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First direct evidence of substantial fish consumption by early modern humans in China

FishFreshwater fish are an important part of the diet of many peoples around the world, but it has been unclear when fish became an important part of the year-round diet for early humans. A new study by an international team of researchers, including Erik Trinkaus, Ph.D., professor of anthropology in Arts & Sciences at Washington University in St. Louis, shows it may have happened in China as far back as 40,000 years ago. Analysis of a bone from one of the earliest modern human in Asia, the 40,000-year-old skeleton from Tianyuan Cave near Beijing, has shown that at least this individual was a regular fish consumer. Full Story : Physorg.com….

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African Tribe populated rest of the World

african-tribeResearch by geneticists and archaeologists has allowed them to trace the origins of modern homo sapiens back to a single group of people who managed to cross from the Horn of Africa and into Arabia. From there they went on to colonise the rest of the world. Genetic analysis of modern day human populations in Europe, Asia, Australia, North America and South America have revealed that they are all descended from these common ancestors. Full Story: Telegraph.co.uk….

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Workers find message hidden in Auschwitz wall

Auschwitz Gas ChamperWorkers demolishing the wall of a building that once belonged to the former Nazi German Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp have found a message in a bottle written by prisoners 65 years ago, Auschwitz museum officials said. Nazi Germany established Auschwitz as part of Adolf Hitler’s systematic genocide against European Jews. In total, 6 million Jews died in the Holocaust. Full Story : Abc.net.au…..

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Female “King” Ruled in Canaan, Carving Suggests

beth-shamesh-archealogyArchaeologists digging in the ruins of the Canaanite city-state Beth-Shemesh, Israel last summer found a decorated plaque with what could be the first known depiction of a ruler known as the Mistress of the Lionesses. Some archaeologists believe the Mistress was a female ruler of a Canaanite city. Full Story : NationalGeographic….

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4,000-year-old temple discovered in Cyprus

An Italian archaeologist claimed Friday to have discovered Cyprus’ oldest religious site, which she said echoes descriptions in the Bible of temples in ancient Palestine. The 4,000-year-old triangular temple predates any other found on the east Mediterranean island by a millennium.Full Story : Msnbc……

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Ancient fish trap found off coast

fish-trapA huge ancient fish trap has been found in an estuary after it was spotted in aerial photographs on Google Earth. Google said the V-shaped structure has been visible on its collection of satellite and aerial photos since at least December 2006. The 260m (853ft) man-made V-shaped structure could be more than 1,000 years old, experts believe.

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Explorer Columbus ‘named Pedro Scotto’

columbus_shipThe great navigator who opened up the American continents to Europe was Pedro Scotto - the real name of the 15th century explorer known as Christopher Columbus, according to a Spanish historian. Alfonso Ensenat de Villalonga disputes the usual opinions about the explorer’s origins - that he was the son of a weaver in Genoa, Italy, or that he was from Catalonia or Galicia in Spain, or of Corsican or Portuguese origin. Full Story : Ninemsn

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Otzi the prehistoric Iceman goes online

otzi_the_ice_manThe prehistoric iceman Otzi, who was discovered in ice by German tourists in 1991 on the Alpine mountains, can now be viewed in astonishing detail online. The prehistoric hunter frozen in an icy tomb for 5,300 years, is complete with fur and grass robes, leather shoes and bow and arrow. The Iceman photoscan project took 150,000 high definition images of the perfectly preserved mummy from 12 different angles, which the researchers loaded onto the new website www.icemanphotoscan.eu.

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10-million-year fossillized bird found in Peru

bird-fossilA fossillized bird of 10 million years old was found by paleontologists in Peru’s desert coast, according to media reports Monday. Scientists discovered only the head of the rare bird, which had a wing of about six meters, and fed mainly on fish from the Pacific Ocean in Ocucaje of Peru.

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30 Mummies Found in 2,600-Year-Old Tomb

pyramidA storehouse of 30 Egyptians mummies has been unearthed inside a 2,600-year-old tomb, in a new round of excavations at the vast necropolis of Saqqara outside Cairo, archaeologists said Monday. The tomb was located at the bottom of a 36 foot (11-meter) deep shaft. Full Story : Discovery…..

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Chavez ‘wins’ Venezuela referendum

chavezExit polls in Venezuela’s referendum indicate that Hugo Chavez, the president, has won support to scrap term limits for elected officials, including himself. Full Story : Aljazeera…….

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A site older than Mohenjodaro, found in Pakistan

mohenjodaroAn archaeological site dating back about 5,500 years and believed to be older than Mohenjodaro has been found in Sindh province. Mohenjo Daro, or “Mound of the Dead” is an ancient Indus Valley Civilization city that flourished between 2600 and 1900 BCE. It was one of the first world and ancient Indian cities. The site was discovered in the 1920s and lies in Pakistan’s Sindh province. It was the most developed and advanced city in South Asia, and perhaps the world, during its peak.

