18th Nov 2020

How 17th Century Edo Japan Kept Its Peace

Recently, archaeological researchers at Japan’s Kumamoto University made a startling discovery: A beautifully preserved 17th century document, detailing the rules and regulations that preserved the prosperity of the realm. This document is a rare glimpse into the dynamics of Feudal Japan. This document is a letter written by a man named Tadaoki Hosokawa, lord of the Hosokawa clan. He adressed this to four vassals of the Hosokawa, detailing what rules are to be enforced. These...

27th Aug 2020

Mystery of the Monuments found in Saudi Arabia

Archaeologists have discovered new instances of ancient stone structures, called “mustatils” (meaning “rectangles” in Arabic), in Al Nafud Al Kabir, a large desert in Northern Saudi Arabia. These findings shed some much needed light on the function of these structures. Mustatils are characteristically rectangular, featuring a very clearly defined perimeter of rocks, which were a common and freely available building material for ancient Arabian peoples. These new discoveries cement the age of these structures as...