Sunday, February 14, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #66

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.

Bronze Age burial near Stonehenge discovered by badger at BBC
We can all go home now.

Ever since the remains of the last czar, Nicholas II, and most of his family were exhumed 25 years ago from a dirt road in the Urals, investigators, historians and surviving members of the Romanov dynasty have anticipated the day when all the murdered royals would be laid to rest. But it was not to be. The Russian Orthodox Church interceded, questioning — not for the first time — whether any of the remains were authentic, and the service was postponed indefinitely.

Happy President's Day.

Academic unearths the exact location of the start of the Great Fire of London at The Telegraph
Generations have learned that the Great Fire of London sparked into life at Thomas Farriner’s bakery. But the precise origin of the blaze has now been traced to a spot that does not sit within the infamous Pudding Lane, but is in fact located on a nearby street.

UWinnipeg uncovers ancient [Hatshepsut] Egyptian treasure at The University of Winnipeg News Centre
“The glyphs strongly suggest that the objects belonged to Queen Hatshepsut from the 18th dynasty of ancient Egyptian kings,” said UWinnipeg alumnus Luther Sousa. “The writing includes her cartouche, as well as the name of the location of Hatshepsut’s temple.”

A study, published Wednesday in Nature, suggests religiosity may contribute to greater cooperation and collaboration despite geographic separation. “People may trust in, cooperate with and interact fairly within wider social circles, partly because they believe that knowing gods will punish them if they do not,” the study’s authors wrote. Opiate of the masses.

9 Incredibly Cruel Valentine’s Day Cards From Victorian Times at BuzzFeed
According to Stephanie Boydell, curator at the Manchester Metropolitan University Special Collections, people would send anonymous “vinegar Valentines” to someone they hated. It was a way to tell someone something you could never say to their face – like calling them fat or bad at singing. Like a Victorian subtweet.

These Kids Schooled Stacey Dash On The Importance Of Black History Month at BuzzFeed
Dee, come on. Child in the puffy black vest: I need you.

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