Sunday, April 3, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #70

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 new archaeological find offers tantalizing evidence of a Viking presence 300 miles from L’Anse aux Meadows, the only place in the New World that has been verified.

Shakespeare's skull 'probably stolen' from Stratford grave at BBC
The discovery gives credence to a news report in 1879, later dismissed as fiction, that trophy hunters took the skull from his shallow grave in 1794.

London mayor says UK should compensate for ‘ineffective’ response to Syria crisis by restoring ancient city destroyed by Isis.

“Driving While Black” Has Been Around As Long As Cars Have Existed at Smithsonian
For African-American travelers in the Jim Crow-era South—often journeying from the north to visit relatives who had not joined the Great Migration—an unprepossessing paper-bound travel guide often amounted to a survival kit. The Green Book often functioned as a lifesaver. Documentarian Ric Burns talks about his forthcoming film about the “Green Book” and other travel guides for African-Americans.

Never-before-seen Shakespeare play discovered in travelling case at History Extra
A discovery that researchers say could redefine the scope of Shakespeare scholarship, the 206-page play was discovered in January but has until now been kept under wraps while a specially commissioned team of historians and literary scholars at The British Institute of Shakespeare Studies conducted rigorous examinations to certify its veracity.

3,400-Year-Old Necropolis Found in Egypt at Discovery
“So far we have documented over 40 tombs, including a small shrine on the banks of the Nile,” Lund University archaeologist Maria Nilsson, director of the Gebel el Silsila Survey Project, told Discovery News.

The attempted abduction of Princess Anne at History Extra
The events of 20 March 1974 remain the closest anyone has got, in modern times, to abducting one of the British royal family.

Armchair archaeologists can explore Richard III's grave in online model at The Guardian
At last, an archaeological dig you can explore from your sofa: Leicester university have launched an interactive digital reconstruction of the hastily-dug grave and the distorted skeleton of one of England’s most vilified monarchs.

Secret Rooms in King Tut Tomb? Radar Uncertain at Discovery
More analysis is needed to determine whether the tomb of King Tutankhamun conceals two secret rooms, Egypt’s antiquities minister said Friday at a press conference in the Valley of the Kings.

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