The Legend of Drangurinn Rock

Drangurinn is a very special tuff rock formation that stands alone underneath Drangshlíd farm in the foothills of Eyjafjöll.This big mysterious rock called Drangurinn Rock, almost the height of 20 men. But according to Icelandic folklore, it did not get there naturally. It is said a semi-legendary outlaw tore it from Mount Hrútafell and dropped it there. A folklore tells of a strongman named Grettir Ásmundsson who was showing off and ripped the giant boulder right out of Hrútafell cliff, leaving a chasm which is now above Skarðshlíð. Under these rocks are caves and passages to which additional buildings have been added throughout the centuries.

The caves beneath the rock, where human farmers would keep their cows and hay, are said to have been home to elves. One day a man who had been in Skarðshlíð (above Drangshlíð) had been missing for days. He had been with the elves in the Drangurinn rock, and told people that an elf woman wanted to marry him.

And he said that many people lived in the rock and it was lovely being with them; they were decent and orderly and as beautiful as human beings. He said that they went to church in Skóganúpur; there was a big church there and another church in the valley, as there were so many people.

He said that they owned sheep, cows, horses and ships and the men would very often row and catch fish as we humans do. They would carry the fish home on horses and there were many similarities between them and us; they had lamplight and candles.

When he disappeared after his days of labor were over, it was believed he had married an elf-woman.

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The Devil Tree

In the Mexican state of Michoacan, in the early part of the 20th century, there grew an immense tree on the Haciendita Ranch that was believed by locals to be cursed. This tree which known to the locals as arbol maldito, or "cursed tree" was already 75 years old, and had been planted by a man who, according to local legend, had been swallowed up by the earth as divine punishment for his many sins. It was a tree that played a role in numerous fatal accidents and was planted by a man who was allegedly in league with the devil.

The planter of the tree, it is said, never set foot inside of a church. Even worse, he refused to abide by the Mexican custom of having a picture or likeness of a saint inside his house. He never gave to charity, and never went out of his way to offer a kindness to anyone in need.

It was rumored that this evil man had been responsible for several murders around the Zamora district but, because of an unholy partnership with the devil, he always managed to avoid jail time. It was said that by simply invoking the name of Satan he could render himself invisible. He could also, the legend states, shrink himself down to the size of an ant in order to avoid capture.
The reputation of the cursed tree was further cemented after a pedestrian had sat beneath it seeking shade on a hot, summer day. He was bitten by a snake and died two hours later. Three men, on different occasions, sought shelter under the tree during rainstorms and were struck and killed by lightning. A woman who was hanging laundry to dry from the trunk of the tree was attacked and killed by a goat later on the same day. In 1903, a little boy who was riding a burro past the tree was suddenly thrown off by the animal and kicked to death.

The last recorded fatality linked to the cursed tree was the death of Melquiades Arevalo in the summer of 1905. During a sudden downpour of rain Arevalo sought shelter beneath the tree. Like three men before him, he was struck by lightning and killed.

Interestingly, there is another cursed tree in New Jersey. On Somerset Hill, at Oak Hammock Park, stands an ominous, ominous-looking old oak tree, its branches open to the sky, which from afar resembles a kind of scary scarecrow with its fine arms rocked by the wind. The locals call it "devil's tree". And the name is not accidental, because the legend says that under his rough branches have been recorded numerous murders, satanic rituals and other facts of blood.

The earliest oral accounts of the region state that the tree was used by the Ku Klux Klan of the region to "execute" black or African-American people, hanging them from their branches. Entering the twentieth century the blood facts did not remit, as it was also recorded the case of a farmer who lived nearby who hanged himself in the same tree after killing his two children. Thus, the New Jersey tree carried on its branches with more dead human bodies than any other tree in the vicinity, not to mention that satanic rituals were supposedly held there and that the serial killer Gerard John Schaefer, a former policeman known as "the Blind Creek butcher "who committed multiple juvenile crimes in the early 1970s, allegedly raped, maimed, hanged and buried two girls there by the tree, returning days later to commit abominable acts of necrophilia with the corpses. For this reason, there were few locals who claimed that the roots of this tree were not fed by water, but by blood. And that its bark and its branches absorbed the violence and the terror of all those ominous acts.

People who have had the courage to approach the tree have also delivered other baffling data. They say that a sense of oppression and restlessness seize them, as if in the environment one breathed the evil, and that the tree always stays warm to the touch, even if it is very cold and snow falls, as if its wood were in fact throbbing flesh. Paradoxically, the constant heat of the tree coexists with small cold areas in its bark, about 2 square meters, which remain so even in the hottest months (according to parapsychological knowledge, incidentally, inexplicable cold is something that usually accompanies to evil presences). In addition, it is said that those who have hit the tree, mocked him or even urinated near his trunk, have consistently experienced traffic accidents or some other nefarious event.

So the question, the most logical question is: Why no one has felled the tree? It is said that on one occasion the local municipal authorities decreed that the tree be felled, but the workers in charge of doing the work could not complete their task. First, the electric saws ceased to operate inexplicably when the workers approached the tree, and then, when they came back to work, the sawtooth teeth broke when they tried to penetrate that damned wood. And when the same workers, doing it the old way, tried to bring down the tree with axes, the leaves of metal left the wooden handles after the first blows, reason why it finally gave up trying to cut it. Since then he has been assured that the tree of the devil has imprinted the seal of doom and death and even protects himself, sending bad luck to those who dare put him in danger.

