|Historic Archway Demolished by Van|
September 27, 2010, The Independent (Ireland) by Staff
A 16th century archway in the grounds of a palace was demolished after it was hit by a van in an accident.
The "priceless monument" was all that remained of the approach to the Augustinian Abbey which once stood on the lawns of Scone Palace, near Perth in Perthshire.
|The Mystery of a Ruined Snowdonia Cottage's 100 Shoes|
September 24, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
Workers restoring a 300-year-old ruined cottage in Snowdonia have dug up a mystery under its fireplace.
Almost 100 single shoes were discovered at Gelli Iago, a home which has been uninhabited for more than 50 years.
The National Trust, which acquired the property after 1998's Save Snowdon campaign, is appealing to the public for an answer to the mystery.
"Why would someone keep these single shoes and hide them under a fireplace?" said the trust's Rhys Evans.
|12 Things You Didn't Know About the White House|
September 24, 2010, About.com by Jackie Craven
The White House is recognized around the world as the home of America's president and a symbol of the American people. But, like the nation it represents, the White House is filled with unexpected surprises.
|John Milton's Bawdy Poem Questioned|
September 23, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Anita Singh
A long-lost poem discovered in the Oxford University archives could throw new light on the author of Paradise Lost, who died in 1674. The comic ditty, An Extempore upon a Faggot, is attributed to Milton and is laden with sexual innuendo.
However, scholars are unsure of its provenance and suspect it may have been the work of a jealous rival.
|Archaeologists Find 17th Century Mass Grave in Northern Poland |
September 23, 2010, Digital Journal by Gemma Fox
Archaeologists in northern Poland have uncovered a mass grave that they believe dates back to the 17th century and a battle to save Golancz Castle.
On the 3rd of May 1656 the Swedish army attacked Golancz Castle. In an attempt to defend the castle Polish gentry, clergy and peasants rose against the army but they failed and now archaeologists believe that there could be up to 80 of their bodies buried in this mass grave.
|Sri Lankan Pipe Case Sells for Record Price in UK|
September 23, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
An intricately carved Sri Lankan pipe case from the 17th Century has been sold at an auction in London.
The Sinhalese ivory double-pipe case was sold for £51,650 ($80,300) - far higher than its estimate of £8,000-£12,000 ($12,400-$18,600).
|Lost Language Unearthed in a Letter Found in Peru|
September 22, 2010, Reuters by Emily Schmall
Archaeologists say scrawl on the back of a letter recovered from a 17th century dig site reveals a previously unknown language spoken by indigenous peoples in northern Peru.
A team of international archaeologists found the letter under a pile of adobe bricks in a collapsed church complex near Trujillo, 347 miles (560 km) north of Lima. The complex had been inhabited by Dominican friars for two centuries.
|Little Known Republic in La. Celebrates 200 Years|
September 22, 2010, The Associated Press by Mary Foster
While Texans are fiercely proud their state was once its own republic, and California celebrates the same former status on its flag, relatively few Louisianans know that a group of their forebears overthrew Spanish rule to carve out a tiny, independent nation 200 years ago. With the bicentennial coming up Thursday, historians and descendants of the rebels are hoping to change that.
...In the early morning hours of Sept. 23, 1810, 75 armed rebels slipped into the Spanish fort at Baton Rouge, and in what was described as a "sharp and bloody firefight," subdued the garrison. They lowered the Spanish flag and raised the Bonnie Blue Flag — a single white star on a blue field — that had been adopted for the new nation they called West Florida.
|Crew Diaries Reunited with HMS Trincomalee on Teesside|
September 22, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
...The journals were written by sailors on board HMS Trincomalee, which is berthed in Hartlepool.
The vessel, built in 1817, is being incorporated into the new National Museum of the Royal Navy (NMRN).
|Aggies Help Preserve Sunken French Ship|
September 21, 2010, The A&M Battalion (TX ) by Samantha Virnau
In the year 1684, four French ships braved the Atlantic waters in search of the seaward route to the Mississippi River. 326 years later, one of those ships, La Belle, would end up frozen in a nautical archaeology lab at Texas A&'M University.
