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Fragment of Ancient Egyptian Sphinx Found In Israel

A fragment of a sphinx statue that once belonged to the Egyptian ruler Menkaure has been discovered in Israel. Dating back to around 2,500 BC, the fragment was found at the Tel Hazor dig site, and is of the two front paws of a sphinx. Between the paws is a heirogliphic inscription naming the Egyptian king …

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Exploring the Sunken City of Heracleion

Once thought to be legend, the ancient city of Heracleion is beginning to reveal its mysteries. Built in the 8th Century BC, Heracleion (known to the ancient Egyptians as Thonis) once served as a prominent trade center and port of entry for goods from Greece and other countries into Egypt. It now rests below the …

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The Cintamani Stone

The Cintamani Stone (or Chintamani Stone) is a legendary artifact of Buddhist and Hindu mythology, a “wish-fulfilling” gem of extraordinary power. According to Buddhist legend, it fell from the stars and landed in Tibet, where the ancient Buddhists revered it as a spiritual jewel. However, its power was considered so great, and so potentially disastrous, …