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1800-year-old Shard of Roman Glass Left A Fishy Trail From the Black Sea

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The mystery of the origin of an unusual piece of glass has been solved in Britain. It has been established that it belonged to a very rare fish-shaped bottle

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Fortaleza Ozama, Where Columbus Was Imprisoned for Being a Tyrant

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 20:08

The language and culture of many of the Caribbean islands reflects four centuries of Spain’s presence in the region...

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How Old Are The Thousands Of Bones Discovered Beneath Vatican? 500 Years? 50, Possibly 5?

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 16:39

In Rome, in the summer of 1983, a 15-year-old girl vanished on her way home from a music lesson and in the ongoing search for her body thousands of bones have been unearthed by investigators in two ossuary chambers beneath the Vatican.

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Unpacking the Ten Plagues of Egypt: A Scientific Explanation

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 16:01

Could there be a scientific explanation and a sequence of natural disasters that caused the 10 Plagues of Egypt? 

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Researchers Find Roman Villas and a Spectacular Mosaic in Egypt

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 13:03

In Egypt, archaeologists have found some important Roman ruins, in the historic city of Alexandria. 

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China Joins the Search for Extra-Terrestrial Life

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 09:21


For many years, space exploration seemed to be largely an American obsession. NASA was the only space agency on the planet with ambitious plans and the consistent financing to carry them out.

But after first challenging the United States’ global economic hegemony, the planet’s most populous country has now extended the competition to the space race. While NASA is still preeminent, China’s space program, under the supervision of the People’s Liberation Army, has emerged as the second-most active on Earth.

China is currently launching more rockets into space than any country. Just recently, it became the first nation to land a rover on the far side of the Moon, and it has plans to construct a space station within the next few years. Eventually China hopes to land astronauts on the Moon as well, and these plans might explain why President Trump suddenly announced his intention to revive the Apollo program and land American astronauts on the Moon again in five years.

In the midst of all this space-oriented activity, China has been expanding its space exploration efforts in yet another way. The country’s space scientists have developed an intense interest in deep-space surveillance via telescope, and they have initiated multiple projects designed to elevate their standing in astronomy.

China Has Big Plans for Antarctica

China’s initial foray into the super-telescope game occurred in Antarctica.

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The Ebers Papyrus: Medico-Magical Beliefs and Treatments Revealed in Ancient Egyptian Medical Text

Mon, 07/22/2019 - 08:02

The Ebers Papyrus is an ancient medical document that contains over 842 remedies for illnesses and injuries. It specifically focused on the heart, the respiratory system, and diabetes.

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Sex, Scandal, and Allure: The Erotic Art of Shun-ga from Edo to Early Modern Japan

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 16:08

In the year 1770, within a large village house by the bustling city of Edo, Japan (modern day Tokyo City)

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Ancient Plants Revive After Being Trapped in Ice for 400 Years

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 09:18

Scientists visiting Ellesmere Island in the Canadian Arctic discovered something remarkable and fascinating.

Led by Catherine LaFarge, a geologist from the University of Alberta in Edmonton (Canada), they were exploring an area called the Sverdrup Pass, which until just recently had been covered by ice. The Teardrop Glacier had spread all across Ellesmere Island during the Little Ice Age, a global cold spell that affected weather and climate conditions in the Northern Hemisphere between 1550 and 1850.

While trudging across newly exposed ground, the scientists found clumps of moss that were mostly browned or blackened. But in among this dead plant life were some spots of green, indicating that a process of regeneration and regrowth had started to occur.

This was remarkable, because LaFarge and the other scientists knew they were not looking at moss that had grown recently. What they’d discovered had originally lived and died several hundred years ago, and it had been trapped beneath the ice for several centuries. Incredibly, moss that had been buried and frozen solid beneath the Teardrop Glacier had begun to regenerate, as if it hadn’t been affected by its centuries-long entombment at all.

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Artificial Intelligence Inching Closer to Deciphering Long Lost Languages

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 09:03

With new technology available to us, we’re inching closer to the end of the days when deciphering ancient languages is a painstaking task filled with frustration and confusion.

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The Pig Fat Sleds and ‘Flying’ Stones of Stonehenge

Sun, 07/21/2019 - 07:59

An innovative professor proposes that Britain’s ancient people moved the massive megaliths used to build the world famous stone circle, Stonehenge, by ‘greasing giant sleds with pig lard’ and sliding the stones across the landscape.

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Xanten Archaeological Park – Step Back and Experience the Romans

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 19:03

Open-air archaeological parks or museums are increasingly popular as they bring the past to life. 

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8 of the Most Popular Animal Species in the Ancient World

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 16:30

Animals far outnumber us on the planet. And while humans have domesticated some of them for work or food, others have been observed, admired, feared, and revered from afar. 

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Moon Landing Conspiracy Theorists Biting Dust On the 50th Anniversary of First Lunar Mission

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 09:46

Today, July 20 2019, at precisely 4:17:40PM ET, it is exactly fifty years since the Apollo Lunar Module ‘Eagle’ touched down on the Moon and while anniversary events are being held all over the world in honor of this monumental historic achievement

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Amputation Pit with Sawn-Off Limbs Found at Battle of Waterloo Field Hospital Site

Sat, 07/20/2019 - 00:27

A team of archaeologists working with army veterans has uncovered four amputated limbs at the site of the Battle of Waterloo in Belgium. 

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A Millennium of Glory: The Rise and Fall of the Byzantine Empire

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 20:01

Late antiquity was one of the most dramatic periods in our history – a turbulent time in which nations and peoples rose and fell, vying for power and territory in a merciless fight for prominence. 

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Tuatha Dé Dannan, the Enchanting Predecessors of Irish Fairies and Elves

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 18:18

Most people do not believe in elves. The little people, along with fairies, banshees, and werewolves, are often thrown into the category of ‘fantasy’ and left to molder unless some video game or children’s book decides to make use of them for commercial purposes.

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My Sheep Did it! Farmer Blames His Damage of Ancient Earthwork Offa’s Dyke on His Livestock

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 16:51

Those readers who have watched the wonderful British animated series about the Welsh farmyard figure, Shaun the Sheep, will know just how mischievous these wooly Welsh creatures can be. 

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Vikings Didn’t Just Pop into Canada for a Visit, They Stayed for Centuries

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 11:04

Do you remember that 1992 electro-techno tune by KLF America What Time is Love, which at the beginning declares this music is a 1000 year celebration of the Vikings of modern day Norway reaching America?

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Searching for the Lost Location of the Isle of Circe, Enchantress of Odysseus

Fri, 07/19/2019 - 09:32

It was by chance that Homer’s brave Odysseus, on his odyssey home from the Trojan War, landed on the mysterious Isle of Circe...

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