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In Gaza, Hamas levels an ancient treasure

In Gaza, Hamas levels an ancient treasure

Technology
Palestinian and French archaeologists began excavating Gaza's earliest archaeological site nearly 20 years ago, unearthing what they believe is a rare 4,500-year-old Bronze Age settlement. But over protests that grew recently, Gaza's Hamas rulers have systematically destroyed the work since seizing power a decade ago, allowing the flattening of this hill on the southern tip of Gaza City to make way for construction projects, and later military bases. In its newest project, Hamas-supported bulldozers are flattening the last remnants of excavation. "There is a clear destruction of a very important archaeological site," said Palestinian archaeology and history professor Mouin Sadeq, who led three excavations at the site along with French archaeologist Pierre de Miroschedji after its accident...
Archaeologists discover ancient trade routes in Vietnam

Archaeologists discover ancient trade routes in Vietnam

Science
Aug. 18 (UPI) -- Archaeologists have discovered an ancient trade network crisscrossing Vietnam's Mekong Delta region.As revealed by several excavations, a vast network of manufacturing hubs and trade routes moved large amounts of goods from settlement to settlement between 4,500 and 3,000 years ago."We knew some artefacts were being moved around but this shows evidence for a major trade network that also included specialist tool-makers and technological knowledge. It's a whole different ball game," Catherine Frieman, an archaeologist at the Australian National University, said in a news release. "This isn't a case of people producing a couple of extra items on top of what they need. It's a major operation."The network's discovery was made possible by the excavation of several stone tools a...
5 Ancient Grains You Need to Try

5 Ancient Grains You Need to Try

Health
The hottest new food trend is actually pretty old. Way, way old. The same whole grains grown by ancient Egyptians, Ethiopians, Aztecs, and Incas are shaking up the 21st century as they're now appearing in staples like Cheerios and Chobani yogurt, with many more products expected to hit the shelves in 2015.Here are five grains from long ago that you need to know about, plus what to do with each one.Amaranth (pictured) Don’t let amaranth’s tiny size fool you. The Peruvian native is high in protein (nearly double the amount in brown rice), and offers all of the essential amino acids your body can't make on its own—so it's a complete protein, like meat, poultry, and eggs. It’s technically a seed, so it’s naturally gluten-free, and a perfect addition to vegan and gluten-free diets.T
How cats conquered the ancient world

How cats conquered the ancient world

Science
The domestic cat is descended from wild cats that were tamed twice - in the Near East and then Egypt, according to the largest study of its kind.Farmers in the Near East were probably the first people to successfully tame wild cats about 9,000 years ago.Then, a few thousand years later, cats spread out of ancient Egypt along maritime trade routes.Today, cats live on all continents except Antarctica. Scientists think wildcats began hanging around farms to prey on mice attracted to grain stores, starting the long relationship between humans and felines."There were two taming events - one in the Near East at the beginning and one in Egypt much later," said lead researcher Eva-Maria Geigl."And then the cat spread very efficiently all over the ancient world as a ship's cat. Both lineages are no...