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Ritual bath found in Jerusalem

Published on September 24th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A ritual bath, used by Jewish pilgrims coming to the Temple Mount, has been found in Jerusalem. The bath is located next to the Temple Mount, the compound in Jerusalem’s Old City where two Biblical Temples ... Read More


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Ancient Mayans made pyramids to make music for rain god

Published on September 24th, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Researchers are theorizing that many Mayan pyramids were built to make “raindrop” music to communicate with their rain god. Take for example, Mexico’s El Castillo pyramid in Chichen Itza. As visitors climb the colossal staircase, their ... Read More


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Drought responsible for destroying Angkor

Published on September 23rd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

An intense drought may have contributed to the demise of the ancient city of Angkor in Cambodia. Brendan M Buckley said bands on tree rings that he and his colleagues have examined show that Southeast Asia ... Read More


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3D Rome built in a day using 150,000 Flickr photos

Published on September 23rd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

Hundreds of thousand of photos uploaded to Flickr have been used to create 3D models of the major historical sites in Rome as well as other European cities. The team used a specially-devised algorithm to detect ... Read More


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13th century Viking travel guides say to avoid Scotland

Published on September 23rd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

13th century viking chronicles describe ‘Skotland’ as an unwelcome and inhospitable country offering rewards only to the bold. “Icelanders who want to practise robbery are advised to go there,” says one saga. “But it may cost ... Read More


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Fur-wrapped wicker-masked Bronze Age body found in Scotland

Published on September 23rd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

An ancient burial site in the Scottish Highlands may provide fresh insight into Bronze Age life. The site was discovered in February when landowner Jonathan Hampton was using a mechanical digger to clear peat from Langwell ... Read More


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China finds new section of Great Wall

Published on September 22nd, 2009 | by Sevaan Franks

A newly discovered section of the Great Wall of China shows the wall extended 11km further east than previously thought. The newly discovered section, built during the Qin (221-206 BC) and Han (206 BC to 220 ... Read More


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