New Technology Could Reveal Writing on Ancient Scrolls

By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 12 PHOTO: Eleanor Hedges-Duroy In AD 79, Mount Vesuvius erupted, covering Herculaneum, Italy, in hot gases and lava. In 1752, workers uncovered one house, which likely belonged to Julius Caesar’s father-in-law, containing a library...

Destruction of Iraq’s Cultural Heritage

By LILY KUZMINSKI, age 10 The ninth century Mosque of Samarra was damaged during 2005 fighting in Iraq. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons Since the U.S.-led invasion in 2003, much of Iraq’s cultural heritage has been destroyed: One million books, ten million other...

Treasures Found in Ancient Shipwreck

By SOPHIA ROTHMAN, age 11 Part of a sculpture found in the Antikythera shipwreck off of Greece. PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons In 1900, a group of sponge divers found a sunken ship from between 70 and 60 BC off the coast of the Greek island of Antikythera. In the wreck,...

Oldest Human Footprints Found in the UK

By ELEANOR HEDGES DUROY, age 11 PHOTO: Wikimedia Commons In May 2013, scientists in Norfolk, England, discovered 800,000-year-old footprints in hardened sediment uncovered by erosion. Scientists believe they belonged to Homo antecessor, an early hominoid (human...

Wiped Out By Grass?

By SAMUEL MARTINEZ, age 12 PHOTO: Carol Green DNA analysis of arctic vegetation suggests that a lack of proper food may have been a major contribution to the extinction of the woolly mammoth. Scientists found that forbs (flowering herbs) such as sagebrush and yarrow...