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Archaeologists Need Your Help to Study 100+ Graves in Philadelphia
With enough funding, they will analyze—and then reinter—the remains of people buried between 1707 and 1859 in a Baptist cemetery—and mental_floss will be in the lab with them.... READ ON
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The Deepest Shipwreck Ever Found
We are only just beginning to find ways to explore the deepest trenches.... READ ON
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7 Ingenious Ways Architecture Helped Humans Thrive
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Ancient Romans Hit the Food Stands and the Souvenir Shops at Gladiator Matches
Archaeologists in Austria have identified remnants of an “entertainment district” around the Roman city of Carnuntum.... READ ON
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Did Medieval Brits Worry About a Zombie Uprising?
Archaeologists say the discovery of mutilated human remains could be evidence of “attempts to lay the revenant dead.”... READ ON
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Archaeologists Find 30,000-Year-Old Jewelry in Indonesia
They were found in a cave on the island of Sulawesi.... READ ON
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Crusader-Era Shipwreck Discovered on Israeli Coast
The ship may have been helmed by soldiers fleeing the historic Siege of Acre.... READ ON
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How Archaeologists and Locals Are Protecting Ancient Ruins in Peru
Shantytowns threaten to swallow Pachacámac, an important pre-Columbian archaeological complex.... READ ON
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Portugal’s Oldest Skull Adds to Puzzle of Human Evolution
It's about 400,000 years old.... READ ON
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3200-Year-Old Statues of Pharaohs Unearthed in Cairo
Archaeologists believe the statues may depict the pharaohs Ramses the Great and his grandson Seti II.... READ ON
History
English Palace Identifies Marble Garden Planter as Roman Sarcophagus
The artifact is believed to date back to the 2nd century CE.... READ ON
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Danish Teen Uncovers Remains of WWII Plane and Its Pilot in His Backyard
The discovery started out as a school assignment.... READ ON
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Antibiotics, Pain Meds, and a Vegetarian Diet Found in Neanderthal Teeth
Dental plaque traps bits of food, bacteria, and pathogens. That might be bad news for you, but it’s good news for archaeologists.... READ ON
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ISIS Destruction in Iraq Reveals 2700-Year-Old Palace
The ancient Assyrian site had been previously undiscovered.... READ ON
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People Began Domesticating the Amazon Rain Forest 8000 Years Ago
We think of the Amazon as wild and untamed, but scientists have found concentrations of tree species near archaeological sites, suggesting a long history of cultivation.... READ ON
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Unusual 100,000-Year-Old Human Skulls Found in China
The finds bolster the idea that the precursors to modern humans were a diverse bunch who routinely interbred with one another.... READ ON

New Mexico State’s first graduating class in 1893 had only one student— and he was shot and killed before graduation.

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