Ancient SIberian Mummy Covered in Copper

Two mummies were discovered near Salekhard in Russia’s far north at the Zeleniy Yar burial site, a medieval archaeological site containing dozens of graves. So far, two of the these strange new mummies have been discovered: an adult of unusually tall stature, and a child estimated to be no older than six months old.  They were covered in copper, the adult having been plated from head to toe, while the baby’s was covered in fragments of a copper kettle. Preliminary dating suggests the individuals were buried around 1,300 years ago. Alexander Gusev, a senior researcher from Russia's Centre for the Arctic Studies, said: "The mummified remains were found lying next to each other, buried strictly along a north to south line."

Archeologists say the adult's cocoon is some 5ft 7 inches in length, suggesting the male or female inside was unusually tall for the period.


Experts from Russia and South Korea will now carefully open the burial cocoon at a laboratory in Tyumen to determine the age and sex of the copper clad medieval polar region dweller, as well as the type of fur used to warm the dead on the way to their next life.

The team will use computer tomography to look at the remains within their burial cocoons, including any artifacts within them. They will also study the DNA of the mummies and carry out histological (microscopic anatomy) and parasitological analysis.

Results from the latest field studies will be presented in November at a conference in Salekhard covering archaeology in the Arctic. 

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Aztec Tower of Human Skulls

On early July 2017, a tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure. Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City.

Tales of the tower of skulls which struck fear into the hearts of Spanish conquistadors have been passed down through the generations in Mexico.

The structure is believed to be part of the Huey Tzompantli, a rack of bones which became the stuff of legend among Spanish conquistadores as they colonised Mexico. Their writings mentioned a tower of skulls.
 

For the next 500 years, the skulls lay undisturbed underneath what was once the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, but is now Mexico City. Until, a group of archaeologists began the painstaking work of uncovering their secrets two years ago.

What they found has shocked them, because in among the skulls of the young men are those of women and children - bringing into question everything historians thought they knew.

Andres de Tapia, a Spanish soldier who fought with Cortes in the 1521 conquest of Mexico, almost certainly recorded the structure, archaeologist Raul Barrera told Reuters. De Tapia wrote that there were thousands of skulls, and researchers believe they will find more as the excavation continues.

Its base has yet to be uncovered, and it is thought many more skulls will be found.

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http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-40473547

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world-0/tower-human-skulls-found-archaeologists-mexico-aztec-history-doubt-a7818841.html

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-mexico-archaeology-skulls-idUSKBN19M3Q6

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Mystery of The Golden Spectre of Goblin Hill

One of the most famous ghost stories from wales is that of the Golden Spectre of Golden Hill. Its fame due largely to the fact that the ghost is authenticated not just by witness testimony but also by a real, solid artefact which survives today, and which just happens to be one of the prized possesions of the British Museum. Goblin Hill, or to give it its correct Welsh name Bryn yr Ellyllon, rises to the east of Mold in an area of the town called Pentre.

On the left side of the hill, as one leaves Mold, a stone plaque has been fixed to a wall, commemorating an important archaeological discovery. Near the plaque there was once a prominent mound called the Tomen. Prior to the opening of the ancient grave, the area around the Tomen was haunted by a ghost called the Brenin yr Allt, or King of the Hillside. He was described as taking the appearance of a man of huge stature - a man who was seen to be 'glittering and shining in gold'. 
 

The origins and possible meaning behind the Ghost remained a mystery until October 11, 1833, Mr. John Langford, who rented the field, ordered that the mound to be levelled and the stones composing it be taken to fill in a hole by the side of the road. in the base of the mound the labourers came across a cist, or slab-lined grave, and in this grave they uncovered the largest piece of prehistoric goldwork ever found in Europe. The so-called 'Mold Cape' is an exquisitely ornamented sheet of gold which ould have fitted round the shoulders of the Bronze Age chieftain or priest whose crumbling bones were interred here. Initially its value wasn't recognised, and it was thrown to one side. When someone noticed it was made of gold, however, something of a free-for-all took place and chunks of it were ripped off, and taken away as souvenirs, the result being that it survives today in a sadly mutilated form.

