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2011-04-14 08:00:00

Scientific Examination in Italy Is First of Its Kind Allowed by Catholic Church National Geographic Channel World Premiere Documentary Chronicles the Scientific Study of Martyrs Said to Have Been Buried Alive Explorer: Mystery of the Murdered Saints Premieres Tuesday, April 19, at 10 PM ET/PT REGGIO EMILIA, Italy, and WASHINGTON, April 14, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A scientific investigation of human bones locked in a crypt in the northern Italian cathedral of Reggio Emilia since...

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2009-09-14 08:20:00

An ancient treasure comprising three figurines of Aphrodite, the goddess of love, which was buried underground for over 1,500 years, was uncovered during excavations carried out by researchers of the University of Haifa A 1,500-year-old treasure: Three figurines of Aphrodite, goddess of love, hidden during the era of the Roman Empire's transition to Christianity, discovered in Hippos (Sussita) *During the tenth season of excavations, under the directorship of Prof. Arthur Segal and Dr....

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2008-06-03 15:05:00

A new scientific study claims to add proof to the theory that humans didn't arrive in New Zealand until 1300 A.D.Using radiocarbon dating of rat bones and rat-gnawed seeds, New Zealander Dr. Janet Wilmshurst and her team of researchers showed that human settlers may have colonized the region from 1280 A.D. to 1300 A.D., about 1,000 years later than some scientists previously believed.The study supported the oral history of the Maoris who claim they were the first Polynesians to arrive in New...

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2008-01-29 13:40:00

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - A Purdue University archaeologist discovered an intact ancient iron ore mine in South America that shows how civilizations before the Inca Empire were mining this valuable ore. "Archaeologists know people in the Old and New worlds have mined minerals for thousands and thousands of years," said Kevin J. Vaughn, an assistant professor of anthropology who studies the Nasca civilization, which existed from A.D. 1 to A.D. 750. "Iron mining in the Old World, specifically in...

2006-02-01 18:26:12

ATHENS, Greece -- A well-preserved underground tomb belonging to a prominent Roman-era family has been unearthed on the island of Crete, archaeologists said Wednesday. The large first or second century A.D. structure beside one of the main gates to the walled city of Aptera was looted during Christian times, archaeologist Vanna Niniou-Kindeli said. It still yielded a wealth of finds, including 10-inch pottery statuettes of the ancient Greek love deity Eros, glass and pottery vases and...

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2006-01-05 07:35:00

JERUSALEM -- Discovery of an ancient village just outside Jerusalem has brought into question one of the strongest images of biblical times - the wholesale flight of Jews running for their lives after the Roman destruction of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in 70 A.D. Just beneath the main road leading north from Jerusalem, archaeologists have found the walls of houses in a well-planned community that existed after the temple's destruction. It might lead to rewriting the history books if it...

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2005-07-11 23:15:00

Stories of two-headed serpents and epic battles between Thunderbird and Whale, common among Northwest native peoples, have their root in the region's seismic history. New research led by a University of Washington scientist has found stories that could relate to a large Seattle fault earthquake around A.D. 900 and specific eyewitness accounts linked to a mammoth 1700 earthquake and tsunami in the Cascadia subduction zone. The stories come from people living in areas from northern California...