improve access and erect new information signs. Part of the plan involves the restoration of the historic Chesterton Obelisk which is located in a nearby wooded area.

They find a sculpture of the children of Cleopatra and Marco Antonio

They find a sculpture of the children of Cleopatra and Marco Antonio

The Egyptologist Giuseppona Capriotti, a member of the Italian National Research Council (CNR), said on Friday that she identified a sandstone sculpture (discovered in 1918 near the temple of Hator, in Dendera), to the twin children of Cleopatra and Marco Antonio , dated between the years 50 and 30 a.

Biography of Alfred Wegener, the father of plate tectonics

Biography of Alfred Wegener, the father of plate tectonics

Today we want to pay tribute to one of the most important scientists of the 20th century, whose continental drift hypothesis shook the foundations of geology, geophysics, and even paleontology. His name, Alfred Wegener (Berlin, 11/1/1880 - Greenland, 11/1/1930) During the annual meeting of the German Geological Society, which was held in Frankfurt on January 6, 1912, a young professor of astronomy and meteorology, Alfred Wegener, timidly took the stage to share with his scientific colleagues a revolutionary idea about the earth's crust, the formation of the continents and its future.

Rock Art in Spain

Rock Art in Spain

The misnamed rock art, whose term comes from the Latin “rupes” (stone), refers to all human activity carried out in the rock. With this concept, any drawing, sketch or symbol that our primitive ancestors captured on the walls of caves, ravines, cliffs and in general any type of rocky shelter in which they lived is included.

Fossil of a large Jurassic dinosaur discovered in northwest China

Fossil of a large Jurassic dinosaur discovered in northwest China

Chinese paleontologists announced Sunday that they have discovered the largest Jurassic dinosaur fossil in the country in the northwestern Xinjiang region. The fossil remains show they belonged to a 35-meter-long, herbivorous sauropod dinosaur weighing about 30 tons, says Professor Sun Ge, leader of the expedition team that made the discovery and deputy executive director of the Paleontology Research Society. from China.

A tomb in eastern China holds a treasure of more than 2,500 years

A tomb in eastern China holds a treasure of more than 2,500 years

Chinese archaeologists have discovered a large collection of objects belonging to a dignitary in a tomb from more than 2,500 years ago. The mausoleum was found in January near a tourist resort in Yishui County, eastern China. Since then until now, the excavations have uncovered various bronze weapons, musical instruments, pieces of jade jewelry and utensils for performing religious rituals.

Biography of Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany

Biography of Adolf Hitler, the leader of Nazi Germany

The 20th century stands out for having contained a large number of relevant figures and characters. One of the most important was Adolf Hitler, who would have a great impact on Western society, on the way of conceiving the war and on the relations between the different countries. His desire for revenge and power raised him as the leader of Nazi Germany , self-empowered as the Third Reich, and plunged Europe into its darkest and most difficult times with a firm totalitarian doctrine.

Evidence of smuggling found on 3rd century Roman ship

Evidence of smuggling found on 3rd century Roman ship

A team of Italian archaeologists has found evidence of smuggling activity in the remains of a Roman ship. The shipwreck dates from the third century but it was not until six months ago that the ship could be recovered from a depth of two meters near the coast of Marausa Lido, a beach resort near Tripani (Italy).

Mexican experts find ancient blood in obsidian knives

Mexican experts find ancient blood in obsidian knives

Researchers in Mexico announced Wednesday that they had found blood cells and muscle fragments, tendons, skin and hair in 2,000-year-old stone knives, calling it the first conclusive evidence of a large number of stone implements used for human sacrifice. .