History News: Scan Pyramids Update, 40 Black Sea Shipwrecks, Laos Plain of Jars, Earlier Colonization of Australia, Jesus’s Tomb Opened, Italy Earthquakes Damage and Theft, Crowdfunded Conservation at Smithsonian, Aberdeen Bestiary, Armistice Day
Image credit: CEA Muon telescope setup on Khufu. Used with permission from the ScanPyramids mission, All Rights Reserved
This week, we get some results from the Scan Pyramids Project in Egypt, we take a look at some amazing underwater 3D photography of more than 40 shipwrecks in the Black Sea, we fly drones over the Plain of Jars in Laos, and we learn just how long ago humans have colonized Australia.
Also, Jesus’s Tomb is opened for the first time in centuries, recurring earthquakes threaten Italy’s heritage, the Smithsonian is calling for contributions, high resolution photography give new insights into an old medieval manuscript, and we commemorate the 11th of November in France.
History News: Antikythera Skeleton, 1665 Plague of London, HMS Terror Confirmed, Petra’s Pool & Gardens, Otzi’s Murder & Voice, Nazi Time Capsule, Burned Biblical Scroll, Turkey’s Antiquities Exports, Agent Garbo’s Wife, US Indigenous Lawsuits, Obama Opens NMAAHC
Image credit: Photo by Alan Karchmer, Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of African American History and Culture, Architectural Photography
This week, we follow up on the Antikythera Shipwreck, where they found a skeleton, on the Great Plague of London’s cause(s) and on Parks Canada’s confirmation of HMS Terror’s discovery. We also discover a huge pool in the desert at Petra, Otzi the Iceman was murdered 5 millennia ago, but he now speaks again! A Nazi time capsule is dug up in Poland, a Burned Biblical Scroll is readable again, we find evidence of looted antiquities passing through Turkey to the US, and we read secret documents about one of Britain’s most successful spies!
Also, the Obama Administration settles Native American lawsuits, the world’s oldest library is renovated in Fez, Morocco, and as promised, I debrief you on the Grand Opening of the long awaited National Museum of African American History and Culture.
History News: Franklin’s HMS Terror Discovered! Aphrodite Statues in Petra, 1665 London Black Plague, Jane Haining’s Testament, Looted Egyptian Statuette Returned, Turkey-Austria Ephesus Row, 100th of the Tank, Smithsonian Design Collection, NMAAHC Grand Opening
Image credit: HMS Erebus and Terror in the Antarctic (1847), by James Wilson Carmichael (1800-1868), National Maritime Museum, Greenwich, London. Public Domain
This week, we discover the HMS Terror from the Lost Franklin Expedition, we reveal two Venuses out of Petra’s rubble, we analyze the bacteria responsible for the 1665 Great Plague of London, we hail a Scottish Hero of the Holocaust, and we see some looted artefacts returned to Egypt.
Also, Turkey shuts down Austrian digs in Ephesus, we commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Tank, the Smithsonian Design Museum makes it collection available online, and we hear of the upcoming grand opening of the new National Museum of African American History and Culture.
This week: Greek Shipwreck Graveyard, Britain’s Pompeii Dig Ends, Hercules 12 Labors Mosaic, Silk Road Diseases, Lost Colony of Roanoke, New UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Danish-Italian Looted Art Exchange, Parthenon Marbles Bill, Mary Rose Flagship on Display, Book review: The Games.
Image credit: Statuary from the east pediment of the Parthenon, at the British Museum.
By Ejectgoose, Own Work, Public Domain. Wikimedia
This week, we learn of the end of a major dig in Cambridgeshire, England, we uncover the Twelve Labours of Hercules in Cyprus, we dig up a Chinese latrine on the Silk Road, and we wonder if the Lost Colony of Roanoke has finally been found!
Also, the new UNESCO World Heritage sites are announced, looted Etruscan artefacts are returned to Italy, the Parthenon Marbles are on track to do the same back to Greece, and the Mary Rose, favourite ship of Henry VIII, is finally unveiled!
This week: Viking Saga confirmed, Antikythera shipwreck and computer, Athenian Trireme sheds in Piraeus, Great Pyramid not square, Indian Buddhist monastery, IAA antique raids, Utah national park?, 1866 Indian famine, Rwandan Independence, and LaSalle shipwreck restored.
This week, we return to the Antikythera shipwreck still yielding secrets after a 100 years, including the oldest computer, also in Greece, we find where the Athenians kept their famous fleet dry; in India, we dig up one of the earliest Buddhist monasteries, and in Egypt we find out the Great Pyramid of Giza is not quite square at the base! In other news, we hear why the Israelis are raiding antique shops, we look into the progress made in creating a new national park in Utah, we remember an Indian famine that killed a million people and we remember a genocide that killed almost a million more.
This week: Caesarea bronze statues shipwreck, Roman barracks under Rome Metro, Sappho’s Midnight Poem dated, Strokes killed Da Vinci. Also, Taj Mahal turning green, WASPs buried at Arlington, Bison national animal, Battle of Verdun, Memorial Day and Saxon Gold.
Image credit: Taj Mahal, India. By UnknownHerkulaneischer Meister (Image:Puh213r1.jpg) [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
This week, we find bronze statues from Imperial Rome at the bottom of Caesarea port, we unearth Praetorian barracks under Rome’s Metro Line C, we use star charts to date Sappho’s ancient Midnight Poem and we learn what killed Leonardo Da Vinci. In other news, Columbus’s stolen letter is returned to Florence, the Taj Mahal is turning green, WASPs can be buried at Arlington and the American bison becomes the national animal. Also: Battle of Verdun Centenary, Memorial Day in the US, Old NYC app, Walt Whitman manly health advice and Saxon gold hoard at Royal Armouries in Leeds.
Coming up: Vasco da Gama shipwreck found, scans and radars of Egypt’s pyramids and tombs, an exceptional Roman villa in England, a hoard of Roman coins in Spain, Harriet Tubman on the $20 bill, May Day, Labour Day and Victoria Day
This week, we’ll explore the Arabian Sea in search of the lost ships from the Vasco da Gama expeditions, and we’ll look through a Lady’s personal things in the Wadden Sea. In England, we’ll dig through a Roman villa and several ancient villages. In Egypt, we may — or may not — unlock the secrets of the Pharaohs with Japanese technology. We’ll also hear just how Mediaeval songs sounded, we’ll learn who will replace Jackson on the $20US bill, we’ll get at the origins of May Day – Labour Day and we’ll learn why Quebec never does things the same way with Victoria Day. And much more!