(Digital) Humanities

By Gertjan Filarski | Books, museums, arts & the humanities with steps into archeology. Classic and digital methods. Twitter: @GertjanF

Why was the Zimmerman Telegram so important?

<b>Tuesday marks the 100th anniversary of a remarkable success for British intelligence: but one that involved spying on the United States and then conspiring with its senior officials to manipulate public opinion in America.</b><p>On the morning of 17 January 1917, Nigel de Grey walked into his boss's …

History

MIT's 'Moral Machine' taps the crowd to decide who dies in a self-driving car accident

If there’s an unavoidable accident in a self-driving car, who dies? This is the question researchers at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) want you to answer in ‘Moral Machine.’<p>The simplistic website is sort of like the famed ‘Trolley Problem’ on steroids. If you’re unfamiliar, according …

Autos

Microsoft CEO Nadella talks up ‘democratization’ of artificial intelligence

Artificial intelligence (AI) is making its way from science fiction to reality, in applications like self-driving cars, personal AI systems like …

Computer Science

Giant mausoleum in Rome that held the remains of the emperor Augustus to be restored after decades of neglect

After decades of shameful neglect, the biggest mausoleum ever to be built by the ancient Romans is to be brought alive with a spectacular multimedia experience projected onto its 2,000-year-old walls.<p>The Mausoleum of Augustus, located in the centre of Rome just a stone’s throw from the Tiber, was …

Ancient History

Obama’s Secret to Surviving the White House Years: Books

Not since Lincoln has there been a president fundamentally shaped — in his life, convictions and outlook on the world — by reading and writing as Barack Obama.<p>Last Friday, seven days before his departure from the White House, Mr. Obama sat down in the Oval Office and talked about the indispensable …

Literature

Here are the top moments in modern British history according to Artificial Intelligence

What historian has time to read tens of millions of news articles from more than a century of British history? None of them. So computer scientists …

Computer Science

Hearts removed from corpses and Renaissance mummies rewrite Europe's history of death

Hundreds of burials discovered in a convent in Brittany, France, have shed new light on medieval and Renaissance funerary practices. Archaeologists …

Ancient History

Considered to be the most impressive ever found, Tara Brooch is a Celtic brooch of about 700 AD

The Tara Brooch was found in 1850 and rapidly recognized as one of the most important works of early Christian Irish Insular art; it is now displayed …

Fashion

German Holocaust archive publishes inventory online

The International Tracing Service says it has published its Holocaust-era inventory online, offering an overview of holdings that include some 30 …

Holocaust

New app allows users to see ancient Jerusalem virtually

Among the most iconic sites of Jerusalem is the Western Wall, a sacred and holy place of prayer and meditation for thousands of Jewish visitors, many …

Archaeology

Group of friends accidentally discover ancient Italian Stonehenge

A group of friends have accidentally discovered an ancient historical site dating thousands of years old thought to be the Italian equivalent of …

Archaeology

Everything is smart: AI is officially the new cool thing

This weapon will be powerful, versatile and indestructible. It will feel no pain. No pity. No remorse. No fear. It will have only one purpose: to …

Automation

British Atlantis: archaeologists begin exploring lost world of Doggerland

Archaeologists at the University of Bradford will be taking deep sea core samples to find the DNA of Doggerland to reconstruct the environment<p>A lost world off the British coast which was flooded by the rising North Sea thousands of years ago, is finally to reveal its secrets.<p>The ancient country of …

Archaeology

Centuries of New York History Prepare for a Move

On the upper floors of the grand courthouse, above the Corinthian columns chiseled from granite and the lobby with sweeping marble staircases peeking out from scaffolding, the rows of shelves, barely shoulderwide, form a maze that never seems to end.<p>Caked in dust on the shelves are leather-bound …

History

Man finds ancient medieval city on Welsh border

An archaeologist has discovered a lost medieval city on the border between England and Wales.<p>Stuart Wilson was working in a toll bridge booth when he …

Archaeology

Forget the Shovel, Ancient Finds Now Made From Space

Badgers discovered the burial site of 12th-century Slavic warriors and a Stonehenge cremation burial. The Lascaux cave paintings were discovered by …

Archaeology

Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom

The worse it gets, as I wade and stumble through the Great Dismal Swamp, the better I understand its history as a place of refuge. Each ripping thorn …

History

New Dead Sea Scrolls Discovered: Archaeologists Excited to Unearth Two New Fragments in the Cave of Skulls

The Dead Sea Scrolls are a set of nearly 1,000 manuscripts in Hebrew, Aramaic, and ancient Greek, which contain some of the oldest known versions of …

Archaeology

An Ancient City Emerges in a Remote Rain Forest

Most of the important archaeological sites in Central America were “discovered” by archaeologists who, in fact, didn’t discover them at all but were led to the ruins by local people. I’ve known several Maya archaeologists who routinely started fieldwork in a new area by heading into a dive bar and …

Ancient History

Flop or not? ScriptBook AI predicts which movies will be box-office bombs

When you consider the frankly bonkers amount of money that is spent on bringing Hollywood movies to theaters, it’s somewhat surprising to hear that …

Boxoffice

Ancient Diseases: Malaria Killed Millions In Roman Empire, Centuries-Old DNA In Teeth Confirms

Malaria was responsible for killing millions of people in ancient Rome spanning centuries, scientists have determined after examining the DNA from …

Imperialism

Medieval wax seals are giving up fresh historical secrets

By<p>Imagine a murder case in which the investigators decide to discount all scientific evidence. Fingerprints, palm prints, hair – all are packed away …

Middle Ages

Napoleon's warhorse Marengo gets ready to ride out again

Skeleton of steed left after defeat at Waterloo is being remounted for new display at National Army Museum<p>“Ah, that’s it, got it moving now,” Derek Bell said in satisfaction, as he and Arianna Bernucci delicately dragged off the leg of one of the most famous horses in history. The crude iron bars …

Napoleon

New Cambridge librarian looks to take scholarship to the world

Following in the pioneering footsteps of Anne Jarvis, Jessica Gardner is the second woman to have been appointed university librarian at the …

Cambridge

For the First Time, All 5,000 Objects Found Inside King Tut's Tomb Will Be Displayed Together

Take a sneak peek at the collection of the new Grand Egyptian Museum, opening in early 2018

Egypt

Fictionality

I am pleased to announce the publication of a new piece I have written that appears today in CA: Journal of Cultural Analytics. The aim of the piece …

Language

Why archaeology needs to come out of the cave and into the digital age

Far from being stuck in a stuffy past, the unifying message of modern archaeology is vital for steering us towards a positive future<p>It’s nearly end-of-year “listicle” season, and 2016 has offered plenty of fascinating archaeological discoveries - my favourite is the Neanderthal-made stalagmite …

Archaeology

Computer models find ancient solutions to modern problems

Washington State University archaeologists are at the helm of new research using sophisticated computer technology to learn how past societies …

Climate Change

Introduction to Ancient Greek History: A Free Online Course from Yale

Taught by Yale professor Donald Kagan, this introductory course in Greek history traces “the development of Greek civilization as manifested in …

History