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3,000-Year-Old Cooking Fail Found At A Danish Dig Site

Denmark currently holds the title of world's happiest country. But we could imagine at least one Norseman back in time who, after a failed cooking attempt, probably felt little of the famed Danish <i>hygge</i>.<p>In a hilly wetland north of Silkeborg, archaeologists have unearthed a wholly intact Bronze Age …

Cooking

Family Heirloom, National Treasure: Rare Photos Show Black Civil War Soldiers

Each of the photos in Capt. William A. Prickitt's album could fit in a locket: headshots of 17 black soldiers who served under the Union Army officer during the Civil War, most of their names handwritten on the mat surrounding the images.<p>At just 2 inches tall, the square, leather-bound album itself …

Victorian Era

100 Years In The Making, Black History And Culture Museum Ready For Reveal

When peals ring out from a 130-year-old church bell at the Sept. 24 dedication ceremony for the National Museum of African American History and Culture, they will signal the end of a long journey.<p>The historic "Freedom Bell" usually hangs in Williamsburg, Va., in the tower of the First Baptist …

Culture

When Jewish Law Met Processed Food

The quest to keep kosher has shaped America’s grocery stores.<p>Roughly 2 percent of Americans are Jewish, and only a small fraction of them keep kosher. Yet between one-third and one-half of all packaged food in an American supermarket has a kosher label on it. How did kosher law become big business? …

Food & Dining

Rest in Peace, VCR

An elegy for the machine that let people travel through time—but only by a little<p>The video store, as it is nostalgically remembered, looks like a record shop, or a hookah parlor. Staffed by scruffy burners or neo-hippies who “really know their stuff,” splayed with shelves at all angles, plastered …

M*A*S*H

The Lost 16th-Century Spanish Fort in South Carolina

Archaeologists used remote sensing technology to discover the structure within a Spanish colonial town, the remains of which sit beneath an old military golf course.<p><b>NEWS BRIEF</b> Using remote sensing technologies, U.S. archaeologists have unlocked a lost piece of early North American history—all …

American South

Slaves built the White House, say Obama and historians

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama declared at the Democratic National Convention that the White House she and President Barack Obama have lived in since 2009 was built by slaves.<p>Mrs. Obama is right, according to historians and authors who have studied the White House.<p>Slaves were used in …

The White House

Yale employee battling for job after smashing stained glass depicting slaves

As an employee at Yale University’s Calhoun College, Corey Menafee was frustrated by a stained glass panel depicting slaves carrying bales of cotton in the residential college’s dining hall.<p>“It’s 2016, I shouldn’t have to come to work and see things like that,” Menafee told the New Haven …

Slavery

Napoleon Bonaparte's last horse restored to glory

Even in death, the magnificent Arabian stallion Napoleon Bonaparte rode into battle endured some narrow scrapes — and the ignominy of being smuggled into perfidious Albion to be put on display in Manchester.<p>Battered after two centuries of ups and downs, one of the emperor’s favourite horses is now …

France

Las Vegas collector stumbles on historic copy of Declaration of Independence

A Las Vegas collector is marking the Fourth of July with a rare find he stumbled upon--a copy of the Declaration of Independence produced in the 1830s.<p>An engraver made 201 facsimiles of the original Declaration of Independence in 1823 using a copper plate. Kevin Kostiner recently discovered that he …

Declaration of Independence

'Look in your attics': global hunt for 100 missing Gottfried Lindauer paintings

People around the world have been urged to look under their beds and poke through their attics in the search for at least 100 missing paintings by the celebrated 19th century portrait artist Gottfried Lindauer.<p>The global treasure hunt has been initiated by a New Zealand art gallery that wants to …

Art

The astonishing secret history of the Pope who fought Hitler

Washington D.C., Jun 23, 2016 / 03:06 am (CNA/EWTN News).- Pope Pius XII's secret support for the attempted overthrow of Nazi dictator Adolf Hitler …

Adolf Hitler

Auschwitz SS trial: Will Hanning case be Germany’s last?

