Gertjan Filarski

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At last, the destruction of heritage has been recognised as a weapon of war

In a world scarred by recurrent violence against people and their heritage, the nine-year prison sentence handed down to Ahmad al-Faqi al-Mahdi, who helped to destroy shrines in Timbuktu, marks a new and welcome recognition that deliberate cultural destruction is a war crime.<p>Posterity will remember …

War

Eulogy for The New York Times R&D Lab

The New York Times R&D Lab, a groundbreaking department of applied creative technology that helped one of the great institutions of journalism see …

New York City

Coded Civil War Telegrams Sound an Awful Lot Like Text Messages

<i>This piece originally appeared on</i> Zócalo Public Square<i>.</i><p>The Thomas T. Eckert Papers—consisting of records, ledgers, and cipher books kept by the head …

History

An ancient Greek algorithm could reveal all-new prime numbers

Moar primes!<p>In case you missed it, mathematicians are pretty obsessed with prime numbers - the limitless 'atoms' of the mathematical world that are …

Computer Science

International Digital Humanities conferences in Utrecht in 2017 and 2019

In the upcoming years, the Faculty of Humanities hosts two large international conferences in the field of Digital Humanities: the fourth Digital …

Making the invisible visible: Six cultural heritage institutions share the pitfalls of clearing rights for 20th century collections

What do a poster from an anti-Vietnam demonstration, monographs about German exiles, Belgian fashion company archives and a unique body of 6700 Dutch …

A glitch in Google Scholar's algorithm is messing up citation counts — Quartz

Google Scholar is an easy way to scour scientific papers, conference proceedings, and books—but it’s not always accurate.<p>The most cited scientist of all time is “<i>et al.</i>,” according to Google Scholar. That’s the Latin abbreviation used in research to indicate that a group of other scientists …

Google

Possible Chinese Skeletons Could Rewrite Roman History - History in the Headlines

According to the findings published in the October issue of the Journal of Archaeological Science, Roman Britain may have been more diverse—and ties …

Reinventing the Book

According to one of Jonathan Safran Foer’s favorite essays, John Ashbery’s 1968 classic “The Invisible Avant-Garde,” what makes innovative work …

Jonathan Safran Foer

Computer Scientists Solve Mystery Of The Ein Gedi Scroll By 'Virtual Unwrapping'

In 1970, archaeologists excavating the site of an ancient synagogue in Israel dug up a cylindrical lump of charcoal that looked like the remains of a scroll.<p>The animal-skin document was badly burned and battered. It was so delicate, just touching its surface sent pieces flaking off. To attempt to …

Science

A Day in the Life of a Digitization Expert

Hundreds of thousands of artworks, objects, books, and records in the Getty’s collections have been photographed and posted online. But how do …

Color Management

How Researchers 'Unwrapped' This Ancient, Disintegrating Torah Scroll

They barely had to touch it.<p>More than 40 years ago, archaeologists discovered what appeared to be a hunk of scroll at the site of En-Gedi, an ancient Jewish community in modern-day Israel. The fragment was charred and crushed, and every touch seemed to hasten its disintegration.<p>The Israel …

Archaeology

The Strange Victorian Computer That Generated Latin Verse

In July 1845, British curiosity-seekers headed to London’s Egyptian Hall to try out the novelty of the summer. For the price of one shilling, they …

Fore-edge Paintings

A <b>fore-edge painting</b> is decoration painted on the edges of a book’s pages for beautification. The fore-edge of a book is the fourth edge - not the …

Linguist offers a tribute to the period on National Punctuation Day

Texting may have made us better communicators in terms of frequency, but can we say that about our accuracy? The 21st century and our …

AT&T

Meetings With Remarkable Manuscripts – review

A remote town in southern Italy, Rossano, is home to a sixth-century Greek manuscript illustrating the life of Christ. The Codex Purpureus Rossanensis – 185 pages of purple-dyed vellum – gleams with gold whorls and Byzantine interlace. Each year, with great solemnity, the cathedral authorities turn …