John Langford was well aware of the stories of the Golden Spectre and made a point of visiting an old lady named Nancy, who claimed to have seen it fouteen years previously while fetching home her cows one moonlit night. Nancy was delighted to learn that the 'ghost was raised' and her story substantiated.

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http://strangeco.blogspot.co.id/2017/07/the-golden-ghost-of-goblin-hill.html

Haunted Wales: A Guide to Welsh Ghostlore written by Richard Holland

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The Mysterious Shadow People

Shadow people are a very common visual hallucination for humans to have. They usually appear as a result of sleep deprivation, psychosis (especially stimulant psychosis), delirium, psychoactive substances, or sleep paralysis. During this experience, the subject perceives a patch of shadow in their peripheral vision or focused visual field to be a living, autonomous figure. This figure can be either humanoid or animal-like in appearance. A number of religions, legends, and belief systems describe shadowy spiritual beings or supernatural entities such as shades of the underworld, and various shadowy creatures have long been a staple of folklore and ghost stories.

Shadow people may converse with the person experiencing them or they may converse amongst each other - sometimes talking about the person going through the experience.

A very common example is like this from a woman named Tammy from North Dakota: 

‘About four years ago, I was renting the top half of an older house in North Dakota. I was in a deep sleep when I woke up screaming bloody murder. Over me, was a shadow person, hovering, hanging onto my wrist, trying to pull me out of my bed toward the ceiling. My husband had stayed up late and ran into the room scared by the screaming. What he saw was me, hysterical sitting halfway up in bed, with my left arm in the air like someone was pulling me. While he did not see a shadow person, he knew it wasn’t just a bad dream as I’ve never woke up screaming hysterically. I did not see a face, just a dark shape of what appeared to be a man. I felt sick to my stomach and a deep feeling of terror.

The next day, after a sleepless night, I found my gold medallion necklace in the bed, one side had Jesus and the other side was the Virgin Mary. What was odd was the clasp (which was tiny and hard to get on or off) was still closed and the chain was too short to pull over my head in my sleep. I don’t ever take my necklace off.

This confirmed in my mind that this experience was not just a hypnogogia theory, where a person is part way between sleep and waking, where you are conscious and in a dream like state and perceive images from subconscious that experience both visual hallucinations and a feeling of dread. While that theory may sound like a possibility in the scientific aspect, I can’t let go of the feeling that it was real, and how did the necklace get off my neck withthe clasp still hooked?

I still continue to see shadow people off and on, as soon as I turn off the light, before I am even asleep but I have not had any other physical experiences with them since.’It seems they typically come at night and often at the point of falling asleep or they are there standing over the victim as they wake, and although they very seldom cause any physical harm they nearly always cause absolute fear and some have theorised that they might be some sort of psychic vampire, feeding off of the fear of their victims.'
 

In 1974 in the West Yorkshire town of Pontefract in the United Kingdom, the Pritchard family began to experience what would become one of the best-known poltergeist events in the country and one that was immortalized in the movie When The Lights Go Out.

Another example of shadow beings and poltergeist is from a woman going by the name of “Karen” who says:

‘The night before my experience, I had been the target of poltergeist activity. I don’t mean the mischievous kind of poltergeist, the presence in my room was downright evil. That’s another story, but I do believe the events were related. The night I had my experience, I went out to the bathroom (this was in the middle of the night, around one or two am). As I walked into the kitchen (the bathroom is connected to the kitchen in my house, go figure), I was still jumpy because of the previous night. Therefore, I turned on every light on my way to the bathroom. When I walked into the kitchen and reached for the light, a shadow oozed out of the sink. I told myself it was just my

imagination until it turned around and came towards me. There were glowing red eyes glaring at me from the area the face should have been! The feeling I got was a definite presence of evil (again, like the night before). I screamed and ran out of the room, then spent the rest of the night in my parents’ room on the floor (I’m not ashamed to admit it, even if I was twenty at the time).’


