|The Pilgrims Were ... Socialists?|
November 20, 2010, The New York Times by Kate Zernike
Ah, Thanksgiving. A celebration regardless of creed; a time for all Americans to come together after a divisive election year.
But why take a holiday from argument? In these fractious times, even the meaning of Thanksgiving is subject to political debate.
Forget what you learned about the first Thanksgiving being a celebration of a bountiful harvest, or an expression of gratitude to the Indians who helped the Pilgrims through those harsh first months in an unfamiliar land. In the Tea Party view of the holiday, the first settlers were actually early socialists. They realized the error of their collectivist ways and embraced capitalism, producing a bumper year, upon which they decided that it was only right to celebrate the glory of the free market and private property.
|‘Colonists' Offer Insights on their Diet, Work Required to Eat|
November 19, 2010, The Enterprise (MD) by Susan Craton
Step into the kitchen at the Godiah Spray Plantation at Historic St. Mary's City, and the year becomes 1661.
As Mistress Rebecca Spray prepared the midday meal Nov. 12 by the open hearth for her family and the workers connected with the farm, one of the indentured servants and a hired hand debated the quality of their food in the Maryland colony, compared to meals they had back in England.
|Michelangelo's David Holding Secret Weapon?|
November 19, 2010, Discovery News by Rossella Lorenzi
Michelangelo's David might have held a secret weapon in his overly large right hand, according to new controversial research into the towering depiction of the biblical hero who killed Goliath.
Presented at "Florens 2010: The International Week of Cultural and Environmental Heritage," during a three-day tribute to Michelangelo’s masterpiece, the study concludes that David’s right hand is gripping the cylindrical fragment of a weapon.
|Astronomer Brahe's Moustache to be Tested|
November 19, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
Scientists who have exhumed the remains of 16th-century Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe say tests aimed at solving the mystery of his sudden death will take until next year.
An international team opened his tomb this week in the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn near Prague's Old Town Square, where Brahe has been buried since 1601, and took samples of his remains.
|Vivaldi Sonatas Found in Archive|
November 18, 2010, BBC (UK) by Ian Youngs
Two previously unknown violin sonatas by Antonio Vivaldi have been uncovered after lying hidden in a collection of manuscripts for 270 years.
The works, thought to have been written for amateur musicians, were found in a 180-page portfolio after it was donated to the Foundling Museum in London.
|Cumbrian Chemist's 1840 Niagara Photo on Display|
November 18, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
One of the oldest pictures of Niagara Falls, shot by a Cumbrian chemist, has gone on display.
The image was taken by Hugh Pattinson of Alston in 1840 and had, until recently, been sitting on a shelf at Newcastle University since 1926.
|Tests on Danish Astronomer's Body will take Months|
November 18, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
Scientists who have exhumed the remains of Danish astronomer Tycho Brahe say tests aimed at solving the mystery of his sudden death will take until next year.
An international team opened his tomb this week in the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn near Prague's Old Town Square, where Brahe has been buried since his death in 1601, and took samples of his remains.
|Paris Louvre Asks Public for Help to Buy Painting|
November 17, 2010, Reuters by Vicky Buffery
France's Louvre museum is making an unprecedented appeal to the general public to help it raise the cash to buy a 16th century painting deemed a national treasure by art experts.
The Louvre has already scraped together 3 million euros ($4.19 million) for "The Three Graces", an oil painting of three nudes by German artist Lucas Cranach the Elder, but is a million euros short of the price tag set by the work's private owners.
|The Queen: Please, Grandmama, May I Have Your Blessing to Marry Kate?|
November 17, 2010, The Scotsman (Scotland) by Laura Elston
Prince William had to ask the Queen's consent to marry because of a law dating from the 18th century.?
His grandmother will have signed an elaborate notice of approval, transcribed in calligraphy, and issued under the Great Seal of the Realm.
Under the Royal Marriages Act 1772, all descendants of George II must obtain the sovereign's consent before they wed, otherwise the marriage would be invalid.
|Native American Home Uncovered|
November 17, 2010, The St. Augustine Record by Marcia Lane
Volunteers at a dig at the Fountain of Youth Archaeological Park clustered around one of several excavation areas Tuesday morning to take a look at a wall of a mission period structure that is at least 300 years old.
