Is There Anybody In The Real World Like Indiana Jones?

Now that we have the map of the world and every piece of the planet has been measured and marked, explorers that find new worlds are very rare and can freely be called geniuses. Of course, there will always be space for the adventurers to explore forgotten places of our planet and bring new information about ancient world or whatever else their discovery is about but it’s not easy at all. One of them is Ivan Šprajc that we dared to call Indiana Jones of the modern time.

Ivan will be remembered as a man who spent most of his lifetime (60 years old now) under the heat of the Sun, exploring different areas and making his path through the jungle. He was the first person to see the 30 meters high ancient pyramids that he previously spotted in aerial photographs from Ljubljana, Slovenia, in his office around 10,000 kilometers away. However, the highlight of his discoveries was the Lagunita’s monster portal that changed his life for good.


Šprajc said that finding a lost city feels like a real victory. The special thing about his discovery and the whole adventure is the effort he and his team put into this journey. In one of his interviews, he said that he was highly motivated and happy after his discovery because he knew that it was a great and hard job. The fact that nobody found that place before was a real proof. Ivan Šprajc has a long list of discoveries that he could be proud of. With his team, this man has discovered over 80 ancient Mayan cities, which is a true impressive achievement. The modern world has known about only few of them before.

These cities were located in Mexico jungles and Šprajc’s team was very consistent so they went through inaccessible and hardly reachable regions with one goal – to discover something old/new. This area wasn’t populated for at least past thousand years or to be precise, since the Classical Mayans collapsed. The spirit of this man and his fearless character surely do remind us of Indiana Jones once again.


One of the questions that Šprajc is looking an answer to is ‘’why did everyone abandon these places long before they were conquered by Spaniards?’’. He is full of hope that with the new discoveries, the world could understand the past better. For now, we can only guess whether it was the climate, wars among the states, overpopulation etc. Šprajc has no time to guess only but is looking for accurate answers!

Machetes before computers

Can you imagine someone wandering around the world and exploring deep jungles his whole life without being passionate about it? – Probably not. Well, Šprajc is more than passionate, he says that the adrenaline he feels when finding a buried treasure or discovering anything at all is indescribable. His team can easily live without technology and computers but cannot survive without machetes. This makes him even more special because the group of explorers that are willing to risk and spend days, weeks or months in the jungle is getting smaller every day. For this reason, it is safe to say that if Indiana Jones had a twin, it would be Ivan Šprajc.


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Why should you study history?

Teaching history involves the responsibility of passing the important events and facts to next generations, which makes the teachers feel very special and important. History is perhaps the most interesting of the social sciences, as it is inclusive of all disciplines. Without knowing the man’s past, you cannot build the present, much less think about the future. Having the tools to understand what is happening right now is necessary to develop actions and plans. Five or more years of intense study give a title but cannot cover all knowledge. The historians’ task is basically to continue learning throughout their whole lives and never stop studying, researching and analyzing the past and the present. The same applies to those who approach history on the side of teaching. They must be constantly updated, as the historical facts interpretation mutate as they advance research on them. Deciding to study is to deciding to enter an exciting universe, where the student will have to draw different positions on the same facts to draw their own conclusions. That is, perhaps, the magic of history. When someone chooses to pursue it professionally, this person should be clear that there will be no exact mathematical formulas or calculations, everything is relative and questionable. In the event that the exercise from systematic training, it should also convey this idea to know your students.

Passion is initiator of many things and is a very important factor in history studying as well. If you are passionate about learning and exploring the past, you will enjoy every lesson and time you spend reading. You cannot make someone love anything, which includes history. However, if history was always your favorite subject and you can imagine yourself learning for the rest of your life, not because you have to but because you want to, this is the ideal choice for you.

If there wasn’t for history teachers and people that knew about the past of our kind, what would we know about our origins, people, country and the whole planet after all? Probably not very much.

The simple fact that you will be one of the people transmitting the knowledge to the future generations and teaching them where we come from is exciting itself but let’s make a list of some reasons that make studying history a great choice:

  • Because it is a science full of questions and answers that enrich the events that took place and serve as support for future.
  • Because you like much research.
  • Because you like teaching.
  • Because there is a particular topic you are passionate enough to specialize in it and reach his home.
  • Because you think the future can only be changed from the past.
  • Because you understand that the origins of humanity all mysteries able to modify their present positively or negatively hide.
  • Because you are skeptical and do not believe in the versions that you have told your teachers in school education or what you read in books.
  • Because you have a strong need to draw your own conclusions and transmit.
  • Because you think history is the only source of knowledge able to nurture all your needs.

If there wasn’t for history teachers and people that knew about the past of our kind, what would we know about our origins, people, country and the whole planet after all? Probably not very much.

