History

Fugitive Shipwreck Hunter Captured After 2 Years on the Lam
gold bars from SS Central America
January 30th, 2015
Tommy Thompson — a famous shipwreck hunter who located a Gold Rush-era wreck and became embroiled in a long legal drama over his spoils — has been captured in Florida after more than two years in hiding.
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Fresh Ink: Mummified Iceman Has New Tattoo
Otzi the iceman's tattoos
January 28th, 2015
Four thin, black lines, stacked on top of each other, bring the total number of tattoos on Ötzi, a 5,300-year-old mummified iceman, to 61, according to an exhaustive new study.
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Blackbeard's Booty: Pirate Ship Yields Medical Supplies
This urethral syringe was used to treat syphilis, a sexually transmitted disease that can be fatal. Chemical analysis shows that it contained mercury, which was commonly used to treat people with syphilis during the early 18th century. Although mercury ma
January 26th, 2015
The pirate Blackbeard lost his ship in 1718, and the archaeologists who are now excavating the wreck are finding the Blackbeard's medical equipment.
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650-Year Drought Triggered Ancient City's Abandonment
Mexican Lake
January 30th, 2015
A once-thriving Mesoamerican metropolis dried up about 1,000 years ago when below-average rainfall triggered centuries-long droughts that largely prompted people to abandon the city for greener opportunities, a new study finds.
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1st Americans Used Spear-Throwers to Hunt Large Animals
Clovis Spear Point
January 28th, 2015
Fractures on spear points show, for the first time, that the first North Americans really did use spear-throwers to hunt from safe distances.
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Photos: The Medical Instruments Found on Blackbeard's Ship
This image shows the remains of two clyster pumps that were found on Blackbeard's ship. These devices would have been used to pump fluid into the rectum, allowing the body to quickly absorb it.
January 26th, 2015
The infamous pirate Blackbeard lost is flagship, The Queen Anne's Revenge, in TK. Recently, archaeologists excavating the ship have a found many medical instruments.
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Weird Accident Damaged King Tut's Beard
King Tut
January 22nd, 2015
The beard on the burial mask of King Tutankhamun, one of Egypt's most well-known pharaohs, was glued back on with epoxy after being knocked off during cleaning, according to conservators at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo.
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Libyan Archaeology Threatened by Years of Conflict
Libyan rock art
January 28th, 2015
Archaeological work has come to a halt in Libya, and researchers are worried about the country's ancient sites, from Roman ruins that have suffered rocket attacks to prehistoric rock paintings that have been vandalized.
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Medieval Skulls Reveal Long-Term Risk of Brain Injuries
Denmark skull
January 27th, 2015
Skull fractures can lead to an early death, even if the victims initially survived the injuries, according to a new study that looked at skulls from three Danish cemeteries with funeral plots dating from the 12th to the 17th centuries.
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Sappho's New Poems: The Tangled Tale of Their Discovery
Sappho's two new poems on papyrus
January 23rd, 2015
When two, never-before seen poems by Sappho emerged last year, not all classicists rejoiced at the rare discovery.
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