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Israel unveils 1,200-year-old desert mansion in Rahat city
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Israel unveils 1,200-year-old desert mansion in Rahat city

Described as a "luxurious rural estate" by the Israel Antiquities Authority, the home boasted a marble-paved hallway and walls decorated with frescoes. It is the first building of its kind to be found in southern Negev desert, the IAA said

Lost in history: Forgotten ancient Buddhist city near Kabul threatened by Chinese copper mine
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Lost in history: Forgotten ancient Buddhist city near Kabul threatened by Chinese copper mine

In 2007 the Chinese mining giant Metallurgical Group Corporation (MCC) headed a state-owned consortium and signed $3 billion contract to mine ore at the archaeological site which covers 1000 hectares

China: 2,600-year-old mint discovered in Henan province likely 'world's oldest' coin factory
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China: 2,600-year-old mint discovered in Henan province likely 'world's oldest' coin factory

The mint was uncovered during the excavation of the ancient Chinese city of Guanzhuang. As per radiocarbon dating, the mint became operational between 640 BC and 550 BC

Unearthing Falerii Novi: An archaeologist on discovering remnants of daily life from 2000 years ago
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Unearthing Falerii Novi: An archaeologist on discovering remnants of daily life from 2000 years ago

Ancient authors Polybius and Livy tell us the city was founded by Rome in 241 BCE, following the defeat of a revolt led by the inhabitants of nearby Falerii Veteres (now Civita Castellana).

Egyptian archaeologists discover 250 tombs, dating back 4,200 years, in country's Sohag province
Arts & Culture

Egyptian archaeologists discover 250 tombs, dating back 4,200 years, in country's Sohag province

The graves "include some with a well or several burial wells and other cemeteries with a sloping corridor that ends with a burial room", the ministry said in a statement.

Italian archaeologists discover fossilised remains of nine Neanderthals in Rome
Arts & Culture

Italian archaeologists discover fossilised remains of nine Neanderthals in Rome

The oldest remains date from between 1,00,000 and 90,000 years ago, while the other eight Neanderthals are believed to date from 50,000-68,000 years ago, the Culture Ministry said in a statement.

Phil Collins' collection of over 200 artefacts goes on display at the Alamo in Texas
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Phil Collins' collection of over 200 artefacts goes on display at the Alamo in Texas

The Phil Collins Collection Preview includes a brass cannon used by the Mexican Army during the Battle of the Alamo and the original battle orders that called for the attack on the Alamo.

The Friday List: From the storytelling spectacle dastangoi to a tour of ringmaster Gregangelo's home museum, your weekly calendar of virtual events
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The Friday List: From the storytelling spectacle dastangoi to a tour of ringmaster Gregangelo's home museum, your weekly calendar of virtual events

Every Friday, we'll bring you a curated list of online experiences — performances, talks, tours, screenings — to mark on your weekly calendar.

Locating Dara Shukoh’s grave would serve little purpose if we cannot celebrate his theological works, syncretic ethos
Life

Locating Dara Shukoh’s grave would serve little purpose if we cannot celebrate his theological works, syncretic ethos

If we are to indeed celebrate Dara Shukoh, aren’t his literary and theological works and his deeply syncretic ethos, more important to remember and follow, than a knowledge of the precise location of his mortal remains?

Why is air pollution so harmful to us? Human being's DNA may hold the answer
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Why is air pollution so harmful to us? Human being's DNA may hold the answer

Some genetic variants from a human's past can be helpful as it may allow people to have a long life despite smoking

Indonesian cave paintings show the dawn of imaginative art and human spiritual belief
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Indonesian cave paintings show the dawn of imaginative art and human spiritual belief

The cave painting in Indonesia's Leang Bulu’ Sipong 4 cave is the oldest figurative art in the world.

Findings from Keeladi excavation site have a clear message for modern cities: Cherish your water, or perish
India

Findings from Keeladi excavation site have a clear message for modern cities: Cherish your water, or perish

Today, as the peripheries of our cities experience a seasonal ‘Day Zero’ and our water future looks to become decidedly more temperamental, the Keeladi site almost serves as a ‘Back to the Future’ moment for our cities

Tiny 20-million-year-old monkey skull points to primate brain areas evolving separately
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Tiny 20-million-year-old monkey skull points to primate brain areas evolving separately

The brain size of primates, thought to have increased progressively, seems to have followed a more roundabout path.

'Skeleton lake' in Uttarakhand contains bones of ancient European travellers, migrants: Study
India

'Skeleton lake' in Uttarakhand contains bones of ancient European travellers, migrants: Study

Radiocarbon dating indicates that the skeletons were deposited at two different instances, 1000 years apart.

Hundreds of archaeologists exiled from Syria mourn the war's effects on artifacts
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Hundreds of archaeologists exiled from Syria mourn the war's effects on artifacts

Syrians in exile participate in initiatives to protect artifacts, keep the culture alive in the diaspora.

DNA shows that biblical Philistines came to the Middle East from southern Europe
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DNA shows that biblical Philistines came to the Middle East from southern Europe

Archaeologists unearthed the remains in Israel and send more than 100 skeletal samples for testing in Germany.

Fossils of flightless bird three times the size of ostrich was found in Taurida cave
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Fossils of flightless bird three times the size of ostrich was found in Taurida cave

The bird exists around 2 million years ago and weighs as much as an adult polar bear at 405 kg.

Filipino archaeologists planning more excavations for newly discovered human species
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Filipino archaeologists planning more excavations for newly discovered human species

Archaeologist Armand Salvador Mijares plans to resume diggings next year, hoping to find more artifacts.

Petrified horse with saddle and harness unearthed intact in stable near Pompeii
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Petrified horse with saddle and harness unearthed intact in stable near Pompeii

A volcanic eruption of the Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD destroyed the flourishing city of Pompeii.

Research and observer room opened for public viewing at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur
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Research and observer room opened for public viewing at Jantar Mantar in Jaipur

A 3D model of the observatory has also been installed in the room, besides the models of instruments.