Friday, December 5, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #13

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 Really Richard: DNA Confirms King's Remains at Discovery
Battled-scarred bones found under an English parking lot two years ago really do belong to the medieval King Richard III, according to a new analysis of genetic and genealogical evidence. I kind of want this argument to go far far away. Check back next week for a new article debating this claim yet again. I'm over it.

Reaction to the government’s announcement of proposals to bury the A303 under Stonehenge in a tunnel is deeply split among archaeologists and conservation groups, some regarding it as a historic victory, others as a disaster which will irreparably damage a world heritage site. I'm Team Arthur.

The British Museum plunged itself into a "geopolitical tempest" what? on Friday with the loan of one of the world’s most disputed Greek artifacts to a Russian museum, the Hermitage, in a surprise arrangement that outraged Greece and probably George Clooney.


I've been reading these types of stories for awhile now and have concluded that if you want the eternal glory that comes along with discovering ancient artifacts, you don't have to waste your time with an archaeology degree. Instead, become a construction worker in a city that is expanding its subway system. The largest Roman water basin ever was found, right in the heart of modern Rome. Lined with hydraulic plaster, the massive basin was discovered some 65 feet down near St. John in Lateran Basilica during the excavation of a new metro line. View more photos here.

The bones of the king under the car park have delivered further shocks, 527 years after his death and more than two years after his remains were discovered in Leicester: Richard III was a blue-eyed blond, and the present Queen may not be descended from John of Gaunt and Edward III, the lineage on which the Tudor claim to the throne originated. I am very interested to see how this pans out.

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