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English Civil War mass grave found

Construction work in Durham, England, has led to the discovery of a mass grave containing between 17-28 Scottish soldiers who were taken prisoner after the Battle of Dunbar in 1650. The Battle of Dunbar was one of the most brutal, bloody and short battles of the 17th Century civil wars. In

Ancient soldiers suffered from PTSD

New research has revealed that ancient soldiers also suffered from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). This paper, entitled Nothing New Under the Sun: Post-Traumatic Stress Disorders in the Ancient World, gives evidence that much earlier traumas were suffered in Mesopotamia (ancient Iraq) during the Assyrian Dynasty (1300-609 BC). These instances were explained

1,000-year-old minaret destroyed in Syria

A 1,000-year-old minaret, part of one of the 11th century Great Mosque in Aleppo, Syria, has been destroyed due to fighting between the Free Syrian Army and government troops. The state news agency Sana accused rebels of blowing up the 11th-Century minaret of the Umayyad Mosque. However, activists say the minaret was

Authorities empty Syria’s museums of treasures

Syrian museums are being emptied to prevent the treasures inside from being looted due to increasing tensions in the country. "We emptied Syria's museums. They are in effect empty halls, with the exception of large pieces that are difficult to move," Abdulkarim told Reuters during a visit to neighbouring Jordan. Tens of

War was a defining part of the Minoan civilization

Most people think of the Minoans as a peaceful society, but new research suggests that war was a defining part of their culture. Hunting scenes often featured shields and helmets, Molloy found, garb more suited to a warrior's identity than to a hunter's. Preserved seals and stone vessels show daggers, spears

Insurgents damage ancient citadel in Syria

Clashes between government forces and rebels in Syria have damaged one of the stone footbridges that leads into the ancient Citadel of Aleppo, a UN World Heritage site. The Syrian National Council, which is the main opposition platform within Syria and abroad, today accused government forces of damaging an unspecified section

Injured Afghanistan soldiers uncover 1,400-year-old warrior

A group of soldiers injured during the war in Afghanistan have been working at a rehabilitation project on Salisbury Plain helping archaeologists uncover the remains of a 1,400-year-old Anglo-Saxon warrior. Led by the Defence Infrastructure Organisation (DIO) and the Army, partners from Wessex Archaeology were astonished by the haul. Operation Nightingale

Stonehenge may have been built as a symbol of peace

A new study claims that Stonehenge was built as a symbol of peace between the people of eastern and western England. Centuries of speculation have attributed countless functions to the famous Wiltshire landmark, describing it variously as a prehistoric observatory, a place of healing and a temple for ritual sacrifice. But a

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