Theo Van Dongen

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The fleur-de-lis has origins that go back much further than even the Khazarian empire - all the way to ancient Egypt and Babylon: The ancient Egyptians revered the iris for its exotic beauty. When 15th century BCE paraoh Thutmose III of Egypt conquered Syria, where irises grew profusely, he vowed to bring back the iris to Egypt. Depictions of the flower have been found in many Egyptian palaces, including on the Sphinx, at the Temple of Amon in Karnak, The anci...

Bas reliefs of a [genie] with poppies (top) and a man with an ibex and poppy (bottom), Assyrian, c. early century BCE, the era of Sargon II, found at the site of Dur Sharrukin (digital images courtesy of Wikimedia Commons) .

Europe 9000 years ago

Great map of Doggerland, a landmass that is now northern Europe and the North Sea. People once lived here, before sea level rose. From National Geographic.

Doggerland. A map showing Doggerland, a region of northwest Europe home to Mesolithic people before sea level rose to inundate this area and create the Europe we are familiar with today. Map via National Geographic magazine.

Great map of Doggerland, a landmass that is now northern Europe and the North Sea. People once lived here, before sea level rose. From National Geographic.

Abandoned water tower in the Polish village of Lubne, Lesko County. It serviced the village until the 1930s when it was converted into a home. It's been abandoned for many years now.

Old water towers are so interesting. (Abandoned water tower in the Polish village of Lubne, Lesko County. It serviced the village until the when it was converted into a home. It's been abandoned for many years now.

Palmyra was once a part of the vast Roman Empire and one of the richest cities in the Near East. Some say the city dates back to the times of King SolomonThe transfer of goods and knowledge flowed along the Silk Road from the depths of Asia Minor to the Mediterranean ports, and the city's strength was founded on both its strategic location and the taxes demanded of all who wished to travel safely across her domains.

The Ruins of Palmyra, a World Heritage site in Syria, closed by ISIS forces today who have plans to destroy the site.

A Huge Million-Year-Old, Man-Made Underground Complex Rewrites History?

While most researchers and scholars around the globe agree that human civilization as we know it only exists some years on our planet, there are countless discoveries that point.