Sunday, November 1, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #52

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.

If you live near a Civil War-era cemetery, rotting corpses may be on the attack. I TOTALLY DO. Homeowners should watch out for toxins leaking out of old graves that could be contaminating drinking water and causing serious health problems.

Customs agents seized thousands of years-old tablets imported by owners of the Christian chain of craft stores and intended for the Museum of the Bible, the massive $800m institution that is currently being built in the heart of Washington DC with a scheduled opening in 2017.

The Shroud of Turin is is believed to be the burial cloth of Jesus, revealing the face of Christ as it was impressed in a strip of linen. The new findings don’t rule out either the notion that it is a medieval forgery or the real deal.

Book of the Year Nomination at History Extra
From sweeping accounts spanning centuries to intimate biographies of historical figures, hundreds of factual history books have been published this year. But which has stood out for you? Now's your chance to nominate your favorite.

"Surpassing all expectations, over only 13 days we added 12 percent to the total of known ancient shipwrecks in Greek territorial waters," said Peter Campbell, of the University of Southampton and co-director from US based RPM Nautical Foundation.

Evidence that Mesolithic hunter-gatherers were environmentally aware home builders has emerged a mile from Stonehenge – together with a stone age version of the storage heater.

A senior East German official whose impromptu announcement at a news conference led to the demise of the Berlin Wall in 1989 has died aged 86.

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