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

Navigate through secluded buildings that once housed some of the brightest scholars of the Middle Ages

Archaeology

The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre of 1902 Did Not Go as Planned

Instead of disappearing, the pesky rodents proliferated.<p>In 1897, Paul Doumer arrived in Hanoi, Vietnam. A 40-something French government worker fresh …

Weird

Ancient Mummies Finally Give Up Their Genetic Secrets

Armed with new DNA techniques, scientists have extracted genetic sequences from preserved Egyptians

Anthropology

America’s ‘Mrs Holmes’: how one woman took on the cases the NYPD couldn’t solve

<i>Grace Humiston was nicknamed 'Mrs Sherlock Holmes' by the American press. (Image courtesy of Brad Ricca)</i><p>Born in 1869 as Mary Grace Winterton to some …

Listen To What Medieval English King Richard III Sounded Like

The last king of the House of York and also the last of the Plantagenet dynasty, Richard III’s demise at the climactic Battle of Bosworth Field …

Gladiators in Ancient Rome: how did they live and die?

In 1993 Austrian archaeologists working at the Roman city of Ephesus in Turkey made a spectacular discovery – a cemetery marked by the tombstones of …

Jane Austen's fiction: an accurate portrayal of life in Georgian England?

There are two good reasons to expect the novels of Jane Austen to be factually accurate. Firstly, Austen wrote only about what she knew and what was …

Stitching the fashions of the 19th century

“Poverty must, above all things, avoid the appearance of poverty,” the author ‘Sylvia’ warned her readers in <i>How to Dress Well on Shilling a Day</i>, a …

The Rare Archival Photos Behind ‘Killers of the Flower Moon’

While investigating the heinous Osage murders for my new book, I also came to know the victims’ faces.<p>One day in 2012, when I was visiting the Osage …

Weird

The Real Wives of Jamestown

By December 1620, Anne Rickard was tired of her life in the London parish of St James Clerkenwell, London. For unsaid reasons, she decided to do …

History

11 Secret Spaces Hiding in Famous Places

Thousands of people pass through these destinations each day unaware there’s a hidden gem tucked inside.<p>When planning a trip, it’s easy to feel torn …

Weird

Romania’s Problem with Dracula

Bram Stoker’s novel was a mixed blessing for Romania. It attracted tourists, but the legend was at odds with communist ideals and made a villain of a …

Bram Stoker

The mysterious Princess Caraboo

On the evening of Maundy Thursday in 1817, a young woman wearing colourful Eastern dress was seen wandering through the sleepy village of …

Where to See Five of the Planet's Most Mysterious Geoglyphs

The world is awash with mysteries both great and small, but one could argue that many of the planet’s most baffling wonders are best viewed from the …

Archaeology

A Fond Farewell to Britain’s Prefab WWII Bungalows

Built in a time of crisis and intended to be temporary, they have created long-lasting communities.<p>For decades, residents of the Excalibur Estate, …

Smashed up and sold off – How were the monasteries dissolved under Henry VIII?

When we think of the dissolution of the monasteries, we often imagine that Henry VIII’s commissioners marched in, executed the monks and smashed the …

Edward Gorey, Pack Rat

The famous illustrator was a devoted collector of… well, almost everything.<p>In 1976, Edward Gorey put out one of his trademark works of everyday …

Shakespearean notepad stuns Antiques Roadshow expert

Media playback is unsupported on your device<p><b>A 17th century Shakespearean notebook with "enormous scholarly value" has been described as one of the most remarkable items to ever feature on the Antiques Roadshow.</b><p>The tiny pad, featuring "scientific scholarly notes" written during the Bard's lifetime, …

The final days of Marie Antoinette

“I was a queen, and you took away my crown; a wife, and you killed my husband; a mother, and you deprived me of my children. My blood alone remains: …

Stunning pictures show giant statue of Ramses II unveiled near the temple of Luxor

A giant granite statue representing Pharaoh Ramses II has been unveiled in Egypt, at the Luxor Temple. It had first been discovered nearly sixty …

Where does the legend of the mummy come from?

The curse of Tutankhamun enthralled the world – and inspired many storytellers, writes Oliver Pfeiffer.<p>“It’s a fairly gruesome process that would’ve involved removal of the brain through the nose. They would then have removed the internal organs - the viscera,” says John J Johnson of the Egypt …

Egypt

Saudi Arabia’s silent desert city

Madain Saleh isn’t as well-known as Petra, but the Nabateans’ second-largest city played a crucial role in their mysterious empire.<p>As always, our Saudia Airline flight from Riyadh to Medina started with prayer.<p>“Ladies and gentlemen,” the flight attendant said over the intercom. “The text that you …

This 3,500-Year-Old Statue of a Syrian Refugee Remains One of Archaeology’s Most Important Finds

In 1939, a British archaeologist unearthed something incredible: a 3,500-year-old statue. The find was more than just artistic—it included a lengthy …

The Anthropocene’s Best Gem Is Made Out of Old Car Paint

Sloppy automotive painting created some truly psychedelic jewels.<p>Agate gemstones are known for their amorphous, fluid patterns and colors created by …

Republic of Indian Stream

An unrecognized nation-state created in the 1820s to avoid taxes.<p>In northwestern New Hampshire in a small town called Pittsburg, there lies a …

Remains of five 'lost' Archbishops of Canterbury found

<b>The remains of five Archbishops of Canterbury have been found beneath a medieval parish church next to Lambeth Palace, the Archbishop of Canterbury's official London residence.</b><p>Builders renovating the Garden Museum, housed at the deconsecrated church of St Mary-at-Lambeth, found a hidden crypt …

The Old Man Who Claimed to Be Billy the Kid

A small Texas town has embraced ‘Brushy Bill’ and his tall tales.<p>History tells us that the outlaw known as Billy the Kid (aka Henry McCarty, aka …

The prank that tore apart the family of William the Conqueror

It is not surprising to hear of brothers playing pranks on each other. However, when your father is King of England, the ramifications could lead to …

Finding A Place For President Polk's Body To Truly Rest In Peace

Of all the men who have been U.S. president, just one is buried on the grounds of a state capitol. But that might be about to change.<p>Lawmakers in Tennessee have taken the first step to exhume the body of James K. Polk, who for a century has rested in a small, white, chest-high tomb with his wife, …

James K. Polk