"It's definitely a wall running through here," City Archaeologist Carl Halbirt said. That drew the volunteers away from sifting through buckets of oyster shells and dirt to take a look at the latest discovery at a dig that has been going on since late September.
|Boy, 3, Unearths £2.5m Treasure Trove on FIRST Metal Detecting Expedition|
November 17, 2010, The Daily Mail (UK) by Andrew Levy
IF James Hyatt was old enough to understand the concept, his family would tell him he is blessed with beginner’s luck.
The three-year-old was minutes into his first ever attempt at metal detecting when he found a gold locket potentially worth £2.5million.
|The New Lincoln-Douglas Debate|
November 16, 2010, Inside Higher Ed by Scott Jaschik
Stephen A. Douglas, the "Little Giant" who served in the U.S. Senate and debated Abraham Lincoln, is still much-honored in some quarters. Douglas, Wyo., and Douglas County, Nev., are among a number of localities that boast of being named for the "noted statesman from Illinois." A 96-foot statue marks his grave, at a park in Chicago, with ceremonies held on his birthday and the anniversary of his death. And a residence hall is named for him at Eastern Illinois University -- at least for now.
Following much campus discussion, the Faculty Senate at Eastern Illinois last week adopted a resolution to change the name of the building, arguing that Douglas "bears a dishonorable record of public service and is hence undeserving of public acclaim and honor." The discussion is taking place in Charleston, Ill., the home of Eastern Illinois and also the site of one of the Lincoln-Douglas debates, which are suddenly being debated anew.
|Scientists Exhume Astronomer's Remains|
November 15, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
An international team of scientists opened the tomb of a famous 16th-century Danish astronomer Monday in an effort to shed light on his sudden and mysterious death.
Tycho Brahe, who was born in 1546, has been buried in the Church of Our Lady Before Tyn near Prague's Old Town Square since his death in 1601.
|Anglesey Shipwreck Gold Investors 'Misled'|
November 15, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
Investors who helped bankroll a salvage expedition to recover sunken gold off the coast of Anglesey claim they were misled by the project leader.
Veteran diver Joe McCormack sought the cash after finding what he claimed was evidence of a wrecked galleon intended for Bonnie Prince Charlie in 1746.
|Himachal's 17th Century Fair Falls Prey to Modernism|
November 14, 2010, The India Gazette by Staff
...The fair, synonymous with trade in traditional items like hand-knitted woollens, farm implements, horses, yaks, sheep and dry fruits, saw the invasion of modernism.
The fair dates back to the 17th century when Raja Kehari Singh of Rampur Bushahr state signed a treaty to promote trade with Tibet. Rampur, 120 km from Shimla, was once a major trade centre as it is located on the old silk route connecting Afghanistan, Tibet and Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir.
|St. Augustine Team Finds Gun Amid Shipwreck|
November 13, 2010, The Florida Times-Union by Dan Scanlan
It was just a rock retrieved off a suspected 18th century shipwreck two miles off St. Augustine.
But Chuck Meide thought there was something special inside the lump scooped from the sand about 30 feet under the waves. So the head of the St. Augustine Lighthouse and Museum's Archaeological Maritime Program took his gut feeling to the hospital.
His gut was right. Flagler Hospital Imaging Center's CAT scanner found a well-preserved flintlock pistol with scrollwork on a wooden or ivory butt still visible after 200-plus years of submergence. Once restored, one more piece of the wreck's puzzle could be revealed, Meide said.
|Chinese Vase sells for World Record-Breaking £53.1 Million at Auction|
November 12, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Murray Wardrop
The 18th century Qianlong porcelain vase had been estimated to fetch between £800,000 and £1.2 million by Bainbridges, the provincial auction house handling the sale.
However both the auctioneers and the owners were stunned when it went for the highest price of any Chinese artwork sold at auction.
|Found After 300 Years, the Scourge of the British Navy|
November 12, 2010, The Independent (UK) by Cahal Milmo
With 25 guns and a plunder-thirsty crew, La Marquise de Tourny was the scourge of the British merchant fleet some 260 years ago. For up to a decade, the French frigate terrorised English ships by seizing their cargoes and crew under a form of state-sanctioned piracy designed to cripple British trade.
