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New Tests Planned for Bronze Age “Racton Man”

CHICHESTER, ENGLAND—A Bronze-Age dagger and jaw bone discovered in 1989 by a metal detectorist led to the excavation of a skeleton known as Racton …

Bronze Age

Carthage - The Founding

What Is Carthage?<p>Carthage was a prosperous ancient city on the north coast of Africa (in modern Tunisia) that was founded by Phoenicians. A …

Russia's Cossacks Ride Back From History As 'Patriots'

The contrast couldn't have been greater: the protest band Pussy Riot in colorful ski masks and mini dresses, attempting to film a segment for a new video on Sochi's waterfront; and Cossacks in traditional uniform with black sheepskin hats and riding boots, patrolling Sochi streets as part of …

They Were Who They Weren’t: 6 Audacious Impostors

Throughout history, people have changed their identities and become someone completely different. Sometimes it was to avoid consequences in their …

Crime

Death of Tamerlane

In January the Scourge of God caught a cold. One of history’s most brutal butchers, now perhaps in his seventies, had set out with an army 200,000 …

Ancient History

Professor Decodes 10 Words From Mysterious Voynich Manuscript (VIDEO)

A researcher claims he's decoded 10 possible words in the famously unreadable Voynich manuscript, which has eluded interpretation for a century.<p>The book's 250 vellum pages are filled with writings in an unknown alphabet and elaborate drawings depicting a range of subjects from female nudes to …

German Soldiers In The American Civil War

<b>German Soldiers In The American Civil War</b><p><b>Twenty year-old German immigrant John Haag of Company B, 26th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry Regiment August 1862</b><p>The Union Army was composed of many different ethnic groups, including large numbers of immigrants. About 25% of the whites who served in the Union Army were foreign-born.<p>About 200,000 soldiers were born in one of the German states (although this is somewhat speculative since anyone serving from a German family tended to be identified as German …

A Goose-Powered Moon Lander And Other Imaginary Spacecraft From The Past

Three hundred years of dreaming about space<p>The year is 1638. The Puritans are still settling New England. You're probably wearing some pretty weird stuff. Galileo is still alive.<p>In fact, Galileo published his first observations of the moon's surface, as viewed through a telescope, less than 30 …

Space

Free Irish Genealogy Advice, Tools and Resources

Welcome to Irish Genealogy Toolkit<p>Your free and independent guide to finding your Irish ancestors<p>Your free guide to finding your Irish ancestors<p>Irish …

Shedding light on winter solstice at Newgrange

Our Neolithic ancestors were able, through the alignment of the site, to capture the turning of the year and the sense of renewal and rebirth, which …

Archaeology

Where to experience the winter solstice: Ireland's prehistoric Newgrange tomb

Compared to the vast crowds of druids and pagans expected to gather at Stonehenge on Saturday 21 December to celebrate the shortest day of the year, the winter solstice event at Newgrange tomb in County Meath, Ireland is a rather exclusive affair. Just 120 people get the privilege of standing …

Why did the Neanderthals die out?

A major conference in London this week will reveal the results of five years' research on why Homo sapiens emerged triumphant in the survival battle of the humans<p>The puzzle is one of the greatest surrounding our species. On a planet that bristled with different types of human being, including …

When Cats Became Comrades

Cats have been part of human society for nearly 10,000 years, but they weren’t always string-chasers and lap-sitters. Ancient felines hunted …

Farming Got Hip In Iran Some 12,000 Years Ago, Ancient Seeds Reveal

Archaeologists digging in the foothills of Iran's Zagros Mountains have discovered the remains of a Stone Age farming community. It turns out that people living there were growing plants like barley, peas and lentils as early as 12,000 years ago.<p>The findings offer a rare snapshot of a time when …

Who invented clothes? A Palaeolithic archaeologist answers

"Who invented clothes?" It's one of those brilliant questions that children ask, before they learn that the big things we wonder about rarely have simple answers. It's the kind of thing that archaeologists like me get put on the spot about when chatting to kids, and we love to have a crack at …