|Scientists resume search for lost Franklin expedition ships|
August 09, 2013, The Canadian Press by Staff
The search for the wreckage of the ill-fated Franklin expedition in Canada’s Arctic will resume this weekend.
The HMS Erebus and the HMS Terror were lost after an 1845 expedition led by Sir John Franklin disappeared while attempting to find the Northwest Passage through the Arctic Ocean.
|Original Sutter's Fort building gets face-lift|
August 08, 2013, The Sacramento Bee (CA) by Kurt Chirbas
The only original building left intact at Sutter's Fort is getting an upgrade.
For the past month, California State Parks employees have been working to seismically stabilize and reshingle the roof of the historic Central Building at Sutter's Fort Historic Park.
When originally constructed in 1840, the 6,500-square-foot building was the largest in the region, and it has since served alternatively as an office space, an entertainment hub, an Army headquarters and a miners dormitory.
|Remains of 16th century Londoners found in Bedlam burial ground|
August 07, 2013, The Telegraph (UK) by Staff
VIDEO: The skeletons, unearthed in the UK's largest archaeological site, belonged to a few of the 20,000 people interred in a burial ground established adjacent to the psychiatric asylum.
|Six Things You May Not Know About the Louvre|
August 06, 2013, History.com by Barbara Maranzani
On August 10, 1793, the Musée du Louvre, located on Paris’ Right Bank, opened its doors to the public. For more than 600 years, the Louvre had been a symbol of the wealth, power and decadence of the French monarchy, and the confiscation and reconstituting of what had been a royal palace into a national museum was seen as a grand cultural gesture embodying the egalitarian values of the recent French Revolution. Today it is one of the world’s largest museums (with 70,000 pieces of art spread across more than 650,000 square feet of gallery space) and the most visited (it takes 2,000 employees to maintain the museum and its artwork for the Louvre’s 8.8 million annual visitors). As the world-famous museum turns 220 years old, here are some surprising facts about its long history.
August 05, 2013, Snopes.com by Staff
Claim: An ambush near Boston recently killed 72 National Guard troops.
|Archaeologists uncover 200-year-old Alaska village|
August 02, 2013, The Associated Press by Staff
Brown University archaeologists have uncovered the site of a village in northwest Alaska that's believed to be at least 200 years old.
The village dig is in Kobuk Valley National Park about 20 miles up the Kobuk River from the community of Kiana, according to KSKA.
|Rescuing the farm where Wellington won the battle of Waterloo|
August 02, 2013, The Telegraph (UK) by Joe Shute
In an isolated corner of bucolic Belgium, down a dusty track that cuts through great fields of lettuce and shivering wheat, stands the farm that won Waterloo. Of the 170,000 people who visit the battlefield each year, few find their way to this particular spot. Fat wood pigeons coo undisturbed from the crumbling walls. The view across the miles of rolling fields over which Napoleon launched waves of attacks, is unspoilt by any building. The only sound of modern life is the faint roar of a motorway, hidden by a bank of trees.
Hougoumont is largely unchanged from where, on Sunday June 18, 1815, it was the centre of action throughout the Battle of Waterloo. Of the tens of thousands who died that day, 6,500 men were killed, or suffered terrible injuries, at Hougoumont. Many were dumped in a mass grave there to deter thieves.
|Thalian curtain might be oldest in entire U.S.|
August 01, 2013, The StarNews (NC) by Ben Steelman
Thalian Hall houses what might be the oldest painted stage curtain in the United States, a theater historian told a Wilmington audience Thursday.
"These things were not meant to last," said David Rowland, president of Pennsylvania's Old York Road Historical Society. Most surviving examples of drop curtains in New England date from only the 1890s at the earliest, Rowland said.