Then, in the mid-18th century, the 460-ton vessel from Bordeaux, which seized three valuable cargo ships in a single year and distinguished itself by apparently never being captured by the English, disappeared without a trace. Nearly 300 years later, the fate of La Marquise and its crew can finally be revealed.
|Michelangelo's Last Judgment Figures 'Based on Male Prostitutes'|
November 12, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Nick Squires
The muscular figures in Michelangelo's Last Judgment fresco in the Sistine Chapel were based on male prostitutes he encountered in homosexual bathhouses and brothels, an Italian art historian has claimed.
Elena Lazzarini, a researcher from Pisa University, believes the enormous fresco is replete with homosexual imagery, including a man being dragged into Damnation by his testicles and kisses and embraces between male figures.
|Church of England Plans to Sell Historic Durham Paintings|
November 12, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Tim Ross and Daisy Dunn
The Church of England is planning to sell a collection of historic paintings by the Spanish Old Master Francisco Zurbarán which have been in its possession for 250 years.
The paintings of Jacob and his sons, completed in the 1640s, are expected to raise at least £15 million for Church funds when they are sold.
|'Jane Eyre' Trailer Casts Charlotte Bronte's Tale as a Thriller with Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender|
November 11, 2010, MTV Movies Blog by Terri Schwartz
We've all been so distracted by another adaptation, of-sorts, of a classic 18th century novel (I'm talking about "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies," of course), that the newest version of "Jane Eyre" has slipped right under the radar. But the trailer for the latest big-screen incarnation of Charlotte Brontë's classic tale, starring Mia Wasikowska and Michael Fassbender, just hit... and it has definitely caught our attention.
Most people should know the basic premise of the novel, which follows an orphan named Jane Eyre (Wasikowska) who ends up working as a governess for the wealthy Edward Rochester (Fassbender), who is hiding a terrible secret. The trailer for the film, though, seems to play the whole story off as a horror-thriller -- which, I guess, we could argue that it is.
|Killer Relative Still Hanging Around After 189 Years|
November 10, 2010, The Sun (UK) by John Coles
A SHOCKED wife researching her family tree found she was related to a killer - still hanging from a NOOSE.
Gobsmacked Mary Halliwell was furious to discover the skeleton gruesomely displayed in a university cabinet 189 years on.
She launched a battle to be declared legal owner of the remains - and won.
|Skeletons from the 18th Century Reveal Typhus Epidemic from Spain|
November 10, 2010, ScienceDaily by Staff
By studying the dental pulp of skeletons buried in Douai (northern France), researchers from CNRS and the Université de la Méditerranée have identified the pathogenic agents responsible for trench fever and typhus. Published in the journal PLoS One, this work reveals for the first time the presence of typhus in Europe at the start of the 18th century and lends weight to the hypothesis that this disease could have been imported into Europe by Spanish conquistadors returning from the Americas.
|Old West Point Applicant Letters Being put Online|
November 10, 2010, The Associated Press by Chris Carola
The oldest West Point documents being posted online date to 1805, three years after the academy's founding, and run through 1866, a year after the Civil War ended. The records and other related documents from that period were culled from the National Archives in Washington, D.C., said Quinton Atkinson, director of content acquisition for Ancestry.com.
The documents represent some 16,000 individuals accepted into the Corps of Cadets, he said. Missing from the collection are the application records of notables such as Edgar Allen Poe, who briefly attended West Point, and Robert E. Lee, who graduated in 1829, Atkinson said.
|On Suburban Streets, Fresh Graves From the War of 1812|
November 10, 2010, CBC News (Canada) by Maureen Brosnahan
Today, there is a dentist office, a day spa and, nearby, a gas station.
Cars whiz by on busy King Street in the former town of Stoney Creek, now a suburb of Hamilton, Ont.
But almost 200 years ago, this was the site of one of the most significant victories in the War of 1812, which pitted American invaders against British soldiers.