History

10 Weird and Grotesque Archaeological Finds

History is full of surprises, and archaeology allows us a rare glimpse into the past that often reveals more than any textbook ever could. Every …

Archaeology

Why the idea that the English have a common Anglo-Saxon origin is a myth

The idea that there is a common Anglo-Saxon ancestry based on biology is gaining currency among some right-wing and religious groups in the UK and US.<p>…

Linguistics

WWII: 4 Out of 5 German Soldiers Killed Died on Eastern Front

We’ve all seen “Saving Private Ryan” and “Band of Brothers,” but here’s a list of facts from World War 2 that you probably didn’t know:<p>1. The first …

Military History

Ancient Poop Contains First Evidence of Parasites Described by Hippocrates

The long-held mystery of Hippocrates and the parasitic worms has finally been solved, and it’s all thanks to a few samples of ancient …

Culture

Photos: Meet Hashime Murayama, U.S. citizen, National Geographic artist — and so-called security threat during WWII

Hashime Murayama’s 20-year tenure at the magazine was cut short by xenophobia<p>Why did one of the 20th century’s most successful scientific …

Culture

Exploring the archaeological wonders of Jordan

In Jordan’s extraordinary rose-red “Lost City” of Petra, I have just huffed up 700 zigzagging stone-carved steps to the ancient mountaintop High …

List-Worthy

Will New JFK Files Finally End Assassination Conspiracy Theories?

Handsome and charismatic, America's 35th president, John F. Kennedy, was making history: from his handling of the Cuban missile crisis and his visit …

Culture

Here's when America's 'moral combat' over sex began - Futurity

The religious right emerged as a political force in the late 1970s. A new book argues that its origins aren't in the 1960s, but an earlier era of …

Culture

The Red Cross

“The Red Cross [is] destined to become the great almoner of the people’s bounty on occasions of swift calamity, the tried and trusted agent of national and international benefactions.”<p>It is nearly sixteen centuries since the banner of the cross appeared in a dream to Constantine the Great, …

Philanthropy

Ghana, France, and the Re-writing of Colonial Narratives

Emmanuel Macron’s recent tour of Africa followed the well-worn path of French presidents visiting former colonies. In the past, this tradition took …

Africa

19th-Century Grave of British Soldiers Found in New Zealand

NORTHLAND, NEW ZEALAND—According to a report in the <i>New Zealand Herald</i>, the remains of 12 British soldiers who died in the last battle of New …

Archaeology

History quiz – Greek gods and the Nobel Peace Prize

<i>How will you fare in this week's history quiz?</i><p><i>Questions written by Eugene Byrne, author and journalist.</i><p><i>To try your hand at other quizzes, click</i> …

Nobel Prize

Lawnswood Cemetery

This Victorian graveyard in Leeds is a macabre collection of beautiful tombs and memorials.<p>By the early 19th century, overcrowding was becoming a …

TV & radio: what to tune in to next week (16 - 22 December 2017)

<i>The Art That Made Mexico: Paradise, Power And Prayers. (Image Credit: BBC/Red Sky Productions/Laura Kaye)</i><p><b>Archive On 4: Return of the Anglosphere</b><p><b>Radio</b> …

Peaky Blinders

Hanukkah commemorates struggle for a national identity

<b>ANALYSIS/OPINION:</b><p>Many think of Hanukkah as a fight for religious freedom. While religious freedom was at stake, it was part of a broader battle in …

Religion

1st Jaeger Company von Hesse Cassel - American Revolutionary War Forums

The 1st Jaeger Company von Hesse Cassel is a German unit that is part of the The Brigade American Revolutionary War reenactment association. For more …

Military History

George Washington’s Hard Death Shows the Limits of Medicine in His Time

He’s one of the United States’s most revered figures, but his last hours were plagued by excruciating illness<p>Comment on this Story

Mount Vernon

New underwater discoveries in Greece reveal ancient Roman engineering

Underwater excavations at Lechaion, the ancient harbour of Corinth, provide insight into engineering by the Roman Empire<p>New archaeological excavations at the ancient port of Corinth have uncovered evidence of large-scale Roman engineering. Named Lechaion, the port was one of a pair that connected …

Archaeology

10 Unravelled Secrets Of The Mayan Civilization

The Maya are perhaps one of the world’s most successful and brilliant civilizations. Thanks to the hard work of dedicated researchers and …

Archaeology

“No Questions”: The Russian Revolution, My Father, and Me

This year marks the hundredth anniversary of the Russian Revolution. This photograph was taken seven years before “the events that shook the world,” in a studio in a Ukrainian town with the consonant-crammed and barely pronounceable name of Medzhybizh—a center of Jewish culture since the …

Culture

Portraits of Black Womanhood

When I first encountered Marie-Guillemine Benoist’s Portrait d’une Negresse at the Louvre, I had just researched and encountered the remains of Sara …

Black History

Face of Scottish soldier imprisoned in Durham is recreated more than 300 years after his death

More than 300 years after he died, the face of a Scottish soldier captured in battle and imprisoned in Durham has been recreated.<p>The image has been …

Archaeology

Photos: Dark beauty in the oil fields of old Southern California

From Santa Barbara to Huntington Beach, towering derricks defined the views<p>It’s no secret that California has long been a major player in the …

Culture

From the Archives: 1922 Christmas party on the battleship California

From 1919 until 1940, San Pedro served as the home port for the United States Navy’s battle fleet. On Christmas day, 1922, many ships invited local children to attend parties.<p>An article in the Dec. 26, 1922, Los Angeles Times reported on a Christmas part aboard the battleship California:<p><i>“Captain</i> …

Military History

Watch: The singer who helped launch the anti-gay rights movement

How the Christian right took inspiration from Anita Bryant’s political movement<p>Anita Bryant had a modestly successful singing career and had been the …

Culture

Were Medieval People Racist? IV: Race, Religion, and Travel

<b>Part XXXVII in our ongoing series on Race, Racism and the Middle Ages, by James Hill.</b> <b>You can find the rest of the special series here.</b><p>In my previous …

Bay of Bengal

Scott of the Antarctic: a true British hero?

<i>The members of Captain Scott's ill-fated expedition to the South Pole. From left to right: Laurence Oates, H.R. Bowers, Robert Scott, Edward Wilson</i> …

Famous names from the Galactic Civil War appear surprisingly often in the American Civil War.

<i>The first words of the opening crawl of the first Star Wars movie released are, "IT IS A PERIOD OF CIVIL WAR." To mark the release of Star Wars -</i> …

Star Wars

British soldiers' lost graves uncovered at Ruapekapeka

The lost mass grave from the country's first major battlefield has been uncovered in Northland.<p>The 12 British soldiers lay for more than 170 years …

Archaeology

Know Your Lore: The history of the Dark Iron Dwarves

The Dark Irons are going to be an Allied Race in <i>Battle for Azeroth</i>. But why? Are these the same Dark Irons we’ve been seeing in <i>WoW</i> since the early …

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