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The historical reason why we wear costumes on Halloween

Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

National Geographic has an interesting article about the history of (and the business of) Halloween. In addition to sacrificing animals to the gods and gathering around bonfires, Celts often wore costumes—probably animal skins—to confuse spirits, perhaps ... Read More


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How 67 sailors survived German sinking in WWII

Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A British seaman’s war-time log has been discovered that discloses how 67 sailors survived 20 days and 1,200 miles adrift at sea after their ship was sunk by a German U-boat. The men were stranded in ... Read More


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Stone Age burial artifacts found in Sweden

Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A collection of 9,000-year-old artifacts has been uncovered at a site in central Sweden. Parts of a bow, a paddle, and the wooden shaft of an axe are among the discoveries recently unearthed from the Stone ... Read More


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Mummified viking-era trees found in Norway

Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

40 mummified Scotch pines, dating back to the early 1200s, have been found near a fjord in Norway. The find astounded researchers, since most dead trees decay as they are eaten by tiny organisms, said research ... Read More


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Teenager discovers lost underwater city

Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A 16 year-old, the son of an archaeologist, was swimming off a beach in Montenegro when he discovered an odd looking stone, evidence of an ancient Greek or Roman trading post. Once his son reported the ... Read More


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The Met buys artifact from collector to return it to Egypt

Published on October 30th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art has purchased part of an ancient Egyptian shrine from an antiquities collector for the sole purpose of returning it to Egypt. SCA head Zahi Hawass hailed the Met’s move as ... Read More


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Templar gravestone found with mysterious markings

Published on October 29th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Two gravestones, one carved with mysterious markings, has been found at the former medieval stronghold of the Knights Templar. The ancient stones were unearthed under a gateway leading from a ruined medieval church to the adjoining ... Read More


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