Sunday, January 31, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #64

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

"I think that was one of the mistakes that God made," Ebeling says softly. "He shouldn't have picked me for the job. But next time I talk to him, I'm gonna ask him, 'Why me. You picked a loser.' " ohmygod stahp

Why "White History Month" is a Good Idea at Bitch Media
Students and staff at a Portland college are organizing a month-long “Whiteness History Month” in April. Whiteness History Month, unlike heritage months like Black History Month, is not a celebration of white history. Instead, it’s a month-long project that aims to “challenge the master narrative of race and racism through an exploration of the social construction of whiteness.”

Egyptian media say prosecutors have referred eight museum employees for trial over the botched reattachment of the beard on the burial mask of the pharaoh, Tutankhamun.

Lost Beatrix Potter Children's Story Uncovered at Discovery
“The Tale of Kitty-In-Boots”, a story about a black cat that leads a double life by the children’s author Beatrix Potter will be published in September, Penguin Random House announced Tuesday.

Meaning, they predate the Bible and Greek Myths y'all. Statistical ties between a set of folktales and languages from parts of Europe and Asia have helped researchers date the origins of some stories to thousands of years ago.

USF Anthropologist Dr. Erin Kimmerle has released her final report for the archeological work and excavation at the former Arthur G. Dozier School for Boys in Marianna, Fla., a project she and her team have been working on since 2012.

According to preliminary results, thermal “points of interest” were observed on the northern facade of the Great Pyramid at Giza, known as Khufu or Cheops, and on the west face of Red pyramid in Dahshur.

'Churchill Solitaire' is based on British Prime Minister Winston Churchill's version of the card game, which uses two decks of cards rather than the traditional one and ten columns rather than the original seven.

Even nomadic hunter-gatherers engaged in deliberate mass killings 10,000 years ago. They are the victims of the earliest scientifically dated evidence for human group conflict—a precursor to what we now know as war.

Saturday, January 16, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #63

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

The team used historical documents and modern archaeological techniques to determine that Proctor’s Ledge is where 19 people were hanged in 1692.

According to a new study, the Iceman’s maternal line appears to have originated and died out in the eastern Italian Alps. On the other hand, his paternal lineage is still observed in Europe, and new male relatives, alive and well, may be possibly added to the list of the mummy’s descendants. More Otzi news: The Iceman’s Stomach Bug Helps Scientists Map Ancient Human Migration at History.

Nefertiti? Stonehenge as a second-hand monument? Bigfoot bones? More 2016 stuff to get excited about: The 10 best history and battlefield tours for 2016 at Telegraph.

Twenty-two months of searching the seabed for Malaysia Airlines Flight 370 has so far turned up no sign of the missing plane. But the teams searching for MH370 have mapped new details about a long-mysterious region of ocean floor, photographed an anchor and some long-lost clumps of coal from a shipwreck — and now, discovered a second shipwreck, this time with the hull distinctly visible.

History to page to movie.

Sunday, January 10, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #62

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

It's 2016. Do something about it. And then there's this: Visit These Ten Sites Celebrating Major Anniversaries in 2016 at Smithsonian. And one more: What to expect from 2016: historical anniversaries, books and exhibitions at History Extra.

It’s a curious story, but also an extremely telling one; the Bundys and some of those involved in the Oregon standoff are members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, aka the Mormons, and their rhetoric is deeply colored by Mormon history.

A rule change is keeping a group of female U.S. pilots who flew noncombat missions during World War II from having their ashes laid to rest at Arlington National Cemetery.

Channel 5 accused of supporting 'grave-robbing' over TV show Battlefield Recovery at The Guardian
Archaeologists say a British program featuring amateurs unearthing war graves on Europe’s eastern front is disrespectful and should be cancelled.

Why are we trivialising the language of the Holocaust? at Telegraph
"American slavery was an atrocity, but Quentin Tarantino is wrong to compare it to the Nazis' premeditated and systematic slaughter of millions."

