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2014-08-07 06:24:14

Anybody who has ever cleaned out a closet knows the feeling of finding some long-forgotten item, but scientists at the Penn Museum in Philadelphia have taken it to a next level – re-discovering a 6,500-year-old human skeleton that had been kept for decades in one of their own storage rooms.

Origins Of Farming In The Fertile Crescent
2013-07-06 05:04:43

Previously established theories have stated that Mesopotamia was the place where humans began to transition from hunter-gatherers to farmers. However, new research brings that theory into question.

Crowd-Sourcing To Crack Oldest Un-deciphered Writing System
2012-11-28 12:13:24

The oldest un-deciphered writing system in the world has eluded academics for years, but now a researcher is attempting to harness the power of ‘crowd-sourcing’ to solve this ancient riddle.

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2012-09-05 20:36:04

Researchers hope that a new discovery, which has major implications for understanding the world's first empire, will help to highlight the importance of protecting Syria's heritage.

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2010-04-06 12:15:00

A team of archaeologists from the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute has joined a team of Syrian colleagues in excavating a key site from the prehistoric society that formed the foundation of urban life in the ancient Middle East.

2008-02-11 10:36:42

Each Monday, this column turns a page in history to explore the discoveries, events and people that continue to affect the history being made today. Humans had been speaking for a couple hundred thousand years before they got the inspiration or nerve to mark their ideas down for posterity.

2005-11-13 10:15:00

An Israeli researcher said he has made a Goliath of a find -- the first archaeological evidence suggesting the biblical story of David slaying the Philistine giant actually took place.


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