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For more than a century, an original edition of the Magna Carta lay forgotten in a Victorian-era scrapbook in the archives of the British coastal town of Sandwich.
Papers used by Alan Turing’s cryptologists for their World War II-era work breaking the “Enigma” code have been found being used to line the roof of a drafty hut at Britain’s Bletchley Park.
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Fifty years after Great Britain said farewell to Winston Churchill, look back at the largest state funeral the world had ever seen up to that point in time.
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New X-ray technology can decipher text from papyrus scrolls buried in the A.D. 79 eruption of Mount Vesuvius.