|Bonnie Prince Charlie portrait found by art historian Bendor Grosvenor|
March 21, 2014, The Guardian (UK) by Maev Kennedy
A genuine and acceptably bonny portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie has been rediscovered, by the remorseful art historian who broke hearts in the Scottish souvenir industry by debunking the best-known portrait of the national hero, immortalised on countless tins of shortbread.
The long-lost portrait of the pink-cheeked prince was painted in Edinburgh in 1745 by one of Scotland's most renowned artists, Allan Ramsay, in the year the Young Pretender, grandson of the deposed Stuart king James II, launched a doomed invasion of England in an attempt to restore his family to the throne. It is the only known portrait of the prince made in Britain: the butchery of the battle of Culloden ended the Jacobite rebellion, Charles spent the rest of his life in exile, died in 1788 and was buried in Rome.
|Rare book offers clues to China's musical past|
March 04, 2014, BBC (UK) by Staff
A book stored in Cambridge for the last two centuries has been identified as a rare record of early Chinese music.
The significance of the book, entitled Xian Di Pipa Pu, was recognised last month by a visiting Chinese scholar.
According to Professor Zhiwu Wu of the Xinghai Conservatory in Guangzhou, the book is a "rare volume of pre-modern Chinese musical notation".
The book was brought to England from China in the early 19th Century after surviving a Napoleonic naval skirmish.
|History reburied? NY's 1755 battle site covered up|
March 02, 2014, The Associated Press by Chris Carola
The French and Indian War battle won here by green Colonial troops is just a footnote in most history books, but the way Randy Patten sees it, the New England farmers who fell during an ambush that opened the fighting didn't need to be buried a second time, 250 years later.
In the 1990s, a businessman was granted permission by the town of Lake George to fill in his vacant, sloping property. The land borders the wooded ravine where about 1,000 British Colonial troops and 200 of their Mohawk Indian allies were ambushed by a larger force of French and Indians on the morning of Sept. 8, 1755.
|George Washington: Boozehound|
February 22, 2014, Reason.com by Stanton Peele
Reason TV's Meredith Bragg informed us of George Washington’s whiskey production. He didn’t tell us, however, about Washington’s alcohol consumption, which was, at times, prodigious. That consumption by Washington and his fellow founding fathers has been whitewashed—sometimes literally—from American history by the intervening Temperance movement, whose effects still drive us. For instance, the classic picture of Washington taking his farewell from his troops at Fraunces Tavern in New York—which, of course, involved a toast—was painted with a serving flask clearly visible. This container was painted out of these same pictures later, in the nineteenth century, reminiscent of Soviet photos with purged former leaders excised.
|Fort Caroline Found? Oldest Fortified Settlement In North America May Be Located In Georgia|
February 21, 2014, International Business Times by Zoe Mintz
The oldest fortified European settlement in North America has been found – in theory at least.
According to two Florida researchers, the legendary Fort Caroline settlement was found. The announcement made during an international conference at Florida State University reveals the fort built by the French in 1564 is located approximately 70 miles away from where researchers thought it stood.
|Old Time Farm Crime: The Opium Wars|
February 20, 2014, Modern Farmer by Andrew Amelinckx
It was a major drug bust with more than 1,600 arrests and the confiscation of 11,000 pounds of a highly addictive substance.
No, this wasn’t a DEA raid of a major meth operation, or an Interpol investigation into international drug smuggling. It was the year 1839 and the Chinese government was cracking down on British importation of opium. The drug issue was a powder keg that led to a series of wars between the two countries over the course of more than 20 years and changed both nations for generations.
|Twenty skeletons appear in 'macabre' Malmö find|
February 17, 2014, The Local (Sweden) by Staff
The human remains, which include both adults and children, were discovered last week beneath the pavement along Djäknegatan in Malmö's old town, as workers installed a district heating system.
...The area served as a cemetery for the old Malmö hospital between 1690 and 1820, Sarnäs explained.
|Beach Burials Reveal Slaving Legacy|
February 11, 2014, Past Horizons by Staff
Coastal erosion of Saint -François, on the south coast of Grande-Terre, part of the Guadeloupe group of islands in the Lesser Antilles, has partially destroyed a colonial era cemetery situated on the beach. An archaeological excavation of the eroded area has been carried out by Institut National de Recherches Archéologiques Préventives (INRAP).
...Guadeloupe had lucrative sugar plantations and a large slave population. Slavery was finally abolished in 1848, which was largely due to a campaign led by Victor Schoelcher, a French politician.
|George Africanus: Work to uncover former slave's life|
February 10, 2014, BBC (UK) by Staff
Research will be done to find out more about the life of a west African slave who became a successful entrepreneur in England.
