Saturday, February 20, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #67

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.

In Photos: Black History Month at the White House at WhiteHouse.gov
Throughout February, the White House is hosting events to celebrate African Americans, past and present, who have shaped and strengthened the nation. Check out some of the highlights so far.

Archaeologists may have unearthed the remains of a woman whose execution had a lasting impact on the writer Thomas Hardy, inspiring the fate of one of his most beloved creations – Tess of the d’Urbervilles.



Harper Lee: US author of To Kill a Mockingbird dies aged 89 at BBC

Shakespeare’s jokes undone by comedy of errors at The Times
William Shakespeare may have fancied himself as a playwright of infinite jest, but dozens of his jokes are falling flat because of changes in English pronunciation over the past 400 years. A study of Shakespeare’s canon by a linguistic scholar shows that modern audiences will experience several jarring moments in each of his plays because puns no longer work.



Diplomats say Poland's key part in the deciphering the German system of codes in WWII has largely been overlooked.



Perfectly preserved bronze age wheel unearthed in Cambridgeshire at The Guardian
The largest and most perfectly preserved bronze age wheel ever discovered in the UK, made of oak planks almost 3,000 years ago, has emerged from a site in Cambridgeshire dubbed a Fenland Pompeii.

How the Gold Rush Led to Real Riches in Bird Poop at Smithsonian
“The Chincha islands, birds have been [pooping] on these islands for millennia. It was two hundred feet deep in some places.”

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