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Reconstructing the story of humanity's past
Reconstructing the story of humanity's past

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Musee du Louvre and Jardin des Tuileries, #Paris
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From indecipherable manuscripts to #Frankenstein #mummies, and incredible artifacts from unknown civilizations, the field of archaeology is full of unsolved puzzles. Some of these #mysteries will one day be solved as science and research techniques progress, others will keep their secrets hidden forever.

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Alexander the Great has his place amongst the great commanders and conquerors of all time. But when you hear he died at the age of just 32 you would be surprised to learn that it was not on a battlefield but a mystery illness. The cold case of Alexander’s death is still open. However, a recent study thinks it might finally have found the true cause of death.
#history #ancientorigins

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Once depicted as barbaric, grunting, sub-humans, Neanderthals are now known to have had the same or similar levels of intelligence as modern humans and their own distinct #culture. Here we examine ten myths about #Neanderthals, which have now been proven false.

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A new survey in the New Forest has utilized Lidar technology which has shown the 2,000-year-old houses of the oldest known dwellers of a remarkably well-preserved Iron Age hillfort, Buckland Rings, near the coast in the south of England.

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Though Dracula is a fictional creation, Bram Stoker, the Irish writer who wrote the novel '#Dracula' in 1897, in fact drew inspiration from a real-life man with an equally disturbing taste for blood - Vlad the Impaler. However, not everyone sees Vlad as just a mad and brutal #monster. He has been hailed by Romanians as a national hero for defending the country against the invading #Ottomans.

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The fascination with the Golden Ratio is not confined just to mathematicians. Biologists, artists, musicians, historians, architects, psychologists, and even mystics have pondered and debated the basis of its ubiquity and appeal. In fact, it is probably fair to say that the Golden Ratio has inspired thinkers of all disciplines like no other number in the history of mathematics. Mario Livio, Astrophysicist

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The Dropa stones are said to be a set of 716 circular stone disks found on the border between #China and Tibet dating back 12,000 years and containing tiny #hieroglyphics. The question is, are they real?

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Ancient scultpures, writing, and technical knowledge found in South America has many parallels with practices in East Africa. Were the two areas culturally connected in Pre-Columbian times?
#history #ancientorigins #africa #culture

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The #ancient texts of Timbuktu are an impressive sight – bundled in camel skin, goat skin, or calf leather and inscribed in gold, red, and jet-black ink, their pages are filled with words in striking calligraphy from #Arabic and #African languages, and contain an intriguing array of geometric designs. However, few know of the monumental battle that has taken place to save them from destruction.
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