George Africanus is thought to have been born in Sierra Leone in 1763, then given as a present to the Molineux family in Wolverhampton in 1766.
|NZ's first missionary station uncovered|
February 10, 2014, The New Zealand Herald by Staff
The site of New Zealand's first missionary's station and its first classroom have been discovered by archaeologists after two years of research and fieldwork.
Artefacts from the Hohi Mission Station at Kerikeri have uncovered details about the daily lives of the first permanent European settlers, researchers said.
|Charles Dickens statue: Why was his dying wish ignored?|
February 07, 2014, BBC (UK) by Eleanor Williams
Charles Dickens stipulated that when he died there should be no memorial to his life, save his writings. However, his home city of Portsmouth has now erected a statue to the celebrated author. Should the will of England's greatest novelist have been respected?
"I conjure to my friends on no account to make me the subject of any monument, memorial or testimonial whatsoever. I rest my claims to the remembrance of my country upon my published works."
|India sharpens focus on preservation of famed Taj Mahal|
February 06, 2014, Asian News International by Staff
The Archaeological Survey of India has sharpened its focus on preserving the famed Taj Mahal, strengthening its commitment beefs up security measures and involves the civil society to take up responsibility of keeping the surroundings of the world heritage site clean.
The pinnacle of Mughal architecture has been the centre of attention after a militant attack on famous Bodhgaya Temple in Bihar.
|Arrests made in theft of $5 million Stradivarius violin|
February 05, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff
Three people were arrested in connection with the theft of a multi-million dollar Stradivarius violin stolen last week from the concertmaster of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
Kent Lovern, a Milwaukee County assistant district attorney, said he couldn't reveal any information beyond the arrests. He said he didn't expect a charging decision would be made before Thursday.
|Milwaukee symphony violinist robbed of Stradivarius worth up to $6M|
January 29, 2014, FoxNews.com by Staff
Police in Milwaukee are investigating the theft of a Stradivarius violin potentially worth $6 million.
Milwaukee Police Chief Ed Flynn said Tuesday that the violin was taken from Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra concertmaster violinist Frank Almond Monday night during an armed robbery.
|Old graves at Nashville Zoo may present dilemma|
January 26, 2014, The Tennessean (TN) by Michael Cass
No one knows their names. The lives they led, the way they died — time has swallowed that up.
Buried under the bamboo-covered dirt near the ticket booths at Nashville Zoo — just steps away from the pavement pounded by hundreds of thousands of people each year — are at least five unidentified souls.
|The Woman Buried in a New Jersey Parking Lot|
January 23, 2014, MentalFloss.com by Lucas Reilly
When Mary Ellis died in 1828, her family buried her in a peaceful patch of woods near a bend in the Raritan River. She’s still there, but the trees are long gone—her body now rests in the middle of a movieplex parking lot.
In the 1790s, Mary moved to New Brunswick, New Jersey to live with her sister. There, she fell in love with a local sea captain (who is rumored to have also been a Revolutionary War officer). The couple courted, schmoozed, and made plans for the future. But one day, duty called. The captain had to set sail, and he cruised down the Raritan River to New York Harbor. Before leaving, he gave Mary his trusty horse and promised to return. So Mary waited.
|Mexican archaeologists find colonial human skeletons in the State of Guerrero|
January 20, 2014, ArtDaily.com by Staff
News of finding a couple of 300 year old colonial era burials in the atrium of the old church they were planning to demolish, spread quickly among the 400 and plus inhabitants of Texpoxtlan, Guerrero, in the municipality of Ahuacuotzingo.
To the inhabitants of Tepoxtlan, this discovery, made by specialists by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), represents a brief tale of the epoch in which the construction of Temple San Agustin, today considered a historic monument, took place.
|Fire ruins parts of historical village in Norway|
January 19, 2014, The Associated Press by Staff
Officials say a large fire has blazed through a historical village famous for its well-preserved wooden houses from the 18th and 19th centuries, destroying at least 23 buildings.
The municipality of Laerdal, in western Norway, said in a statement Sunday that 52 people have been hospitalized with light injuries and hundreds had been evacuated from their homes.
|New England's 'lost' archaeological sites rediscovered|
January 17, 2014, LiveScience.com by Staff
Take a walk in the New England woods, and you may stumble upon the overgrown remains of a building's foundation or the stacked stones of a wall. Now, researchers have begun uncovering these relics from the air.
