|To Be or Not to Be Shakespeare|
April 21, 2011, Shanghai Daily (China) by Claire Wang
A BEST-SELLING author is planning to fork out 1 million yuan (US$153,000) on plastic surgery to look like British playwright William Shakespeare so as to "let the people across the world mourn" one of world's greatest writers and dramatists.
Zhang Yiyi will go undergo 10 face-lifts in 10 months to look like the playwright. He has to receive checkups every month after the surgery, China National Radio reported yesterday.
|Milan Museum to Test Whether Sketch is Lost Leonardo Da Vinci Work|
April 20, 2011, CNN by Eliott C. McLaughlin
Peter Hohenstatt was skeptical at first, especially when he learned the drawing dated to about 1500.
The sketch was "absolutely Leonardesque," the University of Parma art historian thought, but it was probably the product of one of the master's students, imitators or admirers. When a technical exam showed the drawing originated closer to 1473, his skepticism waned.
|Archaeologists Uncover Likely Evidence of Church Where Pocahontas Was Married|
April 18, 2011, Popular Archaeology by Dan McLerran
Archaeologists excavating in the area where remains of the 1607 James Fort on Jamestown Island in Virginia were discovered are now encountering possible traces of the 1608 church where Pocahontas, the daughter of the Indian Emperor that headed the Powhatan tribal nations, and who arguably saved the life of the legendary 17th century explorer John Smith, was baptized and then married in 1610. Jamestown Island was the location of the first successful, permanent English colony in what is now the United States.
|Using 40-Plus Years of Additional Archaeological Info, Cherokees Updating "Ancient" Village|
April 17, 2011, The Associated Press by Murray Evans
Tucked away amid the hundreds of tall trees surrounding the Cherokee Heritage Center, the Tsa-La-Gi village purports to show visitors what life might have been like for Cherokees before the American Indian tribe first encountered Europeans during the mid-16th century.
That was the plan when the village was built back in 1967. But archaeological finds during ensuing decades have indicated there are historical errors in the village's construction. Now, the tribe is going back and trying to fix the problems.
|Geocacher Finds Ancient Yavapai Jar |
April 16, 2011, The Daily Courier (AZ) by Joanna Dodder Nellans
When Dave Kurr was a kid exploring the hills north of Prescott with his friends, he was bummed out when they would find arrowheads and he never did.
It took him until he was 43 years old to find an Indian artifact, but he's made up for it by finding an amazingly rare ceramic jar on the Prescott National Forest.
|Thwarted Love in Bold Historical Epic|
April 15, 2011, The Epoch Times by Joe Bendel
Apologists often claim arranged marriages produce wedded contentment, at least by the standards of their specific cultural contexts. One 16th century French noblewoman would beg to differ. Only tragedy and resentment will follow her forced union in Bertrand Tavernier’s The Princess of Montpensier, which opens today in New York.
In love with the rakish Duc de Guise, Marie de Mézières is content with her promised marriage to his adoring brother, expecting it will allow their affair to continue unabated. Unfortunately, for reasons of money and prestige, her father accepts a better offer, marrying her off to the fiercer but less dashing Prince of Montpensier.
|Archaeologists Find Ancient 'Freezer' at Flood Defences Dig|
April 15, 2011, The Scotsman (Scotland) by Dawn Morrison
AN old freezer is being investigated after being found dumped in the middle of Craigmillar.
But the case is unlikely to trouble the city's fly-tipping patrols, as the discovery dates back hundreds of years.
The 18th century ice house is just one of a series of new discoveries made by archaeologists at the Niddrie Marischal estate over the past few weeks ahead of flood prevention work in the area.
|Check Out Ye Olde Google Mappe: Now You can get a Bird's Eye View of Major Cities from the 16Th Century|
April 14, 2011, The Daily Mail (UK) by Staff
For the 16th century man trying to get around town it was as useful as Google Earth or a sat-nav
And if you prefer a map to technology you can now follow your ancestors' footsteps, thanks to a reprint of a four centuries old guide to the world's major cities.