Manuscripts

The Secret Plan to Protect America’s Founding Documents During WWII

After Pearl Harbor, a fearful Library of Congress secretly stashed the crown jewels of U.S. history for safekeeping. This was the rescue plan.<p>In the early evening of December 26, 1941, Secret Service agent Harry E. Neal stood alone on the platform at Washington’s Union Station and watched the train …

History

Real-World Forests That Could Belong in a Fantasy Novel

These enchanting groves are the perfect settings for a heroic quest.<p>Fantasy stories can be set in any imaginable location, but nothing beats the …

High Hitler: how Nazi drug abuse steered the course of history

The German writer Norman Ohler lives on the top floor of a 19th-century apartment building on the south bank of the river Spree in Kreuzberg, Berlin. Visiting him there is a vertiginous experience. For one thing, he works – and likes to entertain visitors – in what he calls his “writing tower”, a …

Adolf Hitler

16 essential secrets of body language

Up to 80% of the information we receive from a person in conversation is transmitted non-verbally. A lot of the time though, we don’t understand …

You Can Get a Viking-Based D&D-Style Game For $12

When I stumbled on the <i>Trudvang Chronicles</i> on Kickstarter, there may have been a squee loud enough for the neighbors to hear.<p>Drawing from Norse and …

Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

Each of the photos in Capt. William A. Prickitt's album could fit in a locket: headshots of 17 black soldiers who served under the Union Army officer during the Civil War, most of their names handwritten on the mat surrounding the images.<p>At just 2 inches tall, the square, leather-bound album itself …

American Civil War

Anglo-Saxon 'palace' found at Rendlesham near Sutton Hoo site

<b>Archaeologists believe they have found a lost Anglo-Saxon royal palace near one of Britain's best known finds.</b><p>Archaeologists have been studying an area at Rendlesham, about four miles (6km) from the Sutton Hoo burial site.<p>Faye Minter, project co-ordinator, said the remains of a 23m (75ft) by 9m …

Archaeology

Microsoft hits another milestone in speech-recognition software accuracy

If you’re fed up with chatbots mishearing you, Microsoft is making machine ears a little more attentive. Researchers from the tech giant have …

Artificial Intelligence

Building a 13th-Century Castle in the 21st Century

Guedelon Castle is a project started in 1997 by Michel Guyot and Maryline Martin in the Burgundy region of France. The castle is styled on typical French medieval chateau-fort, modeled on designs from the 13th century, and is being built using techniques and materials available to masons and …

21st Century

Four early Rembrandt works reunited for first time at Ashmolean

Four of Rembrandt’s earliest paintings, depicting sight, hearing, touch and smell, are being reunited and going on public display for the first time.<p>In something of a coup, on Friday the Ashmolean museum in Oxford will unveil the four surviving panels from a series on the five senses, which the …

Rembrandt

Exploring the Strange Pleasures of Cockaigne, a Medieval Peasant's Dream World

A 16th-century vision of Cockaigne as a land of shameful laziness and sloth. (Photo: Pieter Bruegel/Public Domain)The dream of the common person’s …

Medieval

What Happens When You Let A Neural Net "Curate" Art

Artificial intelligence built for the Tate digs into the gallery's century-old collections to bring old works new life.<p>The question of whether life imitates art is a philosophical one, posed most notably by Oscar Wilde in a 1891 essay promoting Romanticism over Realism. But ask a computer, and it …

Artificial Intelligence

The First Tank Was Used 100 Years Ago Today. This is What it Looked Like

It traveled at just 3 miles per hour<p>One hundred years ago today, the first tanks were used during World War I.<p>As British and French soldiers fought the Germans at Flers-Courcelette, an attack during the famous Battle of the Somme on Sept. 15, 1916, the British forces unleashed a new weapon that …

Battle of the Somme

Back to school: The ten oldest universities in Europe

Guess who founded them all?<p>Thinking of the Middle Ages as a “dark” era in the history of mankind is a hackneyed cliché. This accusation, originally …

College & University