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Two of President John Tyler’s grandsons are still alive

Here's an interesting historical tidbit sent in by an ABAH reader: Two of the America's 10th President John Tyler's grandsons are still alive. John Tyler was born in 1790 and served as President from 1841-1845. It’s a really interesting story that you’re still, you know, around. Could you just explain how

Poop: The oldest direct evidence of people in America

Human coprolites (fossilized poop) found in Oregon's Paisley Caves have been dated back 14,500 years, making them the oldest direct evidence of people in America. Some of the most interesting discoveries in archaeology come from sifting through ancient garbage dumps. Scientists working in Oregon have found one that has yielded what

15,500-year-old stone tools rewrite American history

A huge collection of recently discovered stone tools are rewriting American history by suggesting that the Clovis people were not America's original immigrants. The hunter gatherers associated with this technology were thought to have crossed from Siberia into Alaska via a land bridge that became exposed when sea levels dropped. Evidence

First edition copy of “The Star-Spangled Banner” up for auction

Looking to own a piece of American history? A copy of the first edition sheet music for "The Star-Spangled Banner" is set to hit the auction block. It's estimated to go for $200,000 to $300,000 at the sale early next month. Christie's auction house says it's the only known copy

Were Australian Aborigines the first Americans?

A study of hundreds of skulls uncovered in Central and South America are pointing to Australian Aborigines as being the first people to reach America. Evolutionary biologist Walter Neves of the University of São Paulo, whose findings are reported in a cover story in the latest issue of Cosmos magazine, has

Vinland map of America is not a forgery

A Danish expert claims that the 15th century Vinland Map, the first known map to show part of America before Christopher Columbus arrived, is almost certainly genuine. Controversy has swirled around the map since it came to light in the 1950s, many scholars suspecting it was a hoax meant to prove

Remains of Union Soldier found in Tennessee

A construction crew in Franklin, Tennessee have stumbled across the remains of what historians believe to be a Union soldier. Along with the remains, police say military style uniform buttons were found in the dirt. Detectives contacted members of the Carter House and Carnton Plantation, Civil War historic sites in Franklin.  Representatives from

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