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posted on Colonial Sense: 08/26/2014 On the trail of the 'Blood Countess' in Slovakia August 22, 2014, CNN by John Malathronas With a ruined centuries-old castle looming up on the hill above, the Slovakian village of Cachtice could easily take a starring role in a Gothic horror film.
However, exactly 400 years ago, on August 21, the horror was all too real, as the life of the most prolific female mass murderer of all time -- a noblewoman by the name of Countess Elizabeth Bathory -- came to a grim end.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/26/2014 Sunday Is the 200th Anniversary of the Burning of the White House August 22, 2014, Time by Jay Newton-Small Look around Washington D.C. this summer and you’ll find parades, speeches and shows to mark the 150th anniversary of the Civil War and the 100th anniversary of World War I. Heck, there are even exhibits honoring the 25th anniversary of Prague’s Velvet Revolution and the fact the 50 years ago the Beatles first invaded America, to much teenage frenzy.
But what you won’t find are a lot of mentions about the War of 1812’s bicentennial. “Wait,” you may ask, “if it was the War of 1812, why would we celebrate it in 1814?”
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/20/2014 Still 'drinkable': 200-year-old booze found in shipwreck August 18, 2014, LiveScience by Agata Blaszczak-Boxe A 200-year-old stoneware seltzer bottle that was recently recovered from a shipwreck at the bottom of the Baltic Sea contains alcohol, according to the results of a preliminary analysis.
Researchers discovered the well-preserved and sealed bottle in June, while exploring the so-called F53.31 shipwreck in Gdansk Bay, close to the Polish coast. Preliminary laboratory tests have now shown the bottle contains a 14-percent alcohol distillate, which may be vodka or a type of gin called jenever, most likely diluted with water.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/20/2014 This Art Form Disappeared for 300 Years. Meet the Man Who Brought It Back August 12, 2014, Indian Country Today by Harlan McKosato Joshua Madalena believes that Jemez black-on-white pottery is the original art form of the Jemez Pueblo people. This unique form of ceramic pottery is tempered with volcanic tuff or rock, slipped with white clay, painted with carbon (vegetable) paint, and fired in an oxygen-free atmosphere. The pottery was used, based on archaeological findings, from about 1300 to 1700 AD throughout the Jemez (pronounced hey-mess) Mountain range and surrounding areas, before being extinguished by Spanish occupation of modern day New Mexico.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/15/2014 Mona Lisa Mania: Our Bizarre Infatuation with That ‘Happy Woman’ August 06, 2014, Biographile by Dianne Hales Presidents and princes lauded her. Poets penned sonnets to her. Singers crooned of her. Admirers reproduced her image in beads, bread, bulbs, jellybeans, Legos, seaweed and just about every other material imaginable.
But Leonardo da Vinci’s model has stirred more than adulation. A vandal threw acid at the lower part of the painting. A young Bolivian flung a rock, chipping the left elbow. A Russian woman distraught over being denied French citizenship hurled a souvenir mug. The portrait, barricaded behind bulletproof glass, was unharmed
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/15/2014 Shipwrecked and kidnapped: a tale of two castaways on the Great Barrier Reef July 25, 2014, ABC by Iain McCalman This is a story of shipwreck, near death, rescue and unexpected friendship. In the mid-19th century, two European youths were separately lost at sea off the Great Barrier Reef, 1000 kilometres apart. Both were rescued and nurtured by Aborigines and by a strange coincidence, each lived with their separate rescuers for 17 years.
At the end of those 17 years, the English sailor chose to leave his adopted people and join the invading British colonists around Bowen, while the other was kidnapped by British trepang (sea cucumber) hunters near today’s Lockhart River on Cape York and returned to his native France. The British men, brandishing guns, believed they were rescuing him. He regarded himself as kidnapped.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/01/2014 Family finds 300-year-old sunken treasure off Florida's east coast July 30, 2014, Reuters by Barbara Liston A Florida family scavenging for sunken treasure on a shipwreck has found the missing piece of a 300-year-old gold filigree necklace sacred to Spanish priests, officials said on Tuesday.
Eric Schmitt, a professional salvager, was scavenging with his parents when he found the crumpled, square-shaped ornament on a leisure trip to hunt for artifacts in the wreckage of a convoy of 11 ships that sank in 1715 during a hurricane off central Florida's east coast.
posted on Colonial Sense: 08/01/2014 -- Followup Origins of mysterious World Trade Center ship revealed July 29, 2014, LiveScience by Megan Gannon In July 2010, amid the gargantuan rebuilding effort at the site of the World Trade Center in Lower Manhattan, construction workers halted the backhoes when they uncovered something unexpected just south of where the Twin Towers once stood.
At 22 feet (6.7 meters) below today's street level, in a pit that would become an underground security and parking complex, excavators found the mangled skeleton of a long-forgotten wooden ship.
posted on Colonial Sense: 07/29/2014 Oldest recorded near-death experience discovered July 27, 2014, The Times of India by Staff The oldest medical description of a "near-death" experience has been discovered in a report from a French physician in 1740, scientists say.
The description was found by Dr Phillippe Charlier, a medical doctor and archeologist in France, in a book he had bought in an antique shop.
posted on Colonial Sense: 07/29/2014 Exhibit on real Johnny Appleseed will hit the road July 19, 2014, The Associated Press by Lisa Cornwell If you picture Johnny Appleseed as a loner wearing a tin pot for a hat and flinging apple seeds while meandering through the countryside, experts say you're wrong.
They're hoping that a traveling exhibit funded by an anonymous donation to a western Ohio center and museum will help clear misconceptions about the folk hero and the real man behind the legend.