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29 Mar 2018
Posted in Archaeology, History, Tidbits & trivia

A desert myth, debunked?

Since its discovery two decades ago in Chile’s Atacama Desert, a tiny mummy has been generating rumors among the locals and the world at large. Have the fantastic stories finally been disproved?

In 2003, a six-inch-long “humanoid” mummy was found, and before long “Ata” was labelled Earth’s first mummified alien. Rumors were further fueled by ... Read More >

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Sri Lanka, treasury of world heritage.

The tiny island nation of Sri Lanka, just off India’s southern tip, is about the same size as West Virginia, but it boasts a remarkable six UNESCO World Heritage sites. No surprise, once you know that the history of the island stretches back to the ninth century B.C. (though prehistoric humans inhabited the island ... Read More >

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7 Nov 2017
Posted in Archaeology, News

Peace comes to Uluru.

The day of 26 October 2019 will mark the 34th anniversary of the return of Uluru (formerly Ayers Rock) to its traditional owners, the indigenous Anangu people of the Northern Territory, Australia. But that date is now even more significant to the Anangu, since it will also be the day that climbing the ... Read More >

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Angkor from the ground up.

When we visit ancient ruins, we often assume that the site is a static, complete thing, a place where what we see is all that’s there. Often, though, this is not the case; the excavation is but a work in progress.

Take, for instance, the temple complex of Angkor, Cambodia. Roughly twice the size ... Read More >

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13 Jun 2017
Posted in Archaeology, Art, Culture, History, Travel with us

Tut’s knife

Nearly a century ago, archaeologist Howard Carter found the mummy of the boy king, Tutankhamun, in Egypt’s Valley of the Kings. With the discovery, human history was forever changed.

Tut ruled as pharaoh from 1332 to 1323 B.C. Upon his death, he was entombed with assorted treasures, including two daggers wrapped in his shroud. One ... Read More >

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30 May 2017
Posted in Archaeology, History

If you bury it, they will come.

In August 2014, Derek McLennan, a “metal detectorist,” and two churchmen, Rev Dr. David Bartholomew and Pastor Mike Smith, also armed with metal detectors, were searching a church field in Galloway, Scotland, when McLennan’s detector indicated something beneath the soil.  After a bit of digging, he found a silver object. It turned out to ... Read More >

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It’s a wrap.

Here’s a question for you: What was the earliest civilization to practice human mummification?

If you said “the Egyptians,” you’d be wrong by 1,500 years or so.

The answer? The Chinchorro people of Peru.

A current exhibition at New York City’s American Museum of Natural History, “Mummies” features an up-close look at rarely exhibited mummies as well as interactive touchable ... Read More >

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30 Nov 2016
Posted in Archaeology, History

What a circus.

After seven years of excavation and restoration, Rome has a new draw: the 2,800-year-old remains of the Circus Maximus, once the largest and most impressive entertainment center in town. Close by the Colosseum, the newly-reopened site brings into focus just how citizens of the Roman Empire spent their leisure time.

Visitors can now climb marble ... Read More >

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