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Welcome to History Buff, a blog for history lovers everywhere! History Buff brings news stories about archaeology from around the world together on one site. From finds in ancient Egypt to new discoveries in anthropology, History Buff wants to know. And feel free to stop by History Buff's ** Author Interviews** for Q&As with authors of historical fiction. Enjoy!

Michelle Moran
Historical fiction author

As an historical fiction writer I am fascinated by news stories featuring the past as it's unearthed and reimagined and brought to life. I spend a
large quantity of time searching for news in archaeology and history. Once in a great while a new archaeological discovery will act as an inspiration for what I'm currently writing. But most of the time the news stories I read are simply interesting tidbits of history. Unfortunately, I have disallowed comments because I travel so frequently that I can neither monitor nor respond to them. But I would still love to share the history that I find fascinating each day. So welcome! And feel free to visit my website at www.michellemoran.com.

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3.28.2011

X-ray technique peers beneath archaeology's surface

By Jason Palmer

Striking discoveries in archaeology are being made possible by strong beams of X-rays, say researchers. A report at the American Physical Society meeting in Dallas, US, showed how X-ray sources known as synchrotrons can unravel an artefact's mysteries.

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2,500-Year-Old Human Preserved Brain Discovered

A 2,500-year-old human skull uncovered in England was less of a surprise than what was in it: the brain. The discovery of the yellowish, crinkly, shrunken brain prompted questions about how such a fragile organ could have survived so long and how frequently this strange type of preservation occurs.

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3.25.2011

Wart Detected on Egyptian Queen Beauty

By Rossella Lorenzi

King Tut's grandmother, the powerful and beautiful Queen Tiye, might have had an unattractive flat wart on her forehead, according to a mummy expert.

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God's Wife Edited Out of the Bible -- Almost

God had a wife, Asherah, whom the Book of Kings suggests was worshiped alongside Yahweh in his temple in Israel, according to an Oxford scholar.

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3.24.2011

Archaeologists discover saber-toothed vegetarian

WASHINGTON (AP) — Surprised scientists have discovered the remains of a saber-toothed vegetarian. The leaf-crunching animal — about the size of a large dog — lived 260 million years ago in what is now Brazil, researchers report in Friday's edition of the journal Science. Its upper canine teeth were nearly 5 inches long.

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3.21.2011

Rare Roman altar stones uncovered in Musselburgh

Two rare, carved altar stones found in East Lothian could shed new light about the Roman period in Scotland, it has been claimed.

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10,000-year-old spear is an archeological gem

by Josh Green

NORTH PORT - Archaeologists hope a major find in a spring an hour and a half south of Tampa helps piece together how Florida's earliest inhabitants lived.

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3.19.2011

The Roman Ninth Legion's mysterious loss

The disappearance of Rome's Ninth Legion has long baffled historians, but could a brutal ambush have been the event that forged the England-Scotland border, asks archaeologist Dr Miles Russell, of Bournemouth University.

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Who Was St. Patrick?

Lauren Effron

Those who recognize St. Patrick's Day celebrate it very differently depending on where they're from, and believe it or not, it's the United States that has turned the Emerald Isle's namesake tradition into a huge party scene, when its original intent was to be observed as a religious holiday.

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Shipwreck exhibit stirs up storm at Smithsonian

By Laura Allsop for CNN

London, England (CNN) -- Though they sit quietly beneath the waves, shipwrecks are a cause of much wrangling above the surface. The issue of underwater archaeology is clouded by concerns about treasure hunting, the safety of wrecks, and the sale of finds.

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3.15.2011

Medieval discovery: pottery and leather shoes found in dig

REMNANTS of what appears to have been a medieval mill, including “very well-preserved” timber beams, pottery and leather shoes, have been found underneath Meeting House Square in Temple Bar, Dublin.

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Science friction: Study questions how long ago ancient ancestors learned to use fire

AP: WASHINGTON — A new study is raising questions about when ancient human ancestors in Europe learned to control fire, one of the most important steps on the long path to civilization.

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3.11.2011

Egypt's Archaeological Sites Stand Unguarded

by Rossella Lorenzi

Concerned archaeologists called today on Egypt’s Prime Minister Essam Sharaf to return police to archaeological sites. The move is required to put an end to illegal excavations and wild looting of storehouses and tombs.

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Human remains found in Bronze Age pots

Two Bronze Age burial pots containing human remains have been found at the base of a standing stone in Angus.

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Ancient Egyptians made the arduous trek to Chad new research suggests

A trip across the desert of southwest Egypt is not for the faint of heart. Modern day travellers departing southwest from the Dakhla Oasis will find themselves hitting their flasks as they traverse the Egyptian wilderness. Water sources are scarce, the area is sparsely populated and the lack of landmarks means you’ll want to keep your GPS system in good order.

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3.09.2011

Archaeological dig uncovers Roman activity near Stroud

A study has begun into items found in an archaeological dig near Stroud. The excavation at a site at Ebley Road in Stonehouse has revealed evidence of some of the earliest Roman activity known in the Stroud Valleys.

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Who Owns History? Egyptian Looting Raises Questions

by Benjamin Radford

When visitors to museums see artifacts from cultures all around the world, an uncomfortable question sometimes arises: Why are they here?

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3.07.2011

Pompeii Couple Reunited in Marble Inscription

by Rossella Lorenzi

A married couple from Pompeii have been reunited with the recovery of a missing piece of a 2000-year-old marble puzzle made of several inscribed fragments.

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Archaeologists discover ancient rain water harvesting site in Maharashtra

In a significant discovery, archaeologists have stumbled upon an ancient rain water harvesting site having 13 rock-cut reservoirs, in central Maharashtra, which they say is the largest one in the country.

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3.05.2011

She's aged well: Face of incredibly preserved 700-year-old mummy found by chance by Chinese road workers

These incredible pictures show a 700-year-old mummy, which was discovered by chance - by road workers - in excellent condition in eastern China.

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3.04.2011

Egypt's top archaeologist warns of looting

By HAMZA HENDAWI

CAIRO (AP) - Egypt's top archaeologist, Zahi Hawass, warned that the country's antiquity sites were being looted by criminals amid the country's political upheaval as he announced he would no longer serve in his ministerial post in the government.

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3.02.2011

DNA tests on bone fragment inconclusive in Amelia Earhart search

by Phil Gast

(CNN) -- The fate of famed aviator Amelia Earhart remains a mystery after DNA tests on one of three bone fragments discovered on a Pacific island proved inconclusive.

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3.01.2011

Roman Cavalry Mask Found

A citizen in the island province of Gotland has submitted a Roman cavalry-officer's helmet mask to the County Archaeologist.

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