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Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Century

Muslims Were Banned From the Americas as Early as the 16th Century

Long before today’s anxiety about terror attacks, Spain and England feared that enslaved Africans would be more susceptible to revolt if they were Muslim On
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The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twist

The Mystery of Roanoke Endures Yet Another Cruel Twist

An artifact found 20 years ago turns out to not be what archaeologists though. It seemed too good to be true. And it was. Nearly
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How the Chicken Conquered the World

The chickens that saved Western civilization were discovered, according to legend, by the side of a road in Greece in the first decade of the
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Andrew Lawler on “Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?” (December 2009)

By Megan Gambino Smithsonian.com, December 18, 2009 Andrew Lawler has written for newsletters, newspapers and magazines about topics such as astronomy and zoology. He has
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Isfahan: Iran’s Hidden Jewel

Once the dazzling capital of ancient Persia, Isfahan fell victim to neglect, but a new generation hopes to restore its lost luster Courtesy of Smithsonian
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Who Wrote the Dead Sea Scrolls?

Resolving the dispute over authorship of the ancient manuscripts could have far-reaching implications for Christianity and Judaism Israeli archaeologist yuval peleg halts his jeep where
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Unearthing Egypt’s Greatest Temple

Discovering the grandeur of the monument built 3,400 years ago “Heya hup!” Deep in a muddy pit, a dozen workers wrestle with Egypt’s fearsome lion
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Rebellious Son

Amenhotep III was succeeded by one of the first known monotheists Not long after Amenhotep III died, in 1353 B.C., masons entered his mortuary temple
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Down to Earth

Anthropologist Amber VanDerwarker is unraveling the mysteries of the ancient Olmec by figuring out what they ate Courtesy of Smithsonian website Starting around 1200 B.C.,
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Reconstructing Petra

Two thousand years ago, it was the capital of a powerful trading empire. Now archaeologists are piecing together a more complete picture of Jordan’s compelling
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