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Guide To Finding Artifacts

Humankind has always been trying to discover new things, solve mysteries, and find fossils that are dating many centuries behind. Artifact that people were lucky enough to show us how our ancestors lived or give us important tips about what they used to like, dislike or do. Being passionate about this hobby that can turn into something serious afterward is one of the most important things that will lead you to these findings.

Archaeology is an ancient complex science, which, thanks to modern technology, allows us to find artifacts from thousands of years of history and mysteries unexplored centuries. To find artifacts it is not enough to have a quality team with experience in this area. You have to address the issues, be careful and responsible on the field. You have to make a plan that will help you with your future work.

The preparation stage is all about getting informed. You have to learn historical facts, curiosities, maps, books and visit museums give a closer look to some important discoveries. Once you expand your knowledge, you will be able to compare the artifacts and get your own idea of where could the new ones possibly be.

You are ready to go!

  1. Collect the necessary bibliography

In search of coins, artifacts play a particularly important role, as some of the most informative results. Buy some directories with coins of different times, or use the Internet to compare. If the future discovery refers to a specific period, and the catalog of objects to period antiques (can fall accessories, which are a symbol, move in any direction).

  1. Determine the location in the research

If the research is limited to the territory of the fortress or castle, the ruins of which are preserved, then the problem is not difficult even for novice archaeologists and search engines. But if you need to find the location of the old tavern or a cemetery, which has been destroyed for a long time, look for old maps. Get a new up then and compare them so you will know where exactly you should go.

  1. Collect the equipment

To find artifacts you need basic and special equipment: shovel with a sharp point, knife, brush, probe, a pick and a metal detector – mandatory attribute of modern artifacts engines search. The modern market offers a range of instruments for both beginners and professionals with a wide range of prices.


  1. Mark or define the search

When you decide which place do you want to research, mark it on the map and go there with all the equipment and hope that you are going to come back with something great.

  1. Start the research

You can start using your metal detector. Move it slowly from one side to another and wait for the sound that will inform you about the hidden metal under the surface.

After you come to the point of turning your metal detector on, all you have to do is be patient and repeat the process. You cannot expect to discover something right away so you have to be patient. Do not give up after a few attempts or feel hopeless. The biggest discoveries took centuries to be found and there are probably so much more still hidden under the ground. You have to be determined and one day it’s going to pay off.


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5 Ancient artifacts found in the UK

There are many things that we don’t know about the ancient times but the will to investigate and discover them is what excites and keeps the archeologists hopeful. Just from what we know so far, UK has a great and interesting history that we could read about for a long time. There are many unexplained things and things that we haven’t discovered yet about the different cultures and events that happened on this land.

Some of the artifacts that we were lucky to give us hints of what could have been happening back then on this territory. We chose 5 of them that seemed very intriguing:


  1. The remains from the Iron Age

Over 100 skeletons pots, spears, swords and other items have been found in Pocklington, Yorkshire.

These finds date back around 2,000 years before being found. These remains were buried under the Yorkshire Worlds. There were many ancient

They seem to belong to the people from the Iron Age and they are labeled as one of the biggest findings recently.


  1. Sumerian City artifacts

The researchers of Bristol University discovered a box with materials from the ancient Sumerian city placed on the top of a cupboard.

They reported that the content inside the box was around 4,500 years old and they seemed to be from the tomb in Iraq. The items such as carbonized apple rings, pottery, seeds and animal bones were hidden in this box and they have been described in details in British journals. They are currently in the British museum but the real mystery is the way these items got to the United Kingdom and the Bristol University is hoping to find more information that could answer this question in the future.

  1. Roman Villa

Villa from Roman age has been discovered in south England. It happened when Luke Irwin, Wiltshire citizen, accidentally discovered cables on his property.

After calling the archeologists, it was stated that the villa was built around 1,400 years ago. Most of the findings on this property were personal things from people who lived there centuries ago. There were pieces of pottery, rugs and windows that looked way different than the ones we have today.


  1. Ancient Egyptian coins

Maybe one of the most important finds related to Egyptian era were found in Barnsley. This discovery huge coins collection minted by Mark Antony, Cleopatra’s husband. On one front side of this coin, Cleopatra’s 500 worshipers are visible while on the back are Antony’s legionary standards. These silver coins were found in few big hoards in Barnsley, back in the 1940s. Now they are in the beautiful Museum of this city that was opened in 2013.