ISIS Gone, Archaeologists Return to Key Iraq Sites at Discovery
As the terrorist group ISIS is pushed out of northern Iraq, archaeologists are resuming work in the region, making new discoveries and figuring out how to conserve archaeological sites and reclaim looted antiquities.

Remains of lost 1800s whaling fleet discovered off Alaska’s Arctic coast at NOAA
The shipwrecks, and parts of other ships, that were found are most likely the remains of 33 ships trapped by pack ice close to the Alaskan Arctic shore in September 1871.

At a time when nationalist and far-right politics are again ascendant in Europe, a team of German historians presented a new, annotated edition of a symbolic text of that movement on Friday: “Mein Kampf,” by Adolf Hitler.

Sunday, January 3, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #61

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb is a round-up of brand spankin' new history articles, selected by yours truly. Click on the link to be directed to the home site where you can read a professional being professional in their entirety.

Ziony Zevit, distinguished professor of Biblical Literature and Northwest Semitic Languages at the American Jewish University in California, argues the Biblical story has been wrongly interpreted since a mistranslation confused rib with baculum, or penis bone.

Gary Powers: The U2 spy pilot the US did not love at BBC
Steven Spielberg's most recent movie, Bridge of Spies, tells the story of a Cold War prisoner exchange between the Soviet Union and the US. The deal allowed US spy plane pilot Gary Powers to return home - but once there he faced a chorus of criticism.

Pair Aims to Scrap the Gregorian Calendar by 2017 at Discovery
Two scientists from Johns Hopkins University hope we’ll all be using a new calendar by 2017, one in which dates would occur on the same day of the week every year. My birthday would forever be on a Tuesday. Nope.

The finds reveal a vast trading network befitting an international city with a history spanning 1,000 years from the seventh century BC. Dr Ross Thomas, the British Museum curator who leads the project, believes Naukratis should now be viewed as “the Hong Kong of its era”.

Palmyra arch that survived Isis to be replicated in London and New York at The Guardian
Copies of 15-metre Temple of Bel entrance in Syria to be built in Trafalgar Square and Times Square in ‘gesture of defiance’ against ISIS.

Deported to Birkenau at 15, Marceline Loridan-Ivens  last saw her father in the camps before he was murdered at Auschwitz. Now 87, with failing eyesight and a renewed dread about Jewish life in Europe, Marceline Loridan-Ivens believes that the lessons of World War II are not being forgotten, because “these lessons were never learned.”

Fossil hunters flock to Jurassic coast after cliff fall at Telegraph
Bad weather washed part of the cliff in Charmouth, Dorset, into the sea, attracting scores of enthusiasts in search of souvenirs

Thursday, December 31, 2015

HTHS: 2015 Retrospective

It's that time of the year again. Here are HistoryThruHerStory's 2015 Superlatives: a look back at this year's major historical happenings. Happy New Year.

Image source: The Guardian

I don't know if this is the best story, but it makes me the happiest. Anyone who says they hate technology, it's stories like these that make me understand you the least. Israel’s Antiquities Authority spent six months trying to identify this object. Within hours, Facebook users had named it as a New Age ‘energy harmoniser’.

Least Surprising Story: No Evidence of Nazi Gold Train
Image source: History

In August, a pair of amateur treasure hunters caused a stir with their claim that they had located a Nazi train laden with looted gold, gems and weapons buried in a secret tunnel in southwestern Poland. However, Polish scientists who investigated the site announced that they could find no evidence of the train’s existence.

Best Nickname: “Britain’s Schindler”
Image source: History

Nicholas Winton, a British stockbroker who saved the lives of more than 650 children trapped in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia on the eve of World War II, died in July. He was 106. Those ears.

Most Unique: Statue of Liberty Inspired by Arab Woman
Image source: Discovery

wut. The Statue of Liberty, a symbol of democracy and freedom that has greeted countless immigrants to US shores, was inspired by a project representing an Arab woman guarding the Suez Canal, researchers said.

