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Special gifts to the gods

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Medieval gauntlet discovered

This gauntlet discovered near Zurich dates back to the 14th century. © Canton Archeology Zurich During excavations near Zurich, archaeologists made a spectacular discovery: They...

“Bone jars” with exciting contents

This bone vessel (left) with a stopper was filled with henbane seeds (right) around 2000 years ago. Groot et al., Antiquity, doi: 10.15184/aqy.2024.5...

Tracing the origin of the Easter Island writing

The wood of the Rongorongo tablet called “Échancrée” apparently dates from the 15th century. © Ferrara et al., Sci Rep, doi:1038/s41598-024-53063-7, http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/. It remains undeciphered...

Love and hate in “magical” papyri

This excerpt from a papyrus shows the Archangel Michael, who is accompanied by two angelic forces. © Elke Fuchs / Institute of Papyrology,...

Ancient mobility as reflected in genetics

View of the remains of the necropolis of the city of Portus Ostiensis Augusti, which, as Rome's port, was symbolic of the empire's extensive...

The “Third Reich” in your own life story

Responsible for denazification in American-occupied Württemberg-Baden: Special Minister Gottlob Kamm (second from left), here on March 27, 1947 in the state parliament. AKG / picture...

Slavery in picture books

Slave train on the coast of Guinea, frontispiece from Joachim Heinrich Campe's “Little Children's Library” series. Digital copy of the Berlin State Library – PK ...

A Bronze Age desert fortress

This is what the fortified oasis of Khaybar might have looked like in the Bronze Age. © Khaybar Longue Durée Archaeological Project, M....

On trail of mammoth using isotope patterns in a tusk

Artist's impression of mammoths observed by early inhabitants of Alaska. © Julius Csostonyi The relationship between humans and mammoths in sight: Using isotope patterns in...

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