|'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.
|Canadians Closing in on Lost Wreckage of HMS Terror|
November 26, 2010, The Vancouver Sun (Canada) by Randy Boswell
It's a genuine treasure of American history, with a price tag to match: a rare, 195-year-old printing of the original sheet music for the Star-Spangled Banner is expected to sell for up to $300,000 at an auction next week in New York.
But as U.S. history buffs lined up for a look at the patriotic relic this week during Christie's pre-sale exhibition, Canadian archeologists were planning their next Arctic Ocean search for one of the very War of 1812 ships — the last in existence — responsible for the "rockets' red glare" and "bombs bursting in air" that helped inspire American poet Francis Scott Key to write his country's national anthem after witnessing the bombing of Baltimore in September 1814.
|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.