A&'M scientists purchased an oversized freeze dryer that will eventually lead to the preservation and display of the historic ship. Using the dryer, they will be able to extract the water trapped inside the wood of the ship's hull.
|Did Africans Come to Americas with Columbus?|
September 21, 2010, AOL News by Theunis Bates
Look at any historical painting or etching of Christopher Columbus and his crew arriving in the New World, and you'll probably see a group of mustachioed Mediterranean types standing around in baggy pants. But new research suggests those pictures, as well as numerous historical accounts, might have left out another ethnic group that accompanied the explorer on his voyage across the ocean blue: Africans.
Using DNA tests, archaeologists believe they have identified at least two people of African descent buried at the site of the first European colony in the Americas, La Isabela, which was founded (and swiftly abandoned) by Columbus in the late 15th century.
|Single Farmer Snaps up Stately Home Listed at €7.5m|
September 20, 2010, The Independent (Ireland) by Eimear Ni Bhraonain
AN unmarried Irish farmer is the new owner of an 18th-century Palladian mansion on 444 acres of land overlooked by a historic castle.
Remarkably, after just three weeks of viewings, Newberry Hall Demesne, near Carbury, Co Kildare, which had a guide price of €7.5m, sold to the young man for an undisclosed sum.
|Saving Cannons with Electrolysis at Blackbeard Shipwreck Site|
September 20, 2010, WWAY NewsChannel (NC) by Scott Pickey
Three hundred years on the ocean floor can be pretty rough on a body. The Underwater Archaeology Branch (UAB) of the N.C. Department of Cultural Resources (www.ncculture.com) will dedicate its fall dive to treating some large bodies of iron in the Atlantic Ocean. Researchers, from Sept. 22-Oct. 29, will be on wreck site of the likely Queen Anne’s Revenge (QAR) (www.qaronline.com), Blackbeard’s flagship, which sank in 1718 near Beaufort.
They will try to change the electrochemical process that corrodes iron in saltwater by applying anodes, skinny aluminum rods, to the objects as they are in situ (in the original place). A dozen cannons, 6 feet to 8 feet long and weighing 700 pounds to 1 ton, will undergo the treatment. So will three large anchors, 11 feet to 13 feet long and weighing an estimated 1,800 pounds.
|Boston to Capitalise on Tea Party by Building Museum at Historic Site|
September 20, 2010, Reuters by Staff
All that currently marks the site of the 1773 protest in the Fort Point Channel is a commemorative plaque. But as the namesake Right-wing movement continues to grow in prominence and success, the Massachusetts city has announced plans to build a museum that would include restoring models of the three ships, the Beaver, the Eleanor and the Dartmouth, that carried the tea.
|Newly Discovered Arctic Graves Could be Tied to Franklin Expedition|
September 19, 2010, Postmedia News by Randy Boswell
A British adventurer has piqued the interest of the Canadian government after reporting the discovery of skeletal human remains on a small, unnamed island in Arctic waters close to where members of the ill-fated Franklin Expedition are known to have disappeared more than 160 years ago.
Bear Grylls, star of the popular Man vs. Wild outdoor survival TV series, claims to have found bones, charred wood and other artifacts earlier this month during a charity-fundraising expedition to cross the Northwest Passage in a rigid inflatable boat.
|Last Bishop’s Palace Dig Uncovers Rare Bottle Seal|
September 18, 2010, The Press and Journal (UK) by Alistair Beaton
A relic dug up during the final archaeological excavation of the lost Bishop’s Palace near Kemnay has been identified as a rare seal from a 17th-century bottle.
The item from this summer’s dig at Fetternear is a piece of Piermont Water glassware dating from around 1690.
|It's the Law: Government Agencies, Schools and Universities Mark Constitution Day|
September 17, 2010, FOXNews by Staff
Across the country on Friday, institutions of education -- from the largest universities to the tiniest one-room schoolhouses -- are celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, offering educational programs about the Constitution of the United States on the 223rd anniversary of its signing.
From Columbia University in New York to the University of Arizona; from Montclair State University in New Jersey to the University of California-Berkeley; in public schools from Los Angeles to Dearborn, Mich., to Portland, Me., schools and universities that receive federal funds are educating students and faculty about the document, signed in 1887, that provides the framework for the United States of America.
