Ohio as Paradise during the French Revolution Feb23

Ohio as Paradise dur...

By Raquelle Bostow By Benjamin Hoffman (Guest Contributor) Every time I go to work, I cross the Scioto river. It’s a wide, long river in the state of Ohio, streaming on the western side of the city of Columbus. Driving over the bridge, you can glance briefly at the banks of the Scioto...

This Roman road brought to you by McDonald’s Feb23

This Roman road brou...

By livius drusus On Tuesday, February 21st, the first archaeological museum underneath a McDonald’s opened in the Frattochie ward of Marino, a town about 12 miles south of Rome. The museum was built around a pristine stretch of Roman road dating to the 2nd/1st century B.C. discovered in...

Bottoms Up: Drinking on U.S. Commercial Airliners Feb22

Bottoms Up: Drinking...

By Jack El-Hai by Jack El-Hai, Wonders & Marvels contributor Drinking and flying have long and intertwined histories. For some commercial air passengers, consuming alcoholic beverages is an essential part of the experience of traveling by plane. A Northwest Airlines Boeing Stratocruiser,...

Is this the skull of the legendary “weasel bear”? Feb22

Is this the skull of...

By livius drusus A huge polar bear skull with very different features from modern polar bear skulls has been discovered at an eroding archaeological site in northernmost Alaska. Its massive size and elongated, narrow shape recall an unusual polar bear reported by Inuit hunters but never...

The Power of Aggregation Feb21

The Power of Aggrega...

By Circulating Now By John Rees An array of colors is on display at local farmers markets with products like stunning purple Graffiti cauliflower. New varieties can add a new and local twist to traditional dishes on your Thanksgiving table. ”...

Black History: Frederick Douglass, Civil Rights on Pinterest, & Desegregating Blood Feb21

Black History: Frede...

By April Stevens By April Stevens (Former W&M Editorial Assistant) Our recent series on Wonders & Marvels has reflected on some uncommon perspectives and previously untold stories in black history across the globe. This week, our Cabinet of Curiosities finishes this series by offering...

Navy posts Hunley recovery report online Feb21

Navy posts Hunley re...

By livius drusus The U.S. Navy has released a comprehensive archaeological report on the recovery of the Confederate submarine H.L. Hunley and it is a total page-turner. The Hunley sank off of Charleston Harbor on February 17th, 1864, but not before taking down its target, the USS Housatonic,...

Mr. President, a Visitor Is Here to See You Feb20

Mr. President, a Vis...

By Jack El-Hai By Jack El-Hai (Regular Contributor) Thousands of people will soon arrive in Washington, D.C., for President Obama’s inauguration. Who are the people who visit the nation’s capital to see the Chief Executive? For the past 70 years, researchers have wondered about...

The War Minister and the Runaway Marquise Feb20

The War Minister and...

By Elizabeth Goldsmith by Elizabeth C. Goldsmith (Regular Contributor) Louvois by Larguillère (1680, detail) Among the many powerful ministers of state who served the French throne, François le Tellier, Marquis de Louvois was one of the most impressive for his effectiveness, perseverance, and...

How to move a painting the size of football field Feb20

How to move a painti...

By livius drusus For a brief window in the 1870s and 80s, cycloramas were all the rage in the United States. The trend began with large-scale panoramas in the late 18th century. European artists pioneered the form, creating massive works that depicted famous battles, Biblical and mythological...