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April 21, 1992 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
The Los Angeles-based team that discovered the fabled Arabian city of Ubar, the long-lost "Queen of the Frankincense Trade," has unearthed a second, larger city that was apparently the administrative center of trade in the valuable spice, researchers announced Monday.
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April 21, 1992 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
The Los Angeles-based team that discovered the fabled Arabian city of Ubar, the long-lost "Queen of the Frankincense Trade," has unearthed a second, larger city that was apparently the administrative center of trade in the valuable spice, researchers announced Monday.
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December 13, 1992 | DONALD J. FREDERICK, NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC
Despite centuries of belief, gold probably wasn't among those first Christmas gifts of the three wise men. Some scholars think that biblical translations of "gold and frankincense and myrrh" were somehow garbled over time. The gold mentioned as one of the three gifts of the Magi was actually a type of frankincense. Valued at least as much as the precious metal, it had a strong sandalwood-like aroma. "Biblical scholars have suggested that the word gold doesn't refer to the metal.
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