Sunday, November 8, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #53

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.

Titanic Telegram Reveals Owners Knew of Accident at Discovery
A newly discovered distress telegram sent from the Titanic has shed new light on the luxury liner’s last hours, revealing the ship owners knew of the disaster unfolding – something they vehemently refuted at that time.

New Clues Point to Secret Chamber in King Tut Tomb at Discovery
The investigation of King Tut’s tomb to find secret chambers ended today with promising results, according to a statement from Egypt’s antiquity ministry.

It must be the most celebrated exchange in the history of archaeology. “Can you see anything?” asked George Herbert, the fifth Earl of Carnarvon, standing in a gloomy passageway cut into the bedrock of the Valley of the Kings, on the west bank of the Nile. “Yes,” replied Howard Carter, the British Egyptologist whose excavations Carnarvon had been bankrolling for the preceding six seasons. “Wonderful things.”Carter was looking at the antechamber to the royal tomb of the 18th-dynasty pharaoh Tutankhamun, who had died in 1322BC.

Aborigines in Australia have welcomed the return of the bones of a 40,000-year-old ancestor by a university which studied them for decades and issued an unreserved apology.

Russia Prepares to Exhume Czar Alexander III in Romanov Investigation at History
In 1991, the remains of Czar Nicholas II, his wife, Alexandra, and three of their daughters—who were murdered by Bolshevik revolutionaries in 1918—were found buried in a forest near Yekaterinburg, Russia. Subsequent DNA analysis positively identified them, and the royals were buried with great pomp in a Saint Petersburg cathedral. Despite a similar DNA identification, however, the remains of Crown Prince Alexei, heir to the Russian throne, and his sister Maria—found buried in a separate grave in 2007—remain in limbo in a state archive. In order to bury them, the Russian government must appease the powerful Orthodox Church, which is requiring further investigation before it formally recognizes the Romanov remains as genuine. As part of that effort, Russian investigators are currently examining the 121-year-old grave of Nicholas’ father, Czar Alexander III, in preparation for a full exhumation.

Oxford Students Want Statue of Cecil Rhodes Removed at NY Times
Hundreds of student protesters rallied at Oxford University’s Oriel College on Friday, calling for the removal of a statue of Cecil John Rhodes, a past pupil and benefactor of the school who made his fortune in diamonds while helping Britain seize control of southern Africa in the late 19th century.

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