Saturday, June 25, 2016

HTHS Weekly: History from the Interweb #74

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 a nationwide referendum held yesterday, a majority of British citizens voted for the United Kingdom to leave the European Union. Though undoubtedly a historic decision, Brexit is also only the latest development in the conflicted relationship between the UK and the EU that has played out over the past 50 years.

Women are allowed to take part in jousting at English Heritage events for the first time this year, as they abandon strict historical accuracy for gender equality.

To hear Democrats tell it, the “historic” sit-in in the House last week was a noble effort to bar terrorists from buying guns, on par with the suffragette movement, the heroic defiance of the civil rights movement, and the valiant efforts of Father Lankester Merrin to save the soul of Regan MacNeil in The Exorcist, all rolled into one.

Harvard Professor Concedes “Gospel of Jesus’s Wife” Likely Fake at History
A Harvard professor garnered worldwide headlines in 2012 when she revealed the existence of a tiny papyrus scrap that suggested Jesus had been married. New evidence unearthed by the Atlantic magazine about the provenance of the papyrus has led the professor to reverse course and admit that it is likely a modern forgery.

US officials say the Pentagon will lift its ban on openly transgender service personnel next month. Defence Secretary Ash Carter has called the regulation outdated and harmful to the military. Can we next work on abolishing the short crew cut required by military men but not women? because I am personally effected by that.

Remains of Ancient Greek Naval Base Discovered Near Athens at History
As part of a recent excavation of Piraeus Harbor, a team of archaeologists discovered the remains of an ancient naval base estimated to date to between 520 and 480 B.C., the year the Battle of Salamis took place. With six sheds, each designed to hold hundreds of vessels, the complex would have been one of the largest structures in the ancient world.

Discovery of Roman coins in Devon redraws map of empire at The Guardian
The discovery of a few muddy coins in a Devon paddock by a pair of amateur metal detector enthusiasts has led to the redrawing of the boundary of the Roman empire in south-west Britain.

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