Sunday, December 20, 2015

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #59

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 Best History Books of 2015 at Smithsonian
'Tis the season for lists.

Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2015 at Discovery
And more lists.

The Real History That Inspired “Star Wars” at History
I'm not sure if you've heard, but Star Wars: The Force Awakens hit theaters this weekend. I never cared for the adventures of Space Bigfoot wearing a bandoleer or the guerrilla warrior teddy bears, or you know, the flat storyline, but I can't run from this movie.

Explore how history—some of it a long time ago and some much more recent—has been a powerful force in shaping one of Hollywood’s top movie franchises.

Star Wars: why did the film make history? at History Extra
With the release of the seventh installment of the Star Wars saga today, Professor Nicholas John Cull explores the history of the franchise, and explains why in 1977 thousands of people flocked to cinemas to be taken to a galaxy far, far away…

-says the white male journalist. An opinion piece which discredits Oriel College student's desire to remove the statue of Rhodes, a man who made his fortunes in diamonds while helping Britain seize control of southern Africa in the late 19th century.

Recognizing the historical and cultural significance of the recent incidents of police brutality and the public’s unapologetic response to them, museum’s curators and specialists are assigned with the task of documenting the Black Lives Matter movement. They needed to collect artifacts and ephemera of the campaign, which was founded online by three black women in 2012.

Tutankhamun’s gold mask back on display in Egypt after beard restoration at The Guardian
Almost one year after this mess, the mask is back.

In August, a pair of amateur treasure hunters caused a stir with their claim that they had located a Nazi train laden with looted gold, gems and weapons buried in a secret tunnel in southwestern Poland. At a news conference yesterday, however, Polish scientists who investigated the site announced that they could find no evidence of the train’s existence.

Pyramid Secret Chambers Sought Using Cosmic Rays at Discovery
The installation is part of an ambitious project using cosmic particles, to investigate Egypt’s main pyramids. The aim is to detect the presence of unknown internal structures and cavities within the pyramids and learn about the monuments’ construction techniques.

The University of West Florida archaeology program recently identified the archaeological site of the Luna settlement – the first multi-year European settlement in the United States – in a developed neighborhood in Pensacola.

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