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Shackleton’s Lost Ship Endurance Found In Antarctic 100 Years After His Death

Shackleton’s Lost Ship Endurance Found In Antarctic 100 Years After His Death

The wreck of Ernest Shackleton’s Endurance, the ship whose arrest in pack ice began one of humanity’s most extraordinary survival stories, has been discovered in unusually excellent shape, considering its ordeal. Now, 100 years after Shackleton’s death, the Endurance 2022 missio.....

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Maya Kings Inscribed Their Names on Massive Structures

Maya Kings Inscribed Their Names on Massive Structures

Maya stelae are monuments created by the ancient Mesoamerican culture of the Maya. They are made up of tall, sculpted stone shafts and are sometimes connected with low circular stones known as altars, though their exact function is unknown. Although plain monuments may be found across the Maya re.....

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Gruesome Blood Eagle Torture Ritual in “Vikings” TV Show Might Not Have Been a Myth

Gruesome Blood Eagle Torture Ritual in “Vikings” TV Show Might Not Have Been a Myth

According to tradition, Vikings performed a magnificent and cruel torture rite that entailed spreading a person’s ribs from their spine to represent eagle’s wings and dangling their lungs out through the wounds while they were still alive. The ceremony is shown in the TV show Vikings .....

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Techniques Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I Used To Keep Their Letters Secret Revealed

Techniques Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I Used To Keep Their Letters Secret Revealed

It has discovered how Mary, Queen of Scots, and Elizabeth I kept their correspondence secret. Understanding the mechanisms employed for confidentiality in some circumstances, such as the last letter sent by Mary before her execution, might help us had better evaluate the contents contained within.....

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Scientists have Learned “What it Means to be Human” After Ten Years of Studying Ancient Genomes

Scientists have Learned “What it Means to be Human” After Ten Years of Studying Ancient Genomes

Just over a decade ago, a clump of 4,000-year-old hair wrapped around a whalebone comb led to the first-ever reconstruction of an ancient human genome. The hair was obtained in the 1980s and housed at a museum in Denmark after being frozen in arctic permafrost in Greenland. It wasn’t until .....

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More ‘Disease’ Than ‘Dracula’ – How the Vampire Myth Was Born

More ‘Disease’ Than ‘Dracula’ – How the Vampire Myth Was Born

In today’s mainstream culture, the vampire may take numerous forms, from Alucard, Dracula’s dashing progeny in the PlayStation game “Castlevania: Symphony of the Night,” to Edward, the passionate, idealistic lover in the “Twilight” series. In many ways, today&#.....

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Oldest Depiction of a Ghost Discovered – With Exorcism Instructions Included

Oldest Depiction of a Ghost Discovered – With Exorcism Instructions Included

A ghost has been discovered on a 3.500-year-old tablet at the British Museum, along with instructions on how to keep the ghosts of the dead from bothering the living. The discovery is the subject of a new book on how one of the oldest civilizations treated the undead. Dr. Irving Finkel is the Bri.....

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Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Sword from the Crusades off Coast of Israel

Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Sword from the Crusades off Coast of Israel

A 900-year-old sword, along with a range of other objects from the same period, was discovered by a scuba diver off the shore of Carmel, northern Israel, giving insight into the role the area played in the Crusades. In some places of the Middle East, it appears as if you cannot dig a hole without.....

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120,000-Year-Old Tools for Leather and Fur among Oldest Evidence of Humans making Clothes

120,000-Year-Old Tools for Leather and Fur among Oldest Evidence of Humans making Clothes

A series of 120,000-year-old bone tools discovered in North Africa maybe some of the world’s oldest concrete evidence of cloth-making, marking a turning point in humanity’s cultural and cognitive evolution (and a blow to the longstanding era of nakedness). Because furs, leathers, and .....

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I asked Historians what Find made them go ‘wait, Wut?’ Here’s a Taste of the Hundreds of Replies

I asked Historians what Find made them go ‘wait, Wut?’ Here’s a Taste of the Hundreds of Replies

When historians go to an archive or do research, we never know what we’ll find. We can get a general idea of what’s in a historical record or a database with the help of archivists and librarians, but we never know what might or might not be beneficial to us. When we approach our rese.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Fakr Ad-Din Mosque, Somalia)

A visit to a historical place/building (Fakr Ad-Din Mosque, Somalia)

The Fakr Ad-Din Mosque (Arabic: مسجد فخر الدين زنكي‎), also known as Masjid Fakhr Ad-Din, was erected in the thirteenth century by the first Sultan of Mogadishu and has a formal architectural design. In Mogadishu, Somalia, it is the city’s oldest mosque. It’s in Hama.....

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A visit to a historical place/building (Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes, Morocco)

A visit to a historical place/building (Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes, Morocco)

In 1605, Sa’dian ruler Abu Faris al-Wathiq (reg. 1603-1609) commissioned the Zawiya of Sidi Bel Abbes or Zaouia of Sidi Bel-Abbès (Arabic: زاوية سيدي بلعباس) in Marrakech to honor a prominent twelfth-century Sufi preacher. In Marrakesh, Morocco, it is an Islamic religious co.....

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