Archaeologists excavating a Spanish necropolis discovered a calcified tumor with a bone and four teeth in the pelvis of a late Roman woman. This is the first time that archaeologists have come across the bizarre cancer in the ancient world. Known as ovarian teratoma, the tumor can form human eggs from germ cells to create hair, teeth and bone. This 1600-year-old tumor appears to have been benign, and may not have caused the death of the 30-something year-old woman, who was part of a lower economic class during a period when a fragmented Spain was divided between the Vandals, Suevi and Alans as the Roman Empire collapsed.
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R. Steven Notley and Jeffrey P. García explore Queen Helena’s Jerusalem tomb and the recently excavated Jerusalem palace that might belong to her.
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It was a chance discovery that reshaped our understanding of the Chalcolithic period. In 1961, archaeologist Pessah Bar-Adon was exploring a diffcult-to-access cave near the Dead Sea and noticed something wedged in a crevice. Removing the bundle—wrapped carefully in a straw mat—he discovered a hoard of more than 400 bronze, copper, ivory and stone objects from the Chalcolithic period, including crowns, scepters and mace heads.
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