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Boston MFA conservator Pam Hatchfield holding an engraved silver plate from the time capsule (Credit: Reuters)

Contents of Boston Time Capsule Buried by Samuel Adams and Paul Revere Unveiled

One of the nation’s oldest time capsules was opened on Tuesday evening in Boston, revealing artifacts originally planted by Adams and Revere in 1795.

An example of a Honghshan jade dragon

China’s First Kingdom Likely Fell Victim to Rapid Desert Formation

New research suggests that China’s first known kingdom may have been destroyed when its lands transformed rapidly into desert more than 4,000 years ago.

Khentakawess III's tomb in Abu-Rir (Credit: Czech Institute of Egyptology)

Archaeologists Discover Egyptian Tombs Belonging to Osiris and a Long-Forgotten Queen

Archaeologists have discovered two ancient burial sites in Egypt, one belonging to a previously unknown queen and the other to the god of the dead.

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Vast Underground City Found in Turkey May Be One of the World’s Largest

A newly discovered complex of carved rooms and tunnels may prove to be the largest of the many mysterious ancient underground cities in Turkey’s Cappadocia region.

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Encampment Discovered Near Stonehenge Could “Rewrite British History,” Experts Say

The discovery of a 6,000-year-old settlement near Stonehenge may provide new insights into the origins of one of England’s most enigmatic historical sites.

A first edition of "Rudolph, the Red-Nosed Reindeer" (bottom) and an original layout (top) (Credit: AP Photo/Tony Talbot)

Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer Turns 75

Now a Christmas icon, Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer was created by a department store adman enduring a great personal tragedy 75 years ago.

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The Father of Electric Christmas Tree Lights

Edward Hibberd Johnson not only added flash and color to Christmas trees when he introduced electric lights in 1882, he saved lives in the process.

British memorial commemorating the 1914 Christmas Truce (Credit: Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images)

World War I’s Christmas Truce, 100 Years Ago

On the Christmas Truce’s centennial, look back at the moment when the holiday spirit sparked impromptu ceasefires along World War I’s Western Front.

Bodies at the Fag el-Gamous dig site (Credit: BYU)

Egyptian Cemetery May Contain a Million Mummies

According to archaeologists, a cemetery in central Egypt may contain 1 million mummified human bodies, making it the largest necropolis ever found.

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8 Things You May Not Know About Louis Zamperini

With the new film “Unbroken” about to hit theaters, learn eight fascinating facts about one of the most celebrated American servicemen of World War II.

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When Edison Turned Night into Day

When Thomas Edison demonstrated the first practical incandescent light bulb on New Year’s Eve 135 years ago, it marked the dawn of the electric age.

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U.S. Air Force Closes the Book on UFOs, 45 Years Ago

Forty-five years after the U.S. Air Force terminated its investigation into “Unidentified Flying Objects,” take a look back at the government response to the flying saucer hysteria of the 1940s, 50s and 60s.

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8 Things You May Not Know About the Battle of the Bulge

Seventy years after the start of Nazi Germany’s last gasp attack at the Battle of the Bulge, learn eight surprising facts about the fight Winston Churchill called “undoubtedly the greatest American battle” of World War II.