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Expedition Magazine Articles

Alexander the Great cut the famous Gordian Knot and fulfilled a prophecy to become the ruler of Asia. Gordion is also linked with Midas, the Iron Age king of the late 8th century BCE, who in later Greek mythology is cursed with the "golden touch."?

There is an endless popular fascination with the “Silk Roads,” the historic routes of economic and cultural exchange across Eurasia. The history of the Silk Roads is a narrative about movement, resettlement, and interactions across ill-defined borders.

The royal burials contained riches almost beyond imagining — gold, electrum, and silver; lapis lazuli, carnelian, agate, and chalcedony; carved and decorated vessels of precious metal and semiprecious stone; jewelry and personal belongings, even cosmetics.

The Penn Museum has a collection of more than 450 bronze reproductions given to the Museum in 1904 by the Philadelphia department store founder and philanthropist John Wanamaker (1838–1922).

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Graffiti is not a recent invention. People have been leaving their personal marks in places where they probably weren't supposed to, since time immemorial. And just like some modern graffiti, ancient graffiti is actually kind of cool and very informative.

Hasanlu is an archaeological excavation site in Iran, Western Azerbaijan, Solduz Valley. Theses skeletons were found in a Bin with no objects. The only feature is a stone slab under the head of the skeleton on the left hand side (SK335).

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