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Elephant Mosaic In 5th Century Synagogue Uncovered - Huffington Post

 | By Antonia Blumberg





There are many amazing characters and creatures described in the Hebrew Bible, but elephants are not among them.

Imagine the surprise of a team of archaeologists who were in the midst of their fourth summer of excavations at an ancient synagogue in Israel’s Lower Galilee when they discovered elephants in a mosaic panel where they expected only to find biblical scenes.

There on the floor of a 5th century synagogue in the ancient Jewish village of Huqoq was an entire mosaic panel depicting non-biblical scenes, uncovered for the first time in 1,600 years. Until now, every other decoration archaeologists have discovered on an ancient synagogue has depicted scenes from the Hebrew Bible, as Director of the Huqoq excavations Jodi...  Read More

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Shilling discovery could rewrite Canadian history = AFP

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A rare Edward VI shilling, minted in London between 1551 and 1553, is seen on January 23, 2014 in Victoria, British Columbia (AFP Photo/Clement Sabourin)

Victoria (Canada) (AFP) - An amateur treasure hunter with a hand-held metal detector has turned Canadian history on its head after finding a 16th century shilling buried in clay on the shores of Vancouver Island.

The 435-year-old coin discovered in western-most Canada has rekindled a theory that a British explorer made a secret voyage here two centuries before it was discovered by Spanish sailors.

Official historical records show the Spanish were the first Europeans to set foot in what is now Canada's British Columbia province in 1774, followed four years later by British Royal Navy Captain James Cook.

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Mythical yeti 'could be descended from ancient polar bear' - AFP

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London (AFP) - A British geneticist said Thursday he may have solved the mystery of the yeti, after matching DNA from two animals said to be the mythical beast to an ancient polar bear.

"We have found an exact genetic match between two samples from the Himalayas and the ancient polar bear," said Bryan Sykes, emeritus professor at Oxford University.

There have for centuries been legends about hairy, ape-like creatures, also known as "migoi" in the Himalayas, "bigfoot" in North America and "almasty" in the Caucasus mountains.

The myth was given credence when explorer Eric Shipton returned from his 1951 expedition to Everest with photographs of giant footprints in the snow.

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Sears seeks retail innovation from Silicon Valley

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Sears is showing the retail world that it's serious in its efforts for a technology turnaround. The retailer announced today the winners of its Startup + Developer Challenge, a code-a-thon designed to foster digital innovation and enhance the Shop Your Way interactive shopping experience, the company said in a news release.

More than 150 participants competed throughout three days for the chance to see their application brought to life by Sears, with Team Omega Ortega landing the grand prize (a test budget from Sears) for The Chore Score.

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