Mysterious "Plain of Jars" in Laos has been dated

After years of speculation a team of researchers has pinpointed the age of this ancient mystery.

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  • The Plain of Jars consists of over 90 sites containing thousands of jars scattered across Laos.
  • According to new research, these jars were constructed sometime between 1240 and 660 BCE.
  • In 2019, UNESCO named a cluster of 11 regions as a World Heritage Site.
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Researchers unearth the “Lamborghini” of ancient chariots in Pompeii

The chariot survived ancient eruptions and modern-day looters to become a part of the world heritage site.

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  • Archeologists recently discovered a first-of-its-kind chariot in Pompeii.
  • The ceremonial chariot is decorated with bronze and tin medallions, while the sides sport bronzesheets and red-and-black paintings.
  • Given looting activity in the area, it's lucky the 2,000-year-old treasure wasn't lost to the world heritage site.
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Turns out those aren't the apostle St James’s bones after all

Research shows that bone fragments of Jesus's (possible) brother belong to someone else.

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  • New research in Rome has found that bones purported to be from St. James the Less are impossible.
  • The femoral bone fragments date to somewhere between 214 and 340 CE—a few centuries off the mark.
  • The analysis was conducted on bone fragments, oil, and mummy remains in the Basilica dei Santa Apostoli.
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Stonehenge stones came from an even older Welsh stone circle

Waun Maun was an ancient Welsh stone circle that had an awful lot in common with Stonehenge.

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  • New research finds that Stonehenge's' bluestones were taken from another, older stone circle in Wales.
  • The site of the older circle is near the quarry from which the bluestones likely came.
  • Researchers believe that at some point the original Welsh builders moved en mass eastward to England, bringing their stones with them.
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    10 pieces of wisdom from Roman emperors

    Even tyrants and despots offer wisdom worth heeding.

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    • Rome's famed emperors have seen a resurgence thanks to Stoicism, but many philosophies date back to the Empire.
    • While the range of rulers vary from tyrannical despots to benevolent political forces, they all have something to say.
    • These 10 quotes seem suited to our modern political situation in America and beyond right now.
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