History News: Palmyra Destroyed Again, Sirwan Project, Egypt’s Tourism, New Dead Sea Scrolls, Hagia Sophia’s Sound, Tudor Tapestry, Archaeosub, Confort Women Row, CIA Archives Online, Digital Penn Museum, New Mein Kampf, Obama’s National Parks Legacy
Image credit: Hagia Sophia, Istanbul, Turkey, by Omar David Sandoval Sida, 4 July 2016, Creative Commons
This week, we’ll start with some follow-up on the antiquities situation in Syria, Iraq and Egypt, with the usual mix of very bad news and some minor good news. Then we’ll uncover some new Dead Sea Scrolls, we’ll see how a historian found a priceless Tudor tapestry on Google, and we’ll hear how the Hagia Sophia of Istanbul used to sound during mass.
Also, Marine archaeology is about to get a boost from drones, the Japan-South-Korea dispute over Confort Women is far from over, the CIA archives are finally online, the Philadelphia Penn Museum has a new digital portal, Hitler’s Mein Kampf is selling very well again after more than 90 years, and we’ll take a look at the US National Parks Service Centennial, as well as outgoing President Obama’s legacy on the natural and historical heritage of America.
History News: Nimrud Salvaged Inscriptions, Hidden Christian Texts, ISIS Retakes Palmyra, Old Aleppo Destroyed, Franklin Expedition Zinc, Greek City Found, Face of Robert the Bruce, Bordeaux Necropolis, La Trinite Shipwreck, Viola Desmond Bill
Image credit: Frontal view on the Citadel of Aleppo, Memorize, 26 May 2010, Creative Commons
This week, we start with some follow-up about the destruction of Nimrud, we’re happy to learn some Christian texts were hidden from ISIS, but this group re-enters Palmyra, and Old Aleppo is retaken but destroyed.
We hear of the reason why the Franklin Expedition was so unlucky they all died, we discover a 2500 year old Greek city, we take a look at the ugly mug of Robert the Bruce of Scotland, and we dig up some old bones in Bordeaux.
Also, La Trinité, the shipwreck that changed American history, there will be a new face on the 10$ Canadian bill, and the Dutch return several artefacts back to Ukraine and Italy.
History News: Follow-up: Colombia, China, Iraq Kurdistan and Nimrud. Antiquities Conference, Palmyra Loot, First Egyptian City, Plymouth Settlement, Saint Olaf of Norway, Post-War Nazi Germany, Turkey’s 3D Museum Tours, Fake Mixtec Skull, Erotic Pompeii
Image credit: “The First Thanksgiving at Plymouth” (1914) By Jennie A. Brownscombe. Stedelijk Museum De Lakenhal. Public Domain.
This week, we go through some follow-up on Colombia, on China’s Terracotta Army, on Iraqi Kurdistan, and on Nimrud. We’ll hear a call to protect antiquities the world over, Swiss Customs seize some looted artefacts, a new ancient Egyptian city is discovered near Abydos, we find the boundaries of the Plymouth Pilgrims colony, and the first tomb of Saint Olaf is found in Norway.
Also, we wonder on the extent of Nazi influence in Post-War Germany, we see some pretty cool 3D virtual tours in Turkey, we find out about a fake Mexican head, we see the restoration of a destroyed 17th century world map, and we hear about the Pompeii exhibition of erotic Roman frescoes!