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Ancient Penguins Were Much Bigger Than Modern Ones

December 13, 2017 |

Fossils from New Zealand have revealed a giant penguin that was as big as a grown man, roughly the size of the captain of the Pittsburgh Penguins, per the AP . The creature was slightly shorter in length and about 20 pounds heavier than the official stats for hockey star Sidney…
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Archaeologists Discover 2 Ancient Tombs in Egypt’s Luxor

December 10, 2017 |

Egypt on Saturday announced the discovery of two small ancient tombs in the city of Luxor dating back some 3,500 years and hoped it will help the country’s efforts to revive its ailing tourism sector, the AP reports. The tombs, located on the west bank of the Nile in…
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On 8K-Year-Old Shards, Proof of Ancient ‘Social Lubricant’

November 14, 2017 |

Wine has been used as a “social lubricant, mind-altering substance, and highly valued commodity” throughout the ages. Now, a discovery just south of Tbilisi details just how far back through the ages the beverage has existed, the BBC reports. Per a study in the Proceedings of the National Academy of…
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Fire destroys ancient Peruvian mural

November 14, 2017 |

A fire destroyed much of the VentarrĂ³n archaeological complex in northern Peru including a mural believed to be the oldest every discovered in the Americas, site officials announced.
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Tiny Stone Holds Unparalleled Ancient Greek Art

November 11, 2017 |

The director of the British School at Athens tells the New York Times it’s “a masterpiece of miniature art.” The woman who discovered it had an even more profound reaction. “Looking at the image for the first time was a very moving experience,” Shari Stocker says in a press release…
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Google Earth Reveals Ancient Mystery in Saudi Arabia

October 23, 2017 |

Google Earth has revealed an archaeological mystery from on high. Satellite images show the existence of ancient stone structures built thousands of years ago in what is now an inhospitable part of Saudi Arabia, reports LiveScience . Archaeologists led by David Kennedy of the University of Western Australia call them “gates”…
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Ancient artifacts seized in Hobby Lobby case

August 2, 2017 |

Israeli police arrested five antiquities dealers in Jerusalem over the weekend, seizing gold coins, ancient weapons and more in an international investigation of smuggled Iraqi artifacts — some of which made their way into the United States, according to Israeli police and the Israel Antiquities Authority.
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Canaanites Weren’t Annihilated by Ancient Israelites After All

July 28, 2017 |

The Bible suggests the Canaanites were wiped out by the ancient Israelites, but a new study says otherwise, claiming the people survived and went on to be the ancestors of those who today live in Lebanon, ScienceDaily reports. Per a study in the American Journal of Human Genetics , researchers from…
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Europe’s Ancient Ports Have New Infestation: Tourists

July 17, 2017 |

It all started with Venice. The Italian port city on the Adriatic Sea has seen its population dwindle since the 1950s as locals are forced out by what the BBC calls “hordes of cruise-ship visitors.” Nowadays, the problem of cruise ship tourist invasion has spilled over to many other ancient…
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Hobby Lobby fined $3 million for smuggling ancient Iraqi artifacts

July 6, 2017 |

Federal prosecutors say Hobby Lobby Stores has agreed to pay a $ 3-million federal fine and forfeit thousands of ancient Iraqi artifacts smuggled from the Middle East that the government alleges were intentionally mislabeled.

Prosecutors filed a civil complaint in New York on Wednesday in which…


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