History

What’s the world’s oldest civilization?

Did the first civilization arise in Mesopotamia, or elsewhere? Countless civilizations have risen and fallen over the millennia. But which...
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Pottery, swords and jewelry: Rich Stone Age and early medieval graves found in Germany

The discoveries hint that humans occupied the region longer than locals thought. Archaeological treasures, including Stone Age pottery and medieval...
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The Aztec Empire: History, maps, religion and fall

The Aztec Empire flourished in the Valley of Mexico between A.D. 1325 and 1519 and was the last great civilization...
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Metal detectorist in UK finds ancient Roman penis pendant

Silver penis pendants like this are rare. A metal detectorist recently discovered a silver, penis-shaped pendant in Kent, England that...
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The 8 most notorious pirates in history

The most notorious pirates stole ships, gold and other treasures. History is filled with notorious pirates that terrorized the seven...
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Rare Byzantine swords found in medieval stronghold

Experts are calling them hybrid Byzantine ring pommeled swords. Archaeologists in Turkey have discovered two "rare and unique" swords in...
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1,400-year-old remains of headless horse and rider discovered in Germany

Archaeologists don't know why the horse was decapitated. The skeletal remains of a man buried 1,400 years ago near a...
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Fetus inside Egyptian mummy was ‘pickled like an egg,’ researchers say

However, some experts question whether the mummy was even pregnant at all. Researchers studying the remains of what they believe...
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2 giant sphinxes depicting King Tut’s grandfather found at ancient Egyptian temple

The sphinxes were originally 26 feet (8 meters) long. Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered two colossal limestone statues of King...
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World’s oldest drinking straws are 3 feet long and made of gold and silver

They were likely used to sip beer communally. Slender gold and silver tubes crafted during the Bronze Age are the...
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Vast 4,500-year-old network of ‘funerary avenues’ discovered in Saudi Arabia

Thousands of pendant-shaped tombs discovered along the pathways.   Archaeologists in northwest Saudi Arabia have discovered 4,500-year-old "funerary avenues" —...
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Animals History

1st bioengineered hybrid animals discovered — in ancient Mesopotamia

Skeletons of "kungas" discovered in a princely burial. Mesopotamians were using hybrids of domesticated donkeys and wild asses to pull...
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History

The Renaissance: The ‘Rebirth’ of science & culture

The Renaissance was a period of "rebirth" in arts, science and culture, and is typically thought to have originated in...
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Remains of man who was ‘vaporized’ by Mount Vesuvius 2,000 years ago discovered

The skeleton has been unearthed at Herculaneum. The skeleton of a man killed by the deadly eruption of Mount Vesuvius...
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Empress Catherine the Great’s letter on smallpox vaccination to go up for auction

"Such inoculation should be common everywhere." A letter written by Russian empress Catherine the Great on April 20, 1787, stressing...
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Evidence of Hanukkah’s Maccabee rebellion unearthed in Israel

Rebel Maccabees stormed and defeated a stronghold of the Seleucid Empire. Archaeologists have discovered the burned remains of an ancient...
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FBI searching one-time New Jersey waste dump for body of Jimmy Hoffa

A recent deathbed confession has the FBI investigating a former toxic waste dump in New Jersey... again. The FBI is...
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15th-century Chan Chan mass grave discovered in Peru

The mass grave held the remains of about 25 people, mostly women who were likely "dedicated to textiles." In the...
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Massive hoard of Roman-era silver coins unearthed in Germany

Who left them behind is a mystery. More than 5,500 silver coins buried by a river about 1,800 years ago...
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Metal detectorist unearths largest Anglo-Saxon treasure hoard ever discovered in England

The treasure consists of 131 gold coins and four golden objects. A metal detectorist in West Norfolk, England, has unearthed...
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