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Massive illegal dumpsite found in Roman catacomb

Roman police have discovered tons of refuse, everything from household trash to industrial waste, illegally dumped in the 2nd and 3rd century A.D. catacombs of Tor Fiscale, an archaeological park in east Rome. Situated on the Via Latina near the junction with the ancient Appian Way, the Tor Fiscale park is part of the vast [...]

Colonial Williamsburg Punts on Super Bowl Ad

After intense criticism Colonial Williamsburg has removed its Super Bowl ad from its website as well as its social media pages.  [You can still see it here.] A number of criticisms were leveled including its cost, but the one that has been voiced the most concerns the use of footage […]

“Such a charge made upon such authority is monstrous”

Yesterday I quoted a passage from Frank Moore’s 1859-1860 compendium The Diary of the American Revolution which stated, among many other things, that Martha Washington had “a mottled tom-cat (which she calls in a complimentary way ‘Hamilton’).”In 1879, George Shea published The Life and Epoch of Alexander Hamilton: A Historical Study. Show More Summary

Earliest evidence of fermentation found in Sweden

Archaeologists excavating a 9,200 year-old settlement on the banks of the long-defunct Lake Vesan near the Baltic Sea coast in Sölvesborg, southern Sweden, have discovered evidence of a massive fish fermentation operation. They found pine bark and an incredibly dense concentration of fish bones, about 30,000 of them per square meter. Underneath the fish bone [...]

Exercise Advice for Flappers, in Gorgeous 1920s Prints

In this beautiful little book titled La Culture Physique de la Femme Elegante, published in France in the 1920s, twelve plates offer exercises that a woman could do at home in order to stay fit. The book illustrates the kinds of fitness...Show More Summary

A Tomcat Named Hamilton?

Given certain events in New York, particularly along its main thoroughfare, this factoid has been getting a lot of use:Martha Washington named a tomcat after Alexander Hamilton. Back in 2008, this Hamilton fan complained that the story...Show More Summary

Rare complete first edition 17th c. sex manual for sale

Aristotle’s Masterpiece, not a masterpiece nor by Aristotle, was a manual of advice on sex, childbirth and infant care first published in 1684. Its anonymous author took the name of the famous ancient Greek philosopher to give his material an air of intellectual and scientific authority. Aristotle’s Problems, a book about health and sex in [...]

The Battle of Morton’s Ford, February 6, 1864

Yesterday was the 152nd anniversary of the Battle of Morton’s Ford, fought on February 6, 1864. I had wanted to get something posted yesterday, but I was presenting at a symposium and then had a 7.5 hour drive today to get home. So, unfortunately, this is a day late. Show More Summary

Matthias Buchinger’s Micrography at the Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York is featuring a small exhibit about a small eighteenth-century celebrity, Matthias Buchinger (1674-1739). Buchinger was from the German margraviate of Brandenburg-Ansbach. He was only twenty-nine inches tall. Show More Summary

“Buy Confederate Flags From a Black Guy”

I posted this on the Civil War Memory Facebook page a few months ago, but it just came across my feed again so I thought I would share it here. It’s quite clever. Enjoy. And yes, there really is a website. [Uploaded to YouTube on August 31, 2015.]

No mammoth at the 1951 Explorers Club dinner

Founded in 1904 by a group of explorers, naturalists and journalists including Adolphus Greely and Frank Chapman, The Explorers Club held annual black tie banquets in New York where members supped on exotic foods while speakers regaled them with tales of that year’s adventures. The 47th Explorers Club Annual Dinner (ECAD) held on January 13th, [...]

Judith Sargent Murray’s “Love Notes” in Salem, Feb. 6

Tonight the Bridge at 211 Bridge Street in Salem is presenting an evening of words and music recalling a love story from the early years of the U.S. of A.“Love Notes” features the letters from Judith Sargent Murray to the Rev. John Murray, her friend for fourteen years and then her husband for twenty-seven, set to music on the organ and harp. Show More Summary

Researchers to seek DNA in USS Houston trumpet

The USS Houston, a heavy cruiser that was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favorite ship, was the flagship of the U.S. Navy’s Asiatic Fleet not once but twice. FDR visited it no fewer than four times, logging thousands of miles of travel on board. It was even retrofitted with special elevators and handrails for the President’s [...]

CFP: «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World (Graduate conference)

PROLEPSIS First International Postgraduate Conference «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World University of Bari (Italy), 27th – 28th October 2016. Confirmed keynote speaker: Stephen J. Show More Summary

Joanna Cleveland’s “Leap in the Dark”

Over the past two days I quoted dueling advertisements from issues of the New-London Gazette in January 1766, documenting the failed marriage of Robert and Joanna Hebbard.I learned about those notices from the Twitter feed of Carl Robert Keyes and his Adverts 250 Project. Show More Summary

The Problems African Countries faced at...

When African states gained their independence from Europe's colonial empires, they faced numerous challenges starting with their lack of infrastructure

Confederate Heritage Groups Reveal True Meaning of Their Flag

I’ve said it before, but it bears repeating that Confederate heritage groups like the Sons of Confederate Veterans are their own worst enemies when it comes to promoting their preferred interpretation of the battle flag. News that three such organizations intend to erect a 50-foot flagpole off of I-85 and […]

UK wants to keep Lawrence of Arabia’s robes and dagger

A magnificent presentation dagger and set of silk robes that belonged to T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, have been placed under a temporary export bar by UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. The silver-gilt dagger was a gift from Sherif Nasir, cousin of Emir Faisal, given to T.E. Lawrence in 1917 after the [...]

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