Friday, December 26, 2014

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #16

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.

More than 250 tremors have been rattling Florence since Friday, raising concerns over the safety of Michelangelo’s statue of David. Earlier this year, experts found David at risk of crumbling down under its own weight because of tiny fractures in its ankles.

Although firmly entrenched as a Christmas icon, the tale of “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” is a piece of relatively modern folklore penned in 1939 by a department store adman enduring a time of great personal tragedy. As Rudolph turns 75, learn the story behind the creation of the most famous reindeer of all.

The identity of the skeleton found in the mysterious, richly decorated tomb in Amphipolis in northern Greece will be revealed next month, the Greek Ministry of Culture said. It is speculated that the skeleton is that of Olympias, Alexander the Great's mother.

Stonehenge road tunnel could wreck archaeological site, warn experts at The Guardian
Experts lashed out at plans for a road tunnel under Stonehenge, warning it could damage the oldest encampment discovered near the stones. Charcoal dug up from the Mesolithic encampment at Blick Mead in the world heritage site, around one and a half miles from the stones, has been tested and dated to around 4,000 BC.

As Hampton Court Palace prepares to celebrate its 500th anniversary, actors and volunteers recreate one of its most important occasions, the christening of Henry VIII’s longed-for son and heir, Edward VI. More than 90 of the Palace’s staff dressed in Tudor costumes to re-enact the 1537 christening procession for a BBC documentary.

It is the enduring image of Christmas conciliation, but historians have warned that the First World War truce football match is at risk of being misremembered. Experts said the story of the football match has been "romanticised" and was not the organised game many believe it to be. In fact, only a few soldiers may have participated in a kick-about.

Fragments of tiles, painted plaster, bricks, and stone stolen from Pompeii are being returned by the hundreds, often with a letter of apology. “People write expressing regret, having realized they have made a terrible mistake and that they would never do it again and for this reason they are sending the stolen pieces back,” Massimo Osanna, director of the World Heritage site, told The Local

Genetic and forensic scientists have examined a heart thought to have belonged to Polish composer Frédéric Chopin, who died in Paris in 1849. His doctor, Jean Cruveilhier, had diagnosed the pianist with tuberculosis, but then noted after an autopsy that he had suffered from a “disease not previously encountered.” The "not absolutely certain it's Chopin's heart" heart has been preserved in alcohol and held in a crystal jar.

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