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Members of the Israel Antiquities Authority investigate damage at the Cave of the Skulls. (Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority)

Gang of Robbers Nabbed While Looting Ancient Cave in Israel

Six men caught looting historical artifacts from an ancient desert cave in Israel last weekend may have been searching for undiscovered Dead Sea Scrolls.

A skeleton uncovered at Roman burial site, with shackle around its neck. (Credit: Frederic Metenier/Inrap)

Shackled Skeletons Unearthed at Roman Necropolis in France

Archaeologists discovered a group of shackled skeletons in an ancient Roman burial ground in southwestern France, near the site of long-ago gladiatorial battles.

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10 Things You May Not Know About George Armstrong Custer

On the 175th anniversary of George Armstrong Custer’s birth, explore 10 surprising facts about the controversial general killed at Little Bighorn.

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Ability to Digest Alcohol Played Key Role in Human Evolution

Researchers have found that human ancestors developed the ability to digest alcohol around 10 million years ago—and it may have been key to their survival.

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New Richard III Mystery Comes to Light

In analyzing the newly found remains of Richard III, geneticists have uncovered evidence of adultery among at least one of his relatives.

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The Truth About Poland’s “Vampire” Burials

A new study finds that men and women buried as vampires in 17th and 18th century Poland were not—as previously believed—immigrants to the region.

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One of Shakespeare’s Rare First Folios Discovered in French Library

Librarians in the town of St.-Omer, France, recently discovered a first folio of William Shakespeare’s plays, which are among the rarest books in the world.

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America’s Honorary Citizens

As Congress considers honorary U.S. citizenship for Spaniard Bernardo de Gálvez, learn about the seven foreign nationals who have received the tribute.

Macy's Thanksgiving Parade (Credit: Pavel Kassin/Kommersant Photo via Getty Images)

The First Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

Look back 90 years ago at the humble origins of an American holiday tradition—the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade.

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A Brief History of the Presidential Turkey Pardon

The annual Thanksgiving ritual of granting presidential pardons to White House turkeys is not as hallowed as you may think.

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Famed “Lucy” Fossils Discovered in Ethiopia, 40 Years Ago

On November 24, 1974, scientists in Africa unearthed the skeleton of one of humanity’s oldest ancestors, a pint-sized Australopithecus they nicknamed “Lucy.”

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10 Things You Should Know About Voltaire

On the 320th anniversary of Voltaire’s birth, learn 10 things you may not know about one of the 18th century’s most quotable and controversial thinkers.

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Native American Activists Occupy Alcatraz Island, 45 Years Ago

On the 45th anniversary of the American Indian occupation of Alcatraz, learn how a group of rebel activists took over America’s most notorious prison for more than 19 months.