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How Alexander Pushkin Was Inspired By His African Heritage

Alexander Pushkin is often regarded as the greatest Russian author. Many readers are unaware that he was influenced by his African great-grandfather, General Abraham Petrovitch Gannibal.  “Boyar credentials, African heritage, and a personal link to Peter the Great were all vital to Pushkin’s identity,” says Anne Lounsbery, a Russian literature researcher. To emphasize his connection …

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Great Sphinx: This Facial Reconstruction Rewrites History

The Great Sphinx, a giant 4,500-years-old limestone statue situated near the Great Pyramid of Giza in Egypt, is one of the world’s largest and oldest statues. Measuring 240 feet (73 meters) in length and 66 feet (20 meters) in height, it is also one of the most recognizable relics of the civilization of Kemet, though …

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Mexico returns ancient bronze sculpture to Nigeria

Mexico has returned an ancient bronze sculpture to Nigeria after thwarting an attempt to smuggle it into the country, officials say. The artefact is from Nigeria’s south-western Ife city, famous for works depicting royalty and deities of the once-powerful Yoruba kingdom. The sculpture is of a man sitting cross-legged, wearing a head dress and holding …

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DNA from child burials reveals ‘profoundly different’ human landscape in ancient Africa

Central Africa is too hot and humid for ancient DNA to survive—or so researchers thought. But now the bones of four children buried thousands of years ago in a rock shelter in the grasslands of Cameroon have yielded enough DNA for scientists to analyze. It’s the first ancient DNA from humans in the region, and …

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Royal Tombs Unearthed in Greece Proof of African Influence

Archaeologists have discovered two royal tombs in Greece containing jewellery and artefacts dating back more than 3,000 years. The finds include a gold ring depicting bulls flanked by sheaves of barley and a pendant showing the Kemetic (ancient Egyptian) goddess Hathor. The US researchers say their discovery will provide new clues about early Mycenaean trade …

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