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Megaproject asks: What drove the Vikings

Megaproject asks: What drove the Vikings

Researchers suggest that the nature of pre-Viking society spurred a drive for slaves On 8 June 793 C.E., a band of foreign warriors attacked the
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Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Greek Citadel

Jerusalem Dig Uncovers Ancient Greek Citadel

In the shadow of Jerusalem’s city walls, archaeologists have found a fortress that spawned a bloody rebellion more than two millennia ago. Jerusalem, IsraelIsraeli archaeologists
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Iraq Is Turning Saddam Hussein’s Palace Into a Museum

Iraq Is Turning Saddam Hussein’s Palace Into a Museum

Amid conflict with ISIS and a budget crisis, Iraqi officials hope new museum will herald a revival of the ancient port city of Basra. BASRA,
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Saddam Hussein’s Yacht Is Sailing Again With a New Mission

Saddam Hussein’s Yacht Is Sailing Again With a New Mission

BASRA, Iraq After three decades of being passed around by Middle Eastern monarchs, Saddam Hussein’s yacht is now in the hands of Iraqi marine researchers.
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Kinder, Gentler Vikings? Not According to Their Slaves

Kinder, Gentler Vikings? Not According to Their Slaves

New clues suggest slaves were vital to the Viking way of life—and argue against attempts to soften the raiders’ brutish reputation. The ancient reputation of
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War, More Than ISIS, Is Destroying Syria’s Ancient Sites

War, More Than ISIS, Is Destroying Syria’s Ancient Sites

Ancient sites in contested areas are more vulnerable to looting and destruction than those in ISIS-controlled territory. Videos of Islamic State militants shattering ancient statues
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How Floods Shaped Civilization

How Floods Shaped Civilization

Humans adapted to climate in the past, and we have to do so again. When it comes to confronting global climate change, we don’t have
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The Civilizing Power of Nature

The Civilizing Power of Nature

Science writer Andrew Lawler probes new ideas about how El Niño transformed ancient human societies—and what this means for our future. As a child, I
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Secrets of a Small Island

Secrets of a Small Island

Before Europeans arrived, California’s Santa Cruz Island was an economic powerhouse for the Chumash people. The boat rears up under an enormous jade-colored swell, and
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Rare Unlooted Grave of Wealthy Warrior Uncovered in Greece

Rare Unlooted Grave of Wealthy Warrior Uncovered in Greece

Archaeologists hail the burial, untouched for 3,500 years, as the biggest discovery on mainland Greece in decades. The text message from the trench supervisor to
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