The reprinted book contains bird's eye view maps of every major European city at the time, as well as maps from cities in Asia, Africa and Latin America.
|Footsteps when No One is There, the Ghostly Laughter of Children… is America’s Oldest House Haunted?|
April 14, 2011, The Daily Mail (UK) by Staff
It's the oldest timber frame house in America, lived in for generations by the same family and lovingly kept just as it was in its early Colonial days.
But what the Fairbanks House lacks in modern facilities it seems to make for with ... strange spirits.
The house in Dedham, Massachusetts, was built between 1637 and 1641 by English settlers Jonathan and Grace Fairbanks.
Today the house is a museum, but it could very well one of the most haunted houses in America.
|Spanish Police Recover Stolen Masterpieces|
April 14, 2011, The Associated Press by Harold Heckle
panish investigators have recovered stolen masterpieces by two of the country’s most revered artists: Goya and El Greco, a police statement said Friday.
The oil on canvas works, Goya’s 18th-century “The Apparition of the Virgin of Pilar” and el Greco’s 16th-century “The Annunciation,” were stolen 14 years ago after an exhibition tour.
|Murderer Hanged in Bristol in 1821 Buried|
April 13, 2011, BBC (UK) by Staff
Descendents of a man who was hanged for murder in Bristol 190 years ago have gathered for his burial.
John Horwood was sentenced to death in 1821, but because his body was used for dissection classes at the Bristol Royal Infirmary he was never buried.
His skeleton has remained in a cupboard at the University of Bristol.
|Richard Trevithick: Google Doodle Celebrates 240 Years Since his Birth|
April 13, 2011, The Telegraph (UK) by Staff
Marking 240 years since his birth, Google has transformed their usual logo into a steam train, complete with steam puffing out of the letter “L”.
The internet search engine is known for its celebration of special days and occasions, but this marks a more unusual subject than most.
Mr Trevithick not only invented the first high pressure steam engine but also but the first operational steam locomotive.
April 13, 2011, Snopes.com by Staff
Claim:: The word gringo came from Mexicans' overhearing American soldiers sing the song "Green Grow the Lilacs" during the Mexican-American War.
|Dizzee Rascal Addicted to 18th Century Poetry - Tabloid Hell |
April 12, 2011, NME News by Staff
Dizzee Rascal has taken a break from music to learn all about classical English poetry, according to one tabloid today (April 12). The rapper has apparently been brushing up on his Wordsworth, Blake, Byron and Keats because he want it to influence his new album.
|Thang Long Royal Citadel Cracked and Sunk|
April 12, 2011, VietnamNet Bridge by Staff
The construction of the National Assembly House has affected the archaeological site in Thang Long Royal Citadel at N0 18, Hoang Dieu Street, Hanoi.
According to the Institute for Archaeology, a section of the wall to protect the northern area of the relic collapsed while the structure of soil layers of the relic was broken.
Mud water has overflowed from the National Assembly House project to the relic.
The Institute for Archaeology said that the landmark of the relic has been broken. The National Assembly House project also caused the relic to sink, affecting the preservation of this important relic.
|It Flies! Da Vinci's Dream Comes True|
April 11, 2011, NPR by Robert Krulwich
This is not a trick. There are no invisible strings, no post production video fixes. What we have here is a graceful, flapping, unfeathery machine that looks and flies like a seagull. It was built by a team of engineers at a company called Festo in Germany, which specializes in factory automation, and for years now they've been doing what Leonardo dreamed of when he sat on those hills near Florence sketching birds: they copy from nature's designs.
|Shakespeare's Last Home is Focus of Archaeological Dig|
April 11, 2011, BBC (UK) by Staff
Archaeologists have begun delving into layers of Tudor soil untouched for 400 years as they resume a dig on the site of William Shakespeare's last home.
The dig is being carried out at New Place, in Stratford-upon-Avon.
|This is Your Brain on Shakespeare|
April 10, 2011, Big Think by Philip Davis
Shakespeare's literary career, which spanned a quarter century roughly between the years 1587 and 1612, came at a time when the English language was at a powerful stage of development. The great fluidity of Early Modern English gave Shakespeare an enormous amount of room to innovate.
