Vindolanda toilet seat to get setting worthy of its greatness Mar25

Vindolanda toilet se...

By livius drusus The Roman fort and settlement of Vindolanda just south of Hadrian’s Wall in Northumberland is perhaps best known for the 1,700 wooden writing tablets from the 1st and 2nd centuries A.D. that have been found there, preserved for 2,000 years in the site’s anaerobic...

Faye Glenn Abdellah: Nurse, Officer, Educator Mar24

Faye Glenn Abdellah:...

By Circulating Now By Douglas Atkins In honor of Women’s History Month, Circulating Now pays tribute today, to Rear Admiral and Nurse, Dr. Faye Glenn Abdellah, Ed.D., LL.D., Sc.D., R.N., F.A.A.N. who died last month at the age of 97. Deputy U.S. Surgeon General, 1981-1989 At a time when...

Earliest color movies of the White House found Mar24

Earliest color movie...

By livius drusus Researchers have discovered the earliest known color movies of the White House in the archives of the Herbert Hoover Presidential Museum-Library in West Branch, Iowa. We owe these precious glimpses of First Family life to First Lady Lou Henry Hoover, an enormously...

Earliest European burial in Asia-Pacific found in Taiwan Mar23

Earliest European bu...

By livius drusus Archaeologists have discovered the remains of 17th century Christian burial on a Taiwanese island. This is the earliest European burial ever discovered in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the direction of María Cruz Berrocal from the University of Konstanz in Germany, the...

Art on the Edge Mar22

Art on the Edge...

By Circulating Now By Ken Koyle, Ginny Roth, and Krista Stracka Hedley Vicars was not a war hero. He was not a renowned strategist or tactician; his presence on the battlefield did not strike fear in the hearts of his enemies. In fact, Captain Hedley Vicars was killed by a Russian musket ball...

Barberini tapestries return 16 years after fire almost destroyed them Mar22

Barberini tapestries...

By livius drusus The Life of Christ tapestries have made their triumphant return to public view for the first time since a 1981 fire almost reduced these precious 17th century masterpieces to cinders. As of March 21st, they are hanging in the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine in...

Hugo’s Leviathan: The Novel of the Century Mar21

Hugo’s Leviathan: Th...

By Cara Wilson By David Bellos (Guest Contributor) To write Les Misérables, Victor Hugo stood at his desk on the top floor of Hauteville House with a view of a harbour, the raging sea and, on the far horizon, the shadow of the coast of France. You could not possibly guess that from the text...

Treasure of Ming Dynasty uprising leader found Mar21

Treasure of Ming Dyn...

By livius drusus Archaeologists have discovered a massive treasure from a 17th century shipwreck in Meishan City in the Sichuan Province of southwest China. The ship sank where the Jinjiang River branches off from the Minjiang River in 1646, and with it plunged more than 10,000 gold, silver...

Risk Insurance in the Eighteenth Century Mar20

Risk Insurance in th...

By Elizabeth Goldsmith by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith (Regular Contributor) Travelers to distant lands have always known that risk is an inevitable part of the adventure. And from ancient times they invented ways to mitigate that risk. Medieval English guilds established funds to provide for their...

Colossal statue not Ramesses II Mar20

Colossal statue not ...

By livius drusus The colossal statue discovered in the Matariya neighborhood of Cairo on March 7th is not of Pharaoh Ramesses II, Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany announced at a press conference Thursday. When the head and bust of the statue were unearthed, the massive...