Examinations of airborne scans of three New England towns revealed networks of old stone walls, building foundations, old roads, dams and other features, many of which long were forgotten. These features speak to a history that Katharine Johnson, an archaeologist and study researcher, wants to see elucidated.
|16th-century manuscript could rewrite Australian history|
January 16, 2014, TheAge.com by Charli Newton
A tiny drawing of a kangaroo curled in the letters of a 16th-century Portuguese manuscript could rewrite Australian history.
The document, acquired by Les Enluminures Gallery in New York, shows a sketch of an apparent kangaroo (''canguru'' in Portuguese) nestled in its text and is dated between 1580 and 1620. It has led researchers to believe images of the marsupial were already being circulated by the time the Dutch ship Duyfken - long thought to have been the first European vessel to visit Australia - landed in 1606.
|Discovering Grief And Freedom In A Family's History Of Slavery|
January 14, 2014, NPR by Staff
The wrenching film 12 Years a Slave, based on true events, re-creates the story of a free black man who was kidnapped and sold into slavery in the 1840s. The Golden Globe-winning film has prompted an uptick in six-word entries concerning slavery sent to the Race Card Project, particularly from people who have tried to uncover their own family connections to slavery.
For many of those people, like Robert Goins of San Francisco, the search can be difficult — and the discoveries painful.
|Flashback Friday: the mysterious dancing epidemic of 1518.|
January 10, 2014, Discover Magazine by Seriously Science
In their free time, some scientists and doctors like to try to figure out causes of medically-related historical events. For example, the authors of this study investigate what may have caused the crazy dancing “epidemic” of 1518 in Strasbourg: “Some time in mid-July 1518 a lone woman stepped into one of its narrow streets and began a dancing vigil that was to last four or even 6 days in succession. Within a week another 34 had joined the dance. And by the end of August, one chronicler asserts, 400 people had experienced the madness, dancing wildly, uncontrollably around the city.” And this wasn’t a sedate affair; the dancers’ feet often ended up bruised and bloody. The authors were not able assign a biological cause to the epidemic (it seems unlikely that hallucinogenic compounds from the rye fungus ergot were involved), but they suggest that hunger and psychological stress were the likely culprit, with a healthy dose of religious belief thrown in: “In times of acute hardship, with physical and mental distress leaving people more than usually suggestible, a fear of St Vitus could rapidly take hold. All it then took was for one or a few emotionally frail people, believing themselves to have been cursed by St.Vitus, to slip into a trance. Then they would unconsciously act out the part of those who had incurred his wrath: dancing wildly, uncontrollably for days on end.” The description of the events, and the government’s (likely unhelpful) response, is fascinating. We have included our favorite bits from the full text below. Enjoy!
|Native History: Manatees or Mermaids, Columbus Has No Idea|
January 09, 2014, Indian Country Today by Staff
This Date in Native History: On January 9, 1493, Christopher Columbus—having set sail from Spain six months earlier—spots three “mermaids” while sailing near the Dominican Republic.
“The day before, when the Admiral was going to the Rio del Oro, he said he saw three mermaids who came quite high out of the water but were not as pretty as they are depicted, for somehow in the face they look like men. He said that he saw some in Guinea on the coast of Manegueta,” from the Diary of Christopher Columbus.
|Learning More About the Massacre of the Conestoga 250 Years Later|
January 03, 2014, Indian Country Today by Rick Kearns
Scholars from the U.S. and Great Britain and Native activists converged on Lancaster, Pennsylvania to share information at a symposium called “The ‘Paxton Boys’ and the Conestoga Massacre: 250 Years Later” held December 13 and 14.
The event started with a blessing ceremony in a longhouse and ended with a theatrical presentation that included the reading of the names of the slaughtered Conestoga men, women and children who died at the hands of the “Paxton Boys” in and around Lancaster in 1763.
|Travel Back in Time to Meet Kateri Tekakwitha, the First Native Saint|
December 29, 2013, Indian Country Today by Staff
Who was Kateri Tekakwitha? A Mohawk-Algonquin woman born in 1656, Kateri devoted her adult life to Christianity and died at age 24. In 1980, she became the first Native to be beatified by the Catholic Church, and in 2012 she became the first Native to be granted Sainthood.
But really, who was Kateri? In the video below, part of the TimeTravellerTM series by artist Skawennati, a student with a paper to write goes back in time to meet the revered figure. In this imagining of the story (created before Kateri was sainted), Kateri's Christianity is not as cut-and-dried as the Catholic Church might like to believe.