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Artifacts from 2000-year-old famine found in Jerusalem

Archaeologists working in Jerusalem have uncovered artifacts that are the first evidence of the famine that spread through Jerusalem during the Roman seige nearly 2,000 years ago. According to Eli Shukron, excavation director at the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA), people went down into the cistern to secretly eat the food that

Researchers study 170-year-old Irish potatoes

Researchers have studied potatoes from the Irish potato famines in order to learn more about potato blight, caused by the microorganism Phytophthora infestans. Scientists at Rothamsted extracted DNA from potato samples dating back as far as the 1840s, that had been dried, ground and stored in glass bottles by Victorian scientists,

Construction uncovers Irish famine victims

Victims of Ireland's Great Famine have been unearthed by contractors working on a public water works project. The skeletons were found by workmen in a contained area, and all appeared to have been buried in coffins, rather than just left at random in the ground. Mysteriously, all were discovered facing in a north-south