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Julius Caesar was a badass

I came across this cool fact today while surfing on Reddit and was impressed enough that I had to share:  Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates, mocked his captors until his ransom was paid, then came back with a fleet and killed them all. First, when the pirates demanded a ransom of

Road construction uncovers 2,000-year-old ship

Road construction near the ancient Roman port of Ostia has uncovered a 2,000-year-old wooden ship. "It shows that the coastline during during ancient Roman times was some 3-4 kilometres farther inland than it is now," said Ostia archaeology official Anna Maria Moretti . The wooden ship was about 11 metres long, making

DNA analysis performed on shipwreck medicines

DNA extracted from pills found on a 2,000-year-old Italian shipwreck may offer up new medical insights. "Medicinal plants have been identified before, but not a compound medicine, so this is really something new," says Alain Touwaide, director of the Institute for the Preservation of Medical Traditions, which has the world's largest

Mayan hieroglyphic stairway found in Mexico

A stairway covered in Maya hieroglyphics has been uncovered in Campeche, Mexico. Typically, hieroglyphic stairways are part of the central or core elements of the elite ruling class, however, this was not the case at El Palmar because the building was located on the outskirts of the site, away from the center.

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