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Aztec skull tower reveals big new mystery about ancient culture

Aztec skull tower reveals big new mystery about ancient culture

In 2015, researchers unearthed a huge 'tower' made by the ancient Aztecs out of human skulls. The skulls would, per everything we know about the Aztecs, be ones that had belonged to warrior men from opposing groups who died young as sacrificial victims. Over the past couple years, though, archaeologists have discovered something they didn't expect to find in the tower: skulls belonging to women and children, ushering a big new mystery about what, exactly, the skull tower was for.

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This medieval sword was found in a bog, and a knight’s remains may follow

This medieval sword was found in a bog, and a knight’s remains may follow

A notable archaeological discovery is coming out of Poland, where researchers have recovered a medieval-era sword from a peat bog. The sword is still in good shape, at least for something as old as it is, bearing all of its components minus the hilt padding. Researchers say the preservation is excellent enough that even a small marking -- likely the blacksmith's mark -- is still visible on the sword.

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1900-year-old slingshot with lead ammo was as deadly as a handgun

1900-year-old slingshot with lead ammo was as deadly as a handgun

Ancient Roman soldiers wielded slingshots with lead ammo that, when used properly, could kill someone in a way that isn't dissimilar from a modern handgun. The information comes from researchers who recently experimented with the old technology to gauge its effectiveness. The lead 'bullets' used in the slingshots are shaped somewhat like small lemons, and those who launched them could be trained with accuracy that spanned a few hundred feet.

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Bacterial DNA reveals salmonella may have wiped out the Aztecs

Bacterial DNA reveals salmonella may have wiped out the Aztecs

A couple of new studies reveal that salmonella may have been the cause of mass devastation to the Aztec civilization, at least according to the DNA of bacterium pulled from burial locations in Mexico. The nation’s native inhabitants were hit with a severe pestilence of some sort, one powerful enough to have wiped out as much as 80-percent of the population. The exact cause of that devastation has been a source of mystery.

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Late Bronze Age sword and golden spear found in Scotland

Late Bronze Age sword and golden spear found in Scotland

A sword and spear dating back to the late Bronze Age have been discovered in Scotland, where they were unearthed by construction workers during a project. Both items are made of bronze, while the spearhead in particular is also adorned in gold. Joining the metal items is a pin and scabbard for the sword. According to GUARD Archaeology, this is an ‘exceptional group’ that greatly contributes to archaeological findings in the nation.

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Scientists discover first known fossil of dinosaur brain tissue

Scientists discover first known fossil of dinosaur brain tissue

What you see above might not look like much more than a small rock, but it marks a huge first in the field of paleontology: it's the first known example of a dinosaur brain tissue fossil. Originally discovered in Sussex, UK, it's believed to have come from a species similar to the Iguanodon, a large herbivore, roughly 133 million years ago.

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Steve Jobs’ old leather jacket, black turtleneck, and more up for auction

Steve Jobs’ old leather jacket, black turtleneck, and more up for auction

From his resurrection of Apple to his overall influence on the tech industry as a whole, Steve Jobs himself has become an icon. And while computer historians and Apple obsessives have had opportunities to bid on Jobs-related memorabilia at high-profile auctions — including some of the earliest Apple computers he was involved with — now there's an opportunity to own some of the man's personal items. More specifically, his old clothes.

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Rare Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ model sells for $815K at auction

Rare Apple-1 ‘Celebration’ model sells for $815K at auction

One of the rarest examples of an early Apple-1 computer prototype was sold at a charity auction earlier this week. When first announced earlier this summer, the item was expected to reach $1 million or more, but it ended up selling for $815,000, with 10% of the proceeds being donated to the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. The reason this Apple-1 model is so unique is because it's a hand-built pre-production version, which was never to sold to customers.

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Apple 1 ‘Celebration’ model heads to charity auction, expected to reach $1M

Apple 1 ‘Celebration’ model heads to charity auction, expected to reach $1M

Apple fans and historians take notice, starting this week an incredibly rare Apple 1 model computer is being auctioned for charity, where it is expected to sell for up to $1 million. The original Apple 1 computers were sold by co-founders Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak back in 1976, and the model being auctioned by CharityBuzz is one of the 60 or so that are believed to still be in existence.

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Dinosaur-age bird wing discovered in amber jewelry market

Dinosaur-age bird wing discovered in amber jewelry market

Bird skin, claws, muscle, and feathers have been discovered in amber dated to nearly a hundred million years ago. Researchers suggest that these bits and pieces of birds show how coloring and arrangement of bird feathers has remained largely the same for a very, very long time. Wing tips is what they have. A very strange (but apparently not entirely uncommon) origin story is what they've got to tell.

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Battlefield 1 trailer analysis reveals more WWI historical accuracy than expected

Battlefield 1 trailer analysis reveals more WWI historical accuracy than expected

Battlefield 1 took the FPS world by surprise a little over a week ago, with its debut trailer revealing a World War I setting, albeit with a sort of alternate timeline take on things. While some gamers were surprised that developer DICE would take its flagship series so far back in time when all the other war games have moved on to modern and futuristic settings, the history buffs on YouTube channel The Great War went with the flow and instead made a detailed breakdown of the trailer's historical accuracy.

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Classic and modern Ford Mustangs welded together for the sake of art

Classic and modern Ford Mustangs welded together for the sake of art

Now here's something you don't see everyday: one half from two different cars welded together lengthwise, the first being a 1965 Ford Mustang, and the second from a 2015 model Mustang. Ford created the display as a way to highlight 50 years of innovation in the automotive industry, with a focus on how different a single car model can be over that amount of time.

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