Sunday, December 13, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #58

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.

A Viking hoard discovered by an amateur metal detectorist could prompt the re-writing of English history, after experts claimed it shows how Alfred the Great “airbrushed” a rival king from history.

Legendary Billion-Dollar Shipwreck Found Off Colombian Coast at History
Sought after by treasure hunters for more than 300 years, the wreck of the Spanish galleon San José has finally been discovered, according to Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos. The shipwreck—which could contain as much as $17 billion in gold, silver and jewels—might be the richest in the world, but it is also the subject of a decades-long legal battle.

British mathematician Augusta Ada Byron, better known simply as Ada Lovelace, was born in London on December 10, 1815. On the bicentennial of Lovelace’s birth, learn 10 surprising facts about the pioneering woman often cited as the world’s first computer programmer.

Stonehenge may have been first erected in Wales, evidence suggests at The Guardian
Evidence that bluestones were quarried in Wales 500 years before they were put up in Wiltshire prompts theory that Stonehenge is ‘second-hand monument’.

Mona Lisa May Conceal Second Portrait at Discovery
Another portrait lies underneath the enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa, according to a French scientist who has analyzed Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece for more than 10 years.

In The Heart Of The Sea: Fact And Fiction at Discovery
"In the Heart of the Sea," director Ron Howard's new historical drama opening today in theaters, depicts life aboard a 19th century whaling ship. It tells the tragic tale of the Essex, the Nantucket whaling ship that was attacked and sunk by an enraged sperm whale in 1820.

Wreck Full of Ancient Roman 'Ketchup' Found at Discovery
Italian archaeologists have discovered the wreck of a Roman ship laden with thousands of jars containing the ketchup of the ancient Romans — a pungent, fish-based seasoning known as garum.

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