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Ancient History

Dr. Eilat Mazar is revealing the footsteps of Jewish biblical history in Jerusalem.

After excavating the City of David in the 1970s and 80s and finally unearthing the 3,000-year-old archeological jewel that is King David’s palace in 2005, leading Hebrew University of Jerusalem archeologist Dr. Eilat Mazar has just uncovered another Old City treasure of incredible historical and biblical significance: a royal compound dating back to the 10th century, B.C.E.

Ancient Mitochondrial Genome Points to Previously Unknown Hominin Group

– An international research team reported online in Nature today that they have sequenced an ancient mitochondrial genome representing a previously unrecognized type of hominin, the evolutionary group containing modern human and Neanderthal lineages.

Celery is an Ancient Healing Food

Celery has a long history of use and is truly an ancient healing food. At first glance celery may seem rather unimpressive, but the more you look into its background and medicinal uses the more you realize that we must have been misinformed on the usefulness of this plant.

The Man without a Country

Edward Everett Hale (1822–1909).  The Man without a Country.

The Harvard Classics Shelf of Fiction.  1917.

The Man without a Country  

I SUPPOSE that very few casual readers of the “New York Herald” of August 13, 1863, observed, in an obscure corner, among the “Deaths,” the announcement,—

“NOLAN. Died, on board U. S. Corvette ‘Levant,’ Lat. 2°

11' S., Long. 131° W., on the 11th of May, PHILIP NOLAN.”

Roman Statues Found in Blue Grotto Cave

Ancient Roman statues might lie beneath the turquoise waters

Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News

Sept. 28, 2009 -- A number of ancient Roman statues might lie beneath the turquoise waters of the Blue Grotto on the island of Capri in southern Italy, according to an underwater survey of the sea cave.

Dating to the 1st century A.D., the cave was used as a swimming pool by the Emperor Tiberius (42 B.C. - 37 A.D.), and the statues are probably depictions of sea gods.