Friday, May 29, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #38

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 had been thought that a tombstone unearthed in western England was the first in Roman Britain to have remained with its intended grave, but researchers have found that even though the dedication on the tombstone is named Bodicacia, a woman, the skeleton in the grave is most definitely not. The whereabouts of the great leader/HBIC Boudicca's tomb remains a mystery.

Some of the looted objects had been handed over to U.S. authorities by American museums, universities, and private collections when it became clear that the items had been stolen. Not doing this anytime soon: the British Museum.

The lighthouse in Aquinnah, Massachusetts, started its 135 foot journey to a new spot southeast of its current location. Gay Head made the 2013 list of America's Most Endangered Places, as future erosion of surrounding cliffs put the lighthouse at risk.
Last month, underwater archaeologists descended to the wreck site of HMS Erebus, lost nearly 170 years ago during Sir John Franklin’s expedition to find the Northwest Passage. Divers found Franklin’s cabin, and recovered a cannon, ceramic plates, brass buttons, and the Heart of the Ocean from the uniform of a non-commissioned officer of the Royal Marines.

Nothing says “Soviet Union” quite like the imposing “Worker and Collective Farm Girl,” with its hammer, sickle, forward stride and idealized physiques; or Lenin glowering down on the capital, albeit now staring at a Burger King. What the city lacks is a spectacular monument to a religious figure, but the Russian Orthodox Church is determined to change that.
People have always thronged to centres of civilization, commerce and culture. But which were the most important in their day?

With millions of war records put online in recent years and the ease of searching them, there has been a dramatic increase in people turning detective and attempting to work out what happened to their lost relatives.

More high-ranking Nazi officers died driving these models of the Tatra – which had a top speed of 100 miles per hour but were rear-engined and heavy to handle – than in active combat.

Such is the state of disrepair of the Palace of Westminster that experts say the famous bell tower that houses Big Ben is gradually leaning over. But as time runs out for the old bell, its once equally renowned ancestor, Great Tom, could emerge from the past this summer as archaeologists conduct the first excavation at parliament in a generation.

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