With respect to all these unexplained phenomena, some experts have asserted that this tree, like any living being, simply absorbed the malevolent energies that were emitted around it during the last centuries, especially in relation to lynchings, murders and suicides that were recorded around him. The tree of the devil today stands on Somerset Hill in New Jersey as a dumb and silent witness to the macabre events that took place under its branches. And an iron ribbon is attached to its trunk, to indicate to the visitors and unsuspecting that they move as far as possible from him.


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Mysterious Holes Discovered in The Russian Taiga of Arkhangelsk Region

At the end of August 2017, satellite images clearly show the mysterious holes in the Russian taiga which ordered in a weird geometrical pattern. The diameters of the holes range between 8 to 9 meters. Their origin is still undefined. Unfortunately the area only accessible by air and far away from any settlements.

Local scientists visited the anomalous spot in the Arkhangelsk region and report that there are even more mysterious holes in the ground as some were covered with moss. They baffled by the phenomenon because the rim of the holes was the only place in the taiga where birch trees were able to grow.

There is also a strange structure in the forest.from the strange holes, around 2 kilometeres away from the mysterious holes. 

These mysterious swamp circles certainly appeared many years ago.
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Teleportation of Pedro Olivia Ramirez

On the evening of 9 November 1986 around 23:15 hours. Pedro Oliva Ramirez, an industrial engineer, was heading in his car from Seville to the town of Alcalá de Guadaira, where he was residing temporarily. At first nothing noteworthy occurred during the first leg of this journey, until he suddenly went around a curve and found himself driving along a six lane highway, three lanes in each direction. It was a completely straight segment of road, and startled by this feature, he began to pay attention to what was an entirely new situation for him. He was surrounded by foreign structures and bizarre terrain. He felt a sensation of heat while a chorus of voices rang out in the distance. One voice stood out among the others, telling him that he had just been teleported to another dimension or parallel universe The cars around him, which passed at intervals of exactly eight minutes, were outdated and either white or beige with dark, narrow rectangles for license plates.

In the end, Ramirez came to the turn to the left. He turned. The road and the landscape has changed dramatically. After 30 minutes of traffic on the new road, he came across a sign pointing the way to the Spanish city Alkabala, Malaga and Seville.

Choosing the road leading back to Seville, he drove for a while, and then suddenly stopped the car in amazement. Immediately to the left of him was his home in the town of Alcala de Guadeyra.

He later discovered that he had not been able to find the intersection, which is mysteriously brought him home, because a terrible night. He never found a way six-lane again. It did not appear on any map, and whoever Ramirez did not ask anybody about this highway ever had.

As a rule, the journey between Seville and Alcala de Guadeyra takes about 30 minutes. Ramirez drove more than three hours. He also burned more fuel than usual during such a short trip.
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Race of Giants

In his book Forbidden Land, Robert R. Lyman (1870–1963) wrote of an unknown tribe of American giants who had the added distinction of having horns growing from their heads:

"At Tioga Point … a short distance from Sayre, in Bradford County [Pennsylvania] … they uncovered an Indian mound [and] found the bones of 68 men which were believed to have been buried about the year 1200. The average height of these men was seven feet, while many were much taller. On some of the skulls, two inches above the perfectly formed forehead, were protuberances of bone, evidently horns that had been there since birth. Some of the specimens were sent to the American Investigating Museum.…"

In La Crescent, Minnesota, not far from Dresbach, mound diggers reportedly found large skillets and “bones of men of huge stature.” Over in Chatfield, mounds were excavated, revealing six skeletons of enormous size. Unusually large skeletons of seven people buried head down were discovered in Clearwater. The skulls in the latter find were said to have had receding foreheads, and teeth that were double all the way around.

Other discoveries in Minnesota included “men of more than ordinary size” in Moose Island Lake; several skeletons, one of “gigantic size,” in Pine City; ten skeletons “of both sexes and of gigantic size” in Warren (buried with these particular specimens were horses, badgers, and dogs).

In December 1886, W. H. Scoville of Andrews Settlement discovered an Indian mound at Ellisburg. When opened, the skeleton of a man was found. It was close to eight feet in length. According to their oral tradition, the Delaware tribe once lived in the western United States. At some point in their history, they migrated eastward as far as the Mississippi River, where they were joined by the Iroquois Confederacy. Both groups of people were seeking land better suited to their cultured way of life, and they continued together on their eastward trek. Scouts sent ahead learned of a nation that inhabited the land east of the Mississippi and who had built strong, walled cities. These people were known as the Talligewi or Allegewi, after whom the Allegheny River and Mountains are named. 

Allegewi is a cryptid that lives in the Allegheny Mountain range that cuts through the United States and Canada. It is known as a group of giants that eats human flesh, is highly intelligent and appears to use tools and primitive cloth. The Allegewi were considered taller than either the Iroquois or the Delaware, and the scouts saw a good many giants walking among them. When the two migrating tribes asked permission to pass through the land of the Allegewi, it was denied. Bitter fighting broke out, which continued for a number of years. Eventually, the superior numbers and the determination of the allies prevailed, and the Allegewi fled to the west. The Allegewi next appear in the legends of the Lakota/Dakota (Sioux) whose tradition tells of a confrontation with a race of great stature. The Sioux, who were surely among the ablest of warriors, exterminated the Allegewi when the giants sought to settle in what is now Minnesota.

