|The Seal Of Whitesboro, NY, Depicts A White Man Strangling A Native American|
January 08, 2016, The Huffington Post by Nick Divito
Upstate New Yorkers will hit the polls Monday to vote on whether to change an off-putting village seal that depicts a white settler strangling a Native American.
The Oneida County community took its name not from the color of residents, though, but from Hugh White, an early European settler who sat down a permanent site in 1784.
|Treasure trove of ancient insurgent general discovered|
January 07, 2016, China.org by Wu Jin
Archeologists have believed a treasure hoard -- a golden book, a handful of coins and ingots discovered at the bottom of the Minjiang River in Sichuan Province -- came from the mysterious loss of the legacy of Zhang Xianzhong (1606-1647), an insurgent general during the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644).
The possessions, retrieved respectively in 2005 and 2011 during the construction of the Minjiang River course, have been recently confirmed by archeologists as the general's legacy which had been lost since his death from a lethal arrow shot.
|Honduras to make archeological dig for mysterious 'White City'|
January 07, 2016, AFP by Staff
Honduras said Thursday it was starting a major archeological dig for a mysterious, ancient "White City" supposedly hidden in jungle in its northeast that explorers and legends have spoken of for centuries.
...According to 16th-century Spanish conquistadors and to legend, the settlement, dating back thousands of years, is meant to be filled with fabulous riches.
January 07, 2016, Snopes.com by Dan Evon
CLAIM: George Washington said that a free people need "sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence" from their own government.
|250-Year-Old Ship Found in Alexandria, Virginia|
January 05, 2016, Epoch Times by Jack Phillips
A sailing ship that dates back to the American Revolutionary War was discovered in Alexandria, Virginia, by crews working on the construction of a new hotel.
Archaeologists are working to identify the centuries-old vessel, which archaeologist Francine Bromberg calls “a remarkable archaeological dream basically,” according to Fox-5 TV.
|The Lost Leonardo|
January 03, 2016, Today I Found Out by Staff
Only 15 paintings by the Italian Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci are known to exist. But what if there were more…and what if Leonardo’s greatest work—one that’s been presumed destroyed since 1563—was safely hidden, just waiting to be discovered?
|Could this be the face of a 16th Century pirate?|
January 03, 2016, The City of Edinburgh Council (Scotland) by Staff
The skeleton of a man discovered in a school playground could be that of a 500 year old criminal or pirate.
The remains were found by the City of Edinburgh Council at the Capital’s oldest working Primary School last year while survey work was being undertaken to build an extension.
Victoria Primary School is situated close to the harbour in Newhaven, one of Scotland’s historic fishing villages. Workers expected to find remains of the original harbour and shipbuilding but instead uncovered human bones.
|Archaeologists unearth military arsenal from the era of Ivan the Terrible|
January 01, 2016, Phys.org by Staff
An archaeological expedition from the Institute of Archaeology of the Russian Academy of Sciences, while conducting a rescue excavation dig near Zvenigorod (Moscow Region) involving the new Central Circular Highway, has unearthed the private arsenal of a military commander from the era of Ivan the Terrible.
The location of the find was formerly the 16th-century village of Ignatievskoe, once the homeland of the famous Boyar family of the Dobrynins. A member of this family once figured amongst Ivan the Terrible's "hand-picked thousand "—the top brass of the notorious Tsar's army, an elite officer group formed in October 1550. A royal edict ordered that the cities of Dmitrov, Zvenigorod and Ruza should be "brought to heel" by a specially formed unit of "the best officers, sons of Boyars." The "hand-picked thousand" became the new elite officer corps of the Russian army.
|The Life And Times Of Oney Judge|
December 28, 2015, Today I Found Out by Staff
George and Martha Washington owned hundreds of slaves over the course of their lives. The names of many are known, but most of the details of their lives have been lost to history. Here’s the story of one woman who hasn’t been forgotten.
|Unearthing of Rio slave port sparks debate over black space|
December 28, 2015, The Associated Press by Jenny Barchfield
The first few times American landscape architect Sara Zewde visited Rio de Janeiro's Valongo Wharf, she struggled to comprehend the recently unearthed remnants of what was once among the biggest slave ports in the world.
Excavated starting in 2011, the site is largely inscrutable, even to the trained eye: The spot where more than a half million enslaved African men and women debarked after harrowing journeys across the Atlantic is an open archaeological pit containing a jumble of paving stones.
