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Egypt wants bust of Queen Nefertiti back

Published on October 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Keeping with his quest to recover all illegally-exported ancient Egyptian artifacts, Zahi Hawass, the general secretary of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, now wants the famous bust of Queen Nefertiti. Culture lovers reveled in the reopening ... Read More


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Bolivian pyramid’s makeover mistake

Published on October 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

In a bid to attract more tourists, the town of Tiwanaku in Bolvia restored an ancient pre-Columbian pyramid. However, they made a major mistake when they rebuilt it using adobe instead of stone. Now, the Akapana ... Read More


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Egyptian tombs flooded by ‘faulty’ tomb-digging methods

Published on October 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Ancient Egyptians learned to exploit cracks in the Earth to make tomb-digging easier. Those cracks, however, allow the tombs to flood during heavy rainfall. “We have seen evidence of seven separate flood events in four tombs ... Read More


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Royal hall found near Viking palace in Denmark

Published on October 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A large mud building, 48 meters long by 7 meters wide, has been found overlooking the site of a Viking palace in Denmark. ‘We are sure we have found a royal building of some sort,’ said ... Read More


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Tooth removed from Egyptian mummy to extract DNA

Published on October 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A tooth has been removed from a 4,000-year-old Egyptian mummy in order to extract DNA from the pulp within. It was the oddest of scenes: A neurosurgeon delicately threaded a scope up the neck and into ... Read More


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Staffordshire Knot symbol older than previously thought

Published on October 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A Staffordshire Knot symbol has been found in the Shaffordshire Hoard (read more about the discovery here), making the symbol 500 years older than previously thought. The symbol was believed to originate from the 11th century, ... Read More


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Found: The Minotaur’s Labyrinth on Crete

Published on October 19th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A stone quarry, riddled with an elaborate network of tunnels, on the Greek Island of Crete may be the original site of the Labyrinth, the maze which served as the home of the half-man/half-bull Minotaur. Working ... Read More


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Smithsonian scans aerospace poster collection

Published on October 19th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

The Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum has scanned much of their 1,300 flight-related posters, from ballooning to space travel, dating back to 1827. Click here to view the collection, and click here to read about ... Read More


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