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Laser mapping uncovers dozens of ancient Mayan cities

Laser mapping uncovers dozens of ancient Mayan cities | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Using advanced laser mapping technology, researchers have found more than 60,000 previously unknown ancient Mayan structures in the jungle of Guatemala.
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We are constantly learning new things.  The shear size of the Mayan cities is staggering.
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Jalissa's comment, March 21, 10:33 AM
This article is about researchers using lasers , to discover new structures. Researchers found new places in the jungle of Guatemala . It would have been impossible for human to stay there because of the climate change .
Jalissa's comment, March 21, 10:34 AM
this Article was boring to me
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History of Greece: Athenian Democracy

History of Greece: Athenian Democracy | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The type of democracy practiced in Athens of the fifth and fourth centuries may not have been perfect. But it was the best government up to that time and superior to what most of the ancient world was living under. Much of the credit goes to Cleisthenes whose reforms turned Athens from an oligarchy (government by the few) to a democracy (government of the people).
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A brief overview of the beginnings of democracy in Ancient Greece.
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Erfurt Treasure | Jüdisches Leben

Erfurt Treasure | Jüdisches Leben | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

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This treasure was found during construction work. The fact that not only these goods were found but the Old Synagogue in Erfurt, Germany was also intact was remarkable.  The synagogue hadn't been used for religious purposes in centuries but the building was not destroyed (its original purpose had long been forgotten or ignored) and is now a museum.
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A viking warrior discovered in Sweden was a woman, scientists have confirmed

A viking warrior discovered in Sweden was a woman, scientists have confirmed | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Swedish scientists have revealed that the body of a Viking warrior long presumed to be male is, in fact, female. A team of researchers from Stockholm University conducted a DNA analysis of the skeleton and confirmed that it belonged to a woman. The 10th-century skeleton, the researchers concluded, is the first confirmed female high-ranking Viking warrior.
Joy Kinley's insight:
The long held belief was that the grave had to be a man because they were buried with a sword.  Vikings did not have a problem with female fighters and this is going to open up new fields of study.
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Xavier James's curator insight, September 16, 2017 9:53 AM

Discovered in 1880, the remains have recently undergone DNA testing, which proves that they are those of a women. Buried in honor with weapons and her horses, (as well as some gaming objects) - the confirmation of the sex gives new insight into the Viking culture.

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Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News

Mobile women were key to cultural exchange in Stone Age and Bronze Age Europe - HeritageDaily - Heritage & Archaeology News | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
At the end of the Stone Age and in the early Bronze Age, families were established in a surprising manner in the Lechtal, south of Augsburg, Germany.
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How we lost the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World

How we lost the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Blame rampaging Goths, fame-hungry arsonists and a conquering army that melted down a bronze statue and sold it off
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Most of these great wonders were lost due to humans destruction and greed not natural disasters.
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Odisea's curator insight, November 15, 2017 9:39 AM
Desde la estatua de Zeus en Olimpia hasta los Jardines Colgantes de Babilonia. Entra y descubre las 7 grandes maravillas del Mundo Antiguo. 
Vía www.salon.com 
Odisea's comment, November 24, 2017 3:04 AM
You are right Joy Kinley, "homo hominis lupus".
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Wreckage of WWII-Era Warship U.S.S. Indianapolis Found After 72 Years

Wreckage of WWII-Era Warship U.S.S. Indianapolis Found After 72 Years | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A search led by billionaire Paul Allen locates the cruiser at the bottom of the Philippine Sea.
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Sweden Reinstates Conscription, With an Eye on Russia

Sweden Reinstates Conscription, With an Eye on Russia | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
There was a time after the Cold War when the Swedes felt they could drop their defenses. No more.
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Sweden is reinstating the draft due to the escalation of Cold War tensions in the last few years.   
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Medieval Armour

Medieval Armour | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Medieval Armour and Shields
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Great description of different parts of armor from the Middle Ages, also plenty of pictures.
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Cats Sailed With Vikings to Conquer the World, Genetic Study Reveals

Cats Sailed With Vikings to Conquer the World, Genetic Study Reveals | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
"I didn’t even know there were Viking cats."
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Imagining cats with swords? Nope, that's not it but cats with thicker fur did live in Viking controlled areas and did travel with them on ships.
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Missouri Mules Sent To Front Lines in WWI

Missouri Mules Sent To Front Lines in WWI | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
As the 100th anniversary of the U.S. involvement in World War I approaches, the Missouri Historical Society is reminding history buffs that Missouri sent more than soldiers “over there.’’
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WWI is considered the first modern war but animals were valuable for transportation.  Mules are very valuable for transporting large loads and being easier to care for than horses.
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How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory'

How Scientists Created A Typhus Vaccine In A 'Fantastic Laboratory' | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Arthur Allen's new book, The Fantastic Laboratory of Dr. Weigl, describes how a WWII scientist in Poland smuggled the typhus vaccine to Jews — while his team made a weakened version for the Nazis.
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Dr. Weigl gave a weak inferior vaccine to the Nazi's and successfully vaccinated thousands of Poles.
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World War I History - World War I - HISTORY.com

