This Week In History News, Nov. 4 – 10

Published November 9, 2018

Haunting Pompeii skeletons unearthed, Salem witch trials house goes up for sale, mysteries of Egypt's pyramids unlocked.

Skeleton Family Killed By Vesuvius Blast Found Huddled Together In A Room In Pompeii

Pompeii Skeleton Under Rock

Ciro Fusco/ANSA via APThe skeletal remains found at the Pompeii archaeological site.

Even after nearly 2,000 years, the ruins of the great city of Pompeii continue to serve as a treasure trove for archaeologists. Their latest discovery is the remains of a family who were huddled together when they lost their lives in the deadly Vesuvius eruption of 79 A.D.

According to the Italian news agency ANSA, new excavations at the site uncovered the skeletal remains of five people — two women and three children — who were taking shelter from the deadly eruption.

Massimo Osanna, the director of the Pompeii archaeological site, told the Telegraph that the family huddled together in a small room to protect themselves and shoved a piece of furniture against the door.

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You Can Now Buy The Property John Proctor Lived On When He Was Executed In The Salem Witch Trials

John Proctor House

Joseph Cipoletta/J Barrett & CompanyThe exterior of the home on the property once owned by John Proctor.

Are you an American history buff with a few hundred thousand dollars to spare? If yes, you’re in luck because a piece of land once owned by an important player in the Salem witch trials has just hit the market.

The house of John Proctor, a man accused of witchcraft and executed during the Salem witch trials, is now up for sale, according to Boston.com. Located in present-day Peabody, Mass., the six-bedroom, two-bathroom house is listed at $600,000 and boasts nearly 4,000 square feet of space.

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Researchers Discover Ancient Egyptian Ramp That May Tell Us How The Great Pyramids Were Built

Giza Pyramids

Wikimedia CommonsThe Great Pyramids at Giza

Archeologists have discovered a 4,500-year-old ramp in Egypt that might have been used to build the Great Pyramid and others.

Experts have long wondered and hypothesized how the Ancient Egyptians managed to build the Pyramids, and this latest discovery gives them a potential answer as to how the construction of one of the seven wonders of the world was made possible.

According to Live Science, the ramp system was discovered at the ancient quarry site of Hatnub in the Eastern Desert of Egypt. The system was likely used to transport the large bricks for the pyramids up a steep ramp and into place, according to the onsite archaeologists from the French Institute for Oriental Archaeology in Cairo and the University of Liverpool in England.

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