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In archaeology, there are few watershed moments, when a technological breakthrough changes everything. But the invention of radiocarbon dating in the 1940s brought one such revolution, by providing a consistent, worldwide system for placing archaeological material in chronological order. A more-recent transformative innovation is the airborne application of a remote-sensing technique called light detection and ranging (lidar) to create a model (also known as a digital-elevation model) of the bare-surface terrain that is hidden by trees in forested areas1. Lidar is changing archaeological study of the ancient Maya in Mexico and Central America. It is increasing the speed and scale of discovery, and reshaping our understanding of the antiquity of monumental-scale landscape alteration. Writing in Nature, Inomata et al.2 provide a prime example of this in their study of the region of Tabasco in Mexico that borders the Usumacinta River.
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Large-scale early Maya sites in Mexico revealed by lidar mapping technology

The sitter for Portrait of a Woman has finally been identified as Mary Boleyn, King Henry VIII's mistress, after hundreds of years. It has been reunited with an original set of 14 paintings owned by Queen Anne.
Mystery Woman in Portrait Identified after 300 Years as King Henry VIII's Mistress Mary Boleyn



When President Trump announced plans to create a new military service for space in 2018, it took many by surprise. But the idea of creating a Space Force had been simmering behind the scenes for decades. This short documentary looks at the history of the Space Force debate and how it became a top priority for the Trump administration and some members of Congress.

Six-year-old Imri Elya was hiking in southern Israel with his family when something caught his eye: a small, 1.1-inch by 1.1-inch clay tablet. He picked it up and realized—to his surprise—that the small artifact had two figures engraved on its surface. After submitting the object to government for study, the first grade student and his parents were thrilled to learn that the tablet was likely made by a Canaanite in the Late Bronze Age—making this an exceptionally rare find, Amanda Borschel-Dan reports for the Times of Israel.
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Six-Year-Old Boy Discovered Rare Canaanite Tablet


Archaeologists conducting excavations at a vineyard in northern Italy have unearthed a well-preserved mosaic floor thought to date to the third century A.D., reports Angela Giuffrida for the Guardian. The swath of multi-colored, intricately patterned tiles once formed part of the foundation of a Roman villa.
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Ancient Roman Mosaic Floor Unearthed Beneath Italian Vineyard

A sacred site in Western Australia that showed 46,000 years of continual occupation and provided a 4,000-year-old genetic link to present-day traditional owners has been destroyed in the expansion of an iron ore mine.

The cave in Juukan Gorge in the Hammersley Ranges, about 60km from Mt Tom Price, is one of the oldest in the western Pilbara region and the only inland site in Australia to show signs of continual human occupation through the last Ice Age. It was blasted along with another sacred site on Sunday.
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Rio Tinto Blasted 46,000-year-old Aboriginal Site to Expand Iron Ore Mine

The topic of Hitler could go into so many different Categories, but I'm wondering about those people many think of as the "Illuminati."
I just watched this film from Forbidden History, and it reminded me of many Third Reich beliefs, such as:

* Seeking World Domination,
* Believing they descended from a pure, superior race
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Carole Lombard's death after launching America's first WWII bond drive is remembered as example of Hollywood's support for the war effort.
Remembering Carole Lombard, Hollywood’s First Casualty of World War II – Variety

The family of a British soldier who was killed at Dunkirk have finally received a poignant letter he wrote to his mother just days before his death nearly 80 years ago.

Private Harry Cole, 30, penned a letter to his mother Rosa on May 26, 1940, predicting with hopeless optimism that German troops would soon be "on the run" and "back in Germany in double quick time."
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Family of British Soldier Killed by a Sniper at Dunkirk Received a Poignant Letter He Wrote Nearly 80 Years Ago

On this Memorial Day weekend, our thoughts and prayers are with all of those who are grieving. May we, as Abraham Lincoln said, “highly resolve that these dead shall not have died in vain—that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom—and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”
Memorial Day Tribute | Hillsdale College

Members of the Aum Supreme Truth sect flew from Tokyo to Perth in April 1993 looking for a remote location where they could test sarin gas ahead of a terrorist attack that shocked the world.
How a Japanese Cult Tested Nerve Gas on Sheep at an Australian Outback Property Before Fatal Attack on Japanese Subway

The fake documents, vital to Himmler's capture on May 22, 1945, were found in the possessions of a judge and have been donated to the Military Intelligence Museum in Shefford, Bedfordshire.
Fake ID Papers Used by SS Leader Heinrich Himmler Rediscovered 75 Years After His Death

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Brothers Colin and Ewan McGregor follow up their documentary The Battle of Britain with a film exploring Bomber Command, a rarely told story from the Second World War.



A gripping ninety minute special first broadcast on BBC1 and presented by Hollywood Superstar Ewan McGregor and his brother Colin to mark the 70th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain – arguably the most important event in modern British history and the only aerial war in world history.
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May 17, 1980, 40 years ago today, was a beautiful day on the mountain in southwest Washington. It was also the most significant day of Carolyn Driedger's life.

She and a colleague had traveled to the active volcano Mount St. Helens to drop off equipment at a U.S. geological station. They planned to stay the night, but geologist David Johnston, tasked with monitoring the mountain, warned them against it.
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Revisiting the 1980 eruption of Mount St. Helens - CBS News

Thousands of people march in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo against a service to honour Nazi-allied Croatian soldiers.
Bosnia: Protesters condemn Mass for WWII Croat Nazi collaborators - BBC News


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