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Iron Age coin hoard

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Hoard of Gold Coins Found in California

In what can only be described as every child’s dream, a couple in California found treasure buried in their backyard

The original man cave.

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Paris Is Adding Two More Women to the Pantheon (New Total: Three)

Since its construction, the mausoleum has been filled with 73 bodies. Only one of them is a woman.

This handbag from around 1300 in Mosul, Iraq is on display at the Courtauld Gallery in London until May 18, 2014.

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This 700-Year-Old Purse From Iraq Is Remarkably Intact

Handbags have been popular for millennia, but usually we don't find them all in one piece.

The Assassination of Abraham Lincoln

The FBI Was Still Investigating John Wilkes Booth a Century After Lincoln's Death

The blog Wonders and Marvels came across the FBI file on John Wilkes Booth

The first map of the new Hollywood development, from 1887.

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Hollywood Was Once an Alcohol-Free Community

Modern Hollywood is a far cry from its intrepid female founder's "dream of beauty"

The storming of the Bastille

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The French Revolution in Pictures

The French Revolution Digital Archive has more than 14,000 images from the Revolution of 1789

This is the late 18th - early 19th century internal (vaginal) irrigator made of bone discovered at City Hall Park, New York City.

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A Strange Object Found at New York's City Hall Was a 200-Year-Old Feminine Hygiene Product

Archaeologists were initially mystified

Vitruvian Man

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Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man May Not Have Been a Flawless Picture of Health

He may have had a hernia

Erosion of a Bronze Age Post in the Thames

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Archaeologists Are Calling on Average British Citizens to Save Eroding History

The sea is devouring medieval towns, uncovering shipwrecks, and eroding valuable archaeological sites.

Park Place, Brooklyn after the 1888 blizzard.

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It Wasn’t Always the City’s Job to Remove Snow

Even if everybody isn’t happy with the quality of snow removal, they should be pleased it's not their responsibility

A painting by one of Darwin's children, found on the back of one of the manuscript pages of "On the Origin of Species."

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See the Doodles Darwin’s Children Made in His “On the Origin of Species” Manuscript

While Darwin contemplated speciation and evolution, his kids envisioned battling vegetables and tropical birds

The introduction of cows changed the diet of ancient Britons

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6,000 Years Ago, the Trendiest Food in Ancient Britain Was Dairy

New research shows that ancient Britons started cooking with dairy soon after livestock was introduced to the isles

A mosquito of the genus Anopheles.

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Nazi Scientists Wanted to Use Mosquitoes to Send Diseases Behind Enemy Lines

The Nazi SS ran an entomological research facility

Teotihuacan ruins in Mexico.

New Research

Ancient Cities Developed in a Surprisingly Similar Way to Modern Ones

The same mathematical equations that describe patterns of modern urban sprawl are equally suited to explaining the development of ancient cities

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King Richard III Will Be the First Famous Historical Person Whose Genome Is Sequenced

And it'll be public, so anyone can check it out

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Here's Proof the Bible’s Tales Were Tweaked

Biblical figures were riding around on camels thousands of years before camels were domesticated

Happisburgh, a stretch of southeastern British coast that's one of the country's fastest eroding spots.

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The Oldest Human Footprints Ever Discovered Outside of Africa Have Already Been Washed Away

Casts and computer images are all that's of footprints made 900,000 years ago on the British coast

The mushroom cloud from the atmospheric detonation of the 11 megaton Castle Romeo nuclear bomb.

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For 25 Years, U.S. Special Forces Carried Miniature Nukes on Their Backs

The B-54 Special Atomic Demolition Munition was a nuclear bomb the size of a backpack

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Modern Olympic Athletes Are Bigger, Stronger And Far, Far More Specialized

Over time, Olympians are changing shape to suit their sport

A nurse training program at the Central State Hospital.

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Psychiatric Records for African American Patients Are Rare, And This Hospital Has a Century's Worth

Researchers are attempting to digitize and preserve the tens of thousands of patient records from the Central State Hospital

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