Friday, November 21, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #11

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 Controversial Afterlife of King Tut at Smithsonian
A frenzy of conflicting scientific analyses have made the famous pharaoh more mysterious than ever. What isn't mysterious is the new artistic rendering of the king, cause those hips don't lie.

People Are Mad At “Hypocritical” Sainsbury’s For Planning To Demolish A WWI Memorial Site at BuzzFeed
Last week's HTHS Weekly featured an article by The Telegraph claiming Sainsbury's new commercial on the dramatization of the WWI Christmas Truce ignores what the war symbolized: a "pointless waste of young youth". This week, Sainsbury's dug themselves into a bigger hole, further suggesting they did it all for the dough.

This Powerful Photo Series Contrasts The Daily Diets Of World Elites And Their Subjects at BuzzFeed
Artists bring inequality into sharp relief by showcasing how authoritarian regimes throughout history have used food as a weapon, systematically oppressing, silencing, and killing people through starvation. Let them not eat cake.

Egyptian Tomb-Builders’ Bones Studied at Archaeology
The bones of skilled Egyptian workers who lived in the village of Deir el-Medina show that they worked under grueling conditions in the Valley of the Kings. I'm really surprised because I didn't think slave laborers working around the clock and exclusively with stone on these little modest funerary temples would be so hard.

When Lee Harvey Oswald Shot the President, His Mother Tried to Take Center Stage at Smithsonian
Marguerite Oswald had a series of bizarre reactions to her son’s transgression, forever making her a famous mother in history.

Can Scientists Clone a Woolly Mammoth? Should They? at History
Hopefully. And, yes + duh = Yuhs. In 2013, Russian scientists discovered the stunningly well-preserved carcass of a woolly mammoth buried in the permafrost of a remote region of Siberia. In addition to analyzing the remains to discover more about how the animal lived and died some 40,000 years ago, geneticists believe the mammoth skeleton--nicknamed Buttercup--might hold the key to bringing the long-extinct species back to life.

The opening of a national historic site in Colorado helps restore to public memory one of the worst atrocities ever perpetrated on Native Americans (besides an Urban Outfitter's dreamcatcher hanging in hip 20-something year old's bedrooms and besides the growing number of dreamcatcher tattoos adorning said hip 20-something year olds).

Native American Activists Occupy Alcatraz Island, 45 Years Ago at History

Shortly before dawn on November 20, 1969, 89 American Indians made a five-mile trip across foggy San Francisco Bay to Alcatraz Island. Upon landing, they declared the former prison Indian land “by right of discovery” and demanded the U.S. government provide funding to turn it into a Native American cultural center and university. When their terms were ignored, the activists spent more than 19 months occupying the island in defiance of the authorities.

Vases in Pompeii Reveal Panic Before Eruption at Discovery
French and Italian archaeologists digging out a pottery workshop in Pompeii have brought to light 10 raw clay vases, revealing a frozen-in-time picture of the exact moment panicked potters realized they were facing an impending catastrophe. You can view more pics of the Pompeii Pottery Workshop here.

Small 'Underwater Pompeii' Found Off Greek Island at Discovery
Remains of an ancient settlement, complete with a ruined pottery workshop, have been found on the bottom of the Aegean sea off the small island of Delos. Dubbed by the Greek media as “a small underwater Pompeii,” the structures lay at a depth of just 6 feet on the northeastern coast of Delos. You can view more pics of the home of 'Underwater Pompeii' here.

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