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China on hunt for looted treasure

Published on October 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

China is sending out teams of experts to other countries to find treasure looted from the Summer Palace. The teams will be looking for precious items stolen from Beijing’s former Summer Palace nearly 150 years ago. ... Read More


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Vincent Van Gogh’s letter sketches

Published on October 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Apparently Vincent Van Gogh would often add small sketches and paintings to his letters to friends. BibliOdyssey has posted a collection of some of these wonderful pieces, along with the letters that accompanied them. Four people ... Read More


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The smallest dinosaur in North America

Published on October 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Paleontologists have discovered the bones of the smallest dinosaur to be found in North America. The newly identified creature weighed less than two pounds and stood about 4 inches tall. From head to tail, it measured ... Read More


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Amelia Earhart’s ‘hair’ revealed to be threads

Published on October 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Strands of Amelia Earhart’s hair kept at a Cleveland museum have been revealed to be nothing more than a clump of threads. The International Women’s Air and Space Museum, which is located at Burke Lakefront Airport, ... Read More


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Railway line construction unearths 4,000-year-old remains

Published on October 21st, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Archaeologists in the state of Saxony-Anhalt, Germany, working along a railway line under construction have found a number of Bronze Age treasures, burial sites and evidence of settlements that date back over 7,000 years. “The broad ... Read More


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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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