Why Were These Mysterious Stone Orbs Stashed All Over Neolithic Britain?
“What we discovered was an exceptionally well-preserved monument,” says Hugo Anderson-Whymark, a curator of prehistory at National Museums Scotland who co-led the research. There were no remains, but inside the monument were a couple rare finds: two polished stone balls, each about the size of a tennis ball.
Misogyny in Fairy Tales?
I can’t argue that there is no misogyny in fairy tales, any more than I can argue that it doesn’t exist in real life, but I do know that there are plenty of active, admirable female characters in fairy tales, many of whom are unknown to the general public.
Medieval Manuscript Fragments Discovered in Bristol Tell of Merlin the Magician From Arthurian Legend
Medieval manuscript fragments discovered in Bristol that tell part of the story of Merlin the magician, one of the most famous characters from Arthurian legend, have been identified by academics from the Universities of Bristol and Durham as some of the earliest surviving examples of that section of the narrative.
Arthur Rackham’s Rare and Revolutionary 1917 Illustrations for the Brothers Grimm Fairy Tales
Amid the thickest darkness of World War I, a luminous beacon of the magical inside the macabre.
How Arthur Rackham’s 1907 Drawings for Alice in Wonderland Revolutionized the Carroll Classic, the Technology of Book Art, and the Economics of Illustration
In the 150 years since Lewis Carroll first told the story of Wonderland to the real-life Alice, Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland has attracted a number of stunning visual interpretations ranging from Salvador Dalí to Yayoi Kusama, but none more influential than those Arthur Rackham (September 19, 1867–September 6, 1939) created in 1907.
Some Haunted Trees in the United States
According to folklore, people are advised to touch wood when threatened by evil. What should one do when the wood itself is the source of evil? Hopefully, we won’t have to find out (Knock on wood! Sorry.). For now, we can explore haunted trees from the safety of our own computers.
Stone Circles That Predate Stonehenge by 500 Years Align With Sun, Moon
The strange and ancient stone circles that stand on the British Isle have always been a bit of a mystery. Exactly why were these circles erected, and what was the thinking or belief system that dictated their layout?
Researchers from Australia have finally answered a few key questions about the stone monuments called “great circles,” including the intent behind their positioning.
The Singing Ringing Tree
The Singing Ringing Tree is a sound sculpture made of steel pipes that looms over fields near Burnley in England. Its song changes depending on the direction of the wind, but is always discordant and droning.
Witch Bottles, Witch Cakes and Hag Stones
Clarke’s charm collection reveals a range of uses, including cures for sore throats and toothache, the protection of seafarers from drowning, good luck charms, and those designed to ward off evil spirits and bewitchments.
Movie Trailer: The Green Knight
From visionary filmmaker David Lowery comes a fresh and bold spin on a classic tale from the knights of the round table.