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Shirin Neshat's Offered Eyes

Public Art Installation Opens in Solidarity With Iranian Protesters

"Eyes on Iran," located in a public park on Roosevelt Island, faces the United Nations across the water

A cast of Patagotitan mayorum's skull

This 122-Foot-Long Dinosaur Will Barely Fit in London's Natural History Museum

The replica titanosaur, based on fossils discovered in 2012, goes on view in March

Archaeologists found fruit, nuts and other snacks in the sewers beneath the Colosseum.

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Archaeologists Find 1,900-Year-Old Snacks in Sewers Beneath the Colosseum

Spectators at Rome’s ancient amphitheater enjoyed olives, figs, nuts and more

The Colonna di Sant'Andrea landmark in Presicce

This Charming Italian Town Will Pay You $30,000 to Move There

Presicce, located in the heel of Italy's boot, is trying to bring fresh energy to its older neighborhoods

Artist’s reconstruction of Janavis finalidens

How a 67-Million-Year-Old Fossil Turned the Theory of Bird Evolution Upside-Down

A skull bone suggests prehistoric birds could move their upper beaks, much like most modern birds

A view of the Shanidar Cave in Iraq’s Zagros Mountains, where some of the charred plant remains were discovered

Neanderthals Cooked Surprisingly Complex Meals

Charred food remnants provide insight into 70,000-year-old dietary practices

View of the Grand Canyon showing the Bright Angel Trail, which leads to Havasupai Gardens, formerly known as Indian Garden

Officials Rename Popular Grand Canyon Site to Honor Havasupai Tribe

The National Park Service forcibly removed members of the tribe from the area in the 1920s

Inside the band is an inscription in French, which translates to, "I hold your faith, hold mine.”

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Metal Detectorist Finds Medieval Wedding Ring in Near-Perfect Condition

Discovered five inches underground, the rare 14th-century artifact could sell for $47,000

An autonomous underwater vehicle surveying Lake Mjøsa has discovered shipwrecks, dumped ammunition and other historic artifacts.

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Archaeologists in Norway May Have Found a 700-Year-Old Shipwreck

The vessel is located 1,350 feet below the surface of Lake Mjøsa

Pieces of Forrest Fenn's treasure

You Can Own a Piece of Forrest Fenn's Treasure

The valuable artifacts, hidden in the Rocky Mountains for more than a decade, are going up for auction

Modern imaging technology suggests a collection of Roman coins discovered in 1713 may be authentic.

New Research

Roman Coins, Long Considered Forgeries, May Be Authentic After All

Using modern imaging technology, researchers argue that the coins were once in circulation

Police set up barrier tape in the exhibition room of the Celtic and Roman Museum in Manching.

Thieves Stole Hundreds of Celtic Coins From a German Museum

The gold coins date back to 100 B.C.E. and are worth approximately $1.7 million

The Henry VI quarter noble was minted in London between 1422 and 1427.

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How Did This 600-Year-Old English Coin End Up in Newfoundland?

Minted under Henry VI, it may be the oldest English coin discovered in Canada

The monkey's skeletal remains

1,700-Year-Old Monkey Skeleton Suggests Diplomatic Ties Between Mesoamerican Powers

Researchers believe the Maya gave the sacrificial female spider monkey to Teotihuacán as a gift years before relations soured

Visitors look at Shen, displayed at the Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall in Singapore earlier this year.

Christie's Calls Off T. Rex Auction Expected to Fetch $25 Million

The auction house cited a need for "further study" after experts noted similarities to another T. rex skeleton

Barges stranded by low water in the Mississippi River in Rosedale, Mississippi, a small town near where the lion fossil was found

Drought Reveals Rare American Lion Fossil in Dried-Up Mississippi River

Low water levels have also stranded barge traffic and threatened drinking water

Marie Antoinette in coronation robes

Marie Antoinette's Furniture Is Up for Auction

Two items represent two distinctive stages in the French queen's life

The Hand of Irulegi

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This 2,000-Year-Old Inscription Changes Our Understanding of the Basque Language

The words are engraved on a bronze hand that archaeologists unearthed in northern Spain

The newly unearthed odeon in Crete

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Archaeologists Unearth 2,000-Year-Old Odeon in Crete

The dig at the remote site is the first in more than 50 years

Richard Nixon and his daughter Tricia on her wedding day in June 1971

A Brief History of White House Weddings

Naomi Biden's nuptials will mark the 19th wedding held at the presidential seat of power

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