|Russian Scientists Find Romanov Emperor Ivan VI's Remains, Interfax Says|
September 13, 2010, Bloomburg by Patrick Henry
Russian scientists found the remains of Emperor Ivan VI in the village of Kholmogory in the northern Arkhangelsk region, Interfax reported, citing Anatoly Karanin, head of the archaelogical team that made the discovery.
Karanin said the likelihood that the remains are genuine is “extremely high,” the Moscow-based news service reported today.
|Fate of War of 1812 Shipwreck Playing out in U.S. Courts|
September 13, 2010, The Ottawa Citizen by Randy Boswell
The legal battle over a recently discovered Lake Erie shipwreck -- believed to be the storied, Canadian-built brig Caledonia from the War of 1812 -- took another twist last week in a New York court as the U.S. salvage company that found the sunken vessel rejected accusations by state lawyers it has "plundered" the wreck site and disturbed human remains.
The struggle over the fate of the well-preserved wreck -- purported to be a 203-year-old troop transport involved in the first British-Canadian victory of the War of 1812 -- comes with the clock ticking toward the war's bicentennial and amid controversial plans to raise the ship for display on Lake Erie's southern shore near Buffalo, New York.
|Monticello Archaeologists Focused on Slave Life|
September 12, 2010, The Daily Progress (VA) by Brandon Shulleeta
Thomas Jefferson is known as one of the great architects of independence, but largely out of sight of his esteemed guests at Monticello was a world of enslavement, which archaeologists are gradually bringing to life through excavations.
“We want to be able to show what life was like then,” said Thomas Jefferson Foundation spokeswoman Lisa Stites, adding that a true picture would show the world of Jefferson’s slaves. Jefferson had as many as 200 slaves at any given time.
|People of the Book: The True History of the Koran in America |
September 12, 2010, The Boston Globe by Ted Widmer
No book states the case more plainly than a single volume, tucked away deep within the citadel of Copley Square — the Boston Public Library. The book known as Adams 281.1 is a copy of the Koran, from the personal collection of John Adams. There is nothing particularly ornate about this humble book, one of a collection of 2,400 that belonged to the second president. But it tells an important story, and reminds us how worldly the Founders were, and how impervious to the fanaticisms that spring up like dandelions whenever religion and politics are mixed. They, like we, lived in a complicated and often hostile global environment, dominated by religious strife, terror, and the bloodsport of competing empires. Yet better than we, they saw the world as it is, and refused the temptation to enlarge our enemies into Satanic monsters, or simply pretend they didn’t exist.
Reports of Korans in American libraries go back at least to 1683, when an early settler of Germantown, Pa., brought a German version to these shores. Despite its foreign air, Adams’s Koran had a strong New England pedigree. The first Koran published in the United States, it was printed in Springfield in 1806.
|Revolutionary War Town in Revolt Over Synagogue|
September 11, 2010, The Los Angeles Times by Rinker Buck
The scenic village green of Litchfield has long symbolized the charms of Connecticut small-town life. Settled in 1721, it hosts tourists drawn by its Revolutionary War history: Litchfield served as a "safe town" for Continental forces seeking refuge while the British occupied New York City.
But this fall, the celebrated tourist town of about 8,500 will receive publicity for quite a different reason: charges of religious discrimination.
|WTC Ship Gives up Lucky Coin|
September 10, 2010, Discovery News by James Williams
As Nichole Doub -- Head Conservator at the Maryland Archaeological Conservation Laboratory -- was helping extract the remains of an 18th century ship from the mud of the World Trade Center construction site, she was asked a familiar question:
While we’re out on the site, we have all these construction workers coming up and one of the most common questions asked any archaeologist on a site is: Have you found the gold yet? It’s kind of the question that everyone asks. And normally you go “No, no.”
But in this case there’s a chance we could find gold. And that’s if we found one of the lucky coins.
|Revolutionary Museum Swap: Valley Forge for Philly|
September 10, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
The long battle over a proposed Revolutionary War museum is officially over.
