Sunday, August 23, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #47

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.

Did the greatest playwright the world has ever known have a taste for the wacky tobaccy? Did William Shakespeare have a case of the munchies while penning "Macbeth"? The answer may very well be "yes" after a group of scientists found that clay pipes recovered from the garden of the Bard's home contain traces of cannabis.

The swastika is an important symbol in both ancient and modern religions. It indicates, among being a complete asshole, good luck, the infinity of creation and the unconquered, revolving sun.

Louis XIV’s palace at Versailles, the very apogee of Baroque magnificence and absolutist grandeur, is so much on its uppers that the administration plans to turn part of the estate into a hotel in order to raise revenue. They did rent the place out exclusively to Kanye West and Kim Kardashian last year, so..they've been exploiting the property for awhile now.

The awful awful stuff going down in Palmyra just took a turn for the worse. Archaeologist, historian, and protector of Syria's ancient past, Khaled al-Asaad was captured by Isis militants shortly after they seized control of the ancient city in May. He was reportedly released and recaptured later before he was beheaded in a public square on Tuesday. 

A 25-year-old security video is raising new questions in the mystery of who pulled off the biggest art heist in American history at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. The likely culprit: dude with a hatchback.

“Those sculptures are supposedly there to commemorate the Stonewall riots, but there isn’t a trace of the actual riots in them,” said anonymous activists who painted the statues brown and dressed them in wigs. I <3 this.

Women, communists and foreigners: the forgotten heroes of Paris, 1945 at Telegraph
For years French politicians pushed a myth of liberation from the Nazis that was military and male (isn't that most leaders, everywhere, throughout history?). The truth is somewhat different. For more on this subject, Robert Gildea's book on the French Resistance, Fighters in the Shadows, comes out in November.

Searching for Prohibition’s Bootlegging Widows at Archaeology
A team of University of Montana archaeologists is at work in the historic Butte neighborhood searching for Prohibition-era artifacts left behind by widows who took on the role of bootleggers. Widows who lost their husbands to mining accidents were known to take up the making of moonshine just to get by, often with the tacit approval of law enforcement.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Tested 'Dream' Speech as a Teen at Discovery
At the age of 15, Martin Luther King, Jr., delivered a speech that researchers say was remarkably similar to his legendary “I Have a Dream” national address delivered nearly 20 years later.

An Egyptologist who has said Queen Nefertiti’s crypt may be hidden behind King Tutankhamun’s 3,300-year-old tomb in the famed Valley of the Kings has been invited to Cairo to defend his theory.

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