Meteor impact as the origin of Sodom story; surprisingly old human footprints in New Mexico; quick Maya recovery from volcanic blast in El Salvador; worry about Afghan sites following Taliban return

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Impacts from meteor may be source of biblical tale of destruction of Sodom

Analysis of fossilized footprints suggests humans came to North America long before end of Ice Age

New research traces Maya societal recovery from habitat destruction following volcanic blast 

Scholars express concern for fate of Afghanistan’s historical sites under new regime