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An 18th century Burmese letter, written in gold and rubies, has been deciphered in Germany. The 'golden letter', written by Burmese King Alaungphaya in the year 1756 to England's King George II, lay in the vaults of Hanover's Leibniz library for 250 years, as nobody could read its contents. The letter, which
10,000 years ago the Sahara was a fertile area, allowing fish to migrate across it. This is giving researchers a possible clue to how early humans migrated across the desert. In their analysis, Drake and his colleagues found evidence that many creatures, including aquatic ones, dispersed across the Sahara recently. For
A 2,600-year-old tomb has been found at the Celtic hill fort at Heuneburg in Germany. The noblewoman's tomb, dating from early Celtic times, measures four metres by five metres, and is exceptionally well-preserved. It contained gold and amber jewellery that makes possible for the first time the precise dating of an
An analysis of ancient rock art in Western Australia has shown that its vivid colours have kept for 40,000 years because it is alive with microbes. While some rock art fades in hundreds of years, the "Bradshaw art" remains colourful after at least 40,000 years. Jack Pettigrew of the University of Queensland