Shadow people simply seem trapped in their former state and do not appear to advance in age, intellect, or in any aspect of their condition until they choose to turn to loved ones who are with them, who are attempting to bring them forward unto the light and life.

Sources:

https://psychonautwiki.org/wiki/Shadow_people

https://thecuriousfortean.com/2017/06/17/shadow-people-a-brief-look-into-the-shadows/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_person

http://www.angelsghosts.com/shadow_people

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Dybbuk Box The Haunted Jewish Wine Box

The dybbuk box, or dibbuk box is a wine cabinet which is said to be haunted by Dybbuk and many stories circulate about the paranormal happenings involving the box. The most detailed account of the effects of the wine box has been given by the original seller, an antique store owner, Kevin Mannis when he bought a vintage wine box from a 103-year-old Holocaust survivor via eBay, an online auction marketplace. According to Mannis' story, he bought the box at an estate sale in 2003. It had belonged to a survivor of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland named Havela, who had escaped to Spain and purchased it there before her immigration to the United States. Havela's granddaughter told Mannis that the box had been bought in Spain after the Holocaust. Upon hearing that the box was a family heirloom, Mannis offered to give the box back to the family but the granddaughter insisted that he take it. "We don't want it," she said. She told him the box had been kept in her grandmother's sewing room and was never opened because a dybbuk was said to live inside it.

Dybbuk is a malicious mythological demon from Jewish folklore said to hold the power to invade and possess a body of human being. Upon opening the box, Mannis wrote that he found that it contained two 1920s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with cord, a lock of black/brown hair bound with cord, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word "Shalom", a small golden wine goblet, one dried rose bud, and a single candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs.



Numerous owners of the box have reported that strange phenomena accompany it. In his story, Mannis wrote that he experienced a series of horrific nightmares shared with other people while they were in possession of the box or when they stayed at his home while he had it. His mother suffered a stroke on the same day he gave her the box as a birthday present—October 28. Every owner of the box has reported that smells of cat urine or jasmine flowers and nightmares involving an old hag accompany the box. Iosif Neitzke, a Missouri student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and the last person to auction the box on eBay, claimed that the box caused lights to burn out in his house and his hair to fall out.

After a string of unexplained hauntings, including recurring nightmares, unexplained bruises, and the incessant stench of ammonia, the box soon found its way back onto eBay and, after a few ownership swaps, landed in the hands of its current foster parent, Jason Haxton, the Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, who paid $280 for the artifact in 2004 from eBay user “spasmolytic.” (Haxton was the winning bidder, out of 51.). A victim of the box’s wrath, Haxton sealed and buried the box somewhere in Missouri, but he recently dug it back up for a television cameo in a new show by paranormal hot shot Zac Bagans of Ghost Adventures fame.

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https://exemplore.com/paranormal/The-Dibbuk-Box-Where-is-it-Now

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dybbuk_box

http://www.tabletmag.com/scroll/194625/haunted-dybbuk-boxes-for-sale

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Unsolved Mystery Box of Tamaqua


In April of 1898, when Joseph Southem, the graveyard sexton preparing a burial ground for Mrs. Margaret Wyatt, he made a curious discovery that leading to a mystery which has remained unsolved for over a century.

The following comes from the Shenandoah Evening Herald, on April 4, 1898:

"The preparation of the grave for the interment of Mrs. margaret Wyatt in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at tamaqua led to a discovery that is causing much discussion. While Joseph Southem, the sexton, was digging the grave he came upon a large rock weighing about a ton. This was removed by the Southem with assistance and beneath it was found a rough box, which was found to be empty. The sexton at once reported the matter to the secretary of the cemetery association. A search of the records was made, but it could not be found that the lot had ever been sold to any one other than the Wyatt family. To avoid any possible confussion in the future a lot in another location was given and the grave arranged before the cotege arrived. How the rough box got into the place where the sexton found it continues a mystery. The box had the appearance of having been in the ground several years."

Why would anyone bury an empty box in a cemetery beneath a one ton boulder? Who would go through such trouble? Did the box once hold a valuable treasure that had somehow been unearthed before 1898? Or was somebody planning on returning to the spot later with the hopes of burying something that nobody would ever be able to find?

