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'Striking' Face of 4,500-Year-Old English Man Revealed

excerpt from -  Live Science……… The face of a man who died in England around 4,500 years ago has been reconstructed, revealing a "striking" image that should help humans alive today feel a personal connection, researchers said. The man's remains were excavated in the 1930s and 1980s ...

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Maryam Mirzakhani, Stanford mathematician and Fields Medal winner, dies

Stanford mathematics Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, the first and to-date only female winner of the Fields Medal since its inception in 1936, died Friday, July 14, after a long battle with cancer. Mirzakhani was 40 years old. By Andrew Myers and Bjorn Carey Stanford mathematics Professor Maryam Mirzakhani, ...

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Yazd city inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage

UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization ― designated eleven new sites on Sunday and may continue to do so throughout next week until the annual World Heritage Committee meeting ends on July 12.  The ancient city of Yazd in Iran is one of ...

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Seljuk sultans bath discovered in Anatolia

Hurriyet Daily News (Turkey) reports that A bath used by the Seljuk sultans “1,000 years ago” has been found in Gevele Castle on Takkeli Mountain, located in central Anatolia. The bath water was heated with a furnace and circulated through gaps in the lower part ...

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International World Population Day

In 1989, the Governing Council of the United Nations Development Programme recommended that 11 July be observed by the international community as World Population Day, a day to focus attention on the urgency and importance of population issues. This year's theme is “Family Planning: Empowering People, ...

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DNA reveals genetic history of ancient Egyptians

DNA reveals genetic history of ancient Egyptians

A recent finding that the ancient Egyptians and their modern counterparts share less – genetically - in common than you might think has been very intriguing to researchers and archeologists. A team of scientists from the University of Tuebingen and the Max Planck Institute for ...

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900-Year-Old Collection of Women’s Jewelry

900-Year-Old Collection of Women’s Jewelry

A 900-year-old collection of women’s jewelry has been discovered in the kitchen of a Crusader fortress tower in the central Israeli city of Modi’in, during an archaeological excavation at Tittora Hill. Several of the ancient rings, bracelets and earrings that were found were made of ...

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US Supreme Court to decide on Iran artifact case

US Supreme Court to decide on Iran artifact case

The US Supreme Court on Tuesday agreed to decide on a long-running legal battle over whether Persian artifacts in Chicago museums can be seized as compensation for victims of a terror attack in Israel. The court will have the final word in the more than decade-long ...

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Happy Tirgan Festival (July 4th)

Tirgan is a major Iranian festival with a history that spans thousands of years. It is held on the 13th day of the month of Tir in the Iranian calendar (equivalent to the 4th of July). In ancient times, it was a ritual to celebrate ...

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Bleaching of Coral Reefs

Bleaching of Coral Reefs

A recent report on the condition of the world's coral reefs last week was published and it was a mixture of good news and bad news but mostly bad news. As announced a few days ago, the good news of the report is that the ...

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Ancient DNA Reveals Role of Near East and Egypt in Cat Domestication

DNA found at archaeological sites reveals that the origins of our domestic cat are in the Near East and ancient Egypt. Cats were domesticated by the first farmers some 10,000 years ago. They later spread across Europe and other parts of the world via trade ...

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World Refugee Day

The United Nations' (UN) World Refugee Day is observed on June 20 each year. This event honors the courage, strength and determination of women, men and children who are forced to flee their homeland under threat of persecution, conflict and violence. World Refugee Day honors the ...

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The Windmill and the Contribution of Persia

The Windmill and the Contribution of Persia

The Windmill and the Contribution of Persia By Dr. Kaveh Farrokh The article below is based on an excerpt from Kaveh Farrokh’s second text “Shadows in the Desert: Ancient Persia at War” (2007, Chapter 19: The Legacy of Persia after the Islamic Conquests, pages 280-281). ...

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Swiss Archaeologist Examines Ancient Nabateans' Water Technology

The infrastructure of Petra, the capital of the ancient Nabateans, still remains a mystery to most people who visit this heritage site. The focus of tourists when they arrive to Petra is to find splendid monuments, temples, shrines, churches and market places, but the water ...

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Earliest Evidence Found for Aboriginal People Living on the Australian Coast

A team of international archaeologists has confirmed evidence from a remote cave in Australia’s North West that pushes back human occupation of Australia to around 50,000 years ago.  The discovery is of international significance in providing one of the earliest age brackets for the settlement ...

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