Under the agreement signed Friday, the National Park Service will hand over a spot near Philadelphia's Independence Hall and the Liberty Bell to the American Revolution Center.
|Rare Copy of Audubon’s Birds of America for Sale|
September 10, 2010, Smithsonian Magazine by Sarah Zielinski
John James Audubon’s Birds of America holds the record as the world’s most expensive book. Not to buy, but to publish. Audubon had to raise more than $115,000 in the early 1800s ($2 million in today’s dollars) for a print run of the multi-volume, large (39 x 26 inches) work that contained 435 hand-colored, life-size prints of nearly 500 bird species. Fewer than 200 copies were created, and they didn’t make Audubon rich (that required a printing of a smaller, octavo-format book that was more accessible and more affordable).
|Titan of the Thames: Resurfacing After 200 Years, the Whale that Met a Bloody End|
September 10, 2010, The Daily Mail (UK) by Niall Firth
At 52 feet long and weighing 60 tons, it was truly a giant of the deep.
Some 200 years ago, however, the magnificent whale made a fatal wrong turn.
Maybe it simply lost its way. More likely, it was ailing and easy prey as it veered off course to be speared on a whaler's harpoon and dragged from the open sea to the Thames.
|Diaries of a 19th Century Military Wife Uncovered|
September 10, 2010, LiveScience by Jeremy Hsu
Modern military wives typically don't ship out alongside their husbands, but the young wife of a British naval officer did just that during the Napoleonic Wars of the 19th century. Now a historian who tracked down 40 unpublished volumes of her diaries has gotten the go-ahead to write a book investigating her life.
Elizabeth "Betsey" Wynne accompanied her husband aboard his warship during a disastrous British assault on the Spanish Canary Islands. She spent the voyage home-nursing the wounded Rear-Admiral Horatio Nelson, whom lost his right arm during the attack and would go on to become one of England's greatest military heroes of all time.
|St. Paul's Chapel Holds Buckets of Drama after Discovery is Made in Famed Church's Steeple |
September 10, 2010, NY Daily News by Joanna Molloy
Dust stirred up in spirals in the heat at Ground Zero as visitors filed into St. Paul's Chapel across the street.
St. Paul's, where not one window broke that day nine years ago when the twin towers fell, protected by an old sycamore tree in the cemetery.
St. Paul's, which served for eight months as a sanctuary for recovery workers, who slept on the pews, their helmets as pillows, even the pew George Washington prayed in after his inauguration.
|N.J. Reaches $115K Settlement in Revolutionary War-Era Road Dispute|
September 09, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
A rutted dirt road that once carried American troops on their way to fight the British in the Revolutionary War became a different sort of battleground when the federal government sued two New Jersey couples who blocked the road where it traversed their property.
Eighteen months later, a settlement is imminent in a case that has rekindled memories of more recent clashes in the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area over an abandoned federal dam project.
|Navy Launches 5th Trip to Find John Paul Jones' Ship|
September 08, 2010, The Capital (MD) by Earl Kelly
Four Naval Academy midshipmen and a professor, along with Navy scientists, are getting the chance of a lifetime as they head to the North Sea on Wednesday to search for the remains of Capt. John Paul Jones' ship, Bonhomme Richard.
This search for one of the most famous ships of the American Revolution will combine oceanography, historical analysis and naval engineering, and will employ cutting-edge technology. A multibeam sonar, for example, will give researchers three-dimensional pictures of objects on the ocean floor, and a gradiometer, a mine-sweeping tool, can detect objects buried under sediment.
|The Chupatty Movement |
September 07, 2010, Charles Fort Institute by Mike Dash
"There is a most mysterious affair going on throughout the whole of India at present," wrote Dr Gilbert Hadow in a letter to his sister at home in Britain dated March 1857. "No one seems to know the meaning of it... It is not known where it originated, by whom or for what purpose, whether it is supposed to be connected to any religious ceremony or whether it has to do with some secret society. The Indian papers are full of surmises as to what it means. It is called 'the chupatty movement.'"
|Book on British Colonial Era Cemeteries in Himachal |
September 07, 2010, The India Gazette by Staff
To woo foreign tourists -- especially from Britain -- to the hills of Himachal Pradesh during the Commonwealth Games, the state government has brought out a book on British colonial era cemeteries and churches, an official said here Tuesday.
Tourism director Arun Sharma told IANS that the tourism department has published a book: 'The Churches and Christian Cemeteries of Himachal Pradesh'.
|Purported Franklin Expedition Records Found|
September 07, 2010, CBC News (Canada) by Staff
An Inuit family says a box that was hidden for over 80 years in the Arctic contains documents linked to the doomed Franklin Expedition.
