Friday, October 16, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #50

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 Syrian desert city known as the Venice of the Sands has suffered another act of vandalism by ISIS, with the destruction of the triumphal arch. The Guardian takes a look at what has been destroyed in recent months by the Islamist militants.

King Tut's Beard To Be Fixed at Discovery
'Bout damn time.

A serendipitous deal between a history museum and a smuggler has provided new insight into one of the most famous stories ever told: “The Epic of Gilgamesh.” The new finding, a clay tablet, reveals a previously unknown “chapter” of the epic poem from ancient Mesopotamia.



They were the foot soldiers of the early feminist movement; working women fighting for equality. But in 1912–13, after years of peaceful protest, some members of the Women’s Social and Political Union turned to violence as a route to change. Now, a new film starring Meryl Streep and Helena Bonham Carter charts the story of those who risked their lives and liberties to secure the vote for women.

Jack the Ripper Museum: This shock attraction left me sick to my stomach at Telegraph
Speaking of equality for the sexes, don't visit this museum.



WWI Nurse Edith Cavell Executed, 100 Years Ago at History
At dawn on October 12, 1915, World War I nurse Edith Cavell was shot by a German firing squad on the outskirts of Brussels, Belgium. The 49-year-old Englishwoman had been condemned to death for helping run an underground network that spirited some 200 Allied soldiers out of German-occupied territory.

Despite its distinction as one of the most iconic and important archeological sites in the world, the origins of Machu Picchu remain a mystery. The Inca left no record of why they built the site or how they used it before it was abandoned in the early 16th century. Now, a team of researchers will be the first to analyze the genomes of the skeletal remains from more than 170 individuals buried at the site.



Nearly 2,000 years after Mount Vesuvius buried Pompeii in ash and pumice, advanced imaging technology is bringing to life the victims of the devastating eruption.

A Russian radio tower, a costal promenade in Beirut and the cultural heritage sites affected by this year’s earthquake in Nepal—among many other sites around the world—are at risk of disappearing, according to a list that the World Monuments Fund. The organization’s World Monuments Watch list, which has been issued every other year since 1996, calls on experts to nominate the architectural and environmental spots that are most badly in need of preservation. The newest edition includes 50 sites in 36 countries.

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