That, of course, is the mystery, and it's a mystery that boggles the mind the more you stop to think about it.
The story provides some possible clues as to the age of the mystery box; according to the sexton, the box appeared to have been in the ground several years before it was unearthed. Could the box have been buried before the cemetery was laid out?


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http://paoddities.blogspot.co.id/2017/03/the-mystery-box-of-tamaquas-odd-fellows.html

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Caroll A Deering The Ghost Ship

In August 1920, the Carroll A. Deering set sail from Norfolk, Virginia, in tip-top shape, with an experienced captain and a crew of 10 men bound for Rio de Janeiro with a cargo of coal. However, five months later, on January 31, 1921, the five-masted schooner was discovered abandoned off the coast of present-day Cape Hatteras National Seashore. At the time, she was returning to Newport News from a trip to Brazil. 

The ship departed on August 22, and although Captain William H. Merritt fell ill a few days later and had to be replaced by the hastily-recruited Captain W. B. Wormell, the ship delivered its cargo on schedule and set sail to return in December.

It is after setting homebound sail from Barbados when things started going horribly wrong. On January 29th, 1921 the ship was spotted by a lightship at Cape Lookout (North Carolina). A lightship is an anchored ship which guides other ships passing by with its lights and radio communication. The Captain of the lightship Jacobson heard a crewman from Carroll A. Deering hailing at him saying they had lost their anchors and that needed to be reported to the parent company (i.e. G G Deering). The ship Deering however did not stop and cruised past beyond sight. 



Two days later, on January 31st 1921, Deering was found hard aground at Diamond Shoals, a water area located off the coast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and fringed with reefs. Due to harsh sea conditions, it took time for the coast guards to approach and access the ship. They finally boarded the ship on February 4th in the morning. Abandonment was confirmed, crew, navigational equipment, belongings, and documents gone, but with a twist: dinner was on the stove and the captain’s cabin chaos.  A few months later, the ship was hauled from the rocks and dynamited to eliminate hazard to other ships.

The mysterious circumstances of the wreck became the subject of investigation which included a visit to Dare County from the FBI. Various explanations for the cause surfaced, including effects of the Bermuda Triangle, Bolshevik pirates, and mutiny.  Although such explanations were discredited by investigation, the cause remains a mystery.

To this day, the Carroll A. Deering is one of the most discussed and written-about maritime mysteries of the 20th century, its enduring popularity no doubt fueled by the complete uncertainty as to how the ship arrived at its fate.

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Mysterious Pyramid of Zhengzhou

On March 2017, a mysterious pyramid-shaped tomb has been uncovered by archaeologists under a construction site in China. The coffin chamber alongside a similar cylinder-shaped coffin was discovered in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Archaeologists were left scratching their heads after discovering it, along with another cylinder shaped tomb in what they believe is a burial site. Chinese media have nicknamed it the “pyramid of Zhengzhou”, though at six feet tall it is unlikely to draw as many tourists as the real things in Egypt. 
 
The pyramid-shaped tomb discovered under a construction site in Zhengzhou,
central China's Henan Province

It’s possible that the chamber, stretching 30 metres long and 8 metres across, experts believe the chamber is a burial site, and could hail from the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD), which is widely regarded as China’s golden age.

Who was buried inside the mausoleum, as well as the reason why it was built in the shaped of a pyramid, are also under investigation. The area used to be a village, reports local media, but work was underway to build a new residential compound when the discovery was made.

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http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/peoplesdaily/article-4312328/Archaeologists-discover-mini-pyramid-China.html

https://www.thesun.co.uk/news/3089094/mysterious-pyramid-of-china-discovered-under-construction-site-leaves-scientists-scratching-their-heads/

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Itzamna The Serpent from the East

Itzamna was the Mayas’ earliest culture-bearer, also known as the “White Man,” who preceded the arrival of the more famous Kukulcan, or “Feathered Serpent.” The latter appears to have represented survivors from the final destruction of Atlantis, in 1198 B.C. Itzamna was the original founder of Mesoamerican civilization and one of the most important deities of Mayan mythology. The ruler of the heavens and of day and night, he was often shown in Mayan art as a pleasant, toothless old man with a large nose. He was also identified as the son of the creator god Hunab Ku. In various myths, Itzamná appears as a culture hero who gave the Maya the foundations of civilization. He and his wife, Ixchel, the “White Lady,” were among immigrants fleeing westward during the late fourth millennium B.C., when their Atlantean homeland was beset with the first in a series of four geologic upheavals.