...The box was buried years ago by George Washington Porter Jr. below a large stone cairn. Inside, he carefully placed some documents believed to be connected to the British Franklin Expedition — Sir John Franklin's attempt to navigate the Northwest Passage in the 1840s.
|Jerry Hall, English Duke to Sell Art as Prices Rise|
September 06, 2010, Business Week by Scott Reyburn
American model Jerry Hall and an English aristocrat are among high-profile sellers at the forthcoming season of art auctions in London as dealers said that rising prices were encouraging sales.
David Manners, 51, the 11th Duke of Rutland, is offering a painting by the 17th-century French artist Nicolas Poussin. The work is expected to fetch as much as 20 million pounds ($31 million) at a Christie’s International auction in December, the company said in an e-mail today. Hall, the former wife of Mick Jagger, has entered 14 lots into the Sotheby’s contemporary sales in October to coincide with the Frieze Art Fair.
|Worcester Auction has Historians and Collectors Abuzz|
September 05, 2010, The Boston Globe by Joseph P. Kahn
An extraordinary collection of items belonging to Worcester native Andrew Haswell Green — a visionary who helped remake New York City in the 19th century — will be sold this week in an unprecedented four-day auction at the DCU Center in Worcester. Among the thousands of documents, artworks, china, clothing, and toys being sold are handwritten correspondence to and from four presidents and a rare, printed copy of George Washington’s will.
|Bone Fragments Represent Unprecedented Discovery|
September 03, 2010, William and Mary News by Joseph McClain
Laboratory analysis by the College of William and Mary's Center for Archaeological Research (WMCAR) has revealed that the bone fragments found this summer in two unmarked graves on campus are the remains of dogs interred some two centuries ago.
The discovery represents a significant scholarly mystery, as researchers both at WMCAR and in the College's Department of Anthropology say that evidence of the formal interment of dogs dating from the Colonial period is unprecedented.
|World's 'Oldest Beer' Found in Shipwreck|
September 03, 2010, CNN by Les Neuhaus
First there was the discovery of dozens of bottles of 200-year-old champagne, but now salvage divers have recovered what they believe to be the world's oldest beer, taking advertisers' notion of 'drinkability' to another level.
Though the effort to lift the reserve of champagne had just ended, researchers uncovered a small collection of bottled beer on Wednesday from the same shipwreck south of the autonomous Aland Islands in the Baltic Sea.
|Charles Darwin's Ecological Experiment on Ascension isle|
September 01, 2010, BBC (UK) by Howard Falcon-Lang
A lonely island in the middle of the South Atlantic conceals Charles Darwin's best-kept secret.
Two hundred years ago, Ascension Island was a barren volcanic edifice.
Today, its peaks are covered by lush tropical "cloud forest".
|Divers Lift 200-Year-Old Champagne from Baltic Shipwreck|
September 01, 2010, CNN by Les Neuhaus
Divers are recovering bottles of champagne that have been lying at the bottom of the Baltic Sea for about two centuries, an autonomous Finnish island official said Wednesday.
About 70 bottles lie mostly undamaged at 50 meters deep [roughly 164 feet] south of the Aland Islands.
|New York Art Courier Loses $1.3 Million Painting on Night Out|
September 01, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Nick Allen
...Owner Kristyn Trudgeon is suing for the value of the painting, which was completed in about 1857 and spent years at the Hammer Museum in Los Angeles.
She told the New York Daily News: “I think he’s a complete fumbling idiot.”
|Canada, U.K. Discuss Preserving Shipwreck|
September 01, 2010, CBC News (Canada) by Staff
Canadian officials say they have entered talks with the British government on how best to preserve the wreck of HMS Investigator, a 19th-century British naval ship that was found in Arctic waters this summer.
Archeologists with Parks Canada discovered the shipwreck on July 25 in Banks Island's Mercy Bay in the Northwest Territories. The ship had been abandoned in 1854, during an attempt to search for Sir John Franklin's missing expedition.
|How 'Worst President' Ended Up on Coin|
September 01, 2010, AOL News by Alex Eichler
The U.S. Treasury has released a $1 coin commemorating former President James Buchanan. And people aren't happy about it.
To understand why, some background is helpful. In 2007, thanks to a bill promoted by then-Sen. John Sununu of New Hampshire, the Treasury began minting $1 coins with the likenesses of former Presidents, starting with George Washington.
The coins -- which have been appearing ever since, featuring a new President every three months -- are meant to improve use and circulation of America's dollar coins, which are often seen as an awkward misfit among currency, neither fish nor fowl.