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Scythians: the art of war

Short Title: Scythians: the art of war For most of the first millennium BC, the steppe between the Black Sea and China was the domain of Scythians – …

Archaeology

6 surprising facts about Clementine Churchill

Clementine was Winston’s emotional rock and his most trusted confidante; not only was she involved in some of the most crucial decisions of war, but …

Winston Churchill

The Intricate Craft of Using Human Hair for Jewelry, Art, and Decoration

Your guide to the four techniques of hair work.<p>In 1867, a man named Mark Campbell published a 276-page book called <i>Self-Instruction in the Art of Hair</i> …

Prince Albert

Lothar's Loveless Marriage

It is a familiar story: a king dissatisfied with a loveless marriage that had lost its political value, burning to marry another woman accused by …

World History

Blackbeard may have been an avid reader, discovery suggests

Most references to Blackbeard point to his pillaging and rape. But now a new perception of the notorious pirate arises: a Blackbeard who may have been an avid reader, according to a discovery in a cannon chamber of his ship.<p>Although researchers found thousands of artifacts in the 1996 salvage of …

Archaeology

Robert the Bruce sword that 'knighted' Robert Burns put on display

A sword owned by King Robert the Bruce will be put on public display next week for the first time in living memory.<p>The 14th century weapon is thought to have been used by the medieval king who secured Scotland’s independence from England, although it is not known if it was wielded in battle.<p>It was …

Robert Burns

Black Death 'spread by humans not rats'

<b>Rats were not to blame for the spread of plague during the Black Death, according to a study.</b><p>The rodents and their fleas were thought to have spread a series of outbreaks in 14th-19th Century Europe.<p>But a team from the universities of Oslo and Ferrara now says the first, the Black Death, can be …

Public Health

The Oldest Object in England’s Crown Jewels Is a Spoon

Most of the coronation regalia were destroyed in the 17th century, but the anointing spoon survived.<p>One of the strange things that humans do with …

Royal Family

500 years later, scientists discover what probably killed the Aztecs

Within five years, 15 million people – 80% of the population – were wiped out in an epidemic named ‘cocoliztli’, meaning pestilence<p>In 1545 disaster struck Mexico’s Aztec nation when people started coming down with high fevers, headaches and bleeding from the eyes, mouth and nose. Death generally …

Public Health

Roger Taney, Dred Scott families reconcile 160 years after infamous Supreme Court decision

Kate Taney Billingsley grew up struggling with her family history.<p>Her ancestor Roger B. Taney was the U.S. Supreme Court chief justice who wrote the …

Social Justice

The Nazi breeding and infanticide program you probably never knew about

<b>Forced procreation, kidnapping, and execution of babies were all carried out in the name of a master race</b><p><b>By Erin Blakemore</b><p>It sounds like the stuff of …

European History

Did you know that the brains behind the KKK was a woman?

Elizabeth Tyler revolutionized the Klan with a desire profit — and sinister PR.<p>On the evening of October 11, 1921, Elizabeth Tyler was entertaining a …

Irish DNA map reveals history's imprint

<b>Scientists have unveiled a detailed genetic map of Ireland, revealing subtle DNA differences that may reflect historic events.</b><p>In their sample of the Irish population, the researchers identified 10 genetic groupings - clusters - that roughly mirror ancient boundaries.<p>The results also suggest the …

Ancient glue offers new insight into what may be Jesus’ tomb

JERUSALEM — New archaeological tests have confirmed that the site many Christians believe to be the tomb of Jesus Christ dates back 1,700 years to A.D. 325, the same era when the Romans first identified the place as holy.<p>With invasions, fires and even earthquakes occurring at Jerusalem's Church of …

Body of headless Jacobite clan chief exhumed to solve 270-year-old mystery

A grisly investigation has begun to establish whether a headless skeleton in a Highland mausoleum is that of a notorious 18th century clan chief.<p>Simon Fraser, the 11th Lord Lovat, a Jacobite sympathiser who backed Bonnie Prince Charlie, was executed in London in 1747.<p>His body was said to have …

Archaeology

Jeremy Bentham’s Head Is Coming Out of Its Box and Under the Microscope

Scientists want to know if the forward-thinking philosopher had autism.<p>Philosopher Jeremy Bentham is awful quirky for a man sometimes known as the …

University College London

Nelson's sensational mistress: How Emma Hamilton took Europe by storm

<i>Emma Hamilton, c1785. Overcoming serial mistreatment by men, she achieved celebrity across Europe. But her relationship with Admiral Nelson would sow</i> …

Art

What if the Princes in the Tower survived into Tudor England?

For many people, the story of the Princes in the Tower is a brief and tragic tale of murder and betrayal. The sons of King Edward IV are usually …

England's Norman queens and the power they wielded: an interview with Alison Weir

<i>A 20th-century illustration of Matilda of Flanders, wife of William the Conqueror. He relied on her implicitly, says Alison Weir. (Getty Images)</i><p>The …

Ancient History

Llantwit Major dovecote damage 'completely senseless'

<b>The scorching of a 700-year-old dovecote listed for its national importance has drawn condemnation from historians, politicians and local people.</b><p>Photographs posted on Facebook appear to show the Llantwit Major monument with black scorch marks up its walls.<p>One resident said she "felt sick" on seeing …

Archaeologists in Turkey believe they have discovered Santa Claus's tomb

Archaeologists in Turkey have made a discovery which could settle a century-old debate … and disappoint millions of children around the world.<p>They have unearthed what they say is likely the tomb of the original Santa Claus, or Saint Nicholas, beneath an ancient church in Demre, southern …

Archaeology

The Ancient Greeks May Have Deliberately Built Temples on Fault Lines

Then again, they may just have an awful lot of both.<p>Greece has a lot of ancient temples. Greece also has a lot of earthquakes. And sometimes they …

Archaeology

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 …

Military History

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> …

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 …

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

70,000 images are available for download via the National Palace Museum’s website<p>Comment on this Story

Museums