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A cache of medieval Arab gold coins may already be the largest in the eastern Mediterranean, and there's probably more to come.
An unprecedented discovery of more than 2,000 gold coins off the north-central coast of Israel might be part of the largest gold hoard ever found in the eastern …Archaeology
War threatens a site in Iraq where biblical prophet Nahum is said to rest.
The 800-year-old synagogue believed to house the tomb of the biblical prophet Nahum could become the next victim of Iraq's ancient and modern conflicts.
The crumbling stone walls, weakened by weeds sprouting from cracks, tilt …Islam
Entrepreneur Roger Baillon, dreamed of restoring his collection of cars to their former glory and displaying them in a museum, but his plans were dashed as his business struggled, forcing the sale of about 50 vehicles, to be auctioned off on Feb. 6, 2015.
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Oskar Groening, a former death camp officer, will go on trial in Germany in April charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder
A 93-year-old former Auschwitz death camp officer will go on trial in Germany in April charged with at least 300,000 counts of accessory to murder, a court …Holocaust
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FORT WORTH, Texas -- A judge ruled Friday that the original casket Lee Harvey Oswald was buried in belongs to his brother, not the funeral home …Lee Harvey Oswald
Portugal currently boasts around 1,000 Jews, but that number might rise soon
Portugal approved this week new rules for granting citizenship to descendants of the nation’s Sephardic Jewish community. The landmark move was first proposed two years ago, but had stalled in the absence of cabinet …Portugal
The deepening of the shipping channel in Savannah, Georgia, won't be dredging up just mud and sand.
It will be raising up a link to the past: an ironclad that protected the city during the Civil War until the vessel met its undignified demise.
For about the next nine months, divers will be working to …Civil War
Mid-Twentieth-Century Los Angeles was a place built on cars and hamburgers. As the city abandoned public transportation and became car-dependent, it …
Seventy years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the pre-eminent symbol of the Holocaust's horrors, the BBC is giving …Holocaust
English has changed a lot in the last several hundred years, and there are many words once used that we would no longer recognize today. For whatever …
The two mini mummies were long believed to be of a child, animal or possibly a falcon but can now be revealed as forgeries
Researchers studying mummies housed in the Vatican Museums have said they have discovered that two of them are fakes.
“These mummies are important evidence of the phenomenon of …Egypt
Until two centuries ago, ice was just an unfortunate side effect of winter. But in the early 1800s, one man saw dollar signs in frozen ponds. …
"We owe our existence and our humanity to taste," says author John McQuaid.
Taste is often dismissed as the most primitive of the senses. But new research reveals it is in many ways the most subtle and complex of them all.
Reporting from kitchens, farms, restaurants, and science labs, Pulitzer …
The U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the Norton Simon Museum on Tuesday by refusing to review a legal ruling that has jeopardized its hold on paintings of Adam and Eve from the 1500s that have been among its most prized masterpieces.
The Pasadena museum's attempt to appeal a lower court ruling was …
From The West Wing to the wooly mammoth: American democracy's most famous dairy product, fact-checked
Wednesday, as you may have heard, is the White House's second annual Big Block of Cheese Day. Inspired by a fictional character in a fictional presidential administration, the very real staff of the …Cheese
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ABOARD THE PAPAL PLANE (Reuters) - Pope Francis said on Thursday that during his trip to the United States in September he would canonize Junipero Serra, a missionary who brought Christianity to the west of the United States in the 1700s.
"In September, God willing, I will …United States
Before and during World War II, the Nazis seized up to 600,000 works of art from all across Europe. This has created a long-running drama that is still playing out from movie studios in Hollywood to museums in Israel.
If you saw last year's movie The Monuments Men, starring George Clooney, then you …Israel
Coins and newspapers inside the brass box date from the 1650s to the 1850s. After going on display, the time capsule will be resealed and returned to its place in the cornerstone of the Massachusetts State House.
The Museum of Fine Arts Boston on Tuesday opened the oldest known American time …Paul Revere
1. Why is Dick from Richard?
The name Richard is very old and was popular during the Middle Ages. In the 12th and 13th centuries everything was …
In the words of the anthropologist Mary Douglas, “Dirt is simply matter out of place.”
The human history of dirt is the saga of our battle to control …Black Death
Maria von Trapp, a member of the musical family whose escape from Nazi-occupied Austria was the basis for "The Sound of Music," has died, her brother …
Pay close attention as you watch Paramount Pictures’ classic holiday animations: You may spot a six-pointed star on the Christmas tree.
Every year around this time, Jewish parents do their best to avoid the onslaught of elves and flying reindeer. They send their kids to school with little bags of …Christmas
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by George III during his period of 'madness' was found hidden in a volume
An eccentric architectural plan thought to have been drawn by George III during his period of "madness" has been discovered hidden inside a volume at the British …British Library
Letters from the front in 1914 reveal the day of peace at Christmas during the first world war
Letter from British general describes 1914 Christmas Day truce
When war broke out in 1914, thousands of men rushed to join up - little thinking that they would still be at war, with no end in sight, at …Christmas
Masks believed to have been used for healing as well as dolls sold to Navajo leaders for over $1m despite US attempts to halt sale
Navajo officials won their bid to buy back seven tribal masks at a contested auction of native American artefacts in Paris. Monday’s sale went ahead despite the best …Auction
Outraged Peruvian officials say demonstration over UN climate talks damaged centuries-old etching in desert
Peru will seek to extradite the Greenpeace activists whom it accuses of causing “irreparable damage” to the Nazca lines during a publicity stunt meant to send a message to the UN climate talks …Greenpeace
12.9-metre statue of Amenhotep III stands again at northern gate of king’s funerary temple in Luxor
Archaeologists have unveiled a restored statue of Amenhotep III that was toppled in an earthquake more than 3,000 years ago at Egypt’s temple city of Luxor.
The statue was re-erected at the northern …Earthquakes
Oswald the Lucky Rabbit was hiding near the Arctic Circle.
It always seems that when you misplace something, it will wind up in the darndest places—behind the couch, in the produce drawer of the refrigerator, or in the case of a lost Disney film, Norway.
In a plot line straight out of The Librarians, …Walt Disney Company
An Oklahoma mother is asking why her 4-year-old son received a ring with a Nazi symbol this week from a vending machine for children in a Tulsa store.
Leona Kelley told Tulsa broadcaster KOKI-TV the gold-colored plastic ring with an eagle clutching a swastika in its talons came from a 25-cent …Family Dollar