“Bronze Age DNA calls famous biblical slaughter into question” | New Scientist

DNA from five ancient skeletons confirms the Canaanites were not annihilated by the Israelites, as the Bible suggests, but live on in modern day Lebanon

Source: Bronze Age DNA calls famous biblical slaughter into question | New Scientist

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“Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion” | University of Cambridge

“Despite being written out of large parts of history, atheists thrived in the polytheistic societies of the ancient world – raising considerable doubts about whether humans really are ‘wired’ for religion – a new study suggests.”

“Whitmarsh stresses that his study is not designed to prove, or disprove, the truth of atheism itself. On the book’s first page, however, he adds: ‘I do, however, have a strong conviction – that has hardened in the course of researching and writing this book – that cultural and religious pluralism, and free debate, are indispensable to the good life.’”

Source: Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion | University of Cambridge

“Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck” – Scientific American

“Two-thousand-year-old bones could yield first DNA from an ancient shipwreck victim.”

This is so exciting! It could tell us more about the shipwreck and potentially about the incredible Antikythera Mechanism.

Source: Human Skeleton Found on Famed Antikythera Shipwreck – Scientific American

“Legends say China began in a great flood. Scientists just found evidence that the flood was real.” – The Washington Post

“Chinese geologists uncovered evidence of a catastrophic flood some 4000 years ago — right around the time that legends say a mythical founding flood occurred.”

Source: Legends say China began in a great flood. Scientists just found evidence that the flood was real. – The Washington Post