The New York Times on December 2, 1930, carried an item that told of the discovery of the remains of an apparent race of giants who once lived at Sayopa, Sonora, a mining town 300 miles south of the Mexican border. A mining engineer, J. E. Coker, said that laborers clearing ranchland near the Yazui River “dug into an old cemetery where bodies of men, averaging eight feet in height, were found buried tier by tier.…”

The best proof of a race of giants in North America—or anywhere else—would be the discovery of the skeletons of these people. Two brothers living in Dresbach, Minnesota, while in the process of enlarging their brick business, were forced to remove a number of large Indian mounds. In one of the huge earthenworks they discovered the bones of “men over eight feet tall.”

On February 14, 1936, the New York Times ran a piece datelined Managua, Nicaragua, which stated that the skeleton of a gigantic man, with the head missing, had been unearthed at El Boquin, on the Mico River, in the Chontales district. “The ribs are a yard long and four inches wide and the shin bone is too heavy for one man to carry. ‘Chontales’ is an Indian word, meaning ‘wild man.’”

In its June 9, 1936 issue, the New York Times published an article item with a Miami, Florida dateline that told of human skeletons eight feet long imbedded in the sand of an uninhabited little island off Southern Florida. E. M. Miller, zoologist at the University of Miami, commented that the skulls were unusually thick, the jaws protruded, and the eye sockets were high in the head.


Real Monsters, Gruesome Critters and Beasts From The Darkside writen by Brad Steiger

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Mysterious Flying Creature

On 1880 a bat-like humanoid called the Louisville's Demon Leaper was famous enough that on Sept. 12, the accounts of the creature made its way into the headlines of the New York Times. "An Aerial Mystery," it read. The Courier Journal and the Madisonville Times also kept tracked of the wing creature. "The Courier Journal reported that people downtown were terrorized by what they called an agile monkey. Some people say he was wearing a kind of shiny suit. Other people say it was his skin that was shining. A lot of people refer to him as Kentucky's Moth Man," Dominé further explained.

Recently, more than a dozen sightings of a bat-like humanoid have been reported in Chicago. Several sightings of large bat-like humanoids have been reported to UFO Clearinghouse. On July 20th, July 27th, and July 29th.

The witness of the July 27th gave this description of the incident, 

“I was leaving work at about 8:45pm on Thursday night in The Loop as I walked the two blocks to the nearest train station to go home I saw a large bat-like creature that was perched on top of one the streetlight poles across the street from the Harold Washington Library. This creature stood about 7 ft tall and was sitting there motionless.”

“It had a pair of glowing red eyes that appear to be fixated on something across the street. It stood there for about 6 seconds that’s when I saw a flash from a group of kids on the sidewalk as someone was taking a picture of this thing. It then spread open a large pair of wings flapped them a couple of times and took off into the air. The girls from that group of kids screamed and they all took off running.”

28-year-old IT technician Alex Nasirc told Cryptozoology News he was in Santa Maria Del Aguila, Almeria when he witnessed the purported being.

A strange winged animal, he says, was 25 meters — about 82 feet — away from him.

“It looked like a dog with wings. I couldn’t see the front legs, just the rear ones. It didn’t have front legs. ”

He says the odd creature took off the building and began to fly. That’s when he claims he could take a better look at it.

“It was heavy. The way it flapped its wings looked either tired or about to fall to the ground. The legs where hanging. It seemed featherless. It looked like skin. It had a pale color. It looked pinkish. But at night time the lights from the parking lot have a different spectrum,” he recalls. “It did not seem to hunt anything nor was it in any rush.”

Nasirc says the animal then disappeared, but was able to describe some additional physical features.

“Thick, short beak. It looked like a carnivores’ nose. The head seemed to be stretched at the back. Bulky torso or body. Curved wings with arms look alike. Span around 2 to 3 meters wide — about 9 to 10 feet –. Thick, powerful back legs that were held diagonally, almost vertically. Long, thin tail. Heavy, slow movement. Pale pink color. Size of a massive dog or a big feline like tiger or lion. It looked like skin texture. No feathers. No scales. It almost moved like a robot.”

Dr. Ernest Bartels called a giant bat-like flying cryptid, the Ahool, which was first sighted by  while exploring the Salak Mountains in Java, is believed to have gray fur, large black eyes and an approximated wingspan of 1o ft. Some cryptozoologists, like Ivan T. Sanderson, suspect it might be a relative of the African kongamato while others opt for the pterosaur theory.


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Phantom Barber of Pascagoula

The first known Phantom Barber attacks were reported on the night of June 5, 1942. Mary Briggs and Edna Hydel had settled into bed for the night at Our Lady of Victories convent. A strange noise stirred the young women from their beds just in time to see a man climbing out of their bedroom window. The two girls were unharmed, but noticed that a single lock of hair had been missing from both of their heads. Since it was dark they weren’t able to provide a detailed description. Briggs was only able to tell investigators that he was “Sorta short, sorta fat and he was wearing a white sweatshirt.”

Investigators were working diligently to piece together the string of bizarre attacks, but had no solid leads. A week after the first attack, the Phantom Barber struck the home of David G. Peattie, shearing his daughter Carol’s hair. The parents found a bare footprint near the window. The following Friday, the attacks became violent: the Phantom allegedly entered the house of Mr. and Mrs. ST Heidelberg, and proceeded to beat them with an iron bar.

The police deputized six men and brought in bloodhounds to pick up a scent. The dogs followed the trail to a pair of bloodstained gloves in the nearby woods, but that was as far as they got. The police theorized that the assailant might have stashed a bicycle in the woods to make his escape.