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World’s Largest Dinosaur Site Uncovered in China

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7,600 fossils has been discovered from a Dinosaur Site near Zhucheng city in China. The site includes the remains of a 20-meter (about 70 feet) Hadrosaurus. Zhucheng in Shandong province is known locally as “dinosaur city”. Exactly why the area has so many dinosaur remains has never been clearly established.

Even though people have been finding dinosaur fossils for hundreds of years, probably even thousands of years, only in 1824 the first dinosaur was described scientifically by William Buckland.

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Pearl harbor day

Pearl HarborOn December 7, 1941 - 67 years ago  this day- Japanese air crafts bombed United States Pacific Fleet center at Pearl Harbor. The attack on Pearl Harbor was a surprise military strike conducted by the Japanese navy. Airfields, port facilities, and warships were attacked and severely damaged on Pearl Harbor day. Next day, President Franklin Roosevelt addressed the Congress with his eloquent speech requesting a declaration of war.

” Always will we remember the character of the onslaught against us.
No matter how long it may take us to overcome this premeditated invasion, the American people in their righteous might will win through to absolute victory.

I believe I interpret the will of the Congress and of the people when I assert that we will not only defend ourselves to the uttermost, but will make very certain that this form of treachery shall never endanger us again.
Hostilities exist. There is no blinking at the fact that our people, our territory and our interests are in grave danger.
With confidence in our armed forces - with the unbounding determination of our people - we will gain the inevitable triumph - so help us God.”

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Was Christ considered as a Magician?

Christ the magicianA bowl found during an excavation of the underwater ruins of Alexandria’s ancient great harbor is engraved with the phrase “DIA CHRSTOU O GOISTAIS,”. It has been interpreted as meaning either “by Christ the magician” or “the magician by Christ.” The bowl is dating to between the late 2nd century B.C. and the early 1st century A.D. It is the world’s first known reference to Jesus.

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Origin of Halloween

Halloween is celebrated on the night of October 31. The roots of Halloween stretch back thousands of years. The Celts, who lived 2,000 years ago in the area that is now Ireland, the United Kingdom, and northern France, celebrated their new year on November 1. Celts believed that on October 31, now known as Halloween, the boundary between the alive and the deceased dissolved, and the dead become dangerous for the living by causing problems such as sickness or damaged crops. The festivals would frequently involve bonfires, into which bones of slaughtered livestock were thrown. Costumes and masks were also worn at the festivals in an attempt to mimic the evil spirits or placate them.

The carved pumpkin, lit by a candle inside, is one of Halloween’s most prominent symbols in America, and is commonly called a jack-o’-lantern. Halloween costumes are traditionally those of monsters such as ghosts, skeletons, witches, and devils. Costumes are also based on themes other than traditional horror, such as those of characters from television shows, movies and other pop culture icons.

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Viking Expansion Triggered by Shortage of Wives?

VikingsViking Age is the term denoting the years from about 700 to 1066 in European history. During this period, Scandinavians sailed the whole of the North Atlantic and discovered Iceland and Greenland, and settled parts of England, Scotland, Ireland and Normandy. The reasons for this extraordinary outpouring of peoples from Scandinavia have been debated ever since the Viking Age. Researcher James Barrett, deputy director of Cambridge University’s McDonald Institute for Archaeological Research, comes with an answer for the century old question. According to his new research, the young warriors were driven to seek their fortunes to better their chances of finding wives. He argues that selective killing of female newborns in the Scandinavian society led to a shortage of women in the first place, resulting later in intense competition over eligible women.

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Mystery ship washes ashore in Alabama after Hurricane Ike

Ship WreckHurricane Ike uncovered a mystery ship on the coast of Alabma. Archaeologists say it could be a two-masted Civil War schooner that ran aground in 1862 or another ship from some 70 years later. The wrecked ship is 136.9 feet long and 25 feet wide. The wreck had been found about 6 miles from Fort Morgan. Fort Morgan was used as Union forces attacked in 1864 during the Battle of Mobile Bay.

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Ancient Recipe Recommends Wine For Longer Life

GrapesAn 18th century recipe discovered in an old manuscript found among the shelves of a pharmacy in Asciano near Sienna in Italy, says concoction of honey, cherries and secret herbs infused in a full Chianti wine is a secret for longer life. De Munari who found the recipe,brewed the beverage, and came up with a “low-calorie, highly digestive alcoholic infusion which tasted delicious.” The main ingredient in the elixir is the Sangiovese grape, which is the soul of Chianti wine. Chianti is Italy’s most famous red wine, which takes its name from a traditional region of Tuscany where it is produced.

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2100 year old City Wall Found in Jerusalem

wallIn Israel, archaeologists have discovered a 2,100-year-old Jerusalem wall along with beer bottles. These bottles were left behind by 19th century researchers who first discovered the stone defenses. The wall of Jerusalem dates back to the Second Jewish Temple. But it was destroyed in by the Romans in AD 70. According to archaeologists, the wall indicates that Jerusalem had expanded to the south, and it is the largest size in biblical times.

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