Digital History

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This Free Virtual Reality App Drops Users in the Heart of Historic Armenia

Armenia’s medieval monastery at Noravank, nestled amid the craggy slopes of the country’s mountainous terrain, is a striking exemplar of Armenian …

Virtual Reality

Digital Mappa 1.0 now online – new digital resource for medievalists

A new digital humanities resource has been launched by the University of Wisconsin-Madison and the University of Pennsylvania, geared to the medieval …

Humanities

Researchers discover mummy in coffin thought to be empty

Since it was bought 160 years ago, University of Sydney archaeologists didn't think there was much to a particular sarcophagus in its collection.<p>The …

The Most Amazing Archival Treasures That Were Digitized This Year

Thousands of priceless images, books, documents, and more are now at your fingertips.<p>What do a 1,275-foot painting, a 1958 photograph of Carrie …

260,000 digitized images of Jewish art and artifacts now online

The Hebrew University's Center for Jewish Art has launched the world's largest index of Jewish Art, a collection of more than 260,000 digitized …

Medieval

Explore Armenia’s Medieval Monasteries in Interactive 360-Degree Panoramas

I'm sitting in my living room, peering down through a virtual reality headset into a dirt pit in Khor Virap where legend says St. Gregory the …

A Digital Archive of Slave Voyages Details the Largest Forced Migration in History

Between 1500 and 1866, slave traders forced 12.5 million Africans aboard transatlantic slave vessels. Before 1820, four enslaved Africans crossed the …

Black History

A Wayback Machine for Early 20th Century Tunes

The Internet Archive has a surprisingly deep collection of records made of insect secretions.<p>The Internet Archive’s name can be a little misleading. …

What a difference 400 years makes: the London skyline 1616 v 2016 – interactive

Inspired by Claes Jansz Visscher’s classic engraving of London half a century before the Great Fire, Robin Reynolds has updated the view to the present day<p>Visscher Redrawn is at London’s Guildhall art gallery until 20 November<p>Fifty years before the centre of London was destroyed by the Great Fire, …

England

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets

If you’re looking for the middle of nowhere, the Bjaeldskovdal bog is a good place to start. It lies six miles outside the small town of Silkeborg in …

Archaeology

3-D Virtual Model Reconstructs Germany’s Heidelberg Castle

KARLSRUHE, GERMANY—<i>The International Business Times</i> reports that architectural historian Julian Hanschke of the Karlsruhe Institute of Technology has …

Magnificent 3D Reconstruction of Pompeii Home Sheds Light on Life in the Ancient City Before its Destruction

Pompeii was an ancient Roman city near modern-day Naples in Italy, which was wiped out and buried under 6 meters of ash and pumice following the …

Publisher Set to Release Exact Replicas of the World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

There are plenty of challenging reads out there, like <i>Finnegans Wake</i> or <i>Gravity’s Rainbow</i>. But those are nursery rhymes compared to the Voynich …

Trans-ing History on the Web: The Digital Transgender Archive

When College of the Holy Cross professor K.J. Rawson first imagined what would become the Digital Transgender Archive (DTA), he had in mind something …

Album of Seaweed Pictures (1848)

Fine specimen of a 19th-century seaweed album, in which marine algae is rendered into designs, bouquets, and even sometimes intricate little scenes.