Thalian Hall, however, still has its original drop curtain, which hung onstage when the historic theater opened on Oct. 12, 1858.
|New evidence contributes to unprecedented portrait of enslaved life at James Madison's Montpelier|
August 01, 2013, ArtDaily by Staff
The Montpelier Foundation today announced findings from new archaeological excavations at the lifelong home of James Madison – Father of the Constitution, Architect of the Bill of Rights, and Fourth President of the United States. Discovered by teams of professional archaeology staff, students and visitors participating in special “Archaeology Expeditions,” two newly revealed subfloor pits provide an initial footprint for field slave quarters on the Montpelier landscape. More Information: http://artdaily.com/news/64104/New-evidence-contributes-to-unprecedented-portrait-of-enslaved-life-at-James-Madison-s-Montpelier#.Uf1p1VO9wal[/url] Copyright © artdaily.org
|Mexican archaeologists find the bow of a 210-year-old canoe in the State of Baja California
July 30, 2013, ArtDaily by Staff
In the southern limits of the state of Baja California, in the dunes of one of the coasts of the lagoon complex of Ojo de Liebre and Guerrero Negro, archaeologists rescued the bow of a 210-year-old canoe. It is speculated that either this canoe was fabricated by Bajacalifornian Indians or it was dragged by north currents and reused by the groups that inhabited the peninsula.
This vestige, found in the Manuela Lagoon, is part of a series of canoe discoveries registered by the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH), throughout the Bajacalifornian coast of the Pacific ocean, all along the Rosarito Beach all the way towards El Vizcaino; here they have also found wood trunks that derive of great and now extinct trees in the peninsula.
|Stolen £1.2m Stradivarius found by police|
July 30, 2013, The Guardian (UK) by James Meikle
A riddle worthy of a detective novel – involving an internationally acclaimed violinist, her prized instrument stolen at a busy London station, and a false trail leading to Bulgaria – may be nearing its conclusion. The discovery by police of a 1696 Stradivarius worth £1.2m and two bows with a combined value of £67,000 taken by opportunist thieves in 2010 while Korean-born violinist Min-Jin Kym was eating at a Pret a Manger cafe at Euston station has, she said, left her "on cloud nine" with an "incredible feeling of elation".
|Archaeologists Make Mysterious Find in Gulf of Mexico|
July 29, 2013, History.com by Barbara Maranzani
Last week, a team of marine researchers announced a remarkable find—the well-preserved remains of three 19th-century ships, 170 miles southeast of Galveston, Texas. While researchers had previously known of the existence of one shipwreck, they were surprised to discover two additional ships less than five miles away. All three of the vessels lie more than 4,300 feet below sea level, making the sites the deepest shipwrecks excavated in North America to date.
|Severed Head Offering Found In Aztec Temple|
July 28, 2013, Past Horizons by Staff
Archaeologists from the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) recently found the decapitated skull of an individual still lying in the offering bowl, dating back 500 years ago at the Tlatelolco temple site in Mexico City.
...According to the archaeologist Salvador Guilliem, director of the Tlatelolco Project, the decapitated remains belonged to a young adult and were deposited as an offering in a ceramic vessel.The grisly find was found at a stratum level that relates to the construction phase VII-A of the Great Temple (between 1500 and 1515 CE) and may represent a consecration offering, placed here during the preparation rituals of the space that the new structure would occupy.
|Maryland dig seeks proof of 1st free black community |
July 28, 2013, The Associated Press by Brian Witte
Archaeology students have been sifting through a little patch of ground on Maryland’s Eastern Shore this summer, seeking evidence that it was home to the nation’s first free African-American community.
Historians say hundreds of free blacks once lived in the area, while plantations flourished with hundreds of black slaves not far away.
|How Scots ‘Taleban’ and crack forces won Civil War|
July 28, 2013, The Scotsman (Scotland) by Stephen McGinty
HE FAMOUSLY wanted his portrait “warts and all”, but Oliver Cromwell was not the hero of the English Civil War that history has painted him.
According to a new book, victory for the Roundheads, as the Parliamentary forces were known, was secured by battle-hardened Scottish troops who were more comfortable slaughtering Englishmen than southern soldiers forced to fight their fellow countrymen.
|Jane Austen Wins a Place on UK Currency|
July 25, 2013, History.com by Sarah Pruitt
Fans of such classic 18th-century novels as “Pride and Prejudice,” “Emma,” and “Sense and Sensibility” joined women’s rights advocates in celebration this week, when the Bank of England announced that Jane Austen will replace naturalist Charles Darwin on the back of the 10-pound note. The decision, announced by the bank’s new governor, Mark Carney, makes Austen the only woman to appear on British currency aside from Queen Elizabeth II, the reigning monarch, who appears on the front of all the country’s bank notes. The 10-pound note, or “tenner,” worth around $15 in U.S. currency, is Britain’s most popular bank note.
|Archaeological divers to investigate 1838 shipwreck|
July 24, 2013, Berwick Advertiser (UK) by Staff
A nineteenth century shipwreck could become protected as part of a special anniversary project by English Heritage.