They have to. It's the law.
|Mexico Celebrates Bicentennial Amid Tight Security|
September 16, 2010, The Telegraph (UK) by Staff
On its 200th birthday, the Central American nation wanted its citizens - and the world - to forget its vicious drug war and remember the country's epic history, music, whimsical folk art and continuing crusade for wider prosperity and democracy.
All were on display with a $40 million fiesta, two years in the making. About 60,000 revellers - many wearing sombreros and face paint with the red, white and green of the Mexican flag - crowded along Reforma Avenue, the capital's main promenade, cheering and yelling "Bravo!" at the start of the 1.7-mile parade of floats and dances designed by the country's top artists.
|Missing Painting Turns Up, but Case isn’t Closed|
September 15, 2010, The New York Times by William K. Rashbaum and Rebecca White
Its discovery was nearly as strange as its disappearance.
For more than a month, the whereabouts of “Portrait of a Girl,” a painting by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot of a young girl with a lace collar, a teal skirt and mournful eyes, has been shrouded in intrigue.
The circumstances surrounding its apparent loss led to a lawsuit that brought attention to a convicted art swindler who claimed ownership of the painting, an ex-con middleman who said he got drunk and lost the portrait, and a co-owner who sued him over the missing work. It then came to involve an F.B.I. agent who has a record of recovering stolen artworks.
|Prison ship Records from 19th Century Published|
September 14, 2010, BBC (UK) by Staff
A picture of life on board Britain's 19th Century prison ships has emerged with the publication online of details of some of the 200,000 inmates.
The records outline the disease-ridden conditions on the "prison hulks", created to ease overcrowding elsewhere.
|Amateur Search Group Claims Grave of Russia's 'Man in Iron Mask' Found|
September 13, 2010, RIA Novosti (Russia) by Andrei Letiagin
The remains of Ivan VI of Russia, an ousted Russian 18th century infant tsar who spent most of his life in solitary confinement, have probably been found in northern Russia, the head of an amateur search group said on Monday.
After the remains of Russia's last Tsar Nicholas II were identified and reburied, Ivan VI remains the only Russian emperor whose place of burial is unknown.
|John Malkovich Cast as Casanova in Austria|
September 13, 2010, The Associated Press by Staff
Actor John Malkovich will star as the 18th-century womanizer Casanova in a new Austrian theater production.
"The Giacomo Variations" is described as a mix between a play and an opera and will feature music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Malkovich will play an aged Casanova. His singing counterpart will be Austrian baritone Florian Boesch.
|Russian Scientists Find Romanov Emperor Ivan VI's Remains, Interfax Says|
September 13, 2010, Bloomburg by Patrick Henry
Russian scientists found the remains of Emperor Ivan VI in the village of Kholmogory in the northern Arkhangelsk region, Interfax reported, citing Anatoly Karanin, head of the archaelogical team that made the discovery.
Karanin said the likelihood that the remains are genuine is “extremely high,” the Moscow-based news service reported today.
|Fate of War of 1812 Shipwreck Playing out in U.S. Courts|
September 13, 2010, The Ottawa Citizen by Randy Boswell
The legal battle over a recently discovered Lake Erie shipwreck -- believed to be the storied, Canadian-built brig Caledonia from the War of 1812 -- took another twist last week in a New York court as the U.S. salvage company that found the sunken vessel rejected accusations by state lawyers it has "plundered" the wreck site and disturbed human remains.
The struggle over the fate of the well-preserved wreck -- purported to be a 203-year-old troop transport involved in the first British-Canadian victory of the War of 1812 -- comes with the clock ticking toward the war's bicentennial and amid controversial plans to raise the ship for display on Lake Erie's southern shore near Buffalo, New York.
|Monticello Archaeologists Focused on Slave Life|
September 12, 2010, The Daily Progress (VA) by Brandon Shulleeta
Thomas Jefferson is known as one of the great architects of independence, but largely out of sight of his esteemed guests at Monticello was a world of enslavement, which archaeologists are gradually bringing to life through excavations.
“We want to be able to show what life was like then,” said Thomas Jefferson Foundation spokeswoman Lisa Stites, adding that a true picture would show the world of Jefferson’s slaves. Jefferson had as many as 200 slaves at any given time.