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Study of ancient history history and pre-history based on interpretation of artifacts and found physical remains.

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Was beer more important than food in the development of organised civilisation?

The conventional story of the origin of modern civilisation places the discovery of agriculture as a major turning point. And this, it is usually claimed, was because organised cities can't grow ...
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Were the first Americans from Africa?

A 1999 episode of the BBC documentary series Ancient Voices claimed that the first people in the Americas were not the people we call Native Americans, but a much earlier group of Africans who shared ...
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How old is Judaism?

I've recently read this BBC article which makes the claim that Judaism originated some time around 2000 B.C, if not earlier. I've seen a number of sources which make similar claims (Source 1, Source ...
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Did the walls of Jericho fall outward?

According to the Associates for Biblical Research, the walls at Tell es-Sultan (the Biblical Jericho) fell outward: In reality what Kenyon, Garstang and other excavators have found at Jericho ...
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Have edible jars of honey been found in thousand-year-old Egyptian tombs?

A recent xkcd contains the claim that honey has a shelf life that's so long that edible jars of honey have been found in Egyptian tombs several thousand years old. Image taken from http://www.xkcd....
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Has a “chariot army” been found at the bottom of the Red Sea?

It's apparently quite a popular story to "disprove doubting Atheists" regarding the miraculous crossing of the Red Sea by the Israelites during the Exodus of the Hebrew bible that in the ...
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Is the Treblinka Archaeology study a hoax? [closed]

Treblinka was a Nazi extermination site for Polish Jews between July 1942 and October 1943. Jews were claimed to have been shipped to Treblinka and upon arrival immediately executed by carbon monoxide ...
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Is there any archaeological evidence for Norman Invasion of Britain in 1066?

This article by Joshua Berman claims that "The Anglo-Saxon conquest of Britain in the 5th century, the Arab conquest of Palestine in the 7th century, even the Norman invasion of England in 1066: all ...
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Were there Hungarian speaking Indians in South America?

The following story is a translation from Hungarian, with a lot of discussion in the blog's comments: http://www.cakravartin.com/archives/south-american-natives-speak-ancient-european-language The ...
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Was there a giant red-haired race in North America?

The other day, I saw a show on the History channel about "giant skeletons" being found in North America. It also said that, for some reason, these findings have been hidden from people, maybe due to ...
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Is the “Face on Mars” an artificial structure?

Is the famous image of a face on Mars a trick of the light or an artificial structure reprinting a face?
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Did humans used to be a lot smaller on average? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Were people shorter in the middle ages? When talking about human evolution, I've heard several people comment that humans used to be a lot smaller, and that we can tell this ...