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It's the Pits: Ancient Peach Stones Offer Clues to Fruit's Origins

Sep. 6, 2014 Anyone who enjoys biting into a sweet, fleshy peach can now give thanks to the people who first began domesticating this fruit: Chinese farmers who lived 7,500 years ago. Archeologists have a good ... full story
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Archaeologists Uncover Ancient ‘Spooning’ Couple in Greece

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'Smoking Gun' Ancient Coins Are Being Looted from Excavations

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Biopolitics for Understanding Social Regulation and Control

Nov. 24, 2014 People, as the biological beings that we are, can be socially regulated by mechanisms such as taxes, property or family relationships. This constitutes part of the social policy that the Roman ... full story
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How Ancient Species Survived or Died Off in Their Old Kentucky Home

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Major Breakthrough in Reading Ancient Scrolls

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Gothic Cathedrals Blend Iron and Stone

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Beer, Beef and Politics: Findings at Viking Archaeological Site Show Power Trumping Practicality

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