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Hair-raising moment archaeologists open a 1,000-year-old coffin

Archaeologists may have discovered what could be the oldest bishop's grave in northern Europe<p>Archaeologists in Denmark have opened the lid of a sarcophagus to reveal a 1,000-year-old skeleton believed to be that of a 6ft 2in cleric.<p>The archaeologists are hoping to prove whether it could be the …

Westminster Abbey lavatory block gives way to medieval burial find

Remains of at least 50 people, all believed to date from 11th and early 12th century, discovered during demolition work to make space for new tower<p>The bones of men who may have witnessed the tumultuous events of 1066 in Westminster Abbey, when one king was buried and two were crowned in a year, …

Archaeology

Hundreds of Bodies of Napoleonic Soldiers Unearthed in Germany

Hundreds of skeletons of soldiers in Napoleon's army have been discovered in the city of Frankfurt at a future construction site thanks to …

Tree of the Year 2015: 'last surviving witness to Magna Carta' on shortlist

Ancient yew tree across the river from Runnymede is shortlisted for annual title, along with tree featured in Game of Thrones<p>An ancient yew tree said to be the last surviving witness to the sealing of the Magna Carta 800 years ago has been shortlisted for the title of Tree of the Year.<p>The …

London, 75 Years After Destruction

On this day, 75 years ago, the Nazis began their aerial assault on London. Intended to demoralize the Brits, it backfired.<p>The unofficial motto of the …

World War One: The Harrow School light that never goes out

<b>Above a fireplace in a room at Harrow School a light has shone on the portrait of a young man in uniform night and day, for the past 89 years.</b><p>When 19-year-old 2nd Lieutenant Alex Fitch was killed in northern France in September 1918 his parents were determined their only son would be …

World History

Forgotten St. Petersburg: Shadows of the Romanovs

Many Romanov sites in St. Petersburg and nearby Pushkin have been restored in the past few years, but a few remain untouched. I had planned to write an article about "Reinventing the Romanovs" as Russia continues to restore and open many new palaces. But as often happens to me, my plans shifted …

European Travel

Amazing, never-before-seen World War II photographs

Most of the photographs were confidential photographs taken by the US Signal Corps; Palmer, then a brigadier general, was allowed to have them for private use after censoring (names of places, etc.).<p>Charles Day Palmer was born in Chicago on February 20, 1902. After graduating from Washington High …

Military

The Magic of Winning a National Geographic Traveler Photo Contest

In 2013, my then-girlfriend Martina and I were in Queenstown, New Zealand at the end of a two-month trip. The evening before our journey back home, …

How the End of World War II Almost Didn’t Happen

When Emperor Hirohito surrendered on August 15, most thought the war was over. It almost wasn’t.<p>Seventy years ago today the recorded voice of Emperor …

De Gaulle's Victory Over Waterloo

Charles de Gaulle had arrived in London on June 17th, 1940 with Edward Spears, Churchill’s personal liaison officer with the French. The general flew …

World History

Archaeologists Find Viking Families Among Skeletons in Northern Iceland

On a small, out-of-the-way farm called Hofstaðir in northern Iceland, archaeologists have recovered over one hundred skeletons that are helping to rewrite our understanding of the Viking Age and medieval population of the island. A massive celebration hall unlike any seen before on the island and …

Archaeology

Medieval Sword contains Cryptic Code. British Library appeals for help to crack it.

In 1825, a mysterious double edged sword containing a cryptic code was found in the River Witham near Lincoln in England. The 13th century sword …

Bomb Sight website maps locations of Nazi attacks in London

Some 75 years after London was transformed by the Blitz, most Londoners likely seldom consider the bombs that littered the capital during World War …

Jeffersonian Minimalism: Thomas Jefferson’s 10 Rules for a Good Life

By Joshua Fields Millburn & Ryan Nicodemus · Follow: Twitter, Facebook, InstagramWas America’s third president a minimalist? Probably not. We need …

Minimalism

Thomas Jefferson's Vegetable Garden and English Peas with Fresh Mint

So did you know that Thomas Jefferson's vegetable garden at Monticello was one thousand feet long and contained more than 250 varieties of more than …

Unlocking the Mystery of Custer's Last Stand

On the afternoon of June 25, 1876, on high bluffs above the Little Big Horn River, Col. George Armstrong Custer halted the 7th Cavalry and dictated an order. <i>"Benteen. Come On. Big Village. Be Quick. Bring Packs. P.S. Bring Packs."</i><p>The order was scribbled and handed to trumpeter John Martin, who …

World History