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The Olmec Great Pyramid at La Venta

The Great Pyramid, is the central building in the city layout of la Venta. It is constructed almost entirely out of clay, and is easily seen from far away. The structure is built on top of a closed-in platform—this is where Blom and La Farge discovered Altars 2 and 3, thereby discovering La Venta and […]

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Drilled Dimples on Olmec Stone Head

An Olmec colossal stone head in basalt from San Lorenzo, c. 1200-400 BCE. Although all wear the hat or headdress worn during war and the Mesoamerican ballgame, each of these massive heads has unique features which suggests they depict specific Olmec rulers. In this example the head has unexplained drilled dimples which are also seen […]

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Ancient peach stones offer clues to fruit’s origins

Archeologists have a good understanding of domestication – conscious breeding for traits preferred by people– of annual plants such as grains (rice, wheat, etc.), but the role of trees in early farming and how trees were domesticated is not well documented. Unlike most trees, the peach matures very quickly, producing fruit within two to three […]

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Evidence of Asteroid Impact For Sodom and Gomorrah?

A cuneiform clay tablet that has puzzled scholars for over 150 years has been translated for the first time.  The tablet is now known to be a contemporary Sumerian observation of an asteroid impact at Köfels, Austria and is published in a new book, A Sumerian Observation of the Köfels’ Impact Event. The giant landslide […]

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The Serdab at Djosers Step Pyramid in Saqqara

    The Serdab is small room situated at the north side of the pyramid. It is angled at 17 degrees, which exactly matches the incline of the pyramid.           Statue of Djoser in his Serdab The serdab has small holes in its north wall. The statue of Djoser was placed […]

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Evolution seen in synthetic DNA

Researchers have succeeded in mimicking the chemistry of life in synthetic versions of DNA and RNA molecules. The work shows that DNA and its chemical cousin RNA are not unique in their ability to encode information and to pass it on through heredity. The work, reported in Science, is promising for future “synthetic biology” and […]

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Recent Scientific Findings about the Shroud of Turin

Italian study claims Turin Shroud is Christ’s authentic burial robe The new study suggests that one of Catholic Christianity’s most prized but mysterious relics, the Turin Shroud, is not a medieval forgery but could be the authentic burial robe of Christ. “The double image (front and back) of a scourged and crucified man, barely visible […]

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