Friday, October 21, 2016

History from the Interweb #76

Dropping the "Weekly" bit I've used in the past from this newsletter because let's face it, it's totally not.

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.

Austria plans to convert and possibly tear down the house Hitler was born in to prevent it becoming a pilgrimage site for neo-Nazis, the Interior Ministry said on Monday.

Egypt's Antiquities Ministry has slammed an "inaccurate and hasty" French archaeological report on new cavities discovered inside the Great Pyramid of Khufu at Giza.

In a Groundbreaking Exhibit at Mount Vernon, Slaves Speak and History Listens at Smithsonian

Greek craft workers may have helped inspire the most famous Chinese sculptures ever made – the 8,000 warriors of the Terracotta Army who have been watching over the tomb of the first emperor of China for more than 2,000 years.

5 Under-The-Radar Female Authors from Antiquity at Book Riot
Throughout history, it’s simply been a lot harder for women to gain the time, space, recognition, and education necessary to write something with a chance of surviving centuries. Even today, the women who managed to beat those odds still tend to slide under the radar.

Wreck of German U-boat found off coast of Stranraer at BBC
The wreck of a WWI German U-boat that sank almost 100 years ago has been discovered by engineers laying subsea power cables off Scotland's coast. This story is blowing up because naval folklore suggests the entire crew of the U-boat is reported to have abandoned ship due to the "monster attack". Scotland has a penchant for water monsters.

When Nate Parker, the African-American writer, director and star of this year’s slave-rebellion biopic The Birth of a Nation, opted to use that title, he did so to reclaim it. One-hundred-and-one years before this film’s much-ballyhooed premiere at Sundance, where Fox Searchlight paid a record $17.5m to release it, and now its plummeting box office performance in America – stunted by the controversy of rape allegations resurfacing against Parker – there was another Birth of a Nation.

Archaeology in education is taking a back seat in Britain. And people are pissed.

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