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    Britain is a wealth of treasure; it glitters not with gold, but with stories. It holds tales of the mundane, the horrific, and the mesmerizing. ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce’ – Karl Marx The human species is still very young, yet we have expanded to every corner of the earth like a chemical reaction. It’s the human big bang; we have made small steps and giant leaps, only to be confronted with the same issues, presented as innovative and new, a ‘new economic

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    Britain is a wealth of treasure; it glitters not with gold, but with stories. It holds tales of the mundane, the horrific, and the mesmerizing. ‘History repeats itself, first as tragedy, second as farce’ – Karl Marx The human species is still very young, yet we have expanded to every corner of the earth like a chemical reaction. It’s the human big bang; we have made small steps and giant leaps, only to be confronted with the same issues, presented as innovative and new, a ‘new economic

    First high-quality genome sequence allows comparison with human, Denisovan DNA The most complete sequence to date of the Neanderthal genome, using DNA extracted from a woman’s toe bone that dates back 50,000 years, reveals a long history of interbreeding among at least four different types of early humans living in Europe and Asia at that time, according to University of California, Berkeley, scientists.

    13th C. BCE. Winged figures are rare in the Hittite pantheon. A bronze and silver winged figure with a gold cap, kilt, and upturned shoes, holding a broken rod. The best reference for the figurine comes from the open-air sanctuary at Yazilikaya, in central Anatolia, where images of the Hittite gods were carved in the rock walls of its natural chambers. According to an inscription of a similar figure, he would be the god Pirinki/ar, a deity associated with the winged divinity Ishtar.

    Sunlight adaptation in region of Neanderthal genome found in up to 65 percent of modern East Asian population. With the Neanderthal genome now published, for the first time, scientists have a rich new resource of comparative evolution. For example, recently, scientists have shown that humans and Neanderthals once interbreed, with the accumulation of elements of Neanderthal DNA found in up to 5 percent in modern humans.

    Kneeling statue of Bay [Egyptian]. The completed statuette depicts a kneeling man holding a stela inscribed with a hymn to the sun. item (66.99.94,2009.253) via Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History | The Metropolitan Museum of Art

    A second season of excavations at Britain’s biggest Iron Age hill-fort has uncovered remains of Roman weaponry, and the site of the first “ham stone” house. Archaeologists are slowly piecing together a picture of what life was like in Britain’s largest hill-fort, after a second season of excavations. The project, at Ham Hill in Somerset, is the most intensive excavation of the Iron Age fort ever undertaken, and involves researchers from both Cambridge and Cardiff universities.

    Howard Carter opening the sarcophagus of King Tutankhamun in 1924

    Standing female worshiper, ca. 2600-2500 BC From Nippur, Sumerian culture Limestone, inlaid with shell and lapis lazulu

    What Shoes Used To Look Like 700 years ago

    Period: Neo-Assyrian Date: ca. 8th century B.C. Geography: Mesopotamia, Nimrud (ancient Kalhu, IRAQ) Culture: Assyrian 1958, excavated by Sir Max Mallowan on behalf of the British School of Archaeology in Iraq and the Metropolitan Museum of Art; ceded to the British School of Archaeology in Iraq in the division of finds; acquired by the Museum in 1959, purchased from British School of Archaeology in Iraq

    Female head Neo-Assyrian,ca 8th-7th cent.BC Mesopotamia,Nimrud Ivory Metropolitan Museum

    cosmetic tray with sphinx, iron period ca. 6th–5th century B.C., geography: Egypt or Iran

    A fractured skull and a thigh bone hacked in half — finds of damaged human bones along with axes, spears, clubs and shields confirm that the bog at Alken Enge was the site of violent conflict.

    The Berlin Golden Hat is a tall, conical artifact made of hammered gold and decorated with astronomic symbols including the moon almost 3000 years old. It dates back to 1000-800 BC and may have been used as the ceremonial hat of a high priest or ruler used when worshipping the sun. It is possible that the Berliner Gold Hat was also used as a calendar: the symbols on the artefact would have permitted the determination of dates or periods in both lunar and solar calendars. (repin)

    Coffin of Irtirutja Period: Macedonian-Ptolemaic Period Date: 332–30 B.C. Geography: Egypt, Northern Upper Egypt, Akhmim (Khemmis, Panopolis), Maspero 1885–1886

    Horse heads, Chauvet Cave. Fourteen different animal species are depicted in the Chauvet Cave.

    Whenever I hear a someone make a crack about women and science or something like that, I like to imagine the ghost of someone like Rita might materialize long enough to smack the ever-loving heck out of them. How many examples of strong, independent and intelligent women do you need? Geeze.

    Black Obelisk, detail Detail of the Black Obelisk of Shalmaneser III at the Assyrian capital Kalhu. Nimrud northern Iraq, about 827 BC.

    The only surviving piece of Anne Boleyn's enormous and very valuable collection of gold and silver plate. This simple silver gilt cup - topped with her falcon emblem - is now at a church in Gloucestershire. Her other gold plate, salts, cups, etc would have been much more elaborate.

    Papyrus fragment with lines from Homer's Odyssey, Early Hellenistic, 285–250 BCE Greek, Ptolemaic