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Roman Shine Preserved For 2,000 Years By Ash From Vesuvius Eruption Unearthed At Pompeii

Roman Shine Preserved For 2,000 Years By Ash From Vesuvius Eruption Unearthed At Pompeii

The shrine, known as a lararium, is surrounded by well-preserved paintings and murals depicting animals, deities, and more.
Banksy Painting Self-Destructs Immediately After Being Sold For $1.4 Million

Banksy Painting Self-Destructs Immediately After Being Sold For $1.4 Million

Sotheby's auction house in London says that this is "the first time in auction history that a work of art automatically shredded itself."
This Week In History News, Sept. 23 – 29

This Week In History News, Sept. 23 – 29

Jesus' possible use of cannabis oil, the mystery of "art's most scandalous vagina," and an unearthed medieval board game.
This Ancient Octagon-Shaped Tomb Uncovers The Cruel History Of Mongol-Ruled China

This Ancient Octagon-Shaped Tomb Uncovers The Cruel History Of Mongol-Ruled China

The walls depict lessons about the importance of respecting one's elders but do so through some grim means.
The Mystery Behind One Of Art History’s Most Scandalous Paintings Has Just Been Resolved

The Mystery Behind One Of Art History’s Most Scandalous Paintings Has Just Been Resolved

The decades-long debate on who's depicted in Gustave Courbet's 1866 painting The Origin of the World has seemingly come to an end.
How Golf Digest And Some College Students Helped Free An Innocent Man Who Served 27 Years In Prison

How Golf Digest And Some College Students Helped Free An Innocent Man Who Served 27 Years In Prison

For 27 years, Valentino Dixon sat in prison for a murder he did not commit. While behind bars, he began to draw golf courses — which would play an important role in his eventual release.
Masamune, The 13th-Century Japanese Swordsmith Who Was The Stuff Of Legends

Masamune, The 13th-Century Japanese Swordsmith Who Was The Stuff Of Legends

Legend says that his swords were so well-made, their layers went to a point that was but one atom thick.
The Americas’ Oldest Human Remains Were Likely Destroyed In A Museum Fire In Brazil

The Americas’ Oldest Human Remains Were Likely Destroyed In A Museum Fire In Brazil

The skull of Luzia, a woman who lived over 11,000 years ago, was displayed in Brazil's National Museum along with 20 million other artifacts that may all have perished.
A Stolen Pair Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Ruby Slippers Have Been Found 13 Years Later By The FBI

A Stolen Pair Of ‘Wizard Of Oz’ Ruby Slippers Have Been Found 13 Years Later By The FBI

After a yearlong sting operation conducted by authorities, the missing shoes were finally recovered — but the FBI still doesn't know who's responsible for the crime.
A Man Fell Into An Art Installation Called <i>Descent Into Limbo</i>

A Man Fell Into An Art Installation Called Descent Into Limbo

The installation looks as if it's a 2-D painting of a black circle, but is actually a precarious illusion, featuring an eight-foot drop.
Da Vinci Painting, Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold, Was Actually Painted By His Assistant, Expert Says

Da Vinci Painting, Most Expensive Artwork Ever Sold, Was Actually Painted By His Assistant, Expert Says

The painting is attributed to Leonardo da Vinci but a historian has come forward with a theory that it is actually the work of one of his assistants.