Saturday, October 24, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #51

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.

Sarah and Gabriel Chrisman are not your average married couple. The Chrismans are engaged in a “long-term experiential study of culture and technologies of the late nineteenth-century.” In other words, they’ve decided to give up many of the conveniences (and hardships) offered by modern technology, clothing and customs, to fully embrace the Victorian lifestyle instead.

Scholars Debunk Cleopatra’s Death by Cobra at Archaeology
Historians claim in a video that it is unlikely that Cleopatra and her maids were killed by a venomous snake. According to one scholar, ancient accounts record that the snake hid in a basket of figs brought from the countryside. “Not only are cobras too big, but there’s just a ten percent chance you would die from a snake bite."

A photo of the iceberg that likely sank the Titanic — along with a critical testimony about red paint seen on the side of the iceberg — has resurfaced after hanging for nearly a century on a boardroom wall.

The discovery of a hoard of ancient human teeth in a Chinese cave has forced scientists to reconsider our species’ relations with our closest evolutionary cousins, the Neanderthals. The find, revealed in the science journal Nature, shows modern humans must have left their African homeland and reached southern China more than 80,000 years ago.

Last week, White House chief technology officer Megan Smith announced the launch of a nationwide search for the declaration, asking that anyone with tips, ideas or related stories share them on social media using the hashtag #FindtheSentiments.

As often as we have revisited Salem—on the page, on the stage and on the screen—we have failed to unpack a crucial mystery at the center of the crisis. How did the epidemic gather such speed, and how did it come to involve a satanic plot, a Massachusetts first? The answers to both questions lie in part with the unlikeliest of suspects, the Indian slave at the heart of the Salem mystery. Enigmatic to begin, she has grown more elusive over the years.

Historians now believe the infection may have prompted large-scale migrations and population replacements in Europe and Asia during the Bronze Age. “Perhaps people were migrating to get away from epidemics or re-colonizing new areas where epidemics had decimated the local populations. Could it be, for example, that plague was present in humans already in these prehistoric times?”

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