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jewish

How the Discovery of a Unique Sign Language Reconnected a Linguist With Her Past

Algerian Jewish Sign Language evolved over centuries in isolation, within a walled city of the Sahara, before turning up in Israel.
January 18, 2023
Gastro Obscura
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soup

The ‘Perpetual Broths’ That Simmer for Decades

Taking stock of the world's oldest soups.
December 15, 2022
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pacific

Is 'Mele Kalikimaka' Really the Thing to Say on a Bright Hawaiian Christmas Day?

Popularized by Bing Crosby's kitschy pop classic, the phrase doesn't delight everyone. It also makes no sense.
December 8, 2022
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bats

Did Ancient Humans Use Echolocation?

Archaeologists test how our ancestors may have used this (nearly) lost skill to navigate caves and other dark spaces.
November 1, 2022
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masks

Why Isn’t the Most British of Masks in the Most British of Museums?

The iconic Guy Fawkes mask is everywhere—except where you might expect to find it.
October 7, 2022
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symbols

The Heraldic Rebus, Born in Battle and Embraced by Tudor England, Lives on in Your Smartphone

Expressing your identity in a clever string of images was a thing long before emojis.
August 17, 2022
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hallucinogen

In Algeria, Ancient Cave Art May Show Psychedelic Mushroom Use

Thousands of years ago, artists documented their world on rock walls—including, perhaps, ritual use of hallucinogens.
June 2, 2022
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cave paintings

Making Prehistoric Cave Art in Spain Was an All-Ages Activity

Children and even infants joined adults in making their marks, say archaeologists.
April 29, 2022
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art gallery

Welcome to the Spanish Village Saved by Art—And Nearly Destroyed by Fire

In Southern Spain, a destructive blaze threatened both Genalguacil's people and their beloved public art.
January 7, 2022
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lost cities

The Ancient People Who Burned Their Culture to the Ground

At a site in Spain, archaeologists piece together the last days of Tartessos, an advanced society that vanished 2,500 years ago.
September 23, 2021