|"A Free Man of Color": A Wild Ride through the Early History of New Orleans|
December 06, 2010, History News Network by Bruce Chadwick
Jacques Cornet was the free, mulatto son of a wealthy New Orleans plantation owner who made extra money by staging a weekly casino night in his large, lavish mansion. When we first meet the very elegantly dressed Cornet, brocaded jacket, white silk stockings, white wig and all, in 1801, he is trying to buy maps, bed every woman he meets, fend off his half brother’s claim to his fortune, host parties, make friends and become the Delta’s “Man of the Year.”
His giddy, party-hearty life story is the central plot of playwright John Guare’s struggling historical drama, “A Free Man of Color,” that opened last week at Lincoln Center’s Vivian Beaumont Theater. Through Cornet, Guare tells the story of how New Orleans bounced through control by the Spanish, French and Americans during just three years at the birth of the nineteenth century. It tells the story, too, of the wealthy high society crowd that ran New Orleans’ cultural life in what was the most racially and ethnically diverse city in America.
|Citizens Rally to Save Khotachi Wadi|
December 05, 2010, The Mumbai Mirror (India) by Ashutosh Patil
Residents of all 189 gaothans across the city have joined to fight to save the 18th century locality of Khotachi Wadi at Girgaum. The gaothans with Bombay East Indian Association and St John the Baptist Church Save Committee have threatened to take the fight to the streets. They will soon hold morchas to get their point across.
|Peru: 'Sensational' Inca Find for British Team in Andes|
December 05, 2010, The Guardian (UK) by Staff
A British team of archaeologists on expedition in the Peruvian Andes has hailed as "sensational" the discovery of some of the most sacred objects in the Inca civilisation – three "ancestor stones", which were once believed to form a precious link between the heavens and the underworld.
...Dr Frank Meddens, research associate of Royal Holloway, who was also on the expedition, said they had "danced a little jig on top of the mountain" after discovering the objects that they had only read about in 16th-century Spanish documents.
|Deardurff House Dig Offers Peek at City's Past|
December 05, 2010, The Columbus Dispatch (OH) by Tracy Turner
Pairs of volunteers watched anxiously yesterday as a screen sifted archaeological treasures from cold, damp dirt.
The group of about 20 professional archaeologists, Ohio State University students and history buffs shared a quiet sense of excitement and urgency as each historical find was unearthed yesterday at the Deardurff House, a 193-year-old log house in the Franklinton neighborhood.
|Archeologists Find Artifacts at Fairfax County Site that was a Bustling Port|
December 05, 2010, Fairfax County Times (VA) by Holly Hobbs
Centreville resident Karen Schweikart digs history.
Bent over a shallow pit on a recent Saturday morning, Schweikart, with a garden trowel and metal dust pan, performed the slow and meticulous task of archeology. She was working to exhume what remains of a colonial era building that might help historians learn more about the port town of Colchester.
|The Fight to Preserve Jesuit Heritage in Bolivia|
December 05, 2010, BBC (UK) by Mattia Cabitza
The Jesuit church of Concepcion dominates the town's cobblestone main square. Its orange and yellow images of saints and ornate flower designs painted on the facade glow in the full splendour of 18th century architecture.
On a starry night, recalling the days of Jesuit evangelisation a few centuries ago, a sonata for double violin by Domenico Zipoli resonates inside the huge church.
|Museum Sells Pieces of Its Past, Reviving a Debate|
December 05, 2010, The New York Times by Robin Pogrebin
A galloping horse weather vane sold for about $20,000, and the cigar store Indians brought in more than $1 million. A Thomas Sully oil painting of Andrew Jackson netted $80,500, and a still life by Raphaelle Peale, part of the family that put portraiture in this city on the map, was auctioned at Christie’s for $842,500.
These were just a few of more than 2,000 items quietly sold by the Philadelphia History Museum over the last several years, all part of an effort to cull its collection of 100,000 artifacts and raise money for a $5.8 million renovation of its 1826 building
|Michelangelo's Scribbled Thoughts Reveal the Tortured Poet|
December 05, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Nick Squires
The Renaissance artist is best known for great works such as the statue of David and the Sistine Chapel ceiling but he also left behind around 600 cartoons and drawings.
