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Oxyrhynchus Papyri: Historical Treasure in Ancient Egyptian Garbage

Oxyrhynchus Papyri: Historical Treasure in Ancient Egyptian Garbage

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 of ancient writings ...

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The Terracotta Army: Earthen Soldiers of China’s First Emperor

The Terracotta Army: Earthen Soldiers of China’s First Emperor

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 8,000 soldiers buried ...

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The Narcissus Myth: Early Poets and Versions of the Ancient Story

The Narcissus Myth: Early Poets and Versions of the Ancient Story

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

The Copernicus Grave Mystery: Rediscovering a Genius

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 grave, but to no avail. ...

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Mysteries of Surt’s Cave: Bandits, Mutilations, and the Fire Giant

Mysteries of Surt’s Cave: Bandits, Mutilations, and the Fire Giant

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 Viking-Age stone ...

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What is Valhalla in Norse Mythology?

What is Valhalla in Norse Mythology?

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 this magical place in ...

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Papin Sisters: The Shocking Housemaids’ Crime That Shook France

Papin Sisters: The Shocking Housemaids’ Crime That Shook France

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

Derinkuyu: The Tumultuous History of Turkey’s Underground City

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

Moeraki Boulders – Spheres of Nature in Otago, New Zealand

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

Angkor Wat: The Enduring Pride of the Khmer Empire

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

The Pobiti Kamani Stone Forests in Bulgaria

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

100 Million-Year-Old Fossilized Damselfly With Attractive Legs

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

The Hanging Coffins of China: Mysteries Along the Yangtze

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 assumed that the ...

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The Gundestrup Cauldron: Its Tale From the Balkans to Denmark

The Gundestrup Cauldron: Its Tale From the Balkans to Denmark

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?

Deciphering the Plain of Jars: How Much Do We Really Know?

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. Experts date the ...

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