Category Archives: History

Archaeologists just made the “find of a lifetime” buried beneath Scotland

A bronze sword, a gold-decorated spearhead, well-preserved sheath fittings, and fur skins – all thought to date back to around 3,000 years – are some of the remarkable finds uncovered at a dig currently underway in the UK. Archaeologists on … Continue reading

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Cardiff Castle

Cardiff Castle shrouded in fog, taken by Matthew Hyde from his vantage point of the 14th floor of Capital Tower. Via BBC Wales Cardiff Castle is a medieval castle and Victorian Gothic revival mansion located in the city centre of … Continue reading

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2,200-Year-Old Stunning Mosaics Discovered in Ancient Greek City Of Zeugma

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Top Pre-Raphaelite houses

Dr James Fox presents his must-see Pre-Raphaelite houses to visit this summer; from Morris’ iconic Arts and Crafts house, crammed with murals by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones to an elaborate Victorian manor home to an impressive Pre-Raphaelite collection.

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The 2000-year-old Hallaton Helmet is the only Roman helmet ever found in Britain that still has most of its silver-gilt plating attached. …

The Hallaton Helmet is a decorated iron Roman cavalry parade helmet originally covered in a sheet of silver and decorated in places with gold leaf. The helmet was discovered by 71-year-old Ken Wallace, a retired teacher and amateur archaeologist. He … Continue reading

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Secrets of The Medieval Castle

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Johannes Kepler

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Today is the birthday of German astronomer Johannes Kepler, who was born in Weil der Stadt in the Holy Roman Empire in 1571. He received a Lutheran education at the University of Tübingen and originally planned to be a theologian. … Continue reading

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Earth’s driest desert once had lakes

The driest desert on Earth may once have had lakes and wetlands, scientists report. They have found the remnants of freshwater plants and animals buried in the arid plains of Chile’s Atacama Desert. This watery period dates to between 9,000 … Continue reading

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100 Years of British Prime Ministers

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Below Liverpool’s streets lies a 200-year-old tunnel network that confounds the experts

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Jack Horner


Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post John R. “Jack” Horner (born June 15, 1946) is a non-degree holding American paleontologist who discovered and named Maiasaura, providing the first clear evidence that some dinosaurs cared for their young. He … Continue reading

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‘England’s darling’ and Scotland’s saint

Everyone knows what happened 950 years ago this month, don’t they? William the Conqueror killed Harold and became King of England. Not quite. Harold and the flower of his army died at Hastings on 14 October 1066. But the magnates … Continue reading

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Deskarati is always alert to anniversaries, and I want to share some thoughts on an event that I wish had never happened. On the 21 Oct 1966, during a period of wet weather, a colliery waste heap of black mud … Continue reading

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The Descent of Kukulkán


El Castillo in Chichen Itza served as a temple to Kukulkan. During the spring and fall equinoxes the shadow cast by the angle of the sun and edges of the nine steps of the pyramid combined with the northern stairway and … Continue reading

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Guide to the Châtelperronian

The Châtelperronian period refers to one of five stone tool industries identified within the Upper Paleolithic period of Europe (ca 45,000-20,000 years ago). Once thought the earliest of the five industries, the Châtelperronian is today recognized as roughly coeval with … Continue reading

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DNA confirms cause of 1665 London’s Great Plague

DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London’s Great Plague. The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London’s population.It’s taken a … Continue reading

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Stunning drone footage of Uluru

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The first visitors to America’s National Parks, more than a century ago

1887 Tourists pose on Glacier Point above the Yosemite Valley. IMAGE: LIBRARY OF CONGRESS Though it was inhabited by Native Americans for thousands of years, the area of the Wyoming and Montana territories known as Yellowstone was not mapped in detail until … Continue reading

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Sex in Ancient Rome

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The History of Urbanization, 3700 BC – 2000 AD

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