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9,000-YEAR-OLD DENTAL DRILLING Whether or not our prehistoric ancestors could match many aspects of modern technology may be subject to debate. But in at least one area, the latest evidence is painfully clear. At around 9,000 years ago (over 4,000 years earlier than previously believed) primitive dentists were drilling holes in teeth and doing so with much skill, though possibly not without considerable discomfort to their patients. According to research published in the journal Nature in April, skulls recently found in a Pakistani graveyard bear…

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The Lost World of Egypt’s Abu Ghurob

BY WILLIAM HENRY

About a 20-minute drive from the Great Pyramid, and visible from the Giza Plateau on a clear day, is one of Egypt’s greatest treasures from antiquity, and one of the most extraordinary places on our planet. Abu Ghurob is a closed-to-the-public archaeological site in the pyramid fields that run alongside the Nile south of Cairo. Egyptologists quaintly refer to it as a ‘sun temple’, a ‘burial center’ or ‘funerary complex’ for a new cult of Ra (they usually use these terms when the actual function…

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