Body Slam This! Ancient Wrestling Match Was Fixed
Ancient Greek Bas relief of men wrestling.
April 16th, 2014
Researchers have deciphered the earliest known contract to fix a wrestling match between two teenagers who had reached the final bout of a prestigious series of games in Egypt, dating to A.D. 267.
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Titanic Sunk During Average Iceberg Year
Titanic wreck off southern Newfoundland
April 10th, 2014
U.K. researchers have sunk a long-standing explanation for the loss of the Titanic — that the fateful journey took place in waters bristling with icebergs, making 1912 an unlucky year to sail the North Atlantic.
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Sculpted Face Peers Out from Ancient Coffin Found in Israel
Coffin lid from Jezreel Valley
April 9th, 2014
A gold ring bearing the name of a pharaoh, a bronze dagger and other treasures are among the artifacts found in a Late Bronze Age grave in the Jezreel Valley.
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Chilean Mummies Reveal Signs of Arsenic Poisoning
chilean mummy face
April 15th, 2014
People of numerous pre-Columbian civilizations in northern Chile, including the Incas and the Chinchorro culture, suffered from chronic arsenic poisoning due to their consumption of contaminated water, new research suggests.
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Tests Suggest 'Gospel of Jesus' Wife' Is Authentic
A newly discovered scrap of 4th-century papyrus written in ancient Egyptian Coptic containing four words that provide the first tangible evidence that within centuries of his death, some followers of Jesus believed him to have been married.
April 10th, 2014
The papyrus document known as "the Gospel of Jesus's Wife" was unveiled in 2012 and instantly set off a debate over its authenticity. Perhaps its most controversial elements are lines that suggest Jesus had a wife.
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Massive Turquoise Trade Network of Ancient Pueblos Revealed
Here, turquoise beads recovered from early excavations at Pueblo Bonito, the largest great house in Chaco Canyon.
April 9th, 2014
Unsatisfied with mining turquoise from local deposits, ancestral Pueblo people in New Mexico used long-distance trade networks to obtain their precious mineral.
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No Bones About It: Technology Made Ancient Humans Less Active
Femur bones
April 8th, 2014
Human bones can serve as a historical record of their owners' lifestyles. Ancient human skeletons from Central Europe reveal how humans shifted from rugged nomads to plow-pushers.
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