History

We don’t care about this entire generation of Americans, but they’re pretty used to it by now

Don’t call them Millennials. Don’t call them Gen X. Just call them already.<p>I assumed my husband was Gen X. He listens to Counting Crows, references <i>In</i> …

Millennials

The boarding of U-559 changed the war – now both sides tell their story

In an updated extract from the bestselling Enigma history, we revisit the daring engagement in which two men gave their lives to make a breakthrough possible<p>The top-secret breaking of the German Enigma code by Alan Turing, and the codebreakers working with him at Bletchley Park, was one of the …

Military History

This ghost tree has been floating vertically in Crater Lake for more than 100 years

On its most active day, the Old Man of the Lake traveled four miles<p>About 7,700 years ago, Mount Mazama, in southern Oregon, erupted, expelling over …

National Parks

What the United States Did in Indonesia

A trove of recently released documents shows that Washington’s role in the country’s 1965 massacre was part of a bigger Cold War strategy.<p>In Indonesia in October 1965, General Suharto responded to the kidnapping and murder of six high-ranking military officers by accusing the Indonesian Communist …

Foreign Policy

Ahoy! 'Old Ironsides,' world's oldest warship, sailing again

BOSTON (AP) — The newly refurbished USS Constitution is taking its first spin under sail in three years.<p>Friday's joyride from Charlestown Navy Yard in Boston to Fort Independence on Castle Island will celebrate the U.S. Navy's 242nd birthday and the 220th anniversary of the iconic vessel's maiden …

News (U.S.)

Can You Really Hear a Coin Drop From the Back Row of an Ancient Greek Theater?

An acoustic study sparks a classical kerfuffle.<p>Tourists come from far and wide to visit the 2,300-year-old Greek theater of Epidaurus, where they …

Culture

Archaeologists are mystified by ancient “gates” in Saudi lava fields | Ars Technica

Google Earth reveals hundreds of geoglyphs in the desert, possibly 9,000 years old.<p>For almost a century, aerial photographers have been documenting …

Archaeology

Do Even Famous Battles Ever Really Affect War's Outcome?

The prevailing wisdom among historians for the past couple of centuries says that battles like Waterloo or Gettysburg were crucial turning points. A new book says that’s not true.<p>Since the first truly national armies emerged in early 17th century Europe, statesmen, soldiers, and military historians …

Military History

Stolen mosaic that once adorned Emperor Caligula's lavish pleasure barge returned to Italy after being used as a coffee table

A mosaic that once adorned a lavish pleasure barge built for the Emperor Caligula, who was reputed to have dressed as a woman and appointed his horse as a consul, has been returned to Italy decades after it was stolen and smuggled to the United States.<p>The multi-coloured mosaic had been bought in …

Rome

An Icy Conquest

A Cold Welcome: The Little Ice Age and Europe’s Encounter with North America<p>by Sam White<p>Harvard University Press, 361 pp., $29.95<p>“We are starved! We …

Harvard

Groping in the Ivy League led to the first sexual harassment suit—and nothing happened to the man

Carmita Wood quit her job at Cornell, but fought back later<p>For years, Carmita Wood endured the sexual advances of her boss, Boyce McDaniel. He looked …

Culture

The continuing tradition: The Smithsonian receives Mrs. Trump's inaugural gown

Have you heard? We have a new dress on exhibition. It's true. There has been an addition to the <i>First Ladies</i> exhibition. First Lady Melania Trump …

American History

Remains of Temple to Ramses II Discovered Near Cairo

It was a discovery five years in the making. Back in 2012, an Egyptian-Czech archaeological team discovered initial evidence of a temple in the …

Archaeology

Harold Cruse’s Ruthless Criticism

<i>*This post is part of the Society for U.S. Intellectual History’s recent roundtable on Harold Cruse’s</i> The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual <i>(1967).</i> …

Black History

Oxus Treasure

Object type<p>Museum number<p>123941<p>Title (series)<p>Oxus Treasure<p>Description<p>Circular gold plaque ornament: with embossed decoration showing the head of a …

Archaeology

Titanic survivor's locker keys surface, set for auction

A pair of locker keys that belonged to the last surviving member of Titanic’s crew will be auctioned in the U.K. on Saturday.<p>The keys belonged to Sidney Daniels, a third class steward and member of the doomed liner’s victualing crew. “These were in Mr Daniels's pocket during his escape and …

Science

The Families of Fallen Troops Have a Complicated History With U.S. Presidents

President Donald Trump's interactions with military families have come under scrutiny this week, particularly the question of how he has expressed …

Politics

The history of Iraqi Jews is in danger

For more than 10 years, the United States has served as a gracious host to thousands of Iraqi Jewish artifacts discovered by the U.S. military in …

Canadian News

TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (21-27 October 2017)

<i>Pick of the week: Gunpowder. (Image Credit: BBC/Kudos)</i><p><b>Britain Afloat</b><p><b>BBC Two</b><p><b>Saturday 21 October, 8.00pm</b><p>Continuing her series on craft important to the …

TV

Archaeologists find gates of Hell in Saudi Arabia

When researchers are searching for remnants of structures and settlements constructed by ancient peoples they typically focus on areas that are …

Science

Rare color photos cast new light on World War II

<b>(CNN) —</b> Color film was rare in World War II. The vast majority of the photos taken during the conflict were in black and white, and color photography as a whole was still a relatively new technique.<p>It's this fact that makes the photos from a new book published by Imperial War Museums so …

Military History

1.9 Million Dead: Why Nothing Was Worse Than the Battle of Stalingrad

<b>By Daniel L. Davis</b><p>Since July 2012, the world has watched in horror as the once-beautiful [3] and vibrant Syrian city of Aleppo has been transformed …

Military History

The Subversive Praxis of Black Beauty and Wealth

Having rocked the cosmetics industry last month with her new line of products, <i>Fenty Beauty,</i> pop star Rihanna (née Robyn Rihanna Fenty) was recently a …

Black History

New Evidence Suggests Ancient Egypt Was Brought Down By Volcanoes and Climate Change

Ancient Egypt is often described as an exotic place—pyramids, hieroglyphics, lavishly worshipped kings and queens.<p>But in many ways, it has a lot of …

Climate Change

This Is One of the Deadliest Kamikaze Attacks Caught on Film

Japanese kamikaze pilots commonly struck fear in the hearts of allied troops as they conducted choreographed nose-dives right into U.S. ships during …

Military History

Found: A Stolen Soldier’s Jacket From World War II

It was being sold for $4.99 at a Goodwill in Minnesota.<p>In Forest Lake, Minnesota, just outside Minneapolis, Matt Stone was looking through the racks …

Culture

Stonehenge builders feasted on animals brought from Scotland, study shows

Analysis for Feast! exhibition suggests workers ate hog roasts and beef stew made from animals taken to Wiltshire by boat<p>Prehistoric people brought animals to Stonehenge from as far afield as north-east Scotland, more than 500 miles away, to feed the engineers who built the monument and to take …

Romance and reality in Jane Austen’s world

<i>Group portrait at a drawing room table by Maria Spilsbury (1777-c 1823). (Photo © Bonhams, London, UK / Bridgeman Images)</i><p>Although the Regency period …

Literature

Thais, their late King and the last goodbye

Flowers placed by mourners lie in front of a wall of the Grand Palace early this month to bid farewell to the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej, King Rama …

Thailand

Storm Ophelia Uncovered 1,500-Year-Old Skeleton in Ireland

COUNTY WEXFORD, IRELAND—<i>The Irish Post</i> reports that people walking on the beach at Forlorn Point in southeast Ireland after Storm Ophelia discovered …

Archaeology