World War I History - World War I - HISTORY.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Find out more about the history of World War I History, including videos, interesting articles, pictures, historical features and more. Get all the facts on HISTORY.com
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WWI was at first called the War to End all Wars - it is considered to be the first modern war.  
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In less than 3 months, a major international city will likely run out of water

In less than 3 months, a major international city will likely run out of water | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
In Cape Town, South Africa, they're calling it "Day Zero" -- the day when the taps run dry.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Water scarcity is a growing problem.  This is not a tiny village or a city whose water system was destroyed but rather a world city that will be without water in a matter of weeks.  What can they do to fix this and what can be done to prevent this in other places.
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11 Women Warriors of World War II

11 Women Warriors of World War II | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Test your knowledge with amazing and interesting facts, trivia, quizzes, and brain teaser games on MentalFloss.com.
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Plague has killed 19 people in Madagascar in what may be the worst season yet

Plague has killed 19 people in Madagascar in what may be the worst season yet | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
This plague season could be the deadliest yet for Madagasar.
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 'Pompeii:' 10 Strange Facts About the Roman Empire

 'Pompeii:' 10 Strange Facts About the Roman Empire | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
As the historical action movie 'Pompeii,' opens we list 10 surprising things about ancient Romans you probably didn't know.
Joy Kinley's insight:
Ok - I hate "historical" movies because history is frequently thrown out the window for Hollywood story. But what I do like is that so many different places start giving more details about what was life like during the time period. I love the fact that Romans had central heating.
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'Island Of Fire Ants' Discovered In Houston Flooding

'Island Of Fire Ants' Discovered In Houston Flooding | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
One danger evacuees and first responders are dealing with along with the flooding in Houston is fire ants.
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For those of you that have never encountered fire ants before please avoid them - There bite feels like you have been burned and it hurts for very long time.  This would be a nightmare to deal with -
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In 1974, Hirō Onoda Became The Last Japanese World War Two Soldier To Surrender

In 1974, Hirō Onoda Became The Last Japanese World War Two Soldier To Surrender | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
World War II ended in Europe on May 8, 1945. As for Southeast Asia and Oceania, peace only came several months later on September 2, when Japan finally sur
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It is amazing that he was able to adjust back to life in Japan after so many years.
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Module doc L3's curator insight, March 14, 11:42 AM
La guerre au Japon !!
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Stone weapons hurled 77,000 years ago are unearthed in South Africa

Stone weapons hurled 77,000 years ago are unearthed in South Africa | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Researchers from the University of Liège in Belgium said the teardrop-shaped stone tools found in South Africa were used as projectile weapons in the Middle Stone Age 77,000 years ago.
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This find changes what we thought about settlements in the New World.
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Back to the Dark Ages | History Today

Back to the Dark Ages | History Today | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Monogram at the start of the Gospel of Matthew, from the Lindisfarne Gospels (c. 700 AD) To academic historians the Dark Ages are a thing of the past. And yet English Heritage, in their timeline of the Story of England from the prehistoric to the modern period, shows that, after the Romans left Britain, the nation fell into the ‘Dark Ages’ before resurfacing for two distinct Middle Ages, neatly chopping medieval England into pieces. The term ‘Dark Ages’ found a foothold in the 17th and 18th centuries, with historians like Edward Gibbon writing about the ‘darkness’ of the period, and reached its peak in the mid-19th century as, with a fervent belief in the dawn of a modern age, a growing Empire needed to build a dark past from which to emerge. The Dark Ages cling to Victorian ideals. 
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The Dark Ages refer to the fact people thought that no learning happened during this time, however this is not true.
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Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish?

Why Did Greenland's Vikings Vanish? | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

Newly discovered evidence is upending our understanding of how early settlers made a life on the island -- and why they suddenly disappeared
Joy Kinley's insight:
The common view was that the Vikings transplanted their lives to Greenland and didn't adapt to changing environmental factors.  Current research shows us a much different picture.  The Vikings did adapt to the land and resources but a combination of factors - extreme weather, Black Death, change in valued products all happening at about the same time caused the collapse of the Vikings in Greenland.
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Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration

Farming Behind Barbed Wire: Japanese-Americans Remember WWII Incarceration | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Many of the incarcerated were farmers, coerced to work the land in the camps. The food they grew was meant for the incarcerated but camp administrators sold it on the open market. Resistance ensued.
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The Internment camps during WWII were a sad part of American History - American citizens of Japanese decent were sent to these camps.  The only reason they were sent was their ethnic background.  
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Can Putin, Abe end World War II and change Pacific power dynamic?

Can Putin, Abe end World War II and change Pacific power dynamic? | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
They're the islands where World War II never ended and now they're the focal point of a rare meeting between the leaders of Japan and Russia.
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The Kuril Islands have been a center of tension since WWII.  After a war, the victors frequently take goods from the losing side.  These could be land, money, favorable trading, and or military bases. 
Russia has a strong presence in the Pacific and using these islands as a base only strengthens this presence.  The current Russian regime does not have a policy of giving land back so the islands will probably stay a part of Russia.
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