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Golden Regalia in Makati, Philippines

More than a millennium before Ferdinand Magellan landed in the archipelago that he called Filipinas, the islands were filled with thriving communities, ruled by their respective datu (rulers). They have sophisticated pottery and artifacts developed from trading with the surrounding civilizations in this part of the world. There was no extensive documentation...

Tue Apr 16, 2024 01:09
Balanced Rock in Big Bend National Park, Texas

The southwest Texas desert stretches for miles in Big Bend National Park— nearly 80 percent of the park is desert land, after all. All told, there are 150 miles of trails, ranging from desert landscapes to majestic mountains to riverside splendor. Mexican persimmons grow alongside bursts of color from the hundreds of wildflowers. Yucca plants spread...

Tue Apr 16, 2024 00:38
Gateway to the Old King's Yards in Freetown, Sierra Leone

After the United Kingdom passed the Slave Trade Act of 1807, prohibiting the slave trade, they then had to enforce it. This was the job of the Royal Navy, which patrolled the coast of Africa looking to capture slave ships. When ships were captured, they were most often brought to the port of Freetown, which was home to an admiralty court charged with...

Tue Apr 16, 2024 00:38
The Viking Women With Intentionally Reshaped Skulls

Filing teeth is not exactly unheard of in ancient societies. The Vikings were known to carve grooves into their incisors for status or intimidation, similar to the Maya of Central America and Zappo Zap people in Congo, among others. But while examining Viking skulls from the island of Gotland in the Baltic Sea, a team of researchers also found another...

Mon Apr 15, 2024 22:08
White Otter Castle in Kenora, Ontario

In 1903, trapper Jimmy McOuat stole away into the deep woods of White Otter Lake, some 40 kilometers from the nearest sign of society. Already in his late 40s, he had little to his name but meager earnings he had earned as a farmer—earnings he soon lost after a bad investment in a bankrupt gold mine. With few other options, he turned to trapping. ...

Mon Apr 15, 2024 21:09
Shipwreck of Kastellholmen in Stockholm, Sweden

In 2013, an unusually low water level revealed a long-hidden secret in the very heart of Stockholm. The remains of a shipwreck, clearly visible during low tide, were discovered by marine archaeologist Jin Hansson, who was on a morning stroll with his girlfriend. Hansson immediately realized it must be a shipwreck due to the very particular shape of...

Mon Apr 15, 2024 20:10

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