Archaeological divers are to investigate the wreck of the Forfarshire, the paddle steamer that sank off the Northumberland coast in 1838 and whose survivors were famously rescued by Grace Darling and her father.
|'Lost' Civil War battlefield added to English Heritage register|
July 24, 2013, The Telegraph (UK) by Jasper Copping
The fighting took place at two separate battles, fought around ten days apart, over August and September 1644, near Lostwithiel, Cornwall. The Royalists had tracked a heavily outnumbered Parliamentarian army to the town and gradually closed in on them. King Charles I himself was present during the campaign and is said to have slept in a hedge. Part of the fighting centred around the ruins of Restormel Castle.
|Archaeologists Discover Oldest Colonial Fort in U.S Interior|
July 23, 2013, History.com by Barbara Maranzani
This week, a team of archeologists announced the discovery of the remains of a long-lost 16th century Spanish garrison in western North Carolina that predates the earliest English settlements in North America by decades. Established in 1567, Fort San Juan was just one of at least six military installations built by the Spanish across the Appalachian mountain range, stretching from the coast of South Carolina to eastern Tennessee—and the only one of the forts scientists have located so far.
|Live as well as you dare|
July 03, 2013, Letters of Note by Sydney Smith
In February of 1820, on learning that his good friend, Lady Georgiana Morpeth, was suffering from a bout of depression, noted essayist and clergyman Sydney Smith sent her the following precious letter, in which he listed twenty pieces of advice to help her overcome "low spirits."
|5 Things You May Not Know About Queen Victoria|
June 28, 2013, History.com by Sarah Pruitt
On June 28, the 18-year-old Queen Victoria was crowned as monarch of the United Kingdom and Ireland in London’s Westminster Abbey. Some 400,000 visitors flocked to the city to witness the historic event, riding a worldwide wave of popular enthusiasm for the young queen. She would rule until her death in 1901, becoming the longest reigning monarch in British history. At the time Victoria took the throne, the role that Buckingham Palace’s chief resident should play in British politics had become unclear, and the ongoing existence of the monarchy was by no means certain. Victoria’s rule would change that--during her long reign, Britain made its transition to a constitutional monarchy, even as Victoria’s influence on British society ensured the continuance of the crown itself. One hundred and seventy-five years after her coronation, explore a few facts about the queen who lent her name to an era.
|Shakespeare's Curtain theatre unearthed in east London|
June 05, 2013, The Guardian (UK) by Maev Kennedy
Well preserved remains of Shakespeare's original "wooden O" stage, the Curtain theatre where Henry V and Romeo and Juliet were first performed, have been discovered in a yard in east London.
The Curtain theatre in Shoreditch preceded the Globe on the Thames, showcasing several of Shakespeare's most famous plays. But it was dismantled in the 17th century and its precise location lost.
|After 168 Years, Potato Famine Mystery Solved|
May 21, 2013, History.com by Barbara Maranzani
An international team of scientists has finally solved one of history’s greatest mysteries: What caused the devastating Irish potato famine of 1845? The research team, which published its findings in the journal eLife this week, used DNA sequencing of plant specimens dating from the mid-19th century to identify the pathogen that led to the death of nearly 1 million people and the mass emigration of another 2 million from Ireland by 1855. The discovery marks the first time scientists have successfully sequenced a plant’s genome from preserved samples and opens the door for further research into the evolution of pathogens and the spread of plant disease around the world.
|German dialect in Texas is one of a kind, and dying out|
May 14, 2013, BBC (UK) by Staff
The first German settlers arrived in Texas over 150 years ago and successfully passed on their native language throughout the generations - until now.
German was the main language used in schools, churches and businesses around the hill country between Austin and San Antonio. But two world wars and the resulting drop in the standing of German meant that the fifth and sixth generation of immigrants did not pass it on to their children.
|Study debunks lead poisoning theory in Franklin mystery|
May 08, 2013, The Canadian Press by Staff
A long-standing Arctic mystery has become even more baffling with research that appears to debunk a common theory about the demise of the Franklin expedition.
Chemists at the University of Western Ontario used an array of the latest analytic techniques to conclude that poorly made cans of food were not responsible for the lead that poisoned the officers and crew of the doomed 19th-century voyage to explore the Arctic.