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The History of Timor-Leste (East Timor)

The following is a timeline of the history of Timor-Leste (East Timor).   1600s – Portuguese invade Timor, set up trading post and use island as source of sandalwood. 1749 – Timor split following battle between Portuguese and Dutch. Portuguese take the eastern half. 1942 – Japanese invade, fighting battles with Australian troops. Up to...

12,000 year old art shows how spiritual life transformed en route to Australia

A cave dig in Indonesia has unearthed a unique collection of prehistoric ornaments and artworks that date back in some instances to at least 30,000 years ago. The site is thought to have been used by some of the world’s earliest cave artists. New findings challenge the long-held view that hunter-gatherer communities in the Pleistocene...