  1. The mask of Anubis

One of the highlights of the private collection presented in the farmhouse in Yorkshire back in 1968 was the rare mask that is believed to be made for a priest who imitated Anubis, the black jackal god. This discovery happened in 2002 and the unique mask was an inspiration for many fashion pieces later on. Now it’s a valuable piece that people have an opportunity to see in the Harrogate’s Royal Pump Room Museum. They can even try the replica of this mask and take amazing photos wearing it.



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Best History Museums In The World

Museums offer the unique experience of seeing some of the greatest masterpieces of all time in a closer way. Walking through the halls of some of the most famous museums gives us the opportunity to learn about societies, ideas, and values of different cultures.


The Louvre Museum in Paris

There is more to look at what is the most famous work of this museum to realize its importance: the ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo Da Vinci. The Louvre has one of the most important art galleries in Europe and the world, as well as a large group of sculptures among which is the famous ‘Venus de Milo’, one of the stalwarts of the museum. It also includes an extensive collection of works from ancient Egyptian, not to mention the glass pyramid at the entrance of the museum, which has become one of its symbols.



The ‘Metropolitan Museum of Art’, in New York

With over two million works of art from all parts of the planet, the ‘Metropolitan Museum of Art’ in New York is without a doubt one of the most important museums in the world. It features paintings of classical authors like Velazquez or Rembrandt, with pieces from the former Greek and the Roman Empire, with a large collection of medieval and Islamic works, with an Egyptian temple, with parts of Japan and the Far East, etc; the number of works of art of this museum is really amazing, and the origin of the same could not be more varied.


The Prado Museum in Madrid

Not only is it one of the most famous art galleries in the world, is also the most important in Spain; the Prado Museum has one of the largest collections of paintings from around the globe. The Prado Museum not only exhibits paintings, also it has a large group of sculptures of great value.


The ‘National Gallery of Art’ in Washington, D.C

One of the most famous art galleries in the world, the ‘National Gallery of Art’ is located in Washington D.C., in an area of town known as ‘National Mall’ which also are other prestigious museums like the Smithsonian. Inside you can be found works from different historical periods, among which paintings by Raphael and Leonardo da Vinci Renaissance are and the famous contemporary artist Andy Warhol


The Reina Sofia Museum in Madrid

The National Center of Art Reina Sofia Museum has one of the largest and best collections of contemporary art in the world. Located in the center of Madrid, walking distance from the Prado, Reina Sofia is famous for hosting the ‘Guernica’ by Picasso, one of the best-known works of this famous painter, and a large group of works by Dali.



The British Museum in London

The ‘Rosetta Stone’, an unrivaled collection of Egyptian mummies and part of the Parthenon frieze, three of the many priceless works are located the London British Museum, considered by many historians and art lovers as the best collection in the world its type.


The ‘National Gallery’, in London

Fans of the classical painting are a must in the ‘National Gallery’ London, which has a huge collection of over 2,000 paintings by European authors. Chronologically speaking, the art gallery has pieces ranging from the late 13th century to the 19th century, with some of the most famous the ‘Rokeby Venus’, the Spanish Diego Velázquez or ‘Sunflowers’ by Van Gogh.


Cairo Museum

Designed in 1902, the Cairo Museum was created with the intention of bringing together all the works of Egyptian art that were discovered throughout the second half of the nineteenth century, in order to protect them and prevent them from being stolen. Among other works it includes, for example, the treasure of Tutankhamun, including his death mask and his coffin. No doubt, any professional or amateur Egyptologist should visit this museum.

Egyptian Museum in Cairo
Egyptian Museum in Cairo

Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao

This museum is doubly impressive. It is known for its collection of contemporary art and its unusual and extravagant design, which was conducted by the famous architect Frank Gehry.



The Museum of Natural History in New York

Located next to the famous ‘Central Park’, the ‘American Museum of Natural History’ is a totally devoted to the science. It has one of the largest collections of dinosaur fossils in the world, including the famous tyrannosaurus, the Triceratops, and Diplodocus, among others. Some of belong to the Jurassic and Cretaceous giants. The Natural Museum of American History has entire galleries dedicated to topics such as fauna and flora in the world (the replica of the blue whale actual size is impressive), space or anthropology.

Rose Banner, Central Park West Facade, 5/4/2001
Rose Banner, Central Park West Facade, 5/4/2001

These are all on my hit list, let me know if I’ve missed any!

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Hi, I’m a History Nerd

Hi, My names Shirley, and guess what? I’m a history nerd!

My life is basically made up of roaming around old buildings, looking at old things and my cats. I’m only joking, I only have one cat.

Not actually me, image a less attractive version of this.
Not actually me, image a less attractive version of this.

Hopefully you enjoy reading about what I find interesting, if you have any comments or if you could recommend anywhere, send me an email at [email protected] I’d like to talk, to anyone, please.

I’m not that weird.


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