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Oxyrhynchus Papyri: Historical Treasure in Ancient Egyptian Garbage
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Discovered in the Fayum Basin west of the Nile, the Oxyrhynchus Papyri, dating from the 3rd century BCE to the 7th century CE, are the most significant deposit ...

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The Terracotta Army: Earthen Soldiers of China’s First Emperor
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Around 210 BCE, the First Emperor of China built a Terracotta Army to place in his magnificent city-sized mausoleum. In 1974, archaeologists discovered over ...

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The Narcissus Myth: Early Poets and Versions of the Ancient Story
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The earliest works on the Greek Narcissus myth go back more than 2000 years. Who were those early poets and how did their versions differ?

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The Copernicus Grave Mystery: Rediscovering a Genius
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For more than 400 years, the bones of Nicolaus Copernicus were lost to history. A number of people, including Napoleon and the Nazis, attempted to find his ...

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Mysteries of Surt’s Cave: Bandits, Mutilations, and the Fire Giant
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Surtshellir is a cave in Iceland with a fascinating history. Named after the Norse fire giant, Surtr, Surt's Cave contains one of the most well-preserved ...

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What is Valhalla in Norse Mythology?
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Valhalla is an important concept of Norse mythology and religion of the Vikings. According to ancient Icelandic sources, Odin, king of the Norse gods, rules ...

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Papin Sisters: The Shocking Housemaids’ Crime That Shook France
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The middle-class home of the Lancelin family in Le Mans, France, became the scene of a savage double murder by the quiet housemaid duo, the Papin sisters.

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Derinkuyu: The Tumultuous History of Turkey’s Underground City
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Derinkuyu is the deepest excavated underground city in Cappadocia, built thousands of years ago to serve as a subterranean refuge during waves of invasions.

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Moeraki Boulders – Spheres of Nature in Otago, New Zealand
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Although Maori legends and science attempt to explain the Moeraki Boulders of New Zealand, the giant round stones still maintain their mystery.

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Angkor Wat: The Enduring Pride of the Khmer Empire
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From the Golden Age of the Khmer Empire to total decline, the Angkor Wat temple remains one of the world's most spectacular religious monuments in history.

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The Pobiti Kamani Stone Forests in Bulgaria
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The towering pillars of the Pobiti Kamani Stone Forest are 50-milion-yr-old remnants of an ancient reef on the Bulgarian Black Sea near Varna.

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100 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Damselfly With Attractive Legs
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This fossilized damselfly trapped in amber tells us that even 100 million years ago it was helpful to have attractive legs to charm the opposite sex.

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The Hanging Coffins of China: Mysteries Along the Yangtze
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Along the dramatic cliffs of Southern China, coffins are suspended on open precipices or tucked inside caves that appear impossible to reach. Although it is ...

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The Gundestrup Cauldron: Its Tale From the Balkans to Denmark
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Once thought to be purely Celtic, the Gundestrup cauldron is a multi-cultural artifact that originated in the Balkans before going to Denmark.

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Deciphering the Plain of Jars: How Much Do We Really Know?
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The Plain of Jars is an area of roughly 2,000 square miles in Northern Laos that contains clusters of open-air stone vessels of different sizes and shapes. ...

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