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Archaeologists Stumble Across a Hoard of Gold

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 …


Is This the Tomb of a Biblical Prophet—and Will It Survive?

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 …


Decayed vintage cars up for auction in Paris

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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Nazi Auschwitz camp officer, 93, to face trial over 300,000 deaths

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 …


Judge orders Oswald's casket returned to brother

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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 …

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Portugal Offers Citizenship to Descendants of Expelled Jews

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 …


Divers begin recovery of Civil War ironclad

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 …

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The Oddball Original Locations of Los Angeles's Most Famous Fast Food Chains

Mid-Twentieth-Century Los Angeles was a place built on cars and hamburgers. As the city abandoned public transportation and became car-dependent, it …

The BBC Flew a Drone Over Auschwitz — And the Result Is Haunting

Seventy years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, the pre-eminent symbol of the Holocaust's horrors, the BBC is giving …


12 Old Words that Survived by Getting Fossilized in Idioms

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 …

Archaeologists and experts say two mummies in the Vatican Museum are fakes

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 …


The Surprisingly Cool History of Ice

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.

From Campfire to Haute Cuisine: How Food and Flavor Drove Human Evolution

"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 …

Norton Simon dealt setback in Nazi-looted art case

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 …

The (Real) Story of the White House and the Big Block of Cheese

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 …


Pope says to canonize Junipero Serra during U.S. visit

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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 …

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7 Decades On, Israel Still Seeks Resolutions For 'Holocaust Art'

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 …


Boston Museum Opens Paul Revere’s Time Capsule

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 …

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The Origins of 10 Nicknames

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 …

A brief history of human filth

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 …

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Maria von Trapp, 99, dies; last surviving member of Trapp Family Singers

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 …

The Jewish Cartoonists Who Reinvented Christmas

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 …


George III 'eccentric' drawing discovered hidden in British Library

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 …

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The Amazing Truce: Christmas in the trenches in 1914

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 …


Navajo officials win bid to buy back tribal artefacts at contested auction

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 …


Greenpeace activists could face extradition over protest in Peru

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 …


Pharaoh’s statue restored 3,200 years after collapse in earthquake

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 …


Lost Disney Film Discovered in Norway

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, …

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Boy puts quarter in vending machine, gets Nazi ring

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 …

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