The final attack happened on a Sunday, two weeks later. The Phantom clipped a two inch lock of hair from the head of Mrs. RR Taylor. Mrs. Taylor reported a sickening smell and something being pressed to her face, which authorities assumed to be a chloroform rag. All told, about ten homes were broken into during the Phantom Barber’s reign of terror.

In August, the police apprehended a suspect that they concluded was the Phantom Barber. His name was William Dolan, a 57 year old German chemist with reported German sympathies and a grudge against the Heidelbergs. Mr. Heidelberg’s father was a local judge who had refused to lower Dolan’s bail on a trespassing charge several months before. Dolan was charged with the attempted murder of the Heidelbergs, but curiously he was never charged with one of the Phantom Barber attacks, despite the FBI finding a bundle of human hair behind his house, some of which belonged to Carol Peattrie, one of the Barber’s victim. However, Dolan had always denied being the Phantom Barber and many in the area believed that police had the wrong man. Though no attacks occurred after Dolan’s arrest, some believe that the Phantom Barber moved on to another area.

Despite his insistence of innocence, Dolan was quickly found guilty of attempted murder and sentenced to 10 years in prison. He was never charged with any crimes related to the hair snatching incidents, but in the eyes of the public he was the Phantom Barber.

Six years later, Mississippi Governor Fielding Wright reviewed the case and asked that Dolan take a lie-detector test. Upon passing, Dolan was given a limited suspended sentence and then eventually set free in 1951.

It isn’t clear whether Dolan really was the Barber though. His attack was uncharacteristically violent compared to the Barber’s attacks. It could be argued that the Barber attacks were practice runs leading up to the assault on the Heidelberg’s, but if that were the case, why do another Barber-style attack after the Heidelberg assault? Also, if they were practice runs, why cut hair? It sounds like something sexually motivated, a hair fetish perhaps.  If that were the case and Dolan were the assailant, why keep his prizes in the back yard? Also, it doesn’t seem that the footprint in Carol Peattrie’s room was ever analyzed, a definite oversight on the part of the police.


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The Devil's Armchair

In 1550, a doctor named Alfonso Rodríguez arrived in the city of Valladolid to teach at the University of Valladolid’s Faculty of Medicine. Alfonso had learned medicine in Italy. He was a specialist in anatomy and became one of the best doctors of the time and was known in many places in Europe. Alfonso was a doctor so well known that the course attracted many doctors, graduates, students and apprentices from all over the country and even from abroad. Of all the students of the course, one especially emphasized: Andres de Proaza. Andres was 22 years old and had come to Valladolid from Portugal. Andres seemed to have a natural talent for anatomy and excelled above all his peers. Andres had such extensive knowledge and technique so refined that he even surpassed his master. 

During the months in which the course was given, they reported the disappearance of a 9-year-old boy. Although that was the most famous disappearance case, other people disappeared mysteriously. No one seemed to associate the young Portuguese student with these disappearances, but the neighbors denounced that from the place where he lived he heard people cry and shout frequently. The neighbors began to suspect him. Some rumors said that Andres de Proaza made deals with the devil.

Andres de Proaza lived near the Esgueva River, one of the two rivers that pass through Valladolid. The suspicions of the neighbors were confirmed when they saw that from time to time, the river was stained red by the area where the student lived. Neighbors denounced the case and authorities decided to go and investigate Proaza's house to clarify what was happening.

When they entered his house, what they found was terrifying. They found the body of the missing child, he was dismembered. The student had dismembered the child and pinned the different pieces on a wooden board. In addition to the body of the child they found animals, also dismembered, and the remains of other people, although they did not know from whom.

The whole house was filled with medical material, blood, human bodies, animal bodies. Some of them were still alive.

Evidently they stopped him immediately. He stated that in order to learn medicine he had to practice vivisection. Vivisection is to perform medical operations on the body while the person or animal is still alive to see how the body reacts.

The court in charge of judging Andres de Proaza was the tribunal of the Inquisition. During the trial, the people who went to investigate their home explained everything they had seen there and the people were horrified. Everyone thought he was crazy, so they would condemn him to die. However, Andres de Proaza made a statement that scared the people even more. The doctor declared that a necromancer had handed him an armchair, a cursed chair. A necromancer is a magician who practices black magic, that is, magic related to evil. The necromancer gave him the chair because Andres saved his life. According to the necromancer, this armchair had been made by the devil himself.

By sitting on the chair, Proaza gained all the advanced medical knowledge he wowed his classmates and professors with. He also told the authorities that only well-qualified doctors could sit in his eternally damned armchair. Anybody else who sat in the chair would die three days later, ditto for anybody stupid enough to destroy it.

For his crimes, the Inquisition sent Proaza off to the gallows. An auction was held to sell off Proaza’s belongings, but surprisingly few people were interested in buying furniture associated with child murder and Satanism. For this reason, the chair and everything else Proaza owned were moved to a warehouse at his old university.

Years passed, and the story behind the chair was forgotten. In the 19th century, an exhausted beadle stumbled on the chair and slumped down for a rest. True to Proaza’s warning, the beadle was found dead in the chair three days later. The university’s next beadle was no less cautious; he sat in the chair and died as well.

After taking the lives of two good beadles, the chair’s thirst for blood had to be stopped. To ensure that it didn’t take any more lives, the chair was hanged upside down from the university chapel. It remained here until 1890, when it was moved to the Museo de Valladolid after the chapel was demolished.

At its new home, a red ribbon has been tied across the Devil’s Armchair to keep visitors from sitting in it. This was not done to prevent bright med students from making Faustian pacts, but to protect what’s actually a rare 16th century chair.


