By Dr. Steven Derfler, Executive Director, Educational Resources, Inc.
Herod became the Roman King of Judea in 40 BCE and imposed changes upon his subjects that resulted in a “world turned upside down.” Herod’s desert fortress on the mountain top of Masada has been described as one of the most enduring engineering feats of the ancient Roman world. His royal northern palace is a marvel of Roman technology as it hangs over a precipice in three levels descending down the mountain face, literally ‘hanging’ over the Dead Sea Valley 1300 feet below.
An international educational consultant, public speaker, archaeologist, historian, researcher, teacher and writer, Dr. Derfler has been uncovering the histories of Ancient Civilizations for 40 years. Tracing the development of western religions from their roots in the Middle East and Eastern Mediterranean countries, Dr. Derfler brings insight to current political and social events, bridging the past with the future to promote greater understanding between people from different faiths and walks of life.
The magnificent ruins at Palmyra in Syria were severely damaged by IS in October of 2015 as was the museum that housed precious artifacts. The beautiful 1800 year old “Arch of Triumph”was reduced to rubble and the glorious … READ FULL ARTICLE
In Liberated Kobani, Kurds Take Pride Despite the Devastation (NY Times, 2/1/2015, T. Arango) The Kurds have been much in the news lately yet many Americans know very little about this ancient culture. The Kurds … READ FULL ARTICLE
The remains of 14 women believed to be of high status and importance have been found at Stonehenge, the iconic prehistoric monument in Wiltshire, England.
The discovery, along with other finds, supports the theory that Stonehenge functioned, at least for part of its long history, as a cremation cemetery for leaders and other noteworthy individuals, according to a report published in the latest issue of British Archaeology.
During the recent excavation, more women than men were found buried at Stonehenge, a fact that could change its present image.
Disease has plagued humans from the beginning of our existence. Cancer, including breast and prostate cancer, tuberculosis, sinusitis and dental disease affected the ancients worldwide. A third of all mummies studied show evidence of clogged arteries. … READ FULL ARTICLE