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Ancient remains found in Indonesia belong to a vanished human lineage

The 7,200-year-old burial was found in a cave. A woman buried 7,200 years ago in what is now Indonesia belonged...
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Babylonians used Pythagorean theorem 1,000 years before it was ‘invented’ in ancient Greece

The tablet is the earliest discovered example of applied geometry. A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has revealed that the ancient Babylonians...
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Cathedral’s stained-glass windows ‘witnessed’ medieval murder of Archbishop of Canterbury

Four of the panels date as far back as 40 years before Thomas Becket's grisly death. The stained-glass windows of...
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Farmer discovers 2,600-year-old stone slab from Egyptian pharaoh

A farmer living near Ismailia in Egypt has uncovered a 2,600-year-old stela erected by pharaoh Apries, who ruled from about...
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Archaeologists investigate mystery of graves reopened 1,400 years ago

People living across Europe around 1,400 years ago had a habit of reopening graves and taking out objects for reasons...
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7,000-year-old letter seal found in Israel hints at ancient long-distance trade

The tiny object is made up of two different stamps. Archaeologists recently discovered Israel's oldest known seal impression, a device...
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Roman-era skeleton found near Mount Vesuvius may be from famous rescue mission

The skeleton of a soldier found on a beach at Herculaneum, an ancient town that was buried when Mount Vesuvius...
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Napoleon’s bicentenary: why celebrating the French emperor has become so controversial

Napoleon Bonaparte may have died 200 years ago, but the vast ramifications of his rule can still be felt –...
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These medieval battles prove Britain’s nations have never been truly separate

Second only to COVID-19 recovery, the continued unity of the United Kingdom is the key political issue across the British...
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Sheepskin was used as an anti-fraud device in British legal documents for hundreds of years

The 16th and 17th centuries were a notably litigious period in British history. New rights, wealth and obligations had to...
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Innovations on the Nile over millennia offer lessons in engineering sustainable futures

Africa is the continent most vulnerable to the impact of climate change. That’s largely because many of its people and...
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‘A promiscuous she-pope with a dilated cervix’: the legend of Pope Joan, who gave birth on a horse

If Pope Joan — the infamous female pope of the 9th century – didn’t exist, you can see why someone...
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Who was buried at Sutton Hoo?

Mysteries abound at the most famous archaeological site in the U.K. A medieval ship burial in England that is so...
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History of Halloween

Samhain Halloween, also known as All Hallows' Eve, can be traced back about 2,000 years to a pre-Christian Celtic festival...
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What’s the first species humans drove to extinction?

Sometime in the late 1600s, in the lush forests of Mauritius, the very last dodo took its last breath. After...
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Why are Armenia and Azerbaijan fighting over the Nagorno-Karabakh region?

Since the end of September, hundreds of soldiers and civilians are thought to have been killed in a rapidly developing...
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1,200-year-old pagan temple to Thor and Odin unearthed in Norway

The remains of a 1,200-year-old pagan temple to the Old Norse gods such as Thor and Odin have been discovered...
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Germanic lord buried with a harem of 6? Not quite, but the real story is fascinating.

Newfound medieval cemetery in Germany holds riches. An early medieval cemetery unearthed in Germany may not contain "a harem for...
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Skull reveals Anglo-Saxon teen’s nose and lips were cut off 1,100 years ago

The woman died shortly after the barbaric act. About 1,100 years ago in early medieval England, a teenage girl met...
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Decapitated and dismembered skeletons reveal lost Iron Age massacre

A brutal attack on an Iron Age town in northern Spain during the mid-fourth or late third century B.C. left...
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