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Small Inscription, Big Consequence for Ancient Pompeii

October 16, 2018 |

A construction worker’s ancient jotting on a wall might rewrite the history books. The wall scrawl suggests that the Roman city of Pompeii was destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in October of 79AD, two months later than historians have long believed, reports the BBC . Uncovered by archaeologists in…
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How Ancient Greeks predicted killer robots, driverless cars and even Amazon Alexa speakers

October 10, 2018 |

The Ancient Greeks are celebrated for laying down the foundations of Western civilization, but according to a new book they also had another, hidden talent: predicting future tech.
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Ancient Bronze Hand Leaves Archaeologists Perplexed

September 27, 2018 |

The hand is a bit smaller than that of an adult and made from roughly a pound of bronze. What it was used for has perplexed archaeologists since it was found in Switzerland last October. At an estimated 3,500 years old, National Geographic calls it “Europe’s earliest metal body…
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Ancient Altar Shows Mayan ‘Game of Thrones’

September 15, 2018 |

How do you conquer a powerful Mayan city-state? Forge a political dynasty, ally with smaller surrounding cities, and slowly envelop until you become leader of the Serpent Kingdom—at least according to one take on a newly unveiled Mayan altar, the AP reports. Discovered in 2017 at the Guatemalan site…
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In an Ancient Jar, World’s Oldest Cheese Is Found

August 17, 2018 |

For thousands of years beneath Egypt’s desert sands, a solidified whitish substance sat in a broken jar. Scientists now say it’s “probably the most ancient archaeological solid residue of cheese ever found,” per the AP . Archaeologists came across the finding while cleaning the sands around a 19th-dynasty tomb at the…
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Ancient Sarcophagus Yields Horrible-Smelling Secret

July 20, 2018 |

“The sarcophagus has been opened, but we have not been hit by a curse,” declared the head of Egypt’s Supreme Council for Antiquities after opening a huge black sarcophagus that had been untouched for 2,000 years. Those prone to queasiness might have disagreed. Sewage water had leaked into the…
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Mexico quake unearths ancient temple

July 12, 2018 |

Scientists at the Teopanzolco archeological site discovered an ancient temple this week that was exposed by the devastating earthquake in central Mexico last September.
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Ancient Romans May Have Had Thriving Whaling Industry

July 12, 2018 |

Newly uncovered evidence suggests ancient Romans may have had a thriving whaling industry. Per the Guardian , archaeological excavations at three Roman-era fish processing sites near the Strait of Gibraltar, which connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Mediterranean Sea, found the ancient bones of two whale species not known to frequent…
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Ancient City of Bargylia Could Be Yours for $8M

May 19, 2018 |

The ancient Greek city of Bargylia in modern-day Turkey is on the market and could be yours for just $ 8 million, reports MNN . Located 19 miles from Bodrum on 300 acres overlooking the Gulf of Güllük, the property includes a theatre, fortification walls, acropolis, and necropolis, according to the Greek…
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Legendary Ancient City Found by Accident

May 16, 2018 |

Archaeologists who’ve spent five years digging up an ancient city in Iraq’s Kurdistan region have finally learned its name—and it’s legendary. Mardaman, once the capital of a Mesopotamian province and its own independent kingdom, is believed to have begun as early as 4,800 years ago and is cited…
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