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The Mystery of Margate’s Shell Grotto

The Mysterious Shell Grotto was discovered in 1835. It is an ornate subterranean passageway shell grotto in Margate, Kent that remains unsolved today. Almost all the surface area of the walls and roof is covered in mosaics created entirely of seashells, totalling about 190 square metres of mosaic, or 4.6 million shells. However, no one knows who cut through Kent’s underground chalk deposits to create this astonishing subterranean cavern with its 70 feet of winding walkways leading to a large chamber. Nor is it clear how they transported some 4.6 million shells and painstakingly adorned nearly every surface — the walls and arched ceilings, all 2,000 square feet of them — with exquisite, enigmatic symbols and designs.

Was it an ancient temple used for pagan rituals? A meeting chamber for a secret cult

The Grotto has traditionally been divided into five named sections comprising: Entrance Passage, Rotunda, Dome, Serpentine Passage and Altar Chamber.

The latest researcher is Mick Twyman of the Margate Historical Society who has recently published the results of several years study and believes the Grotto may have been associated with the Knights Templar with a construction date of mid 12th century. His conclusions are based on the careful measuring of angles within the Grotto and the observance of the position of projected sunlight onto the inside of the dome. He has also identified design features which he suggests points to the Altar Chamber being an early temple for Masonic rituals.

There are conflicting accounts of the Grotto’s discovery, although most agree on a date of 1835. The earliest reference to the discovery appears in an article in the Kentish Gazette of 22 May 1838, announcing its forthcoming opening as a public attraction. It has remained in private ownership ever since.


The Margate Shell Grotto written by R.F.LeGear

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Cursed Tablet of The Island of Jersey

According to the Jersey Evening Post, on mid July 2017, Ken Rive, a metal detectorist found a mysterious tiny tablet in a field in the Saint Brélade parish of Jersey. Robert Waterhouse, field archaeologist for the Société Jersiaise, which is now in possession of the tablet, said it is believed to date back to between the 1st and 3rd Century AD. The faded brown parcel, which is folded at both ends, is believed to be a curse tablet – a means favoured by the Romans for either encouraging good fortune or heaping misery on an enemy. But the curse – and the identity of the intended target – could remain a mystery.

The process was simple – inscribe the name of the recipient on the lead, along with a description of the required action, fold over the edges and bury it underground or toss it into a well. Often, the tablets would ask the gods or spirits to intervene to bring about happier times. But they were also used to try to bring misfortune a foe.

A number of curse tablets previously found in Greece centred on court cases, often wishing that the opposing party fluffed their performance in court or collapsed.


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Ancient SIberian Mummy Covered in Copper

Two mummies were discovered near Salekhard in Russia’s far north at the Zeleniy Yar burial site, a medieval archaeological site containing dozens of graves. So far, two of the these strange new mummies have been discovered: an adult of unusually tall stature, and a child estimated to be no older than six months old.  They were covered in copper, the adult having been plated from head to toe, while the baby’s was covered in fragments of a copper kettle. Preliminary dating suggests the individuals were buried around 1,300 years ago. Alexander Gusev, a senior researcher from Russia's Centre for the Arctic Studies, said: "The mummified remains were found lying next to each other, buried strictly along a north to south line."

Archeologists say the adult's cocoon is some 5ft 7 inches in length, suggesting the male or female inside was unusually tall for the period.

Experts from Russia and South Korea will now carefully open the burial cocoon at a laboratory in Tyumen to determine the age and sex of the copper clad medieval polar region dweller, as well as the type of fur used to warm the dead on the way to their next life.

The team will use computer tomography to look at the remains within their burial cocoons, including any artifacts within them. They will also study the DNA of the mummies and carry out histological (microscopic anatomy) and parasitological analysis.

Results from the latest field studies will be presented in November at a conference in Salekhard covering archaeology in the Arctic. 


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Aztec Tower of Human Skulls

On early July 2017, a tower of human skulls unearthed beneath the heart of Mexico City has raised new questions about the culture of sacrifice in the Aztec Empire after crania of women and children surfaced among the hundreds embedded in the forbidding structure. Archaeologists have found more than 650 skulls caked in lime and thousands of fragments in the cylindrical edifice near the site of the Templo Mayor, one of the main temples in the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, which later became Mexico City.

Tales of the tower of skulls which struck fear into the hearts of Spanish conquistadors have been passed down through the generations in Mexico.

The structure is believed to be part of the Huey Tzompantli, a rack of bones which became the stuff of legend among Spanish conquistadores as they colonised Mexico. Their writings mentioned a tower of skulls.

For the next 500 years, the skulls lay undisturbed underneath what was once the Aztec capital Tenochtitlan, but is now Mexico City. Until, a group of archaeologists began the painstaking work of uncovering their secrets two years ago.

What they found has shocked them, because in among the skulls of the young men are those of women and children - bringing into question everything historians thought they knew.

Andres de Tapia, a Spanish soldier who fought with Cortes in the 1521 conquest of Mexico, almost certainly recorded the structure, archaeologist Raul Barrera told Reuters. De Tapia wrote that there were thousands of skulls, and researchers believe they will find more as the excavation continues.

Its base has yet to be uncovered, and it is thought many more skulls will be found.


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Mystery of The Golden Spectre of Goblin Hill

One of the most famous ghost stories from wales is that of the Golden Spectre of Golden Hill. Its fame due largely to the fact that the ghost is authenticated not just by witness testimony but also by a real, solid artefact which survives today, and which just happens to be one of the prized possesions of the British Museum. Goblin Hill, or to give it its correct Welsh name Bryn yr Ellyllon, rises to the east of Mold in an area of the town called Pentre.

