Egyptian shipwreck validates Herodotus; search for Cortes ships; image of ugly good-luck deity in Jerusalem; study on rise of big deities

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Egyptian ship is first example of unique construction described by Herodotus in 450 BC

Search continues for ships Cortes burned in 1519

Persian-era jar from Israel depicts ugly good-luck deity

Global comparative study shows moralizing deities come after rise of complex societies, not before