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holes

Near Stonehenge, an Even Bigger Neolithic Site Is Hidden Underground

A giant circle of pits is the largest Neolithic site found in Britain to date.
June 29, 2020
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teeth

Why Did This Ancient Marsupial Have Saber Teeth?

Turns out they're useful if you want to slurp up your food.
June 26, 2020
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empire

Did an Alaskan Volcano Help Change the Face of the Mediterranean World?

At the time, unrest roiled Egypt and an empire rose in Rome.
June 23, 2020
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invertebrates

What It’s Like to Be The Namesake of a Deep-Sea Worm

We asked Ivvet Modinou about the underwater creature that shares her name: P. modinouae.
June 22, 2020
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ecology

After 65 Years, a Wild Ass Is Back in Eastern Mongolia

Khulan have been on the wrong side of the tracks for far too long.
June 17, 2020
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monastery

In Mongolia, a Mysterious Island Ruin Is Finally Giving Up Its Secrets

Solar radiation and dead trees tell us when Por-Bajin was built—and why it was neither palace nor fortress.
June 16, 2020
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mayan

Found: The Oldest and Largest Maya Structure in Mexico

If it weren't for aerial surveys and lidar imaging, Aguada Fénix might never have claimed the superlative crown.
June 12, 2020
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empire

To Work Out Like an Aztec, Play Hard Ball or Invest in Sneakers

Turns out there’s a lot of running involved in running an empire.
June 12, 2020
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warriors

To Work Out Like a Knight, Try Donning Armor and Extolling Virtue

Being fit and chivalric is as much a mental state as a physical one.
June 5, 2020
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automata

What It’s Like to Build a Traditional Japanese Automaton From Scratch

All you need is a good imagination. And a whole lot of patience.
June 4, 2020
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technology

How to Scour the Landscape for Cultural Heritage From Your Home

Patience and the right resources are key.
June 2, 2020
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warriors

To Work Out Like an Amazon, Limber Up and Find a Horse

The fearsome fighters of Greek mythology have a very real, very fit regimen to share.
May 29, 2020
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illuminated manuscripts

Explore the Whimsical Flora of a 15th-Century Italian Folio

An herbal a day will take the green from your gills away—and perhaps apply it to your thumb.
May 28, 2020
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travel

Share the World’s Wonders With Atlas Obscura Zoom Backgrounds

Calling into work from the Gates of Hell has never been easier.
May 26, 2020
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dancing

To Work Out Like a Victorian Woman, Grab a Corset—and Don't Break a Sweat

In the march toward equality, these were among the first (dainty) steps.
May 22, 2020
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satellite

Mount St. Helens Is Going Green Again

Forty years of satellite imagery chronicles a remarkable floral comeback.
May 20, 2020
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fungus

A Viking Burial Barge Is Being Swallowed By Fungus

The maritime tomb in Norway is the first of its kind to be excavated in a century.
May 18, 2020
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warriors

To Work Out Like a Samurai, Swing a Stick, Take a Hike—or Push Some Pencils

Japan’s feudal fighters were plenty tough. But they didn’t ditch their day jobs.
May 15, 2020
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obscura academy

Dig This: An Online Field School for Junior Archaeologists

At-home lessons and pro tips could help quarantined kids hit pay dirt.
May 13, 2020
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archive

This Vast Photo Archive Is Hidden Inside a Cold, Heavily Guarded Limestone Mine

Over 11 million Getty images are on ice near Pittsburgh.
May 11, 2020
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empire

Found: Possibly the First Recorded Death-by-Meteorite

Call it a cold case from space.
May 8, 2020
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museums and collections

Help Atlas Obscura Explore the British Museum’s Newly Digital Collection

There are 1.9 million objects to explore. What are you waiting for?
May 7, 2020
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mammal

How Island Evolution Forged a Bizarre Mammal in Ancient Madagascar

Back when reptiles were all the rage, Adalatherium really stood out.
May 4, 2020
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ice

Greenland Has a Grand Canyon Beneath Its Ice, Carved by Ancient Floods

Ancient topography lurks beneath the white expanse.
May 1, 2020