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Striking Mosaic Found In Greek Tomb Dates From 4th Century B.C.

Dating from the last quarter of the 4th century B.C., the mosaic covers a space of nearly 15 feet by 10 feet. It features two horses, a man and the god Hermes, in colorful detail.
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Seattle Swaps Columbus Day For 'Indigenous Peoples' Day'

The city is the latest to honor Native Americans instead of Christopher Columbus. But not everyone is happy about the change.
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In A Way, Gandhi Also Won 2014's Nobel Peace Prize

In a week when two Nobel Peace Prize winners were announced, NPR's Scott Simon reflects on Mahatma Gandhi's life. Though Gandhi never won the prize, 2014's winners carry on his legacy.
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Woman Finds Jeweled Treasure In Agatha Christie's Trunk

When an English woman bought a trunk at an estate sale, she was surprised to discover a diamond brooch and other jewels that belonged to Agatha Christie. She speaks with NPR's Scott Simon.
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Daughter Remembers Lawrence Guyot's Dual Roles As Civil Rights Leader And Dad

While Lawrence Guyot was known as a no-nonsense D.C. activist and leader in the Civil Rights movement, his daughter says he was also a warm and supportive dad.
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Was Your Ancestor Part Of 'The Contrabands?' Scholars Would Like A Word

A new effort is in place to find the African American descendants of slaves who sought refuge at forts around the capital during the Civil War — known then as "the contrabands."

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Family Tree: From George Washington To The Black Heritage Museum Of Arlington

The branches of the Syphax family tree extend back to our nation's founding, when ancestors worked at Mount Vernon and Arlington House.

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Heurich Granddaughter Remembers the One-Time King of D.C. Beer

From the turn of the 20th century into the early 1940s, Christian Heurich was the king of Washington beer.
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How Patawomeck Descendants Strive To Preserve Their Near-Extinct Language

The Potomac River derives its name from a Native American tribe called the Patawomeck. One Patawomeck descendant is striving to preserve her heritage by keeping alive what they have left of the language.

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The 'Sioux Chef' Is Putting Pre-Colonization Food Back On The Menu

Sean Sherman plans to open a restaurant serving food inspired by what was eaten in the Great Plains prior to the arrival of European settlers. Discovering those ingredients has been half the battle.

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