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Huge head of pharaoh unearthed in Egypt

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The head was part of a gigantic statue with its hands crossed over its chest A colossal red granite head of one of Egypt’s most famous pharaohs has been unearthed in the southern city of Luxor, officials said. The 3,000-year-old head of Amenhotep III – grandfather of Tutankhamun – was dug out of the ruins of the pharaoh’s mortuary temple. Experts say it is the best preserved... 

Computer Indicates Ancient Europeans more Advanced than Previously Believed

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A device so complicated that “if it had not been discovered in 1901, no-one would have believed it possible” — this is the finding of a (relatively) new study of the famous Antikythera mechanism, dating from 150 BC. Found by chance by sponge divers in the wreck of a Roman vessel off the Greek island of Antikythera, it was at first presumed to be the inner workings of a sophisticated clock... 

Is this the lost city of Atlantis? Grainy images released showing city-like structures beneath the Caribbean Sea

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Herald de Paris: Guarding the location’s coordinates carefully, the project’s leader, who wishes to remain anonymous at this time, says the city could be thousands of years old; possibly even pre-dating the ancient Egyptian pyramids, at Giza. A group of ‘undersea archaeologists’ have become the latest to claim they have uncovered the lost city of Atlantis. The scientists – who... 

Mysteries of computer from 65BC are solved

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  A 2,000-year-old mechanical computer salvaged from a Roman shipwreck has astounded scientists who have finally unravelled the secrets of how the sophisticated device works. The machine was lost among cargo in 65BC when the ship carrying it sank in 42m of water off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. By chance, in 1900, a sponge diver called Elias Stadiatos discovered the wreck and recovered... 

Chinese Skull Find Puts ‘Out of Africa’ Theory in Question

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Chinese archaeologists have uncovered a 100,000- year-old fossilized human skull in central China which may throw new light on the origins of the human race, national media said on Thursday. The well-preserved skull was found in the central Chinese province of Henan, and Chinese scientists say it could disprove the widely-held theory that Homo sapiens originated in Africa. The majority of Chinese... 

Peru’s White Mummies

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Hands over her eyes and her face gripped with terror, the woman’s fear of death is all too obvious. The remarkable mummy was found in a hidden burial vault in the Amazon. It is at least 600 years old and has survived thanks to the embalming skills of her tribe, the Chachapoyas or cloud warriors. Eleven further mummies were recovered from the massive cave complex 82ft down. The vault – which... 

Egypt Antiquities Chief: Tutankhamun Was Not Black

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Egyptian antiquities supremo Zahi Hawass insisted Tuesday that Tutankhamun was not black despite calls by US black activists to recognise the boy king’s dark skin colour. “Tutankhamun was not black, and the portrayal of ancient Egyptian civilisation as black has no element of truth to it,” Hawass told reporters. “Egyptians are not Arabs and are not Africans despite the fact... 

Chinese eat Dinosaur Bones Soup

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Villagers in central China dug up a ton of dinosaur bones and boiled them in soup or ground them into powder for traditional medicine, believing they were from flying dragons and had healing powers. Until last year, the fossils were being sold in Henan province as “dragon bones” at about 4 yuan (50 cents) per kilogram (2.2 pounds), scientist Dong Zhiming told The Associated Press on Wednesday. Dong,... 
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