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Mystery of 'screaming Egyptian mummy' which has baffled archaeologists for years finally resolved

The "Screaming Mummy" mystery from ancient Egypt has baffled experts for years but the secret behind the horrifying remains has finally been resolved.<p>When archaeologists first uncovered the mummified body they were surprised to find the face of the long-dead Egyptian distorted in anguish, appearing …

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions more people lived there than previously thought.<p>The discoveries, …

Maya Civilization

AI deciphers mysterious 15th century manuscript that no human could translate so far

Greg Kondrak, a computer scientist from University of Alberta's AI lab, claimed to have solved the mystery.<p>Voynich manuscript, the ancient text that …

1,500-year-old ruins shed light on Peru's mysterious Moche people

<b>(CNN) —</b> A team of archaeologists has uncovered two ceremonial chambers in Peru used by the ancient Moche culture around 1,500 years ago. The find, announced last week, is shedding new light on the political life and rituals of the enigmatic civilization and could help us understand its sudden …

In Search of Mary Shelley: The Girl Who Wrote Frankenstein review – a life after deaths

Fiona Sampson’s vibrant, incident-packed biography of the novelist is haunted by all the people she lost<p>Mary Shelley was born at 20 minutes to midnight on 30 August 1797, at the top of a house in the Polygon, Somers Town, an aspirational address before the arrival of the railway, after which it …

Literature

Does This Tiny Piece of Clay Mean the Bible Is True?

Last week, Israeli archaeologists in Jerusalem announced that they had discovered a 2,700 year old clay seal impression that, in their estimation, …

Archaeology

Ancient Rome’s sinful city at the bottom of the sea

Baia was the Las Vegas of the Roman Empire – the place where the rich and powerful came to carry out their illicit affairs.<p>Rome’s ultra-wealthy took weekend trips here to party. Powerful statesmen built luxurious villas on its beach, with heated spas and mosaic-tiled pools where they could indulge …

How to Watch the First Blue Moon Eclipse in 150 Years

January 31 will bring a celestial event known as a blue moon, an occurrence that happens every two to three years. While interesting on its own, the …

88 very British phrases that will confuse anybody who didn't grow up in the UK

Every language has a few phrases that don't always translate well -- and the British English has some absolute corkers.<p>The team at the Business …

10 of the most mysterious codes and ciphers in history

Whether your sending messages from behind enemy lines or hiding codes in cat memes, ciphers have been used to deliver secret messages for centuries – …

Mesopotamian Gods and Goddesses

The Large and Varied Pantheon of Sumerian and Akkadian Deities<p>Mesopotamian gods and goddesses are known from the literature of the Sumerian people, …

Ancient History

The disease that could change how we drink coffee

For years, researchers in Colombia have been engaged in a little-known battle against a disease that could disrupt coffee drinking everywhere.<p><i>This story is featured in BBC Future’s “Best of 2017” collection. Discover more of our picks.</i><p>If you landed in Bogota in the 1960s, one of the first things …

Sri Lanka

The Very First American Settlers Arrived Much Earlier Than We Thought

"A dramatic intellectual turnabout."<p>The first American settlers may have arrived across a coastal "kelp highway" from northeast Asia, and arrived …

Why Climate Scientists Are Obsessed With Two Mysterious Boulders in The Bahamas

We still don't know how the boulders got there.<p>Atop a jagged, 50-foot-high (15-metre-high) cliff on the Bahamian island of Eleuthera sit two enormous …

Bacchus, Roman God of Wine and Fertility

In Roman legend, Bacchus stepped in for Dionysus, and earned the title of party god. In fact, a drunken orgy is still called a bacchanalia, and for …

Victoria Cross mystery deepens as it emerges thief may have stolen soldier hero's ceremonial sword

A decorated general who was awarded the Victoria Cross — the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy — in 1857 for his astonishing bravery during the Indian Rebellion, may have been the victim of a plot to steal his most treasured wartime relics.<p>After it was …

The asteroid that killed the dinosaurs triggered a global disaster far worse than scientists previously thought

Fighters may prefer to land straight-on punches, but when it comes to asteroid and comets, scientists are discovering that angled strikes can be far more dangerous.<p>The dinosaurs had a rough go of it when a rogue space rock the size of a city struck Earth 66 million years ago, near what is now the …

How was the Portland Vase made? New evidence challenges long held theories

One of the prize possessions of the British Museum, the Portland Vase is a work of art so stunning it can stop even the most casual museum browser …

How to Make $2 Million With Just a Laptop and Phone

Josh Harris uses a proven system to take complete novices from zero to six figures a year.<p>Opinions expressed by <i>Entrepreneur</i> contributors are their own.<p>Plenty of gurus promise proven systems for raking in cash. The problem is that most gurus don’t actually produce real results.<p>In 2014, The Oracles …

Hitler joined Nazis only after another far-right group shunned him

Professor suggests history could have taken different path if Hitler had not been rejected by German Socialist party<p>Adolf Hitler only joined the Nazis after being rejected by another political party, a leading historian has learned.<p>Thomas Weber, a professor of history at the University of Aberdeen, …

Long-lost art of a vanished civilization revealed by British archaeologists on uninhabited island in Caribbean

Before the Spanish conquest of the islands of the Caribbean, the region's major indigenous people was a culture known as the Tainos.<p>British and …

Ancient Coptic Tombstone Found Along Egypt's Avenue of Sphinxes

Archaeologists unearthed an ancient Coptic tombstone during a dig Sunday (Oct. 22), according to Egypt's antiquities ministry.<p>The tombstone is …

NFL, College Sports, NBA and Recruiting

Recruitment

Wrongly convicted US man freed after 23 years in prison

Surrounded by news cameras and supporters, Lamonte McIntyre hugged his mother on Friday for the first time as a free man in 23 years.<p>The 41-year-old Kansas native was wrongly convicted of a double murder and finally set free after spending more than half of his life behind bars. He was serving two …

New Smithsonian Exhibit Explains Why Felines Were the Cat's Meow in Ancient Egypt

From bi-coastal cat cafes to celebrity pets like Lil Bub, felines are currently enjoying a peak moment in popular culture. That’s part of the reason …

Bones of 30,000 Plague Victims Decorate This Church

Travel<p>Visit, if you dare.<p>The Gothic church standing in Sedlec near the quaint Czech Republic city of Kutná Hora looks pretty ordinary from the outside, but head into the basement to discover something chilling: Bones of thousands of humans were bleached then ornately carved, and now artfully cover …

National Parks

'The Butchering Art': How A 19th Century Physician Made Surgery Safer

The operating theaters of 19th century England were dirty, crowded spaces where patients screamed and spectators bought tickets to watch life and death struggles.<p>Surgeons wore blood-encrusted aprons, never washed their hands, and speed was prized over skill, since most patients were awake during …

Love Stories

5 videos of ghosts caught on tape that will have you seriously doubting what’s real

The existence of ghosts and the paranormal has been the subject of many debates. Some people think it’s all fabricated while others are firm …

This Video of How Medieval People Walked Is Oddly Compelling 

I cannot believe how soothing I’m finding this video of a German man in full Medieval costume explaining how people used to walk in the Middle Ages, …

Details Of A Trojan Prince And Sea People Emerge After Mysterious 3,200-Year-Old Stone Slab Is Deciphered

The details of an ancient 3,200-year-old stone slab containing stories of a Trojan prince and a race of people known as the Sea People are finally …