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How the Man Who Brought the Cherry Blossoms to Washington Narrowly Avoided a Diplomatic Crisis

The story behind the trees is far more fraught and dramatic than bright blooms on a sunny day. And they came close to not arriving at all

A vivid description of mounted cavalry combat

Dr. John Wyeth, who documented the exploits of Nathan Bedford Forrest’s cavalry in the latter portion of the Civil War, started out as a private in the 4th Alabama Cavalry of Maj. Gen. Joseph Wheeler’s corps. Wyeth was present at the June 27, 1863 Battle of Shelbyville, Tennessee, during the Tullahoma Campaign. Show More Summary

Review: Vindolanda by Adrian Goldsworthy

A historical resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2018Having recently delved into Adrian Goldsworthy's "Pax Romana" which I found eminently readable and stuffed with fascinating facts and insight into the Roman world, I was excited toShow More Summary

first evidence of live-traded dogs for Maya ceremonies

Ashley Sharpe, an archaeologist at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, and colleagues combined clues from carbon, nitrogen, oxygen and strontium isotope analysis discovering the earliest evidence that the Maya raised...Show More Summary

A New Memorial Remembers the Thousands of African-Americans Who Were Lynched

Next month's opening of the monument in Alabama will be a necessary step in reckoning with America's deadly past

Dogs May Soon Be on the Front Lines in the Fight Against Artifact Smuggling

A project with the University of Pennsylvania is seeking a new tool in an important battle

A Book “Taken in ye Field of Battle”

Last month the blog of the Clements Library in Ann Arbor, Michigan, noted an unusual way of identifying books in its collection: as “battle estrays,” or books known to have been picked up in battle. No other library is known to use this term.One example shown is the third volume of Jonathan Swift’s Miscellanies as published in London in 1742. Show More Summary

Women Who Shaped History

Collecting the stories of women who forever changed the course of the American story

Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishan: a Qing materpiece rediscovered

A masterpiece of Qing dynasty painting and poetry has been rediscovered after having spent decades in the penumbra of the antiquities market. It is a handscroll called the Ten Auspicious Landscapes of Taishan painted by Qian Weicheng (1720-1772), a most favored official, poet and court painter of the Qianlong Emperor (r. 1736-1795). The scroll is […]

The Way People Experience Emotion Evolves Over Time. Recognizing That Fact Has Changed Our Understanding of the Past

It's not just that how we feel about faith has changed. The very definitions of love, fear, hate, pity—the whole lot—have changed over time

New Orleans Mayor on Fixing the Story of Race in America: ‘If It Was Taught One Way, It Can Be Unlearned’

"I wanted to, at least from a Southerner’s perspective, speak very clearly about the verdict that history has now rendered"

There’s a Serious Story Behind Mexico’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebrations

Though it's a holiday about Ireland that's famously celebrated in the U.S., Mexico takes St. Pat seriously

Only One Man Was Found Guilty for His Role in the My Lai Massacre. This Is What It Was Like to Cover His Trial

Peter Ross Range reported on the trial of the only man convicted for his role in the infamous Vietnam War massacre. Here's what it was like

Meet the Female Inventor Behind Mass-Market Paper Bags

A self-taught engineer, Margaret Knight bagged a valuable patent, at a time when few women held intellectual property

Antioch mosaics rediscovered at Florida museum

The Museum of Fine Art in St. Petersburg, Florida, has rediscovered two ancient mosaics from Antioch that for reasons unknown were buried under the east lawn behind the sculpture garden. On March 7th, they were excavated and, along with three other Antioch mosaics in the museum’s collection, will be conserved in full view of the […]

Objects stolen from Canterbury Archaeological Trust recovered

Great news to report on this day of lucky shamrocks: most of the estimated 2,000 artifacts stolen during a destructive break-in at the Canterbury Archaeological Trust’s Kingsmead stores have been recovered. Kent Police received a tip that the loot had been dumped in a derelict house on Military Road. Officers from the Canterbury Community Policing […]

Remains of huge Iron Age feast found in Scotland

An archaeological excavation on a cliff overlooking Windwick Bay in South Ronaldsay, Orkney, has discovered the remains of an Iron Age feast of gut-busting dimensions and the party favors were top-notch. The site, known as The Cairns, contains the remains of an Iron Age broch, a circular multi-story tower with thick stone walls forming a […]

Review: Atlas of Empires by Peter Davidson

A historical resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2018In the opening pages of this reference work, Peter Davidson tells us about his friend who defined an empire as "murder, incest, and the wearing of expensive jewelry!""There is the image...Show More Summary

Moldy beer and pungent salt beef: a 17th c. sailor’s diet

Preserving stores of food and drink on a ship during the long and treacherous ocean voyages of the 16th and 17th century was such a challenge that we still think of scurvy, rotten meat and brandy rations in place of water when we think of the sailor’s life before refrigeration. Actual scientific data on how […]

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