Alejandra Quintanilla

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Watch 'Game of Thrones' mysteries explained (or disproved) with science

Sure, works of fiction are hardly subject to the rules of science, but the folks behind <i>It's OK To Be Smart</i> set out to explain many of the enigmas surrounding <i>Game of Thrones.</i> In the PBS digital short that awaits after the break, topics like the plausibility of Daenerys' dragons, winters that last a …

Did St. Patrick Really Drive Snakes Out of Ireland?

It's the stuff of legend: The reptiles never existed on the Emerald Isle.<p>St. Patrick's Day, which is celebrated worldwide on March 17, honors St. Patrick, the Christian missionary who supposedly rid Ireland of snakes during the fifth century A.D.<p>According to legend, the patron saint of Ireland …

University is digging into Mississippi's past with a long forgotten graveyard

Amid a grove of trees, buried beneath the grass and dirt, Mississippi's past is colliding with its future.<p>Surveyors last month discovered dozens of neat, tight rows of coffins just feet below the ground at the University of Mississippi Medical Center in Jackson.<p>Sure, there were stories that there …

Roman Shipwreck Raised After 2,000 Years | National Geographic

Fresco Stolen From Pompeii

ROME, ITALY—A small section of a fresco depicting the goddess Artemis has been stolen from the House of Neptune in Pompeii, according to a report in</i> …

Italy

UNESCO Warns of Looting in Syria

NEW YORK, NEW YORK—Syria's head of antiquities and museums first notified the world this past February that unlawful archaeological excavations were …

Archaeology

Medieval "Sistine Chapel" Restored

ROME, ITALY—The church of Santa Maria Antiqua in the Roman Forum, one of the earliest Christian monuments in the city still standing, will reopen to …

Italy

3-D Modeling Rewrites Significance of Roman Monuments

BLOOMINGTON, INDIANA—Two monuments found off the Via Flaminia, once the major road leading from Rome to the Apennine Mountains, were believed to be …

19-Year-Old Mixes Photos and Paints Into Beautiful Narratives

19-year-old artist Aliza Razell creates beautiful narratives in her mixed-media photographs by combining self-portraits with splashes of color to produce strange and mystifying images that cannot fully be explained. The beautifully thoughtful moments seem perfectly planned out so that the …

Provocative Black and White Photography by Peter Lindbergh

On February 27, the Fahey/Klein Gallery in Los Angeles is putting on an exciting new exhibition that shows the provocative photography of Peter Lindbergh. The German fashion photographer, who's best known for his iconic images of supermodels, like those he shot for fashion magazine <i>Vogue</i>, has an …

Photorealistic Paintings of Beautiful Women Lying in Nature

Tel Aviv-born, New York-based painter Yigal Ozeri produces unbelievably realistic paintings of women in beautiful landscapes that make it hard to believe that they aren't photographs. The photorealistic pieces, which often depict women lying in nature, capture every detail of the scene, from the …

Archaeologists find remains of previously unknown pharaoh in Egypt

The 3,600-year-old remains of a forgotten pharaoh unearthed this month in southern Egypt may be the first of several significant discoveries in a previously ignored burial ground that rivals the Valley of the Kings, the find's lead archaeologist said on Wednesday.<p>The discovery of King Senebkay is …

14 Destinations For Your 2014 Travel Bucket List

The new year is rapidly approaching and we're making resolutions and wish lists for the year of travel ahead.<p>If you crossed some adventures off your 2013 travel bucket list, surely you'll need some new additions. Check out these awesome, under-the-radar destinations you should add to your list for …

Tutankhamun's sister goes missing

Alert issued after 'Daughter of the Pharaoh Akhenaten' - Tutankhamun's sister - is stolen alongside hundreds of other exhibits in Egypt<p><b>Egypt</b> has issued an international alert for the return of an exquisite statuette of Tutankhamun's sister, stolen with hundreds of other exhibits when a museum was …

Engaging the Community in Local Archaeology through a Friends Group - Society for Historical Archaeology

Since 1997 I have been a member of the Friends of the Office of State Archaeology (FOSA) in Connecticut. I actually found out about the group on a …

Norway’s Vikings Traded for Persian Silk

OSLO, NORWAY—More than 100 years ago, when the Oseberg ship was discovered in a burial mound dating to the ninth century, researchers recovered small …

Archaeology

Massive Bronze Age Palace Discovered

ANKARA, TURKEY—Excavations at the Kultepe mound in central Turkey have revealed a large building that could be a royal palace from which rulers …

Archaeology

Surveying the Roman Port Network

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND—A team of archaeologists led by Southampton University's Simon Keay are embarking on a massive project to study the …

New Finds at Earliest Peruvian City

LIMA, PERU—First discovered 19 years ago, the massive, 5,000-year-old city of Caral is still being explored by archaeologists. Recent finds at what …

Archaeology

Roman-Era Farmstead Discovered in England

NEWBOROUGH, ENGLAND—Archaeologists have uncovered a small farmstead made up of roundhouses and Roman pottery dating between the first and third …

Archaeology

Old Kingdom Shrine Recovered From Egyptian Residence

CAIRO, EGYPT—An Old Kingdom shrine, or naos, carved from limestone has been recovered by Egypt’s Tourism and Antiquities Police from a home near the …

Archaeology

Mummy's Colorful Collar Found in Egyptian Tomb

A collar with "almost pristine" colors that would have been worn by a mummy has been discovered in small pieces in an Egyptian tomb in Thebes and put …

Ancient History

Toilets, Headless Bodies, and Other Weird Things People Get Buried With

<b>Whether ritual or random, human beings have long been buried with meaningful objects meant as symbolic gestures or items to help or comfort them in the next world.</b><p>From animals to jewelry to even Thor’s hammer, there’s a long history of such grave goods. Now we can add slaves to the list. A decade …

Columbus Day: Biggest Misconceptions and Exploring the Era of First Contact

Wildlife<p>Famed painter and illustrator N.C. Wyeth created a series of murals in 1927 for National Geographic headquarters in Washington, D.C., including this one showing the ships of Christopher Columbus’s voyage of discovery. (Photo courtesy NGS)<p>Christopher Columbus’s landfall in the Western …

Classic Movie Expressed Only with Minimalist Lines

Whether it's architecture or references to pop culture, it's fascinating to see how an artist can translate the most complex ideas into a minimalist version of itself. In this visually striking series of posters, <i>Classic Movies</i>, artist Michal Krasnopolski used just a few lines and strong, solid …

The 10 Best Practical Places to Explore Ancient Rome

The legacy of the Roman Empire can be found in far more places than you might imagine. Many of the most interesting ancient sites, however, are located in countries and regions that are difficult or dangerous to visit. But that doesn't mean you can't get your fill of ancient Rome in more practical …