<b>To sit in the hushed makeshift courtroom where Reinhold Hanning is on trial is to watch Germany confront its past, face to face.</b><p>On Friday the court is expected to deliver its verdict on the former Auschwitz SS guard accused of complicity in the murder of at least 170,000 people.<p>It's hard to imagine …

Germany

The Quiet Majesty of America's Public Libraries

Photographs of nearly 700 libraries across 48 states show that we have more in common than not.<p>Public libraries in the U.S. are at a crossroads. On one hand, they remain beloved public resources. Seventy-six percent of Americans say their libraries serve the educational needs of their community …

United States

Archbishop Fulton Sheen's beatification cause could soon be moving forward

Peoria, Ill., Jun 15, 2016 / 10:58 am (CNA/EWTN News).- The stalled beatification cause of Archbishop Fulton Sheen could soon resume, thanks to a …

Catholicism

Petra, Jordan: Huge monument found 'hiding in plain sight'

<b>A huge monument has been discovered buried under the sands at the Petra World Heritage site in southern Jordan.</b><p>Archaeologists used satellite images, drone photography and ground surveys to locate the find, according to the study published in the American Schools of Oriental Research.<p>The large …

History

This Massive Disney Auction Has Pretty Much Everything

fullscreen<p>Depending on how you see it, it's either amazing or maddening to be a Disney collector. On one hand, you'll never run of out memorabilia to …

Auction

Jesus's tomb in Jerusalem undergoes restoration work

<b>A team of experts has begun restoring the ancient tomb in Jerusalem where Christians believe Jesus was buried, in the first such works for 200 years.</b><p>The renovation in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre aims to reinforce and conserve the structure.<p>Rivalry between the three denominations that run the …

Restoration

Oldest handwritten documents in UK unearthed in London dig

Tertius the Brewer, Junius the Cooper and Julius Classicus – the up-and-coming military commander who would turn traitor against Rome a decade later – have sprung back to life from the first decade of Roman London, their names – along with the first reference to London itself – miraculously …

UK News

Dagger in Tutankhamun's tomb was made with iron from a meteorite

A dagger entombed with King Tutankhamun was made with iron from a meteorite, a new analysis on the metal composition shows.<p>In 1925, archaeologist Howard Carter found two daggers, one iron and one with a blade of gold, within the wrapping of the teenage king, who was mummified more than 3,300 years …

Meteorites

Digging Up The Roots Of Modern Waste In Victorian-Era Rubbish

Tom Licence has a Ph.D., and he's a garbage man.<p>When you think of archaeology, you might think of Roman ruins, ancient Egypt or Indiana Jones. But Licence works in the field of "garbology." While some may dig deep down to get to the good stuff — ancient tombs, residences, bones — Licence looks at …

British Empire

The Opening of King Tut’s Tomb, Shown in Stunning Colorized Photos (1923-5)

Inquiring minds want to know, immediately and without any egghead qualifications: Does King Tut’s tomb have hidden rooms or does it not have hidden …

Culture

Polish push to remove Soviet monuments from public display

A Polish agency is campaigning to take monuments to the Soviet armed forces off the streets, dubbing them a bitter reminder of Moscow’s domination, and consign them to less conspicuous “educational parks”.<p>The state-backed Institute of National Remembrance (IPN), which investigates crimes from the …

Soviet Union

How the Cultural Revolution changed China forever

Hong Kong (CNN)On May 16, 1966, Mao Zedong issued the first ideological salvo of the Cultural Revolution, a tumultuous political campaign that would go on to consume China in bloodshed, torture and chaos for almost a decade, and change the country forever.<p>Mao's declaration condemned the Chinese …

China

The dying art of headhunting tattoos

The former headhunters of northeast India once wore their tattoos with pride.<p>After all, each marking was related to a military success, with the highest honour bestowed when an enemy's head was brought back to the village.<p>But artists and tattoo researchers in the state of Nagaland say the ancient …

Nagaland

Marines Investigating Possible Mistaken Identity In Iwo Jima Flag-Raising Photo

The Marine Corps is investigating whether some of the six men in the photo of the 1945 flag-raising in Iwo Jima, Japan, were misidentified after two amateur historians raised questions about the famous image and statue.<p>The Marine Corps confirmed the review in a statement emailed to NPR. It …

Remembrance Day

Dostoyevsky on Poverty, Ambition, Success, Creative Integrity, and the Ultimate Ideal of Art

“The artist … must consecrate all his toil to the holy spirit of art — such toil is holy, chaste, and demands single-heartedness.”<p><i>“Anyone with any degree of mental toughness ought to be able to exist without the things they like most for a few months at least,”</i> young Georgia O’Keeffe wrote to her …

Poverty

Big Ben to Go Silent

Britain’s famous clock will not chime for several months as it undergoes much-needed repairs.<p>Britain’s famous Big Ben clock tower will go silent for several months starting as early as next year as it undergoes some much-need repairs. Such a long hiatus is rare since the clock first rang across …

Big Ben

Why is Shakespeare Still So Popular? For the Same Reason Tolstoy Hated Him

Among the First Folios and rare quartos and historic theatre costumes at the British Library’s recently opened exhibition, Shakespeare in Ten Acts, …

Leo Tolstoy