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4,000 Roman Coins Found Intact in Swiss Orchard
November 24, 2015
A Swiss farmer will not get to keep any of the more than 4,000 bronze and silver coins that he discovered in his cherry orchard. The coins, which date to the days of Ancient Rome, are now property of the Swiss Government, under Swiss law. The 4,166 coins are in excellent condition, and the imprints can be read, so archaeologists know that they are from the time of the emperors Aurelian (A.D. 170-275) and Maximilian (A.D. 286-305). Archaeologists said that the coins were in such good condition probably because they were hoarded not longer after they were minted and because the land had been farmland for the past 1,700 years and not targeted for building.

Lost Greek City Hiding in Plain Sight
November 24, 2015
The lost Greek city of Kane has been discovered, archaeologists say. The Arginusae Islands are now called the Garip Islands and are not far from the Turkish coast. In 406 B.C., the islands were famous as the site of an epic battle between the forces of Athens and Sparta, during the Peloponnesian War. The island that contained the ancient city of Kane became a peninsula, the researchers found.

Course Unveiling Brings Olympic Golf to the Fore
November 22, 2015
The course is now in place, so golf can make its return to Olympics. The Rio de Janeiro city government presented the Rio 2016 Olympic Golf Course at a special in Barra da Tijuca, near the main Olympic Park and the athletes village. Olympic mascot Vinicius (left) took the ceremonial first shot on the newly unveiled course. The brainchild of course designer American Gil Hanse, the golf course will include two artificial lakes and (of course) numerous sand bunkers. City officials pointed out that the course would be a top venue for professsionals and also would remain open to the public once the Olympic Games had finished.

Ping Pong Pros Challenge Public for Tickets
November 22, 2015
Call it ping pong promotion. Organizers of the 2016 Summer Olympics, in an effort to promote the table test event during the August Games in Rio de Janeiro, unveiled a professional-to-amateur challenge in Central do Brasil, Rio’s main train station. Four of the country’s best players took part, challenging commuters to a battle with paddles. Any commuter who could return two of five seves from the rocket paddles of a professional would win tickets to the test event.

Dig Turns Up Ancient Chinese Game Piece
November 22, 2015
A 14-face die is among the pieces from a board game found in a 2,300-year-old tomb in China. Archaeologists digging in the heavily looted tomb near Qingzhou City also found a broken tile that was once part of a game board and nearly two dozen rectangular game pieces that had numbers painted on them. Twelve of the die’s 14 faces are numbered 1 through 6, each number appearing twice in all. The other two faces are blank.

New Statue of Liberty Museum Planned
November 22, 2015
The National Park Service wants more of “the huddled masses” to be able to get up close and personal with the Statue of Liberty. It’s a full-replica of Lady Liberty’s face, actually, that will be more of an attraction, but it’s a view that is currently available only to people who have purchased tickets to the pedestal or the crown of one of America’s most recognizable faces.


The First Thanksgiving
The first Thanksgiving was probably not what we think it was.

The Thanksgiving Feast
How did the different foods we eat on Thanksgiving become official? Check out what's known and not known.



Blackbeard's Final Battle
In his heyday, in the early 18th Century, Blackbeard was one of the most feared names in North America and Europe, a symbol of terror on the high seas whose rumored achievements far outweighed his actual accomplishments.

Magellan Begins Historic Crossing
The voyage led by Ferdinand Magellan faced many unknowns in its historic first curcumnavigation of the earth, including the crossing of the vast Pacific Ocean. Magellan and his wary crew began this part of their journey on Nov. 25, 1520, and finished it (famished and despairing) a grim 98 days later.



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