On the left side of the hill, as one leaves Mold, a stone plaque has been fixed to a wall, commemorating an important archaeological discovery. Near the plaque there was once a prominent mound called the Tomen. Prior to the opening of the ancient grave, the area around the Tomen was haunted by a ghost called the Brenin yr Allt, or King of the Hillside. He was described as taking the appearance of a man of huge stature - a man who was seen to be 'glittering and shining in gold'. 

The origins and possible meaning behind the Ghost remained a mystery until October 11, 1833, Mr. John Langford, who rented the field, ordered that the mound to be levelled and the stones composing it be taken to fill in a hole by the side of the road. in the base of the mound the labourers came across a cist, or slab-lined grave, and in this grave they uncovered the largest piece of prehistoric goldwork ever found in Europe. The so-called 'Mold Cape' is an exquisitely ornamented sheet of gold which ould have fitted round the shoulders of the Bronze Age chieftain or priest whose crumbling bones were interred here. Initially its value wasn't recognised, and it was thrown to one side. When someone noticed it was made of gold, however, something of a free-for-all took place and chunks of it were ripped off, and taken away as souvenirs, the result being that it survives today in a sadly mutilated form.

John Langford was well aware of the stories of the Golden Spectre and made a point of visiting an old lady named Nancy, who claimed to have seen it fouteen years previously while fetching home her cows one moonlit night. Nancy was delighted to learn that the 'ghost was raised' and her story substantiated.


Haunted Wales: A Guide to Welsh Ghostlore written by Richard Holland

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The Mysterious Shadow People

Shadow people are a very common visual hallucination for humans to have. They usually appear as a result of sleep deprivation, psychosis (especially stimulant psychosis), delirium, psychoactive substances, or sleep paralysis. During this experience, the subject perceives a patch of shadow in their peripheral vision or focused visual field to be a living, autonomous figure. This figure can be either humanoid or animal-like in appearance. A number of religions, legends, and belief systems describe shadowy spiritual beings or supernatural entities such as shades of the underworld, and various shadowy creatures have long been a staple of folklore and ghost stories.

Shadow people may converse with the person experiencing them or they may converse amongst each other - sometimes talking about the person going through the experience.

A very common example is like this from a woman named Tammy from North Dakota: 

‘About four years ago, I was renting the top half of an older house in North Dakota. I was in a deep sleep when I woke up screaming bloody murder. Over me, was a shadow person, hovering, hanging onto my wrist, trying to pull me out of my bed toward the ceiling. My husband had stayed up late and ran into the room scared by the screaming. What he saw was me, hysterical sitting halfway up in bed, with my left arm in the air like someone was pulling me. While he did not see a shadow person, he knew it wasn’t just a bad dream as I’ve never woke up screaming hysterically. I did not see a face, just a dark shape of what appeared to be a man. I felt sick to my stomach and a deep feeling of terror.

The next day, after a sleepless night, I found my gold medallion necklace in the bed, one side had Jesus and the other side was the Virgin Mary. What was odd was the clasp (which was tiny and hard to get on or off) was still closed and the chain was too short to pull over my head in my sleep. I don’t ever take my necklace off.

This confirmed in my mind that this experience was not just a hypnogogia theory, where a person is part way between sleep and waking, where you are conscious and in a dream like state and perceive images from subconscious that experience both visual hallucinations and a feeling of dread. While that theory may sound like a possibility in the scientific aspect, I can’t let go of the feeling that it was real, and how did the necklace get off my neck withthe clasp still hooked?

I still continue to see shadow people off and on, as soon as I turn off the light, before I am even asleep but I have not had any other physical experiences with them since.’It seems they typically come at night and often at the point of falling asleep or they are there standing over the victim as they wake, and although they very seldom cause any physical harm they nearly always cause absolute fear and some have theorised that they might be some sort of psychic vampire, feeding off of the fear of their victims.'

In 1974 in the West Yorkshire town of Pontefract in the United Kingdom, the Pritchard family began to experience what would become one of the best-known poltergeist events in the country and one that was immortalized in the movie When The Lights Go Out.

Another example of shadow beings and poltergeist is from a woman going by the name of “Karen” who says:

‘The night before my experience, I had been the target of poltergeist activity. I don’t mean the mischievous kind of poltergeist, the presence in my room was downright evil. That’s another story, but I do believe the events were related. The night I had my experience, I went out to the bathroom (this was in the middle of the night, around one or two am). As I walked into the kitchen (the bathroom is connected to the kitchen in my house, go figure), I was still jumpy because of the previous night. Therefore, I turned on every light on my way to the bathroom. When I walked into the kitchen and reached for the light, a shadow oozed out of the sink. I told myself it was just my

imagination until it turned around and came towards me. There were glowing red eyes glaring at me from the area the face should have been! The feeling I got was a definite presence of evil (again, like the night before). I screamed and ran out of the room, then spent the rest of the night in my parents’ room on the floor (I’m not ashamed to admit it, even if I was twenty at the time).’

Shadow people simply seem trapped in their former state and do not appear to advance in age, intellect, or in any aspect of their condition until they choose to turn to loved ones who are with them, who are attempting to bring them forward unto the light and life.


