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When Tutankhamun Lay in State: Do Floral Collars Hint at Sinister Turn of Events? – Part II

4 hours 43 min ago

Based on the floral remains recovered from his crypt (KV62) and Pit (KV) 54, do the Dakhamunzu letters, allegedly written by Ankhesenamun, point to Tutankhamun’s delayed interment? If true, this is at odds with the evidence to hand that hints at a rushed burial.

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Ancient Inca Artifact Discovered in Florida Points to a $4 billion Sunken Treasure Hoard

5 hours 33 min ago

In a confidential location at sea near Melbourne, Florida, explorers and treasure recovery experts have found an ancient Peruvian funeral mask which they think is evidence of a sunken treasure worth a cool $4 billion.

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The Roman Pantheon Had A God for All Seasons - And Then Some

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 20:49

The Romans were a polytheistic people who worshiped a great number of gods. Nevertheless, the most important gods in the Roman pantheon are the twelve gods and goddesses of the Dii Consentes, who are roughly equivalent to the Twelve Olympians of the Greeks. 

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Gaia: Recognizing Our Role on a Living Earth

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 18:04

In the early 1960s, renowned chemist Dr. James Lovelock was approached by NASA to develop systems and methods that could be used in determining whether or not a planet harbored life. Specifically, they were interested in Mars.

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New Evidence Questions the Time and Place of Neanderthal Extinction

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 14:00

In recent years there have been a series of finds that have revolutionized our understanding of the Neanderthals and their extinction in Eurasia.

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The Intricate World of Pirates, Privateers, Buccaneers, and Corsairs

Tue, 01/22/2019 - 08:58

Piracy can be defined as “the act of attacking ships in order to steal from them”, and one who participates in this act is known simply as a pirate. 

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What is a Lingam and How Does It Represent Shiva?

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 21:01

The lingam (also spelled as linga) is a sacred object in Hinduism and is a symbol that represents Shiva. The lingam is often found in temples dedicated to Shiva and is the form in which this Hindu deity is most commonly worshipped. 

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A Scottish Stone Circle Believed To Be 6000 Years Old Was Actually Built In The 1990s

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 17:54

At the end of last year archaeologists in Scotland celebrated the rare discovery of a complete stone circle. Now, however, a farmer has come forward declaring that he built it himself in the 1990s.

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New Discovery Shows Prehistoric Humans May Have Hunted Mammoths to Extinction

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 13:53

It has long been debated as to how our ancient ancestors were able to kill mammoths. In Poland, a discovery has been made that should throw more light how prehistoric hunters killed these giants, approximately 25,000 years ago. 

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When Tutankhamun Lay in State: Did Ankhesenamun Willfully Delay Her Husband’s Burial – Part I

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 12:29

The twilight years of the Amarna interlude are shrouded in mystery. We have little concrete evidence of the persons who reigned and their actions. 

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Five Things We Learned About Our Human Origins in 2018

Mon, 01/21/2019 - 08:48

The question of what makes us human is one that is fascinating to most of us, and for many the answer lies in looking back to our roots as a species. 

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High Fashion of Ancient Rome: Togas and Stolas

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 17:53

The toga is arguably the best-known garment from ancient Rome. Initially, the toga was worn both by male and female Roman citizens.

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Ancient Egyptian Carving of Couple Defaced in Revenge Attack to Deny Them a Happy Afterlife

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 13:47

Ancient Egyptian beliefs about the afterlife shaped every aspect of their culture and society. A find in a 3,500-year-old shrine is throwing new light on the beliefs of provincial Egyptians. 

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Tiny Animals Discovered in Lost Lake Beneath 3500 Feet of Ice in Antarctica

Sun, 01/20/2019 - 08:55

Scientists drilling into Mercer Lake, a Subglacial Antarctic lake locked beneath 3500 feet (one kilometer) of ice have discovered the ancient carcasses of tiny animals including “water bears,” in a finding scientists described as “fully unexpected”.

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The Roman Republic – Was It Truly A Republic?

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 17:58

The Roman Republic was the period in ancient Roman history that superseded the Roman Kingdom and preceded the Roman Empire. 

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Mysterious Cocaine Mummies: Do They Prove Ancient Voyages Between Egypt and Americas?

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 13:50

Evidence which shows that ancient Egyptians had already crossed the Atlantic 3,000 years ago, long before Columbus in 1492, comes not only from the mimicking of cultural traditions

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Ancient Gandhara Kingdom Was A Melting Pot That Left Its Legacy in Art

Sat, 01/19/2019 - 08:38

Gandhara was an ancient kingdom located in what is the region that is today northwestern Pakistan and northeastern Afghanistan.

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Abourma Rock Art Displayed In Djibouti’s Most Inhospitable Landscape

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 20:52

Rock art has greatly enhanced our knowledge of our prehistoric ancestors and the Abourma site, in the African state of Djibouti, is enhancing our understanding further. 

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When Julius Caesar Was Kidnapped by Pirates - And Made Them Increase the Ransom!

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 17:45

Piracy is a practice that can be dated all the way back to ancient times. In the Mediterranean, pirates were not a major threat as long as they could be kept in check, usually by a strong navy. 

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Artificial Intelligence Has Identified Previously Undetected Hominid in the Human Family Tree

Fri, 01/18/2019 - 13:35

By combining deep learning algorithms and statistical methods, investigators from the Institute of Evolutionary Biology (IBE), the Centro Nacional de Análisis Genómico (CNAG-CRG) of the Centre for Genomic Regulation (CRG)

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