In all of his plays, sonnets and narrative poems, Shakespeare used 17,677 words. Of these, he invented approximately 1,700, or nearly 10 percent. Shakespeare did this by changing the part of speech of words, adding prefixes and suffixes, connecting words together, borrowing from a foreign language, or by simply inventing them, the way a rapper like Snoop Dogg has today. (Another exemplary instance is the way HBO's series The Wire has integrated slang into our contemporary vernacular.)
|University Archaeologists Start Tregaron Elephant Dig|
April 09, 2011, BBC (UK) by Staff
Archaeologists having started digging up a pub beer garden in search of a legendary Victorian circus elephant.
The Tregaron Elephant has long had its place in local folklore, and is thought to have been buried behind the town's Talbot Hotel after dying on tour.
...The elephant was said to have fallen ill after drinking contaminated water in the Ceredigion town in 1848.
|Bodies Found at London Bedlam Hospital|
April 08, 2011, Reuters by Staff
Archaeologists have unearthed hundreds of skeletons at a 16th Century burial ground in the heart of the city that once served London's most notorious psychiatric hospital, the original "Bedlam".
The bones are expected to yield valuable information about mortality, diet and disease in the period.
|The Murky World of Ivy league Secret Societies|
April 08, 2011, The Telegraph (UK) by Emanuelle Degli Esposti
George H. W. Bush is perhaps the most famous alumni of The Order of Skull and Bones, Yale's oldest and most determinedly secretive society. Founded in 1832 following a dispute among Yale's debating societies, it has long been a source of speculation and intrigue due to its history of nurturing the elites of the day.
Skull and Bones aroused competition on campus, leading to the founding of Scroll and Key (1841), and later Wolf's Head (1883)
|Apology Sought for 'War Crimes' in Culloden's Aftermath|
April 07, 2011, BBC (UK) by Steven McKenzie
A state apology is being sought for the actions of Hanoverian forces following the Battle of Culloden in April 1746.
Members of A Circle of Gentlemen plan to march from Derby to London to deliver a petition to 10 Downing Street backing their call.
|This "Evil" was the Greatest which can Befall a Man|
April 07, 2011, Letters of Note by Edgar Allan Poe
When he wrote the following letter to George Eveleth in 1848, Edgar Allan Poe's wife, Virginia, had been dead for almost a year, having finally succumbed to tuberculosis after first contracting the disease in 1842. The latter part of this letter — the rest of which mainly concerns his ultimately unpublished journal, The Stylus — is a brief summary, in Poe's words, of his young wife's traumatic final years, and a heartbreaking glimpse at Poe's mental state during a period that saw him famously turn to alcohol in a bid to cope.
Poe passed away the next year.
|Lookout to View Rooftop of Himeji Castle Opens in Hyogo|
April 07, 2011, Japan Today by Staff
Visitors have been given rare access to view up close the rooftop of the main keep of Japan’s 17th century Himeji Castle in Hyogo Prefecture, which is undergoing restoration work.
The city of Himeji started a service on March 26 through early 2014 for visitors to take an elevator 50 meters up to a lookout set up on a scaffold structure at the main keep of the castle, a registered UNESCO World Heritage Site in western Japan built in 1609.
|New Dig at Shakespeare's Birthplace|
April 06, 2011, Four Shires (UK) by Jeremy Wilton
Dig for Shakespeare open daily 11 April-30 October 2011
Archaeologists will be delving into layers of Tudor soil untouched for 400 years as they resume the 'Dig for Shakespeare' on the site of the playwright’s last home at New Place, Stratford-upon-Avon. For the next seven months, visitors to Nash’s House and New Place will be able to watch the team of archaeologists and volunteers as they dig deeper every day into the mysteries of Shakespeare’s later years.
The live archaeological project will explore foundations and other remains thought to date from Shakespeare’s era, which were uncovered shortly before the Dig was put under wraps for winter. Dr Paul Edmondson, Head of Learning & Research at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, said, “We are now down to virgin ground which has not been excavated by previous expeditions. This is where we have the most exciting potential to shed new light on Shakespeare’s life and times.”