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Sultan Selim III

Selim III (Ottoman Turkish: سليم ثالث, Selim; 24 December 1761 – 28 July 1808) was the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire from 1789 to 1807. Regarded as an enlightened ruler, the Janissaries eventually deposed and imprisoned him, and placed his cousin Mustafa on the throne as Mustafa IV. Selim was subsequently killed by a group of …

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Sultan Osman Gazi

Osman I or Osman Ghazi (Ottoman Turkish: عثمان غازى, romanized: ʿOsmān Ġāzī; Turkish: I. Osman or Osman Gazi; died 1323/4), sometimes transliterated archaically as Othman, was the founder of the Ottoman Empire. Perhaps it is the scarcity of information about the life of the founder of the Ottoman dynasty that makes it all the more intriguing. Historians …

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Lost ancient Peruvian fresco

BY AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE – AFP Archaeologists have unearthed a pre-Hispanic fresco depicting mythological scenes in northern Peru, which had been lost for a century. “It’s an exceptional discovery, first of all, because it is rare to unearth wall paintings of such quality in pre-Colombian archaeology,” said Sam Ghavami, the Swiss archaeologist who led excavations that …

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Ancient South Americans tasted chocolate 5,400 years ago

New research strengthens the case that people used the chocolate ingredient cacao in South America 5,400 years ago, underscoring the seed’s radical transformation into today’s Twix bars and M&M candies. Tests indicate traces of cacao on artifacts from an archeological site in Ecuador, according to a study published Monday. That’s about 1,500 years older than …

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Hittite meals

The Hittites were an Anatolian peoplewho played an important role in establishing first a kingdom in Kussara (before 1750 BC), then the Kanesh or Nesha kingdom (c. 1750–1650 BC), and next an empire centered on Hattusa in north-central Anatolia (around 1650 BC). The 4,000-year-old Hittite cuisine was cooked in Alacahöyük, an important Neolithic settlement and …

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Terracotta Army

New sculptures have been discovered in the mausoleum of the first emperor of China, Qin Shi Huang, which is famous for being guarded by the Terracotta Army, the thousands of sculptures of soldiers made from clay. Archeologists excavating the burial pit in the huge tomb in the city of Xian discovered 1,400 new soldier statues, …

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