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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 …

British Philosophy

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 …

Prince Andrew

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 …

Royal Family

Llantwit Major dovecote damage 'completely senseless'

BBC News<p><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" …

Wales

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 …

Ancient History

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 …

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 …

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

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 …

Archaeology

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 …

The Lone Ranger

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.

Rome

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 …

Charles Darwin

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 …

Theology

Unraveling the Mystery of the "Armenian Stonehenge"

Prehistory

'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 …

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<p>Geghard Monastery, Goght<p>Haghartsin Monastery, …

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 …

Hanoi

Ancient Mummies Finally Give Up Their Genetic Secrets

Armed with new DNA techniques, scientists have extracted genetic sequences from preserved Egyptians<p>Comment on this Story

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 …

Crime