Mysterious stone balls unearthed at Neolithic Scottish tomb, 800-year-old Merlin texts translated, Napoleon's hat containing traces of his DNA goes up for auction.
Mysterious Balls Made Of Polished Stone Found Inside 5,500-Year-Old Scottish Tomb
The seaside cairn known as Tresness has sat on the Scottish isle of Orkney since 3500 B.C. But now, climate change and erosion are causing this slowly vanishing archaeological marvel to slip into the sea. For years, researchers have been trying to squeeze everything they can out of this historic dig site before it’s too late.
Just recently, archaeologists at Tresness have just made an astonishing find: a set of stone balls that were carefully carved and polished some 5,500 years ago — for reasons that remain bafflingly unclear.
Discover the full story behind this amazing discovery here.
800-Year-Old Manuscript Found In British Library Sheds New Light On Stories Of Merlin And King Arthur
Two years ago, a librarian at the University of Bristol came across fragments of parchment stuffed inside a 16th-century book. Though the parchments were handwritten in Old French, one word immediately jumped out: Merlin.
Now, scholars have translated the 800-year-old texts, nicknamed “Bristol Merlin.” They feature variations on the modern retelling of the King Arthur legend, including details about King Arthur’s war against King Claudas and Merlin’s romance with “the Lady of the Lake.”
Dig deeper in this report.
One Of Napoleon’s Famous Hats Is Going Up For Auction — And It Contains Traces Of His DNA
An anonymous buyer got more than he bargained for when he picked up a 19th-century bicorne hat at a small German auction house. Not only is it one of Napoleon Bonaparte’s hats — but it also contains the French emperor’s DNA.
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