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10 Most Worthless Pieces of Military Memorabilia

Military memorabilia, or militaria, may have great sentimental value to its owner, but can be fairly worthless otherwise.<p>Nearly 42 million men and …

Investing

Bones attributed to St Peter found by chance in 1,000-year-old church in Rome

Bones attributed to St. Peter have been found by chance in a church in Rome during routine restoration work, 2,000 years after the apostle’s death.<p>The relics of the saint, who is regarded as the first Pope, were found in clay pots in the 1,000-year-old Church of Santa Maria in Cappella in the …

Archaeology

How ethnically diverse was Roman Britain?

<i>This BBC cartoon was recently at the heart of a debate about diversity in Roman Britain. It depicts a high-ranking black soldier alongside his</i> …

Roman Empire

Fannie Quigley, the Alaska Gold Rush’s All-in-One Miner, Hunter, Brewer, and Cook

She used mine shafts as a beer fridge and shot bears to get lard for pie crusts.<p>Tales of Alaska’s gold rushes, which began in the 1890s, are full of …

Denali (Mt. McKinley)

Vaux-le-Vicomte: the inspiration for Louis XIV’s Versailles

It was six o’clock in the evening of Wednesday 17 August 1661 and the royal carriage was trundling along a shady avenue of trees. Turning sharply to …

Paris

Branwell: The Other Brontë

This summer marks the 200th anniversary of the birth of Branwell Brontë—you know, the not-famous one. There he <i>isn’t</i> in his own painting of the …

Literature

This Taiwanese Museum Just Digitized Its Massive Collection of Chinese Art

In 1948, amidst the chaos of China's civil war, Nationalist forces evacuated thousands of priceless artifacts from Beijing to Taiwan. The preemptive …

Art Galleries

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

The Best Trick U.S. Marshal Bass Reeves Ever Pulled on a Criminal

A particularly glorious example of “fake it ‘til you make it.”<p>The American Old West was a fertile cauldron for myth and legend, producing such …

History

3,700-year-old Babylonian tablet rewrites the history of maths - and shows the Greeks did not develop trigonometry

A 3,700-year-old clay tablet has proven that the Babylonians developed trigonometry 1,500 years before the Greeks and were using a sophisticated method of mathematics which could change how we calculate today.<p>The tablet, known as Plimpton 332, was discovered in the early 1900s in Southern Iraq by …

Mathematics

Tacitus’ Perfect Man

Accounts of the life of Germanicus are complex, fascinating and open to interpretation.

History

The Lost History of an American Coup D’État

Republicans and Democrats in North Carolina are locked in a battle over which party inherits the shame of Jim Crow.<p>By the time the fire started, Alexander Manly had vanished. That didn’t stop the mob of 400 people who’d reached his newsroom from making good on their promise. The crowd, led by a …

Racism

Boer War archives found in time capsule sell at auction for £4,000

The haunting images included pictures of slain Boers, a funeral of a British serviceman and a dog from the war which took place between 1899 and 1902.<p>…

History

How the Victorians ruined the world

<i>A girl is chauffeured in a three wheeled motor vehicle. The motor car traces its roots back to the 1860s. (Hulton Archive/Getty Images)</i><p>1) They …

History

Medieval zombies: how the walking dead haunted the Middle Ages

<i>Demons punishing the damned in a 15th-century painting. It was believed they could reanimate the dead. (Granger Collection)</i><p>The corpse would not be …

History

Unraveling the Mystery of the "Armenian Stonehenge"

'Holy Grail of Civil War Swords' Found in Massachusetts Attic

In March, Anne Bentley, curator of art and artifacts at the Massachusetts Historical Society, received a pivotal text from her boss: "The sword is in …

Military History

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 …

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 …

Archaeology

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 …

Rome

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 …

The Real Wives of Jamestown

Those English women who travelled to the new colony of Jamestown in search of marriage and a new life were neither groomed nor coerced. The same …

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 …

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