A few paragraphs-long cardboard signs are the sole indication of the historical significance of the site, which experts hail as one-of-a-kind in the Americas.
|Columbus’ caravels visit Perdido Key|
December 25, 2015, Pensacola News Journal (FL) by Carlos Gieseken
St. Louis native Gus Kodros has an affection for the Niña, a replica of Christopher Columbus’s famous ship, as if he built it himself.
The 26-year-old is the vessel’s first mate and has lived, worked and traveled aboard it for the past three years, after initially planning to stay only six weeks. He knows everything there is to know about the boat and Columbus’s four voyages to the New World between 1492 and 1502.
|Tiny Tudor treasure hoard found in Thames mud|
December 23, 2015, The Guardian (UK) by Maev Kennedy
A very small treasure hoard – a handful of tiny fragments of beautifully worked Tudor gold – has been harvested from a muddy stretch of the Thames foreshore over a period of years by eight different metal detectorists.
The pieces all date from the early 16th century, and the style of the tiny pieces of gold is so similar that Kate Sumnall, an archaeologist, believes they all came from the disastrous loss of one fabulous garment, possibly a hat snatched off a passenger’s head by a gust of wind at a time when the main river crossings were the myriad ferry boats.
|Historic child grave dug up at Swedish church|
December 22, 2015, The Local (Sweden) by Staff
Swedish construction workers have stumbled on a well-preserved burial chamber containing around 20 coffins, including children's, while refurbishing a church in Munka Ljungby in southern Sweden.
The crypt, which may be up to 500 years old, was sealed off in the 1930s and had not been opened since. But construction workers installing new drain pipes accidentally dug too far and uncovered the medieval tomb.
|A Renowned, But Forgotten, 17th-Century Japanese Artist Is Once Again Making Waves|
December 15, 2015, Smithsonian Institute by Roger Catlin
It was 109 years ago, on a fall day in 1906, when Detroit art collector Charles Lang Freer agreed with a visiting dealer on a price for a Japanese screen by a little known artist named Tawaraya Sotatsu.
The purchase of a work that became known as Waves at Matsushima, he wrote to a fellow collector, only came “after much dickering of a most exasperating nature” with the Tokyo dealer. He paid $5,000 for a pair of six-fold screens—the other by Hokusai—a price that was half of what the dealer was originally asking. But he ended up with a priceless and influential work that is currently centerpiece to what’s being billed as a once-in-a-lifetime exhibition in Washington, D.C.
|How Panama United Great Britain|
December 14, 2015, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
Scotland and England (and Wales, too, but that’s another story) share the island typically known as Great Britain. Together, with Northern Ireland, the three are now the United Kingdom, making a small but significant part of the world very confusing, with lots of names for what many think are the same place. (That, too, is another story; thankfully, CGP Grey explains all those differences and more in a YouTube video, here, which you should take five minutes to watch.) But before Great Britain could join the United Kingdom, Scotland and England had to unite under one government — the two weren’t always part of the same nation.
For that to happen, Scotland had to first try to take over part of Panama.
|The mysterious death of George Washington|
December 14, 2015, Constitution Daily by Staff
On December 14, 1799, George Washington died at his home after a brief illness and after losing about 40 percent of his blood. So what killed the 67-year-old former President?
Modern medical experts are focused on several likely reasons for why Washington fell ill and died in a 21-hour period. But the illness as diagnosed by his physicians isn’t one of those likely causes of death. And it was the same group of physicians that let massive amounts of Washington’s blood in an attempt to cure him.
|Colombia, Spain in diplomatic row over sunken treasure trove|
December 13, 2015, The Rakyat Post (Malaysia) by Staff
Billions of dollars in gold and silver from an 18th century shipwreck have left Spain and former colony Colombia at odds over who rightfully owns the loot.
The disagreement is over the San Jose, an treasure ship wreck that Colombia located recently off the coast of Cartagena de Indias, its old Caribbean port city.
The San Jose sank in June 1708 near the Islas del Rosario, during combat with British ships attempting to take its cargo, as part of the War of Spanish Succession.
|Princeton University grounds become legal battlefield over new construction|
December 13, 2015, The Associated Press by Staff
Historical activists are refusing to surrender in their efforts to prevent the development of a privately owned portion of a Revolutionary War battlefield in New Jersey.
The Princeton Battlefield Society is hoping to halt the plans of the Institute of Advanced Study, which is starting work to construct faculty housing. They want to preserve the site where George Washington’s troops defeated the British at the battle of Princeton in January 1777, and remain hopeful the institute will agree to a standstill until the legal battle which has played out over the past few years comes to a conclusion.
|Suleiman the Magnificent's tomb believed to have been found in Hungary|
December 09, 2015, The Associated Press by Staff
Remains of the tomb of the Ottoman sultan Suleiman the Magnificent, who died in 1566 while his troops were besieging the fortress of Szigetvar in southern Hungary, are believed to have been found, a Hungarian historian has said.
