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The Silver Swan: The 18th Century Clockwork Automaton

The Silver Swan is an automaton designed in the 18th century by John Joseph Merlin. The life-size swan is a clockwork driven device that includes a music box. The music box plays when the clockwork is wound and the glass...

 
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Underground Cities: 3500 Years of Cappadocian Cave Homes

Cities, empires and religions have risen and fallen around these unique underground havens once used by early Christians to hide from Roman armies, yet they remains occupied to this day – 100 square miles with 200+ underground...

 
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Ancient Pet Cemetery Discovered In Egypt

A team of researchers from the Polish Academy of Sciences, led by Marta Osypińska, found a pet cemetery while excavating an ancient trash dump by Berenike. In an article they published in the academic journal Antiquity,...

 
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Photos of Remains of the Twin Towers in Hangar 17

In an airplane hangar at New York’s Kennedy Airport, fewer than 30 pieces of steel remain from the debris recovered after terrorists flew hijacked planes into the World Trade Center’s twin towers on Sept. 11,...

 
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The Ancient City of Ani, Lost and Forgotten

Founded more than 1,600 years ago, Ani was situated on the heart of several trade routes, and boomed to become a walled city of more than 100,000 residents by the 11th century. In the centuries that followed, Ani and the...

 
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150-Year-Old Ship Uncovered by Boston Construction Workers

In May 2016, a Boston building site came to a dramatic standstill, when construction workers uncovered something amazing. It was an artifact so astonishing and rare, that it set the city alight with excitement. Photo: bostonarchaeo...

 
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The Jericho Skull – Face of 9,500-Year-Old Man Revealed for the First Time

The Jericho Skull is one of seven plastered and ornamented Neolithic skulls excavated by archaeologist Kathleen Kenyon in 1953 at the site of Tell es-Sultan, near the modern West Bank city of Jericho. All seven skulls had...

 
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The Unfinished ‘Lonely Castle’ Carved Around the 1st Century CE

Among the dozens of ruins located in the archeological playground of Mada’in Saleh, one stands literally alone. Carved into a massive boulder, Qasr al-Farid, or “The Lonely Castle,” is a stunning ancient tomb that rivals...

 
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These 16th Century Boxwood Carvings Are So Tiny Researchers Used X-Ray To Study Them

There are only 135 known miniature boxwood carvings around the world and they have been puzzling art specialists. Recently, researchers some of these tiny religious pieces from museums and private collections to further study...

 
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The Enduring Mystery of the Longyou Grotto Caves

For as long as anyone could remember the ponds of Longyou County were thought of as “bottomless,” but when one local set out to see how deep they really were he discovered the first in a series of massive hand-carved...

 
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