Riya Patel

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Rare ancient sarcophagus discovered in Israel

An elaborate ancient sarcophagus has been discovered at a building site in the Israeli city of Ashkelon, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Thursday.<p>However, the sarcophagus, which is around 1,800 years old, was severely damaged when building contractors attempted to remove it improperly …

Can We Digitize History Before ISIS Destroys it?

With ISIS waging war against the Middle East’s ancient monuments, can archaeologists capture digital renderings of the sites before it’s too …

Middle East

Kazakhstan geoglyphs: Solving the mystery of the huge structures created by ancient civilization

Last year it was announced that 50 huge sprawling geoglyphs had been discovered in Kazakhstan by archaeologists surveying Google Earth, but since …

New Research Suggests the Ancient Greeks Believed in Zombies

In a new paper in <i>Popular Archaeology</i>, one anthropologist claims the Greeks "imagined scenarios in which reanimated corpses rose from their graves, prowled the streets, and stalked unsuspecting victims."<p><i>This article appears in the August Issue of VICE Magazine</i>The dead have long haunted the …

Classical Greece was incredibly politically innovative. Why did it rise — and then fall?

Josiah Ober is the Mitsotakis Professor of Political Science and Classics at Stanford University. He is also the author of a new book from Princeton University Press, “The Rise and Fall of Classical Greece,” which seeks to uncover the reasons Classical Greece was so extraordinary, creating ideas …

ISIL blows up ancient tower tombs in Syria's Palmyra

The Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) group has blown up several of the Syrian city of Palmyra's famous tower tombs as it continues its destruction of the UNESCO-listed world heritage site, Syria's antiquities chief has confirmed.<p>Syrian antiquities director Maamoun Abdulkarim told news …

Slate Magazine - Politics, Business, Technology, and the Arts

Cover StoryPompeo Will Enable Trump’s Worst Instincts Fred Kaplan At his confirmation hearing today, the prospective secretary of state did not …

20 things to do in England before you die

1. Spend summer solstice at Stonehenge.<p>Summer Solstice by Nicolò Paolucci on 500px<p>2. Go surfing in Cornwall. Yes, surfing in England!<p>3. Arrive in …

By a Hair

Bernie Sanders recently complained when a <i>Times Magazine</i> reporter asked him about his hair. “When the media worries about what Hillary’s hair looks like or what my hair looks like,” he said, “that’s a real problem.”<p>Americans love to talk about hairdos. There are at least six hair-themed reality …

3D Printing Ancient Artifacts Lets Us Figure Out What They Were Actually For

The case of the mislabeled spearbutt.<p>You are aware, of course, of that legendary ancient Irish artifact, the Conical Spearbutt of Navan, yes? No? You’re not? Well, it doesn’t matter, because thanks to to the work of PhD student Billy Ó Foghlú, it’s no longer a conical spearbutt at all.<p>Ó Foghlú was …

In photos: History comes to life with battle reenactment on Hadrian's Wall in Northern England

Ancient history enthusiasts reenact a 143AD battle between Barbarian and Roman Soldiers during English Heritage's history weekend, "Hadrians Wall Live", at Birdoswald Roman Fort near Gilsland, northern England. The "Hadrian's Wall Live" event, which takes place on September 5 and 6, features Roman …

Fragments Of Ancient Quran Could Be Older Than Muhammad

"This would radically alter the edifice of Islamic tradition."<p><i>This article first appeared on HuffPost UK.</i><p>In what could prove something of a pot hole for current readings of Islamic history, a carbon test carried out on a Quranic manuscript recently discovered in England reveals the book is likely …

Photos: The Beautiful Architecture of India’s Ancient Stepwells

Over the past several years, Chicago-based journalist Victoria Lautman has traveled through India numerous times, visiting over 120 ancient stepwells …

This Ancient Mummy May Be The Oldest-Known Victim Of Heart Failure

A 3,500-year-old mummy is changing the way scientists think about heart disease.<p>An Egyptian dignitary who died 3,500 years ago is making headlines today, as a new analysis of his mummified body suggests that he died of chronic heart failure.<p>If scientists are right, the mummy of Nebiri -- which was …

Ancient DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

<b>DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic people: the Basques.</b><p>The distinct language and genetic make-up of the Basque people in northern Spain and southern France has puzzled anthropologists for decades.<p>One theory proposed that they were an unmixed …

Anthropology

Want to Annoy ISIS? Learn About This Awesome Ancient Queen.

This third-century warrior puts ISIS to shame.<p>Sledgehammering priceless statues. Bombing temples that date back to the era of Jesus and Augustus. In just a few short months, the Islamic State group has waged a profound assault on humanity's knowledge of itself by wreaking havoc in the unique, …

3D printing helped solve an ancient musical mystery

These recreations range from the pre-Celtic British liturgical soundscapes of Stonehenge to the music of Ancient Greece.<p>Now, thanks to Billy Ó Foghlú of Australian National University's College of Asia and the Pacific, we can add Bronze Age Irish horns to the list of resurrected instruments.<p>Through …

The disturbing reason for the ancient Chinese practice of foot-binding

Deliberately crippled to conform to male ideals of beauty, these strange, pathetic creatures - to Western eyes - embodied the mysterious ways of the East.<p>Early travel accounts describe the "alluring" manner in which Chinese women with bound feet walked, as they gently swayed and tottered, usually …

Ancient tunnels discovered underneath Mexican city of Puebla

Watch the footage showing the ancient tunnels of Puebla which were considered an urban legend<p>Workers have uncovered tunnels thought to be as much as 500 years old underneath the Mexican colonial city of Puebla.<p>The head of the city's historic downtown district, Sergio Vergara, said two structures …

Mexico

Where Fun Ships meet philanthropy

At first blush, it seems hard to grasp that the party-hearty Carnival Cruise Line and the charity-minded Fathom are related to each other.<p>Both are …

Dominican Republic

Ancient DNA cracks puzzle of Basque origins

<b>DNA from ancient remains seems to have solved the puzzle of one of Europe's most enigmatic people: the Basques.</b><p>The distinct language and genetic make-up of the Basque people in northern Spain and southern France has puzzled anthropologists for decades.<p>One theory proposed that they were an unmixed …

Ben Kuroki, Japanese-American WWII war hero who flew over Japan, dies at age 98

Ben Kuroki, who overcame the American military's discriminatory policies to become the only Japanese American to fly over Japan during World War II, has died. He was 98.<p>Kuroki died Tuesday at his Camarillo, California, home, where he was under hospice care, his daughter Julie Kuroki told the Los …

First 3D map of Earth's interior shows where volcanoes come from

It's no secret that Earth's volcanoes are the result of magma rising through the planet's mantle, but have you wondered just where those 'roots' run? UC Berkeley can provide an answer. It just created the first-ever detailed 3D map of the Earth's interior by studying the path of seismic waves. The …

Geology

The 'oldest galaxy ever found' is upsetting astrophysicists

Astrophysicists have discovered the oldest, most-distant galaxy ever observed. EGS8p7 is just 500 million years younger than the universe itself, and …

Universe