Norbert Pap, of the University of Pecs, said the tomb is understood to have been built over the spot where Suleiman’s tent stood and where he died. Pap said objects suggesting it was Suleiman’s tomb were found during the dig, as well as other historical evidence, although more excavations were needed to confirm the find.
|War on Christmas: The Prequel|
December 09, 2015, Inside Higher Ed by Scott McLemee
Let’s not let the sideshow in Tennessee -- where, pretty much on cue, politicians have been waxing indignant over the call for “inclusive holiday celebrations” at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville -- distract us from the real war on Christmas: the one nobody at Fox News wants discussed.
Early campaigns to abolish the holiday form a largely forgotten chapter in American history. They were part of a larger cultural war, inspired if not actually led by the intellectual elite in Europe. Today the educational system and mass media of the United States make sure that everyone knows that Thanksgiving was first celebrated by the Pilgrims. But they somehow never get around to telling us about the Pilgrims and the other late-year holiday, the one they loathed: the ungodly, blasphemous abomination known as Christmas.
|Secret Portrait Hidden Under Mona Lisa, Claims French Scientist|
December 08, 2015, Newsweek by Mirren Gidda
Pascal Cotte, a French scientist, claims to have found another portrait beneath that of the world-famous Mona Lisa. Using reflective light technology, Cotte has spent more than 10 years analysing Leonardo Da Vinci’s masterpiece. He claims to have found an underlying image of a model looking off to the side. The Louvre Museum in Paris, which houses the work, has not commented on Cotte’s alleged discovery.
The scientist is the co-founder of the Paris-based company Lumiere Technology, which works closely with galleries and museums to digitize their fine-art pieces. Its website claims to have digitized works by Marc Chagall, Claude Renoir, Pablo Picasso and Vincent Van Gogh. The Louvre granted Cotte access to the Mona Lisa in 2004, the BBC , which is airing a documentary about the discovery, reports.
|December 8th- Queen Of Scot|
December 08, 2015, Today I Found Out by Kathy Padden
On December 8, 1542, Mary, Queen of Scots, renowned for her beauty and quick wit as well as her sad fate, was born at Linlithgow Palace. Her father, James V, was away fighting the English at the time of her birth. He had suffered a crushing defeat to Henry VIII at Solway Moss two weeks before her entry in the world.
James retreated to Falkland Palace in Fife and “turned his face to the wall, and died” on December 14, leaving his six-day-old daughter Queen of Scotland. When Henry VIII heard of his nephew’s death (James’s mother was Henry’s older sister Margaret Tudor), he ended all aggression toward Scotland saying he could not wage war against a dead man.
|Colombia says treasure-laden San Jose galleon found|
December 05, 2015, BBC (UK) by Staff
The wreck of a Spanish ship laden with treasure that was sunk by the British more than 300 years ago has been found off the Colombian coast, says President Juan Manuel Santos.
"Great news! We have found the San Jose galleon," the president tweeted.
The wreck was discovered near the port city of Cartagena.
December 04, 2015, Now I Know by Dan Lewis
Pineapples, pictured above (and yes, that’s how they actually grow), are indigenous to South America and were domesticated and spread throughout the tropical areas of the Americas well before Europeans landed in the New World. When Christopher Columbus was first introduced to the fruit, he apparently really liked it, because he brought some back with him in 1493. By the 1600s, knowledge of pineapples spread to England, where they became quite popular — and, because you can’t easily grow pineapples in the hardly-tropical climate of the British Isles, quite rare.
As a result, pineapples became a status symbol. At some point during the reign of King Charles II, he had a painting commissioned (below), titled “Charles II Presented with a Pineapple” (via the Royal Collection Trust). The title tells the entire story — true to its name, it is a picture of the king being presented with a fruit.
|Newfound obituary revives an 18th-century free-black Philadelphian|
December 03, 2015, The Philadelphia Inquirer (PA) by Stephan Salisbury
In 2003, the National Constitution Center and Independence National Historical Park undertook the archaeological excavation of an obscure homesite just east of the center, then under construction.
It was the spot where, in the late 18th century, James Oronoko Dexter rented a modest brick house at 134 N. Fifth St., and where, with the house long demolished, a bus depot for the center was planned.