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Modern-day Canadian Inuit pictured in their traditional boats (umiak), used for hunting and 
transportation.

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The First People to Settle Across North America's Arctic Regions Were Isolated for 4,000 Years

New research shows that the first humans in the Arctic lived there for nearly 4,000 years

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Is This the Most Efficient Way To Build the Pyramids?

A new physics study shows another possible method for how the pyramids of Egypt were constructed

A zoomorphic stone portal found at the re-discovered site of Lagunita

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Two Maya Cities Found in Mexican Jungle

One of the sites was re-discovered after being lost for decades

The painting called "Holy Ghost and His Companions" in Utah's Horseshoe Canyon

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New Analysis Suggests Utah’s Famous Rock Art Is Surprisingly Recent

The impressive Barrier Canyon Style images hold clues to the identity of their mysterious painters

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How British Soldiers’ Gear Has Changed Over the Last 1,000 Years

Photographer Thom Atkinson traces the evolution of wooden spears to sniper rifles

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People in the Stone Age Were Fans of Escargot

A new study pushes back the date of land snails being consumed in the Mediterranean

A typical 15th century banquet.

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Before He Died, Richard III Lived Large

Bone chemistry sheds light on the monarch's shifting diet throughout his brief life

The bottle recovered from a shipwreck off the coast of Poland

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200-Year-Old Alcohol Found in Shipwreck Is Still Drinkable

Researchers found the liquid, originally thought to be mineral water, was actually over-aged booze

David Graham, rear, with John Tee-Van, front, with one of the young pandas.

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How an American Missionary Helped Capture the First Panda Given to the U.S.

"Missionaries sometimes have to tackle strange and unusual jobs," David Graham wrote.

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America’s Tumbleweeds Are Actually Russian Invaders

Some say the tumbleweed's takeover of the American West was the most aggressive weed invasion in our country's history

Flax yarn recovered from late Neolithic graves, heavily laden with resin.

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The First Ancient Egyptian Mummies Might Have Appeared 1,500 Years Earlier Than Egyptologists Thought

Egyptians were embalming their dead as far back as 4,100 B.C.

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Watch How the Cultural Hubs of Civilization Have Shifted Over Centuries

A study follows the births and deaths of notable people

New evidence shows that Rock Doves (an ancestor to today's feral pigeons) were eaten by Neanderthals

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Evidence Shows Neanderthals Ate Birds

Squab was apparently on the neanderthal menu for over 40,000 years in Gibraltar

Looking across old town towards The Citadel

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Irbil, the Iraqi City the US Is Now Defending, Is One of the Oldest Continuously Inhabited Places in the World

Irbil, Iraq, has a long, long, long history

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Humanity’s Legacy Might Be The Holes We Leave Behind

The last remnants of human civilizations might be the holes we carve into the earth

The Flores hobbit skull (left) compared to another H. sapiens skull recovered on the island that dates to around 4,000 years ago (right).

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The Flores "Hobbit" Might Not Be a New Species at All

A long-standing debate on the original findings has been reignited

Siegfried Sassoon

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These Diaries, of Poet Siegfried Sassoon, Capture the Chaos of WWI

Siegfried Sassoon's poems captured life in the trenches of WWI

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Mummies From Around the World Had Hardened Arteries

Mummies from cultures across the globe have one thing in common—plaque in their arteries

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How Big Were Romans' Feet?

A bioarchaeologist proposes one method to answer that question

The London as it looked before it blew up

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In 1665, a British Warship Mysteriously Blew Up—And Soon We Might Know Why

349 years ago, the warship The London exploded in the Thames Estuary. Now archaeologists are trying to figure out why

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