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Domenico di Michelino Dante Divine Comedy Painting Duomo Cathedral Santa Maria del Fiore Church Florence Italy. Painting created 1465

Lessons from Dante in a time of COVID-19

Reflecting on the poem’s renewed relevance on the 700th anniversary of its completion.

Illustration of prehistoric woman hunting big game

Women were the early big-game hunters of America, research suggests

The findings are a challenge to the old hypothesis (and familiar image) of ‘man-the-hunter.’

Fred Moten

Meet UC’s 5 new MacArthur ‘genius’ award winners

Four UC alums and one faculty member will each receive a $625,000 unrestricted prize, or “genius grant,” as 2020 MacArthur fellows.

Mural of people helping someone on a stretcher

Discovering an icon in plain sight

A history grad student’s research leads to the discovery of Black nurse Biddy Mason in Depression-era murals.

Temple of Bel photo

Destroyed ancient temple now open for virtual exploration

The UC San Diego Library digitally reconstructs the famed Temple of Bel in Palmyra, Syria, five years after its destruction.

Annie Coker graduate photo

Legacy of Berkeley Law’s first Black female graduate lives on

Alumna Annie Coker is a little known, but important figure in history — the first Black woman in California to become a lawyer.

Saqqara, an ancient burial ground

Walking through ancient Egypt with 3-D technology

Elaine Sullivan takes a fresh look at the ancient Egyptian burial site of Saqqara with some tantalizing new tools.

Charles Reichmann

How the discovery of a racist speech led to the denaming of Berkeley’s Boalt Hall

Charles Reichmann made an unexpected discovery while investigating the debate around Chinese immigration in the 1870s.

Moai statues

The mystery of Easter Island revealed?

Rapanui people likely believed the ancient monoliths helped food grow on the Polynesian island, study says.

Pyramid in Egypt

Shedding a new light on Egyptian mummies

Berkeley Lab teams work with Cairo University researchers to study soil and bone samples dating back 4,000 years.

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