Digital History

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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 …

Archaeology

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

An online database explores the nearly 36,000 slave voyages that occurred between 1514 and 1866

Slavery

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. …

Vinyl Records

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, …

London Bridge

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

High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses

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 …

LGBTQ

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.

Design

Digital transformation in the museum industry

Download the full PDF report here.<p>Digital transformation can take many forms, from enabling museum visitors to use smartphones or tablets throughout …

Smithsonian

X-Rays Reveal Snippets From Papyrus Scrolls That Survived Mount Vesuvius

Buried by a volcano, the scorched papyri may yet yield their secrets.<p>The charred scrolls of ancient Herculaneum may yet yield their secrets, suggests an x-ray analysis released Tuesday of one previously impenetrable roll of papyrus.<p>The volcanic Mount Vesuvius erupted in 79 A.D., destroying the …

Archaeology

Over 6,000 Chinese Canadian artifacts now accessible in completed online database

It is B.C.'s first online inventory of Chinese historical records and artifacts.

Canada

The Rise of Pirate Libraries

Shadowy digital libraries want to hold all the world’s knowledge and give it away for free.<p>Only a tiny fraction of the world’s knowledge. (Photo: …

Libraries

Watch a breathtaking 4K aerial video of Europe’s greatest castles

The season 6 finale of HBO’s <i>Game of Thrones</i> has left a void in the hearts of fantasy fans around the world. Fortunately, the aptly named Earth Porn …

Ancient Greek 'computer' came with a user guide

Thanks to high-tech scanning, 2,000-year-old inscriptions on the Antikythera mechanism, an ancient Greek "computer," can be read more clearly than ever before, revealing more information about the device and its possible uses.<p>Ever since the first fragments of the device were pulled from a shipwreck …

Archaeology

Laser Technology Reveals Cambodian Civilization that ‘Rewrites History’

The Khmer empire may have been the world’s largest in the 12th century.<p>Angkor Wat is the most recognizable ruin in Cambodia, but the CALI project has …

Archaeology

X-Rays Reveal "Hidden Library" on the Spines of Early Books

Researchers are uncovering fragments of medieval texts used in early book binding

Smithsonian