The scraps of writing on about a third of the drawings include lines of poetry, memos to his assistants, explanatory notes to some of his greatest works and "achingly personal expressions of ambition and despair surely meant for nobody's eyes but his own", according to Leonard Barkan, a professor of comparative literature at Princeton University.
|Search of Alamance Battleground Yields Archaeological Jackpot|
December 03, 2010, The Times-News (NC) by Chris Lavender
Those who fought and died at the Alamance Battleground in 1771 left behind artifacts of a struggle that remained under the earth’s surface waiting to be discovered by present-day historians.
For some, there had always been some argument over whether the Regulators battled against Royal Governor William Tryon’s forces at the designated N.C. Historic Site on South N.C. 62 since there had never been an extensive archeological dig at the site.
|Auction of First Edition of 'Star Spangled Banner' Tops $500,000|
December 03, 2010, CNN by Ashley Vaughan
A near two-century-old copy of "The Star Spangled Banner" sold for $506,500 Friday at Christie's auction house in Manhattan.
The famed sheet music is one of 11 known first edition copies of Francis Scott Key's patriotic tune, said to have been written after he witnessed the British naval bombardment of Fort McHenry during the War of 1812.
|'Heartbreaking' Problems: Historic Wharf Site Coated in Oil|
December 01, 2010, Newburyport Daily News (MA) by Lynne Hendricks
With a mix of excitement and disappointment, an archeologist with the University of Massachusetts watched city workers unearth yesterday what may have been the 18th-century timber frame of Coombs Wharf.
While an exciting find, considering the structure was likely placed there by the hands of colonists prior to the Revolutionary War, the find was tarnished by the sad reality that it could not be properly documented due to a thick layer of toxic, oily sludge unearthed along with the aged wood.
|Space Science and the 16th Century|
December 01, 2010, Past Horizons by Staff
A group of Suffolk tomb-monuments dating to the 16th century is being analysed with tools developed in space science, to unlock the past and offer new insights into the Tudor Reformation.
Led by the University of Leicester, this innovative heritage science project draws together space scientists, art-historians, archaeologists and museologists from Leicester, Oxford, Yale, and English Heritage.
|Return of Bagpipe Artifact to Scotland Sparks Debate on its True Home|
November 30, 2010, The Globe and Mail (Canada) by Oliver Moore
It was once part of the instrument played by the Blind Piper of Gairloch, a one-of-a-kind artifact dating to the golden days of Gaelic music in Scotland.
But news that his Canadian descendants were donating the artifact to a Scottish museum after it had been in Nova Scotia for 205 years has sparked a furious debate about where its proper home should be.
|New UM Research to Emerge on Donner Party|
November 30, 2010, NBC by Heidi Meili
University of Montana archaeologists are using DNA technology to get to the bottom of the Donner Party's deadly migration to the West.
The surviving travelers are rumored to have resorted to cannibalism, but recent research has turned up no proof.
|New £21m Robert Burns Birthplace Museum Opens|
November 30, 2010, BBC (UK) by Pauline McLean
A new £21m museum dedicated to Scotland's national bard has opened its doors to the public.
The Robert Burns Birthplace Museum (RBBM) in Alloway, Ayrshire, aims to attract visitors from across the world.
The project, which has taken six years to complete, will feature more than 5,000 artefacts, including original manuscripts written by the poet.
|'Don't Tread on Me' License Plates Become a Growing Trend in the U.S.|
November 30, 2010, FOXNews by Diane Macedo
Fans of the Gadsden Flag may soon be able to display its familiar rattlesnake and "Don't Tread on Me" message every time they pull out of the driveway.
At least three states -- Virginia, Nevada and Texas -- are weighing or have already approved proposals to add "Don't Tread on Me" specialty license plates to their state rosters.
|A Monster of an Exhibition: First Handwritten Draft of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein Goes on Display |
November 30, 2010, The Daily Mail (UK) by Staff
The handwritten first draft of Mary Shelley's masterpiece, Frankenstein, has gone on display in Britain for the first time.
