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Tracing the origins of ancient coins

By bombarding ancient Greek and Roman coins with subatomic particles to determine their metallic makeup, researchers are able to pinpoint exactly where the metal was mined from. "As we learn more about the artifact we come to understand the coin itself a little better. And the other shoe to

Genetic study reveals Scandinavians’ unexpected ancestors

A genetic study of Scandinavians show they are descended from Stone Age immigrants, not the people who lived in the area at the conclusion of the last Ice Age. "The hunter-gatherers who inhabited Scandinavia more than 4,000 years ago had a different gene pool than ours," explains Anders Götherström of the

The possible historical origins behind 10 nursery rhymes

Mental_Floss has compiled a list of the possible historical origins behind ten classic nursery rhymes. 5. Jack and Jill has so many interpretations, it’s hard to pick just one. I kind of like the one that says Jack and “Gill” are units of measurement. King Charles I tried to change the

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