Ancient Treasures

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#012 Uraeus

#012 Uraeus

July 09, 2019 2 min read

The uraeus is an emblem worn on the headdresses of pharaohs. What is this emblem, what does the word mean and who is it connected to? Apart from headdresses, what other examples of the uraeus have survived to this day.
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#011 The Celtic Cross

#011 The Celtic Cross

June 25, 2019 2 min read

Wikipedia states “The Celtic cross is a form of Christian cross featuring a nimbus or ring that emerged in Ireland and Britain in the Early Middle Ages.” Whilst this may be true, the actual origins of the Celtic cross go back much further and similar crosses are far more widespread. So what are the earliest examples of this ringed cross and what is its meaning?

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#010 The Valknut - Slain Warrior's Knot

#010 The Valknut - Slain Warrior's Knot

June 21, 2019 2 min read

The Valknut is a symbol that appears on ancient artefacts found throughout Germanic regions, Norway, Sweden, Denmark and Anglo Saxon Britain. What does “Valknut” mean, what does it represent and who is associated with this symbol?
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#009 Feudal Japan - Rise of the Samurai

#009 Feudal Japan - Rise of the Samurai

June 18, 2019 2 min read

Who were the mysterious Samurai warriors of Japan, how numerous were they and what legacy did they leave behind?
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#008 History of Roman Coins - Denarius

#008 History of Roman Coins - Denarius

June 11, 2019 2 min read

“A quart of wheat for a denarius, and three quarts of barley for a denarius” states Revelation 6:5, at the appearance of the third horseman of the Apocalypse. But what exactly is a denarius, what did this ancient verse mean and what is the history of the coin?
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#007 Aphrodite Goddess of Seduction

#007 Aphrodite Goddess of Seduction

June 08, 2019 2 min read

What is the origin of the Venus de Milo statue, who does it represent and why was this figure so important?
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#006 Eye of Horus and Ra –Symbols of Protection and Good Health

#006 Eye of Horus and Ra –Symbols of Protection and Good Health

June 04, 2019 2 min read

What is the story behind the eye of Horus, what are similarities/ differences with the Eye of Ra and how where these symbols used?
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#005 Torc – A Symbol of Rank

#005 Torc – A Symbol of Rank

June 04, 2019 2 min read

What are torcs (also spelt torques), where do they originate from, who wore them and what do they represent?  
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#004 Knights Templar – Protectors of Pilgrims

#004 Knights Templar – Protectors of Pilgrims

June 04, 2019 2 min read

Who were the Knights Templar, why where they formed and what is their legacy today?
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#003 Triquetra – A Universal Symbol

#003 Triquetra – A Universal Symbol

June 04, 2019 1 min read

The Triquetra is an instantly recognisable symbol and is as popular now as it was with the ancients. But what is the Triquetra, where did it originate and what meanings does it have today? 
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#002 Ankh - The Symbol of Life

#002 Ankh - The Symbol of Life

June 04, 2019 2 min read

The ancient Egyptians used a unique language of hieroglyphs and pictures. The Ankh is one of the most commonly used. So what does it represent, how important is it to Kemetic life and what other cultures used it?
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#001 Mjölnir – A Symbol of Strength and Power

#001 Mjölnir – A Symbol of Strength and Power

June 04, 2019 2 min read

You’ve seen Thor wield it in the movies and the power of Thor’s hammer Mjölnir (pronounced mi-yol-nyr), but what does Norse mythology tell us about Mjölnir and how widespread was its use as a talisman?
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