J. Eric S. Thompson originally interpreted the name Itzamna as "lizard house", itzam being a Yucatecan word for iguana and naaj meaning "house". However, Thompson's translation has gradually been abandoned. While there is no consensus on the exact meaning of the name Itzamna, it may be significant that itz is a root denoting all sorts of secretions (such as dew, sap, and semen) and also sorcery. The otherwise unattested, agentive form itzam could thus mean "asperser" or "sorcerer".
Itzamna

In the Maya cosmology, the Chilam Balam, and Juan Darreygosa’s 16th-century Historia de Zodzil, Itzamna bears the title “Serpent from the East” and is described as “the first after the flood.” He arrived on the eastern shores of the island of Cozumel, where the ruins of several temples to him and Ixchel still stand, just off the Yucatan peninsula.

Moving to the mainland, he built the first version of Chichen Itza and 140 other ceremonial centers and cities. The Mayas believed Itzamna brought all the arts of civilization to Yucatan after the Great Flood. These included city-planning, astronomy-astrology, agriculture, writing, organized labor, sculpture, mathematics, book-illumination, government, and music. According to legend, he taught them to grow corn, to write, to use calendars, and to practice medicine. He also introduced a system for dividing up the land, and he established rituals for religious worship. He is portrayed in temple art, such as friezes at the Maya ceremonial center of Tikal, in Guatemala, as a long-nosed, bearded man rowing his boat across the sea from which he came.

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Itzamna

http://www.encyclopedia.com/history/latin-america-and-caribbean/mesoamerican-indigenous-peoples/itzamna

The Atlantis Encyclopedia by Frank Joseph

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The White Lady of Crook Hall

Located at  the north side of Durham City lies the enchanting Crook Hall. Built in sandstone with a Welsh slate roof, the oldest part dates from the 14th century. At one end is a 17th-century extension to which an 18th-century additional extension is attached, comprising 11 bays in all. It is surrounded by English country style gardens. This stunning 13th century house provides a dramatic and atmospheric backdrop to its stunning gardens; it is place of serenity and beauty. The building is reputedly haunted by the "White Lady" and is open to the public throughout most of the year. In 1463, Cuthbert Billingham inherited Crook Hall and it is believed to be his niece who haunts Crook Hall.


Crook Hall

Known as the White Lady, she has been observed by many folk silenty meandering through the house. The ghost of Crook Hall ha been well known for many, many years now and her ghost is seen every now and again, but more often than not she is usually felt. According to local folklore, the best chance to see the full apparitional form of White Lady is on St. Thomas's Eve (December 20). On this date, five days before Christmas, she is said to float down the ancient wooden staircase in the circular turret of the manor house.


The ghost of White Lady is said to descend into the stairwell every year on December 20


A sign in Crook Hall reads:

'There have been numerous sightings of the White Lady over the centuries. She is usually said to glide silently and gently down the stairs, although on one occasion, she was reported to thoroughly alarm guests who had been invited to Crook Hall for a ball by a rather more dramatic appearance. A banquet had been laid out inthe medieval hall, but as the guests moved into the Screen's Passage, they heard a soft rustle followed by a loud crash. When they looked into the hall they found that the tables had been overturned, destroying the banquet. A further rustle and a glimpse of a white figure convinced them that this was the work of the White Lady.'

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Crook_Hall,_Durham

Paranormal Magazine (Issue 56 - February 2011) : The White Lady of Crook Hall written by Darren W. Ritson page 17

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The ghost of White Lady is said to descend into the stairwell every year on December 20
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