7 Famous Fourths: How Independence Day Has Transformed
New York Fireworks
July 3rd, 2015
Americans celebrated the first July Fourth in 1777, a year after declaring independence from England. Here's a list of American traditions and famous fourths.
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Iron Age Warrior Lived with Arrowhead in Spine
Iron age warrior spine with arrowhead
June 29th, 2015
A horrific spinal injury caused by a bronze arrowhead didn't immediately kill an Iron Age warrior, who survived long enough for his bone to heal around the metal point, a new study of his burial in central Kazakhstan finds.
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Zombie Burials? Ancient Greeks Used Rocks to Keep Bodies in Graves
laid to rest, ancient greece, siciliy, living dead
June 24th, 2015
Ancient supernatural practices may explain why two Grecian graves contain skeletons that are pinned down with heavy objects and rocks, almost as though people wanted to trap the bodies underground, a new article finds.
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5 Odd Facts About Lewis Carroll
Lewis Carroll
July 3rd, 2015
Here are five odd facts about Lewis Carroll (1832-1898), including his enthusiasm for word games, microscopes and photography.
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5,500-Year-Old Fingerprint Found on Ceramic Vessel
ancient fingerprint and ceramic vessel,
June 26th, 2015
The vessel is known as a funnel beaker, a kind of ceramics that features a flat bottom with a funnel-shaped neck. The discovery was made ahead of the construction of an immersed tunnel to connect the German island of Fehmarn with the Danish Lolland.
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Photos: Ancient Greek Burials Reveal Fear of the Dead
Strange burial practice, ancient greece, sicily, living dead
June 24th, 2015
The ancient Greeks sometimes placed heavy objects, such as rocks and ceramic vessels, on the bodies of people they feared to be revenants, or the living dead.
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8,500-Year-Old 'Kennewick Man' Is Native American
kennewick man
June 18th, 2015
Native Americans are the closest living relatives of the Kennewick Man, an 8,500-year-old skeleton discovered in Washington State.
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Ancient Ritual Bath Found Under Unsuspecting Family's Floorboards
A staircase leads down to the 2,000-year-old ritual bath beneath floorboards in a family's living room.
July 1st, 2015
During a routine renovation of their living room, a family recently discovered a large 2,000-year-old ritual bath underneath the floorboards of their Jerusalem home, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced today (July 1).
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Athenian Wealth: Millions of Silver Coins Stored in Parthenon Attic
Parthenon temple on the Acropolis of Athens, Greece.
June 26th, 2015
The vast reserve of coins stored in the Parthenon, one of the most famous structures from the ancient world, may have been used by Athenians to erect buildings and fund battles against their rival Sparta.
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Ancient Greek 'Antikythera' Shipwreck Still Holds Secrets
divers at the Antikythera shipwreck site
June 23rd, 2015
An ancient shipwreck doesn't give up all its secrets at once. Greek authorities have approved a five-year extension for explorers to continue probing the remains of a 2,085-year-old shipwreck known for holding what is considered the oldest computer.
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