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Controversy Surrounds Artifacts on Azores Islands: Evidence of Advanced Ancient Seafarers?

Mysterious marks found in rocks in the Azores archipelago, Portugal. (Courtesy of Antoneita Costa)
Mysterious marks found in rocks in the Azores archipelago, Portugal. (Courtesy of Antoneita Costa)

The Azores archipelago is about 1,000 miles off the coast of Europe, about a third of the way to North America across the Atlantic. The islands belong...

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