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2009-07-23 12:46:58

Archeologists said on Wednesday that a pre-Incan mummy and eight other skeletons have been dug up from under what is thought to have been a shantytown in the middle of Peru's capital. For years, homeless people lived on the Huaca Huantille ruins, not knowing underneath them contained an ancient burial site. Archeologists Roberto Quispe said the bones were from the Ychsma civilization dating from between 1000 and 1400 AD. The burial site was found after city officials and Peru's national...


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  • In the phrase to out-herod Herod, to be more violent than Herod (as represented in the old mystery plays); hence, to exceed in any excess of evil.
Herod refers to 'Herod the Great,' a Roman client king and 'a madman who murdered his own family and a great many rabbis.' According to the OED, the term is 'chiefly with allusion to Shakespeare's use' in Hamlet.
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