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Origins of land plants pushed back in time

<b>A seminal event in the Earth's history - when plants appeared on land - may have happened 100 million years earlier than previously thought.</b><p>Land plants evolved from "pond scum" about 500 million years ago, according to new research.<p>These early moss-like plants greened the continents, creating …

Paleontology

Roman boxing gloves unearthed by Vindolanda dig

<b>Roman boxing gloves unearthed during an excavation near Hadrian's Wall are going on public display later.</b><p>Experts at Vindolanda, near Hexham, in Northumberland, believe they are "probably the only known surviving examples from the Roman period".<p>Dr Andrew Birtley, Vindolanda Trust director of …

Martial Arts

Newport kiln pottery 'reveals life in medieval Wales'

<b>Pottery which was discovered at a site in Pembrokeshire has helped to reveal what life was like in medieval Wales.</b><p>Volunteers have helped to wash and sort the 10,000 pieces of pottery found at Newport's medieval pottery kiln.<p>It has revealed what type of pottery was made, and how people lived and …

Archaeology

Ten amazing Scots women from history to mark 100th anniversary of suffrage

As we mark 100 years since some women gained the right to vote, our three-day series celebrates the greatest Scots women in history.<p>2018 marks 100 …

Scotland

The Jews of medieval England

Jewish communities spread rapidly throughout the Mediterranean world from the first century AD, but it was not until the 11th century that Jewish …

History

History’s Oldest-Known Valentine Was Written in Prison

Valentine’s Day is the one holiday made for showing love and affection. But the history behind the oldest-known valentine involves a tale of royal …

15th century

9 Places every Outlander fan should travel

A list of 9 places that every Outlander fan should see the next time they venture to Scotland.<p>It’s a natural curiosity to want to visit the locations …

British History

12 Things You Should Know About The Battle Of Hastings

The Battle of Hastings, fought on 14 October 1066, proved to be a pivotal event in the long run – with medieval continental Europeans gaining their …

Ancient History

10 Interesting Things You Should Know About The English Longbowman

Though the extended weapon of longbow precedes the medieval Englishman by over 3,500 years (with the first known specimen dating from 2665 BC), it …

15th century

Ambrotype of Frederick Douglass

Created byUnidentifiedSubject ofDouglass, Frederick, American, 1818 - 1895<p>Mediumcollodion and silver on glass photographic plates, leatherDimensionsH …

Black History

The Rehabilitation of Charles I

The myths that surround the ultimately tragic rule of Charles I mask the realities of a courageous and uxorious king who fell foul of a bitter …

British Columbia

This Medieval Walled Town with a Storied History Shows How Traditional Urbanism Can Support High Density

The protective fortress, winding cobblestone streets, and medieval urban layout are all characteristics of many coastal European towns. But when …

France

Invention or adaptation: what did the Romans really do for us?

<i>This article was first published in 2016.</i><p>Advertisement<p>Rather than thinking of the Romans as great inventors, perhaps a more appropriate analogy would …

Ancient History

Little more than 70 years ago, Italians were the poverty-stricken immigrants from an “undesirable” country

More than 600,000 Italians who had immigrated to the U.S. were classified as “enemy aliens.” They were subject to curfew and property seizure; some …

U.S. Department of Justice

Friends, Romans, naked wolf-men ... why an ancient festival is still controversial

The annual Lupercalia festival turned society upside down – and the location of its starting point is still hotly debated<p>Scenes from films like Gladiator and series such as HBO’s Rome might lead you to think that the ancient Romans were liberal in their view of nudity. In fact the opposite was …

Ancient History

For Susan B. Anthony, Getting Support for Her “Revolution” Meant Taking on an Unusual Ally

Tucked carefully away in a storage cabinet at the National Museum of American History, there is an old-fashioned inkstand bearing a story that must …

Feminism

“History is Knowledge, Identity, and Power”: Lerone Bennett Jr., 1928–2018

When I found out about Lerone Bennett, Jr’s passing, I was immediately struck by his sense of poetic timing. In life, Bennett had been an eloquent …

Black History

A Crusader-Era High Altar Resurfaces in Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher