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Dybbuk Box The Haunted Jewish Wine Box

The dybbuk box, or dibbuk box is a wine cabinet which is said to be haunted by Dybbuk and many stories circulate about the paranormal happenings involving the box. The most detailed account of the effects of the wine box has been given by the original seller, an antique store owner, Kevin Mannis when he bought a vintage wine box from a 103-year-old Holocaust survivor via eBay, an online auction marketplace. According to Mannis' story, he bought the box at an estate sale in 2003. It had belonged to a survivor of the Holocaust in German-occupied Poland named Havela, who had escaped to Spain and purchased it there before her immigration to the United States. Havela's granddaughter told Mannis that the box had been bought in Spain after the Holocaust. Upon hearing that the box was a family heirloom, Mannis offered to give the box back to the family but the granddaughter insisted that he take it. "We don't want it," she said. She told him the box had been kept in her grandmother's sewing room and was never opened because a dybbuk was said to live inside it.

Dybbuk is a malicious mythological demon from Jewish folklore said to hold the power to invade and possess a body of human being. Upon opening the box, Mannis wrote that he found that it contained two 1920s pennies, a lock of blonde hair bound with cord, a lock of black/brown hair bound with cord, a small statue engraved with the Hebrew word "Shalom", a small golden wine goblet, one dried rose bud, and a single candle holder with four octopus-shaped legs.

Numerous owners of the box have reported that strange phenomena accompany it. In his story, Mannis wrote that he experienced a series of horrific nightmares shared with other people while they were in possession of the box or when they stayed at his home while he had it. His mother suffered a stroke on the same day he gave her the box as a birthday present—October 28. Every owner of the box has reported that smells of cat urine or jasmine flowers and nightmares involving an old hag accompany the box. Iosif Neitzke, a Missouri student at Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri and the last person to auction the box on eBay, claimed that the box caused lights to burn out in his house and his hair to fall out.

After a string of unexplained hauntings, including recurring nightmares, unexplained bruises, and the incessant stench of ammonia, the box soon found its way back onto eBay and, after a few ownership swaps, landed in the hands of its current foster parent, Jason Haxton, the Director of the Museum of Osteopathic Medicine in Kirksville, Missouri, who paid $280 for the artifact in 2004 from eBay user “spasmolytic.” (Haxton was the winning bidder, out of 51.). A victim of the box’s wrath, Haxton sealed and buried the box somewhere in Missouri, but he recently dug it back up for a television cameo in a new show by paranormal hot shot Zac Bagans of Ghost Adventures fame.


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Unsolved Mystery Box of Tamaqua

In April of 1898, when Joseph Southem, the graveyard sexton preparing a burial ground for Mrs. Margaret Wyatt, he made a curious discovery that leading to a mystery which has remained unsolved for over a century.

The following comes from the Shenandoah Evening Herald, on April 4, 1898:

"The preparation of the grave for the interment of Mrs. margaret Wyatt in the Odd Fellows' cemetery at tamaqua led to a discovery that is causing much discussion. While Joseph Southem, the sexton, was digging the grave he came upon a large rock weighing about a ton. This was removed by the Southem with assistance and beneath it was found a rough box, which was found to be empty. The sexton at once reported the matter to the secretary of the cemetery association. A search of the records was made, but it could not be found that the lot had ever been sold to any one other than the Wyatt family. To avoid any possible confussion in the future a lot in another location was given and the grave arranged before the cotege arrived. How the rough box got into the place where the sexton found it continues a mystery. The box had the appearance of having been in the ground several years."

Why would anyone bury an empty box in a cemetery beneath a one ton boulder? Who would go through such trouble? Did the box once hold a valuable treasure that had somehow been unearthed before 1898? Or was somebody planning on returning to the spot later with the hopes of burying something that nobody would ever be able to find?

That, of course, is the mystery, and it's a mystery that boggles the mind the more you stop to think about it.
The story provides some possible clues as to the age of the mystery box; according to the sexton, the box appeared to have been in the ground several years before it was unearthed. Could the box have been buried before the cemetery was laid out?


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Caroll A Deering The Ghost Ship

In August 1920, the Carroll A. Deering set sail from Norfolk, Virginia, in tip-top shape, with an experienced captain and a crew of 10 men bound for Rio de Janeiro with a cargo of coal. However, five months later, on January 31, 1921, the five-masted schooner was discovered abandoned off the coast of present-day Cape Hatteras National Seashore. At the time, she was returning to Newport News from a trip to Brazil. 

The ship departed on August 22, and although Captain William H. Merritt fell ill a few days later and had to be replaced by the hastily-recruited Captain W. B. Wormell, the ship delivered its cargo on schedule and set sail to return in December.

It is after setting homebound sail from Barbados when things started going horribly wrong. On January 29th, 1921 the ship was spotted by a lightship at Cape Lookout (North Carolina). A lightship is an anchored ship which guides other ships passing by with its lights and radio communication. The Captain of the lightship Jacobson heard a crewman from Carroll A. Deering hailing at him saying they had lost their anchors and that needed to be reported to the parent company (i.e. G G Deering). The ship Deering however did not stop and cruised past beyond sight. 

Two days later, on January 31st 1921, Deering was found hard aground at Diamond Shoals, a water area located off the coast of Cape Hatteras in North Carolina and fringed with reefs. Due to harsh sea conditions, it took time for the coast guards to approach and access the ship. They finally boarded the ship on February 4th in the morning. Abandonment was confirmed, crew, navigational equipment, belongings, and documents gone, but with a twist: dinner was on the stove and the captain’s cabin chaos.  A few months later, the ship was hauled from the rocks and dynamited to eliminate hazard to other ships.

