Edith Cavell: Patriotism Is Not Enough Apr24

Edith Cavell: Patrio...

By PamelaToler By Pamela D. Toler (Regular Contributor) Not all the heroes of the First World War fought in the trenches. Forty-nine year old British nurse Edith Cavell was the director of the first nurses’ training school in Belgium. When Germany occupied Brussels in the first month of...

1627 Knight’s Tomb in Jamestown conserved Apr24

1627 Knight’s Tomb i...

By livius drusus Since late last year, Jamestown Rediscovery archaeologists have been excavating the Memorial Church, built in 1907 over the foundations of three 17th century churches, the earliest being the 1617 timber-frame church in which the Jamestown colonists held the first...

Second parchment manuscript of Declaration of Independence found in UK Apr23

Second parchment man...

By livius drusus Harvard researchers have discovered a second manuscript written on parchment of the Declaration of Independence in a county archive in Chichester, UK. The only other parchment manuscript is the original Matlack Declaration in the National Archives, the large-scale, or...

Gold coin hoard found in piano declared treasure Apr22

Gold coin hoard foun...

By livius drusus Last November, piano tuner Martin Backhouse was having a hard time with some sticky keys on a 1906 Broadwood & Sons upright piano he was overhauling for The Community College of Bishops Castle. Martin found the problem when he removed the keys: eight parcels full of gold...

Watch NOVA’s Holocaust Escape Tunnel Apr21

Watch NOVA’s Holocau...

By livius drusus When researchers discovered an escape tunnel dug by Jewish prisoners in the forest of Ponar outside Vilnius, Lithuania, last year, their investigation was filmed by PBS for a future episode of its consistently excellent NOVA series. The NOVA episode premiered on PBS Tuesday,...

Illuminating St. Elizabeths at the National Building Museum Apr20

Illuminating St. Eli...

By Circulating Now Circulating Now welcomes guest blogger Sarah A. Leavitt, Curator at the National Building Museum. Her latest exhibition Architecture of an Asylum: St. Elizabeths 1852-2017 includes materials on loan from NLM historical collections. They had me at “Nightmare Turtle.” The...

Model looms found in ancient tomb in China Apr20

Model looms found in...

By livius drusus An archaeological survey of a subway construction site in Chengdu, Sichuan province, southwestern China, unearthed a tomb containing four model looms. It dates to the reigns of the Han Dynasty Emperors Jingdi (157 to 141 B.C.) and Wudi (141 to 88 B.C.). The tomb 24 feet long,...

10 coffins, 8 mummies, 1,000 ushabtis found in Luxor tomb Apr19

10 coffins, 8 mummie...

By livius drusus Archaeologists have discovered a tomb containing 10 coffins, eight mummies and more than 1,000 funerary statues in the Draa Abul Nagaa necropolis on the west bank of the Nile in Luxor. The team had to work hard to get to this point, removing more than 450 cubic meters of...

Napoleon’s first love captured in a ring Apr18

Napoleon’s first lov...

By livius drusus Before he was General Bonaparte, before he was First Consul, before he was Emperor of the French, even before the French Revolution that made it possible for a Corsican nobody to reach such dizzying heights of power, Napoleon Bonaparte was a wet-behind-the-ears graduate from...