|Baroque Painter Škréta's Exhibition to Open|
November 25, 2010, The Prague Daily Monitor (CZ) by Staff
An extensive exhibition of works by Czech 17th-century baroque painter Karel Skreta and his contemporaries will open in Prague on Friday, with over 400 exhibits, mainly paintings, on display, National Gallery (NG) officials told journalists yesterday.
|Jefferson's Va Retreat gets Landscape Restoration|
November 25, 2010, The Associated Press by Zinie Chen Sampson
Thomas Jefferson's Poplar Forest is undergoing a restoration of its grounds and gardens, an integral part of the third president's retirement retreat and an example of how he blended elements of architecture and landscape design.
An archaeological dig is under way on the west side of the octagonal home in Forest to find the location of two parallel rows of paper mulberry trees. Planted in 1812, the rows served as a wing of sorts flanking the house's main structure and balancing a brick-and-mortar wing on the opposite side that housed the plantation's kitchen, storage room and smokehouse.
|Veuve Clicquot Champagne Found in Baltic Shipwreck|
November 24, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Staff
VIDEO: The divers who found the sunken vessel in July said the Champagne is thought to be the world's oldest drinkable bubbly. They were not able to determine the brand at the time.
But Veuve Clicquot said Wednesday that experts checking branding of the corks "were able to identify with absolute certainty" that three of the bottles were Veuve Clicquot.
|British-Period Sword Hilt found|
November 24, 2010, The St. Augustine Record (FL) by Marcia Lane
St. Augustine ought to post a sign: Dig and expect history.
For the about-to-open St. Augustine Pirate & Treasure Museum on Castillo Drive, putting in a wheelchair ramp and a wall turned up artifacts that date to the city's British Period in the mid-1700s, and possibly earlier.
|Historic Artifacts Found at St. Augustine's New Pirate Museum|
November 24, 2010, The Florida Times-Union by Dan Scanlan
Ahoy mates, there's some buried booty outside St. Augustine's new Pirate and Treasure Museum.
But no one needed a map to find the hidden treasure, and it isn't gold doubloons.
Workers digging Monday to install a handicapped-accessible ramp found historic artifacts from the nation's oldest city. Once it's cataloged and researched, museum spokeswoman Kari Cobham said a new exhibit will be added, aptly called "Buried Beneath Your Feet" for the new discovery.
|Rare 'Star-Spangled Banner' Copy to Sell in NYC|
November 22, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
An 1814 first edition of "The Star-Spangled Banner" is heading for the auction block in New York City. It's estimated to go for $200,000 to $300,000 at the sale early next month.
|Secret Chamber in National Library|
November 20, 2010, The Times of India by Jhimli Mukherjee Pandey
National Library has always been reputed to haunted. Now, here is a really eerie secret. A mysterious room has been discovered in the 250-year-old building a room that no one knew about and no one can enter because it seems to have no opening of kind, not even trapdoors.
The chamber has lain untouched for over two centuries. Wonder what secrets it holds. The archaeologists who discovered it have no clue either, their theories range from a torture chamber, or a sealed tomb for an unfortunate soul or the most favoured of all a treasure room. Some say they wouldn't be surprised if both skeletons and jewels tumble out of the secret room.
|Dickens House Finds Generous Benefactor in Heritage Lottery Fund|
November 20, 2010, The Guardian (UK) by Maev Kennedy
In true Dickensian style, a magnificent gift has arrived at the doorstep of Charles Dickens's only surviving London home, just as volunteers were decking the walls with holly and ivy.
The tall, narrow house in Doughty Street, Clerkenwell, where Dickens lived for three years from 1837, has been awarded a £2m grant by the Heritage Lottery Fund, in time for a comprehensive renovation before the bicentenary of the author's birth in 2012.
|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.