Legendary city of Norumbega: could it be Washington, DC?

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I'm gonna attempt to tackle this Norumbega, a.k.a city of Bega, Nurumberg, Nurumbega, Nurembega, Norobega, Oranbega legend. There are quite a few fascinating occurrences related to this so-called "legendary settlement" located in the northeastern part of North America. Reading the official...

1850s Peru, Lima, Panama structures by Ephraim George Squier

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Came across an interesting book published by Harper & Brothers in New York in 1877. It is titled - Peru. Incidents of travel and exploration in the land of the Incas, and was authored by Ephraim George Squier. The book contains some fairly interesting images of various structures observed by the...

Jerusalem on the Catalan Atlas by Cresques vs Santo Sepulcro by Anonymous

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Just wanted to point out an interesting difference on virtually similar 14th century maps. It is easy to dismiss little things like that, but remember that "devil is in the details." The maps I'm talking about are famous Catalan portolan type depictions of the Earth. The primary purpose of these...

19th century photos of the US Government in session prior to 1865. Where are they?

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I have mentioned this "little" issue before, so, naturally, just wanted to suggest a combined effort of sorts. When was the earliest known photograph of the United States Government in session taken? I keep on running into nothing but drawings. The best I could come up with was this 1874...

1863 Russian involvement in the US Civil War

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If you share my level of ignorance, the entire involvement of Russia in the United States Civil War of 1861-1865 will come as a surprise. Hopefully, I am the only one who was oblivious to the fact. For me this journey started with the above banknote which is, in my opinion, being downplayed from...

Lady of Elche, and Lady of Guardamar: what are they wearing?

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We have busts of two ladies wearing some bizarre looking headdresses. At least that is the version provided by the official history. Somehow, I am not so sure about the decorative purpose of these devices looking wheels attached to their head. Both busts were located in Spain, and are claimed to...

Was the Fourth crusade the First one? Was Babylon located in Cairo?

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The endeavor clearly sounds serious enough for the Venetians to take eight days to think it over. Yet, if we were to believe the official history, the Venetians were supposed to be able to easily organize the logistics. The Venetian Crusade to the Holy Land took place between 1122 and 1124...

Triumphal Arches, aka Ianuae Magicae: bridge portals between places, or regular structures?

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I have been looking at the Triumphal Arches for a very long time, for the Stargate movie kept on pushing this crazy idea of teleportation type travel. Just got done spot-watching the Warcraft with its Dark Portal, and decided to throw a few words together in reference to them Arches. Ones of the...

19th century Photo Business Advertisement

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Very often we hear that the reason for not having too many 19th, and early 20th centuries photographs lies within the novelty of the invention. It is often suggested that opportunities to have a photo taken were few and far between. I am not so sure about that, for the amount of the 19th century...

18th century Cartography and Map Making

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Have been looking at a lot of different maps recently, and came across a few puzzling ones. Their appearance simply does not match my traditional understanding of the eighteenth century means and abilities. At the same time, my knowledge of the semi-ancient surveying techniques is next to zero...

Troy: X marked the spot for centuries, but the ruins were only identified in 1822

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The official history tells us that the city of Troy was founded in 3000 BC. This same very history teaches us that the city was abandoned in 500 BC. The Trojan War was a historical event of the 13th or 12th century BC, but by the mid-19th century AD, both the war and the city were widely seen as...

Mohenjo-daro was destroyed 450-500 years ago

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It appears our archaeologists are hiding our true history on purpose. Unfortunately, there is plenty of evidence to suggest such a notion. This time we are going to look at the allegedly 4,500 year old city of Mohenjo-daro. Of course, this is not its real name. Scientists say that they do not...

Funeral trains, flags, mummies or when did Lincoln really die?

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Originally, this thread was not big enough to justify its placement on the front page. I noticed this weird flag on the Abraham Lincoln's Funeral Train which I ran into due to BStankman's thread. To avoid derailing, I decided to ask forum members to see if they could identify the flag in a...

Hyperborea: what if it still exists?

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Obviously we know that all the major landmasses, as well as the smaller ones, have already been discovered. We have space satellites providing us with up to date geographic imagery. The International Space Station is out there constantly keeping a close watch on our planet. At least, this is the...

1860s: Advanced Civil War weapons

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Most of these weapons I have never seen before. And while I have known about the Gatling Machine Gun, some of the other ones appear to belong to a different time frame. They are not as advertised as our regular cannon balls. Yet the below killing machines do appear to pertain to the Civil War...

Sodom and Gomorrah are at the bottom of the Dead Sea

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For centuries people knew exactly where Sodom and Gomorrah once stood. The ruins of the Biblical cities were apparently still visible as late as 1650. Only with the approach of the 19th century did we conveniently forget where to look for the famous cities of sin. Their sins we could debate at a...

NASA: 1960s artificial Sun, Moon and Earthlight patents

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Apparently this is not even news. It sure is to me though. The fact that these patents are 50+ years old makes it even more intriguing. How far did they manage to improve on the 1960s technology? These inventions are not something BBC, or CNN would report on in their daily news, yet the...

Lictors and Roman Fasces Weapons: Grand Deception

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Roman, or Etruscan Fasces is one of the things we all have seen, yet our understanding of this bundle of wood appears to be as far from the truth as possible. I dare to say that we know nothing about it. This innocent pile of twigs with an attached axe could be one of the most powerful weapons...

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