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Archaeologists: Hadrian’s Wall Was an Economic Boon to Ancient Britons

Hadrian’s Wall is a 73-mile set of fortifications built across northern Roman Britain to protect it from raiding Picts. It was very costly to the Empire. But according to a 2008 article in the Telegraph, local Celts found it a highly profitable venture: Mr MacLeod, senior investigator for English Heritage’s aerial survey and investigating team, said: [...]

Automated Human Sign Spinner

When businesses learned that a person carrying a sign drew a lot more attention than a static sign, a whole new occupation was born: the sign spinner. Now it seems that at least one business wants to save that expense. Rob Cockerham spotted this automated sign spinner in Sacramento, California. See her in action at [...]

Russia’s Reindeer Herdsmen

In the Yamal penninsula of Siberia, resources are few, but the nomadic Nenets tribes survive by using the one resource as tough as they are: reindeer. Their main occupation is reindeer breeding and all they have are reindeer, because they build houses of reindeer skin and make their clothes of it. There are a few thousand [...]