https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/students-discover-hidden-text-medieval-manuscript-180976385/ College Sophomores Discover Hidden Text in Medieval Manuscript "Students at Rochester Institute of Technology used a self-developed UV imaging system to assess a 15th-century religious document" (by Nora McGreevy)
https://www.businessinsider.com/vintage-photos-university-wisconsin-madison-dorms-2016-7 34 vintage photos that show how college dorms have changed since the 1900s "Some things are surprisingly unchanged."
https://www.reddit.com/r/ArtefactPorn/comments/k6gw7r/the_court_at_delhi_on_the_birthday_of_grand/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share r/ArtefactPorn - "The Court at Delhi on the Birthday of Grand Mughal Aurangzeb" by Johann Melchior Dinglinger and workshop (1701-07) - Dresden Baroque gift set made of gold, silver, enamel, 4909 diamonds, 160 rubies and other precious stones [5397×3639] "356 votes and 11 comments so far on Reddit"
https://www.theguardian.com/science/2020/dec/04/definition-of-treasure-trove-to-be-recast-to-protect-uks-rare-artefacts Definition of treasure trove to be recast to protect UK's rare artefacts "Recent finds have not met criteria as they are made from bronze, not precious metals"
https://www.theguardian.com/fashion/2020/dec/03/from-martha-washington-to-melania-trump-250-years-of-first-lady-portraiture From Martha Washington to Melania Trump: 250 years of first lady portraiture "Portraits of presidents’ wives have evolved with the role, and although it remains highly gendered, a new exhibition aims to celebrate their contribution and to ‘rectify the absences of women in US history’" (by Hannah Marriott)
https://www.reddit.com/r/ArtefactPorn/comments/k59gyc/a_celestial_globe_with_clockwork_made_by_gerhard/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share r/ArtefactPorn - A celestial globe with clockwork made by Gerhard Emmoser for the holy roman emperor Rudolf II in 1579. Now on display at the Metropolitan museum [1200x1280] "2,606 votes and 19 comments so far on Reddit"
Celestial globe with clockwork 1579 Gerhard Emmoser This globe once rotated, charting the constellations. A unique object uniting extraordinarily complex mechanical technology with great aesthetic beauty, it belonged to the Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II, who displayed it in his curiosity cabinet. It was valued both for its function as a scientific apparatus and for its rich, elegant casework. Pegasus bears the seemingly weightless globe on his outstretched wings. Astronomy was enabled by knowledge of arithmetic and geometry, then considered "the wings of the human mind." [Elizabeth Cleland, 2017] https://www.metmuseum.org/art/collection/search/193606· Halil
Petrarch's Plague: Love, Death, and Friendship in a Time of Pandemic "The Italian poet and scholar Francesco Petrarch lived through the most deadly pandemic in recorded history, the Black Death of the 14th century, which saw up to 200 million die from plague across Eurasia and North Africa. Through the unique record of letters and other writings Petrarch left us, Paula Findlen explores how he chronicled, commemorated, and mourned his many loved ones who succumbed, and what he might be able to teach us today. " https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/petrarchs-plague
"Plague returned to Florence with a vengeance in the summer of 1363. In this heightened atmosphere of renewed anxiety, Petrarch redoubled his criticisms of astrologers who deluded the living with predictions of when the latest pandemic would end. An anxious populace hung on their every word. “We do not know what is happening in the heavens", he fumed in a letter to Boccaccio in September, “but impudently and rashly they profess to know".15 A pandemic was a business opportunity for astrologers who peddled their words to “parched minds and thirsty ears"."· fax
https://www.reddit.com/r/medieval/comments/k1xoam/jousting_on_water/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share r/medieval - Jousting on water... "62 votes and 6 comments so far on Reddit"
https://www.reddit.com/r/ArtefactPorn/comments/isbpg2/inscribed_brick_from_ešnunna_iraq_with_paw_prints/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share r/ArtefactPorn - Inscribed brick from Ešnunna, Iraq with paw prints, 2000-1900 BCE [2540×1863] "2,120 votes and 29 comments so far on Reddit"
I love that as long as there's been any kind of mortar, there's been some cat that walked across it when you didn't want them to. Sometimes dogs, but ALWAYS cats.· Jennifer D. 6
@jenn2d2: 🐕 🐾😃https://www.reddit.com/r/ArtefactPorn/comments/k1aks2/mudbrick_with_a_dogs_paw_print_from_a_the/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share· Halil
http://www.sci-news.com/archaeology/temple-esna-constellations-09081.html Temple Restoration Reveals Previously Unknown Names of Ancient Egyptian Constellations | Archaeology | Sci-News.com "The restoration of an ancient Egyptian temple in Esna, located about 60 km south of the ancient capital of Luxor in Egypt, has uncovered the original colors of the temple inscriptions and images, and revealed previously unknown names of ancient Egyptian constellations."