For decades it was known only as the “graffiti stone.” Leaning against a wall in a shadowy corner of Jerusalem’s Holy Sepulcher, the big blank rock …

Archaeology

Scandalous tales from the British embassy in Paris

<b>It's 200 years since the Duke of Wellington bought the grandiose Hotel de Charost in Paris, a few doors down from the Elysee palace. And if you want to get to know the secrets of a stately home, I always say, just ask the butler.</b><p>Happily the British embassy in Paris - the sumptuous architectural …

France

Edinburgh: Mapping the City

<b>A new book has been published exploring Edinburgh's history through maps, some of which have never before appeared in print.</b><p>Edinburgh: Mapping the City brings together 71 maps, including the earliest known map of Edinburgh which was drafted around 1530 by exiled Scottish Lutheran theologian …

National Libraries

Simon Weston learns of grandfather's history in two wars

<b>Falklands veteran Simon Weston has discovered his grandfather had a role to play in both world wars - helping to keep fighters in the air.</b><p>Carpenter Walter Weston's service record was researched for the BBC's The People Remember series.<p>Photos Mr Weston had never seen before were also uncovered - …

Ancestry.com Inc.

The day the entire German fleet surrendered

<b>Armistice Day is remembered as the day World War One ended, but for naval historians Britain's greatest victory came 10 days later. Operation ZZ was the code name for the surrender of Germany's mighty navy.</b><p>For those who witnessed "Der Tag" or "The Day" it was a sight they would never forget - the …

World History

Jerusalem's 800-year-old Indian hospice

<b>There is a little corner of Jerusalem that is forever India. At least, it has been for more than 800 years and its current custodian has plans for his family to keep the Indian flag flying for generations to come.</b><p>Around the year 1200, little more than a decade after the armies of Saladin had forced …

World History

Elizabeth: Oliver Cromwell's 'queen'

<b>Oliver Cromwell remains an intensely controversial figure - the subject of ongoing debate. But what was it like to be a woman at that time, and especially to be the Lady Protectress - wife of the Lord Protector himself, asks Samira Ahmed.</b><p>There's a special mystery around the life of Elizabeth …

Pop Culture

World War I Belt Buckle Found at Scotland’s Stirling Castle

STIRLING, SCOTLAND—<i>The Herald Scotland</i> reports that a belt buckle dating to World War I was unearthed at the site of an eighteenth-century footpath …

Archaeology

'Old paint pot' revealed as 1925 Faberge racing trophy

First it was used as an umbrella stand. Then as a coal scuttle, a Christmas tree stand and even a paint pot.<p>An unassuming metal object with a large dent in has now been assessed as a real Faberge racing trophy, worth £1,500.<p>The true use for the trophy was revealed after it was discarded in the …

History

Medieval carved Gonzo demon found in Lincolnshire

Archaeologists excavating the route of the Lincoln Eastern Bypass highway in Washingborough, just outside of Lincoln city, Lincolnshire, have …

Archaeology

N.Y. College Says Forgotten Book Reveals Lock Of George Washington's Hair

Apocryphal stories about our nation's first president abound.<p>Wooden dentures? Experts say disabusing the public of this myth is like ... well, pulling teeth. (And George Washington did have several pulled, having suffered mightily from dental problems.)<p>Cherry tree tale? A young George is said to …

Mount Vernon

Recreated face of Queen Nefertiti sparks 'whitewashing' race row

What was supposed to be a historical reconstruction project, showing the face of King Tut's biological mother Queen Nefertiti for the first time, has turned sour, amid accusations of whitewashing.<p>The Travel Channel, as part of its series "Expedition Unknown" with Josh Gates, will showcase 3-D …

Ancient History

Art projects marks Kes 50th anniversary

<b>Copies of the book which inspired the 1969 film Kes have been given out to mark the novel's 50th anniversary.</b><p>Barry Hines's A Kestrel for a Knave was published in January 1968 and later adapted for the big screen by Hines and Ken Loach.<p>Fifty copies were given out in Hines's hometown of Hoyland, near …

Moby Dick