The exhibition also includes a never before seen portrait of the author alongside belongings and literary work from her family - one of Britain's most renowned literary dynasties.
|Christopher Colombowicz: America's Discoverer Polish not Portuguese, Claim Historians |
November 29, 2010, The Daily Mail (UK) by Staff
He is celebrated as the humble Italian weaver who ended up discovering the Americas.
But the conventional wisdom relating to Christopher Columbus is under threat after academics concluded the explorer was actually a Polish immigrant.
An international team of distinguished professors have completed 20 years of painstaking research into his beginnings.
|400-Year-Old Personalized Pipes Found at Jamestown|
November 29, 2010, National Geographic News by Paula Neely
Bearing perhaps the earliest printing in English America, fragments of 400-year-old personalized pipes have been found at Virginia's Jamestown, the first permanent English settlement in the New World, archaeologists say.
Stamped with the names of Sir Walter Raleigh and other eminent men back in England, the pipes may have been intended to impress investors—underscoring Jamestown's fundamentally commercial nature.
|A Thousand Shipwrecked Stories Call From a Baltic Seabed|
November 29, 2010, AFP News (France) by Aira-Katariina Vehaskari
Riikka Alvik rests her chin in her palm as she imagines the last terrifying moments of the life of a 13-year-old girl trapped in a cabin on the St. Mikael as it mysteriously sank in the icy Baltic.
"We found her skeleton," says Alvik, a marine archaeologist and curator with Finland's National Board of Antiquities.
"She never got out. Think of the panic she felt as the cabin filled with icy water -- it was November, after all."
November 1747, that is.
|Napoleonic Warriors Find Rest in Lithuania|
November 29, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
The skeletons of 18 of Napoleon's soldiers were laid to rest Monday in Lithuania — 200 years after the French emperor tried in vain to invade Russia.
Lithuanian deputy Defense Minister Vytautas Umbrasas said Napoleon's troops were finally "buried properly" at a solemn ceremony in Vilnius also attended by French Ambassador Francois Laumonier.
|Notes of Discord After Legendary Piper's Chanter Finds its Way to Scotland|
November 28, 2010, The Scotsman (Scotland) by Tom Peterkin
A PRICELESS 17th century musical artefact that once belonged to one of Scotland's most revered pipers has returned to its native land after more than two centuries in exile in Canada.
But the homecoming of the bagpipe chanter once played by the legendary Blind Piper of Gairloch has led to a discordant note being sounded by piping enthusiasts in the New World, who believe that its move back to the Old Country is illegal.
November 28, 2010, The Houston Chronicle (TX) by Allan Turner
Since its discovery in Matagorda Bay 15 years ago, the French ship La Belle has yielded a treasure trove of artifacts that offer unprecedented insight into 17th-century exploration of the New World.
Weapons, trade goods, medical and navigational instruments — part of the approximately 1 million items plucked from the bay bottom — have found homes in Texas museums.
But the biggest, arguably most significant recovery — a massive section of the ship's oak hull — has remained out of sight, submerged in a tank of preservative at Texas A&M University's nautical archaeology conservation lab.
|Lt. Gov. Guadagno Wants Archeological Dig on Statehouse Lawn Buried|
November 27, 2010, New Jersey Newsroom by Tom Hester Sr.
Angry preservationists charge she considers New Jersey historic site an ‘eyesore'
Lt. Gov. Kim Guadagno wants the Petty's Run archaeological site on the Statehouse grounds in Trenton that features the ruins of sections of Colonial and Industrial era mills dating back to the 1730s buried, her spokesman confirmed Friday evening.
Asked about the plan, which has angered historic preservationists and archeology community activists, Shawn Crisafulli told NewJerseyNewsroom.com, "Yes, the lieutenant governor is working proactively with all parties involved to refill the area next to the Statehouse as soon as possible to improve the grounds.''
|Mystery Shipwreck Found in Central Stockholm|
November 26, 2010, The Local (Sweden) by Staff
The remains of a ship dating from the 1600s have been discovered outside the Grand Hotel in central Stockholm.
The vessel was built with an almost completely unknown technology, delighting archaeologists. The planks of the ship are not nailed down, but sewn together with rope.