Most Changed Since Freshman Year: King Tut 
Image source: Tumblr

The boy king's iconic funerary mask lost its beard earlier this year and was later repaired.

Class *Evil* Clown: ISIS
Image source: The Guardian

ISIS sucked the big one in 2015. Among all the horrors, the Syrian city of Palmyra faced huge loses to it's ancient ruins.

Most Hopeful 2016 Discovery: Secret Chamber in King Tut's Tomb
Image source: Washington Post

The chamber has been confirmed, but not yet explored. Could it contain the remains of Nefertiti?

Best Discovery: 22 Shipwrecks Found in Single Location in Greece
Image source: Discovery

"Surpassing all expectations, over only 13 days we added 12 percent to the total of known ancient shipwrecks in Greek territorial waters," said Peter Campbell, of the University of Southampton and co-director from US based RPM Nautical Foundation.

Most Talented: Tituba
Image source: Smithsonian

Smithsonian had a great article this year featuring the elusive Tituba. How did the Salem witch epidemic gather such speed, and how did it come to involve a satanic plot, a Massachusetts first? The answers to both questions lie in part with the unlikeliest of suspects, the Indian slave at the heart of the Salem mystery.

Most School Spirited: Oxford University Students
Image source: NY Times

Hundreds of student protesters rallied at Oxford University’s Oriel College, calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a past pupil and benefactor of the school who made his fortune in diamonds while helping Britain seize control of southern Africa in the late 19th century. Thought ridiculous by some, this debate is still ongoing.

Cutest Couple: Skeletons in 6,000-Year-Old Embrace Found in Cave
Image source: Discovery

Found in one of the Diros caves in southern Greece, the prehistoric remains were positioned curled into the fetal position. Although the pair was originally found in 2014 by a team of archaeologists and speleologists, the Greek Ministry of Culture announced the results of DNA and radio carbon tests just in time for Valentine’s Day. Nothing says 'I love you' like a dead couple.

Best Looking: Adolf, the dog that looks like Hitler
Image source: Telegraph

A Welsh woman renamed her chihuahua puppy Adolf after black slanting 'fringe' and tiny mustache prompted comparisons to the Nazi dictator. For more Hitler look-a-likes, see this house.

Best Dressed: This person desperately seeking attention who willingly dresses like a Tudor
Image source: Telegraph

This cultural experiment seems to be a theme lately.

Best Smile: Queen Elizabeth II
Image source: Telegraph

Liz became the longest serving monarch in British history in 2015.

Best History Movie: Suffragette
Image source: History Extra

They were the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement; working women fighting for equality. But in 1912–13, after years of peaceful protest, some members of the Women’s Social and Political Union turned to violence as a route to change. The film starring Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter charts the story of those who risked their lives and liberties to secure the vote for women.

Worst History Movie: The Imitation Game
Image sources: The Independent and Collider

Based on the biography of Alan Turing, the cryptanalyst who helped solve Germany's Enigma code during World War II and who was later prosecuted for homosexuality. Interesting story, lackluster movie. Yawn.

And some other notable stories from 2015 that were just too good to be left behind:
The Confederate flag took one more step toward eventual obscurity. Following the shooting spree at the Emanuel AME Church in Charleston, S.C., politicians and businesses lined up against the historically divisive banner.

After months of campaigning, advocates including the Woman on 20s organization, Senator Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire and the 600,000 participants in an online public election got what they wanted - kind of.

Researchers are collaborating on the excavation of an ancient historical site at Manwoldae, home to the Koryo dynasty’s royal palace, in an unprecedented joint project between the two countries who have technically been at war since the 1950-53 Korean conflict.

The decision to republish Mein Kampf in Germany for the first time in 75 years is understandably controversial. However, the challenge of reading Mein Kampf in hindsight is to try to understand how something so obviously wrong and so clearly the product of a broken, third-rate mind could bring about the Götterdämmerung of Europe. I would love to read this.

Onwards to 2016 y'all.