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Evidence of a large bronze-age battle:

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2016/03/slaughter-bridge-uncovering-colossal-bronze-age-battle

 

These things always make me realise just how much history passes us by unremembered. For these people, this battle must have been epoch-making - the sort of thing that toppled civilizations and created dynasties.

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While I'm linking articles from Science:

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/04/how-europeans-evolved-white-skin

 

The take-home: most of Europe was quite swarthy until around 8000 years ago (the far Northerners being the blonde-haired, blue-eyed exception). Also: being pale has serious adaptive advantages for early agricultural societies in sunless parts of the world.

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While I'm linking articles from Science:

 

http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2015/04/how-europeans-evolved-white-skin

 

The take-home: most of Europe was quite swarthy until around 8000 years ago (the far Northerners being the blonde-haired, blue-eyed exception). Also: being pale has serious adaptive advantages for early agricultural societies in sunless parts of the world.

 

More on the same theme:

 

http://www.unz.com/gnxp/the-pleistocene-as-humanitys-hyborian-age/

 

There are surely a bunch of very unhappy racists out there who now have to contend with the idea that whiteness itself was 'invented' around the time that pre-dynastic egyptians were doing their thing. 

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400 wax tablets going back to 43 A.D. found in London. Wet mud protected them, apparently.

 

http://www.npr.org/sections/thetwo-way/2016/06/02/480407904/hello-from-londinium-oldest-handwritten-documents-in-british-history-discovered

 

Some of the finds included:

 

  • The oldest handwritten document ever found in Britain, dated to A.D. 43-53, the earliest years of Roman rule in Britain
  • The earliest date recorded on a handwritten document in Britain — a tablet marked with Jan. 8, 57 (as we'd write it today)
  • The first reference to "London" — or Londinium, as it was then known — as a city name, from A.D. 65-80
  • Tablets that seem to have been used to practice the alphabet and numbers, possibly the first evidence for a school in Roman Britain

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Archaeologists may - or may not - have found King Solomon's Mines.

 

http://www.news.com.au/technology/science/archaeology/king-solomons-mines-israeli-archaeologists-say-fortified-trading-post-a-sign-of-his-wealth-power/news-story/6c19bf80a0d6cb2110200a6b74a25fb9

 

http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2352409X16305867

 

Turns out they are copper mines in Southern Israel.

 

Allan Quartermain could not be reached for comment.

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The oldest known image of Confucius has been discovered, a polished bronze mirror etched with the philosopher's image. It dates back to at least 74 BC.

http://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/oldest-known-image-confucius-found-tomb-disgraced-emperor-180962358/

The artifact was discovered in the tomb of the disgraced Emperor Liu He who was deposed after only 27 days, having committed "1,127 offenses".

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