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Serpent Mound
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Serpent Mound

Serpent Mound (also known as Great Serpent Mound) is an archaeological and historic site in Peebles, Ohio, USA, enclosing an effigy mound 1348 feet...
Cullinan Diamond
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Cullinan Diamond

The Cullinan Diamond was discovered in Transvaal, South Africa in 1905 and presented as a birthday gift to Edward VII of England (r. 1901-1910) by the...
Pre-Colonial North America
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Pre-Colonial North America

Pre-Colonial North America (also known as Pre-Columbian, Prehistoric, and Precontact) is the period between the migration of the Paleo-Indians to the...
Interview: The Werewolf in the Ancient World by Daniel Ogden
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Interview: The Werewolf in the Ancient World by Daniel Ogden

In this interview, World History Encyclopedia is talking to author Daniel Ogden about his new book The Werewolf in the Ancient World. Daniel Ogden...
Koh-i-Noor
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Koh-i-Noor

The Koh-i-Noor diamond (also spelt Koh-i-Nur or Kūh-e Nūr), with a weight of 105.6 carats, is one of the largest and most famous cut diamonds in the...
A Gallery of 12 Roman Amphitheatres
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A Gallery of 12 Roman Amphitheatres

In this gallery, we showcase 12 amphitheatres, a structure built throughout the Roman empire where ordinary people could watch such spectacles as gladiator...
Ull
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Ull

Ull (also known as Ullr), with his bow and skis, is such an elusive presence in Norse mythology that no conclusive remarks can be made about him. The...
Poverty Point
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Poverty Point

Poverty Point is an archaeological and historic site in Louisiana, USA, enclosing one of the most significant Native American mound sites from Pre-Colonial...
Legions of the Rhine Frontier
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Legions of the Rhine Frontier

After Julius Caesar’s (100-44 BCE) conquest of Gaul, Roman legions pushed the borders of the Roman Empire’s frontier to the banks of the Rhine River...
Ten Great Native American Mound Sites
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Ten Great Native American Mound Sites

The Native Americans of Pre-Colonial North America built thousands of mounds across the continent which served various purposes – burial, ritualistic...
A Gallery of Fabergé Eggs
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A Gallery of Fabergé Eggs

The tradition of giving miniature Easter eggs was not a new one but when Tsar Alexander III (r. 1881-1894) commissioned Peter Carl Fabergé (1846-1920...
Native American Enslavement in Colonial America
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Native American Enslavement in Colonial America

Slavery was practiced by the Native Americans long before any Europeans arrived in the region. People of one tribe could be taken by another for a variety...