The mysterious circumstances of the wreck became the subject of investigation which included a visit to Dare County from the FBI. Various explanations for the cause surfaced, including effects of the Bermuda Triangle, Bolshevik pirates, and mutiny.  Although such explanations were discredited by investigation, the cause remains a mystery.

To this day, the Carroll A. Deering is one of the most discussed and written-about maritime mysteries of the 20th century, its enduring popularity no doubt fueled by the complete uncertainty as to how the ship arrived at its fate.


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Mysterious Pyramid of Zhengzhou

On March 2017, a mysterious pyramid-shaped tomb has been uncovered by archaeologists under a construction site in China. The coffin chamber alongside a similar cylinder-shaped coffin was discovered in Zhengzhou, Henan Province. Archaeologists were left scratching their heads after discovering it, along with another cylinder shaped tomb in what they believe is a burial site. Chinese media have nicknamed it the “pyramid of Zhengzhou”, though at six feet tall it is unlikely to draw as many tourists as the real things in Egypt. 
The pyramid-shaped tomb discovered under a construction site in Zhengzhou,
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It’s possible that the chamber, stretching 30 metres long and 8 metres across, experts believe the chamber is a burial site, and could hail from the Han Dynasty (202 BC – 220 AD), which is widely regarded as China’s golden age.

Who was buried inside the mausoleum, as well as the reason why it was built in the shaped of a pyramid, are also under investigation. The area used to be a village, reports local media, but work was underway to build a new residential compound when the discovery was made.


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Itzamna The Serpent from the East

Itzamna was the Mayas’ earliest culture-bearer, also known as the “White Man,” who preceded the arrival of the more famous Kukulcan, or “Feathered Serpent.” The latter appears to have represented survivors from the final destruction of Atlantis, in 1198 B.C. Itzamna was the original founder of Mesoamerican civilization and one of the most important deities of Mayan mythology. The ruler of the heavens and of day and night, he was often shown in Mayan art as a pleasant, toothless old man with a large nose. He was also identified as the son of the creator god Hunab Ku. In various myths, Itzamná appears as a culture hero who gave the Maya the foundations of civilization. He and his wife, Ixchel, the “White Lady,” were among immigrants fleeing westward during the late fourth millennium B.C., when their Atlantean homeland was beset with the first in a series of four geologic upheavals.

J. Eric S. Thompson originally interpreted the name Itzamna as "lizard house", itzam being a Yucatecan word for iguana and naaj meaning "house". However, Thompson's translation has gradually been abandoned. While there is no consensus on the exact meaning of the name Itzamna, it may be significant that itz is a root denoting all sorts of secretions (such as dew, sap, and semen) and also sorcery. The otherwise unattested, agentive form itzam could thus mean "asperser" or "sorcerer".

In the Maya cosmology, the Chilam Balam, and Juan Darreygosa’s 16th-century Historia de Zodzil, Itzamna bears the title “Serpent from the East” and is described as “the first after the flood.” He arrived on the eastern shores of the island of Cozumel, where the ruins of several temples to him and Ixchel still stand, just off the Yucatan peninsula.

Moving to the mainland, he built the first version of Chichen Itza and 140 other ceremonial centers and cities. The Mayas believed Itzamna brought all the arts of civilization to Yucatan after the Great Flood. These included city-planning, astronomy-astrology, agriculture, writing, organized labor, sculpture, mathematics, book-illumination, government, and music. According to legend, he taught them to grow corn, to write, to use calendars, and to practice medicine. He also introduced a system for dividing up the land, and he established rituals for religious worship. He is portrayed in temple art, such as friezes at the Maya ceremonial center of Tikal, in Guatemala, as a long-nosed, bearded man rowing his boat across the sea from which he came.


The Atlantis Encyclopedia by Frank Joseph

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The White Lady of Crook Hall

Located at  the north side of Durham City lies the enchanting Crook Hall. Built in sandstone with a Welsh slate roof, the oldest part dates from the 14th century. At one end is a 17th-century extension to which an 18th-century additional extension is attached, comprising 11 bays in all. It is surrounded by English country style gardens. This stunning 13th century house provides a dramatic and atmospheric backdrop to its stunning gardens; it is place of serenity and beauty. The building is reputedly haunted by the "White Lady" and is open to the public throughout most of the year. In 1463, Cuthbert Billingham inherited Crook Hall and it is believed to be his niece who haunts Crook Hall.

Crook Hall

Known as the White Lady, she has been observed by many folk silenty meandering through the house. The ghost of Crook Hall ha been well known for many, many years now and her ghost is seen every now and again, but more often than not she is usually felt. According to local folklore, the best chance to see the full apparitional form of White Lady is on St. Thomas's Eve (December 20). On this date, five days before Christmas, she is said to float down the ancient wooden staircase in the circular turret of the manor house.

The ghost of White Lady is said to descend into the stairwell every year on December 20

A sign in Crook Hall reads:

'There have been numerous sightings of the White Lady over the centuries. She is usually said to glide silently and gently down the stairs, although on one occasion, she was reported to thoroughly alarm guests who had been invited to Crook Hall for a ball by a rather more dramatic appearance. A banquet had been laid out inthe medieval hall, but as the guests moved into the Screen's Passage, they heard a soft rustle followed by a loud crash. When they looked into the hall they found that the tables had been overturned, destroying the banquet. A further rustle and a glimpse of a white figure convinced them that this was the work of the White Lady.'


Paranormal Magazine (Issue 56 - February 2011) : The White Lady of Crook Hall written by Darren W. Ritson page 17

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The ghost of White Lady is said to descend into the stairwell every year on December 20
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