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Stanford scanner penetrates mummy’s secrets

Published on August 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A minor priest from ancient Egypt was CT-scanned at Stanford Medical Center, yesterday, in order to determine how he died, what was buried with him and what he looked like. Scientists have not been able to ... Read More


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Ancient cult figurines of Aphrodite unearthed

Published on August 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Three 1,500-year-old figurines of the goddess Aphrodite have been found in Susita. At the site, on a 350 meter-high-plateau overlooking the eastern shore of Lake Kinneret, archaeologists found a cache of three figurines of Aphrodite (whom ... Read More


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Why do we call Galileo Galilei by his first name?

Published on August 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Slate answers an interesting question: Why do we always refer to Galileo Galilei by his first name? Because that's how he referred to himself. At the time of Galileo's birth in 1564, surnames were optional in ... Read More


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Pharoah’s tombs to disappear within 150-500 years

Published on August 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

According to Zahi Hawass, Egypt's head of antiquities, the pharaonic tombs could disappear in 15-500 years if they remain open to tourists. Zahi Hawass said humidity and fungus are eating into the walls of the royal ... Read More


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Ancient port city found near Instanbul

Published on August 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Excavations have begun at the 1,600-year-old city of Bathonea, Near Instabul, after the port was found through research into historic documents written by geographers several hundred years ago. ├ľniz argues that a military port on the ... Read More


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Did humans eat pygmy hippos into extinction?

Published on August 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

The discovery of thousand of pygmy hippo bones in Cyprus is prompting discussion about whether humans ate the animals into extinction. "We believe that they were primarily taken, processed and cooked at the site ... and ... Read More


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3,000-year-old butter found in bog

Published on August 20th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

An oak barrel full of 3,000-year-old butter has been found in a bog in Ireland. "We got down to have a look. We knelt down and felt something hard and started to dig it out with ... Read More


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