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Enlarge / Annotations recording Galileo’s discovery of the four moons of Jupiter, from the single-leaf manuscript in the collection of the University of Michigan. The library recently discovered the manuscript is a 20th-century forgery. reader comments 82 with 48 posters participating Share this story Since 1938, one of the most prized items in the University ..

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Enlarge / A hunger stone in the Elbe River in Děčín, Czech Republic. The oldest readable carving is from 1616, with older carvings (1417 and 1473) having been wiped out by anchoring ships over the years. reader comments 135 with 67 posters participating Share this story Stories have been circling around the Internet this past ..

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Enlarge / A diver with the Return to Antikythera project carefully excavates an artifact. Nikos Giannoulakis/Return to Antikythera reader comments 70 with 42 posters participating Share this story The so-called Antikythera mechanism, recovered from the wreckage of an ancient cargo ship off the coast of Antikythera Island in Greece, might be the world’s oldest analog ..

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reader comments 75 with 32 posters participating Share this story [embedded content] In 1682 a royal ship carrying the heir to the English throne ran aground and sank off the Norfolk Coast. The wreck was discovered by two brothers in 2007 and has remained a closely kept secret until now. At 5:30 am on May ..

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Enlarge / Anachronistic baroque painting of the pivotal Battle of Actium by Laureys a Castro, 1672. Public domain reader comments 39 with 28 posters participating Share this story Historians widely consider the Battle of Actium in 31 BCE to be the decisive event that led to Octavian defeating Mark Antony and Cleopatra. The couple committed ..

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reader comments 100 with 57 posters participating Share this story [embedded content] An ecological model has been applied to estimate the number of lost medieval manuscripts in Europe. Those who study human culture must grapple with what amounts to an incomplete data set, since researchers are limited to poring over the books, manuscripts, paintings, sculptures, ..

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Enlarge / Section of the so-called “Tavistock letter,” written by Charles Dickens in his idiosyncratic shorthand. The crowd-sourced transcription, now 70 percent complete, reveals a dispute between Dickens and The Times of London. reader comments 18 with 14 posters participating Share this story Last October, a collaboration called The Dickens Code project made a public ..

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Enlarge / Otto Frank’s copy of an anonymous note he received, allegedly identifying the person who betrayed the Frank family. The note is offered as evidence that a Jewish leader named Arnold van den Bergh was the most likely culprit in The Betrayal of Anne Frank by Rosemary Sullivan. reader comments 43 with 32 posters ..

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