Lord of Misrule: Thomas Morton’s American Subversions https://publicdomainreview.org/essay/lord-of-misrule-thomas-mortons-american-subversions
"While generations of historians have claimed that Americans are intellectually the descendants of stern Calvinist Puritans and Pilgrims, Morton (who stood in opposition to both groups) had his own ideas. The utopian Merrymount, it has long been argued, was a society built upon privileging art and poetry over industriousness and labor, and pursued a policy of intercultural harmony rather than white supremacy. The site where it stood — now an industrial area across the road from a Dunkin’ Donuts3 — once bore witness to a strange and beautiful alternative dream of what America could have been."· JustDuckie
"Morton had first arrived in Massachusetts in 1622, only two years after the Mayflower had made its landing, but he returned to England after expressing dissatisfaction with Puritan governance. A year later he returned and helped to establish a colony with his associate Captain Richard Wollaston, a notorious pirate and distinctly un-Puritan figure who named the settlement after himself. Mount Wollaston would come to an end shortly after its founding, when Morton discovered to his horror that the titular leader of the colony was selling its settlers into Virginian slavery. As a result, at some point in 1626, he encouraged an uprising against Wollaston, and upon the captain’s exile Morton became the new leader, renaming the colony variously “Mount Ma-Re” or “Merrymount”, a play on the Latin for sea, the Mother of God, and an emotion not associated with the Puritans — joy. "· JustDuckie
"As Morton recounts, it was decided to mark, on May 1, 1627, this new naming of the colony with a party of “Revels and merriment after the old English custome”. For the occasion Morton set up a gigantic maypole, a “goodly pine tree of eighty feet long… with a pair of buck’s horns nailed on somewhat near unto the top of it, where it stood as a fair sea mark for directions on how to find the way”. Settlers and local Massachusett alike were encouraged to join in the revelry for which there was “brewed a barrell of excellent beare and provided a case of bottles, to be spent, with other good cheare, for all commers of that day.” Such mixing with Native Americans and drunken carousing around a maypole, with its pagan associations, was a direct affront to Morton’s Puritan neighbours. A repeat celebration the following year, after a further twelve months of Merrymount subverting Puritan norms, saw the Plymouth commander Myles Standish (a short man later slurred by Morton as “Captain Shrimp”) march a garrison into the idolatrous settlement, cut down the maypole, and have Morton sent off back to England in fetters."· JustDuckie
https://americanliterature.com/author/nathaniel-hawthorne/short-story/the-maypole-of-merry-mount· fax 1
Soooo....hippie communes have a longer history than I would've guessed.· Kirsten 2
https://www.reddit.com/r/ArtefactPorn/comments/jzwqdt/ethiopian_coptic_manuscripts_and_scrolls_830x605/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share r/ArtefactPorn - Ethiopian Coptic manuscripts and scrolls (830X605) "871 votes and 39 comments so far on Reddit"
Echo_5_Romeo 4h My apologies for not providing details or context last night. I am a veteran of the US Marine Corps. I served from 2000-2008. I deployed overseas three times with my final deployment to Djibouti, Africa. Our company was in charge with the force protection of the base and embassy in Djibouti. (Sounds a lot more high speed than it was, trust me.) During our off times we were occasionally allowed to leave base to visit the city. It was in their market where I discovered these manuscripts. Over the course of about five months I spent over $3,000 on my collection. I don’t know why I spent so much, I just fell in love with the writing, the art and especially the craftsmanship. Unfortunately, they’ve literally been sitting in a box in my closet ever since. I live in Birmingham, Alabama and there isn’t really a place I could give them to. I’ve tried museums, but since I bought these in the market and not through a dealer who could document their pedigree, no museum will touch them. I’m open to suggestions and would gladly answer any questions. https://imgur.com/gallery/L8WAJNT· Halil
Librarians, any suggestions? He's on both Reddit and Imgur, you can message him and tell him what he could do with them.· Halil
Obvious solution is to repatriate them.· Halil
Museum of Artifacts: The breastplate of cuirassier 23 years old Antoine Fraveau, struck and killed by a canonball. June, 1815, serving Napoleon Bonaparte at the Battle of Waterloo "xxxxx" https://museum-of-artifacts.blogspot.com/2018/10/the-breastplate-of-cuirassier-23-years.html
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/jesus-christ-boyhood-home-under-nazareth-convent-israel-archaeologist-says/ Is this house under a convent in Nazareth the boyhood home of Jesus? "I'm working off evidence," Professor Ken Dark told CBS News. "What's there on the ground is very consistent, very convincing."
"You're not going to find an inscription saying this is the house of Jesus," Ken Dark admits, but the professor of archaeology and history at England's Reading University believes there's a strong case to be made for the house he's been studying for 14 years.· Halil
The house in question, or what's left of it, can be found underneath the Sisters of Nazareth convent in central Nazareth, Israel. It's near the famous Church of the Annunciation, the spot where many Christians believe the angel Gabriel informed Mary that she would have a child.· Halil
The building has been dated to the first century AD and, according to Professor Dark, it appears to be "a typical family home of its time and place."· Halil
"There was nothing unusual about it. It's not pitifully poor, but there's no sign of any great wealth either. It's very ordinary," he told CBS News. "If this is the childhood environment of Jesus, there's no reason to believe he grew up in anything other than a very typical Galilean rural home of its time."· Halil
The site was originally discovered in the 1880s, and over the following 50 years was excavated by the nuns of the convent themselves. The project was initiated and directed by the superior of the convent, Mère Giraud, and is one of the first examples of an archaeological project directed by a woman. Her excavations predated, by around a century, the women commonly considered female pioneers in the field of archaeology today.· Halil 1
Battle, with Victory, Jupiter sleeping https://manuscripts.kb.nl/search/simple/BYVANCKB:mimi_mmw_10a11:201r_min
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54695598 Qian Xuesen: The man the US deported - who then helped China into space "A Chinese rocket scientist helped two superpowers reach the moon, but his story is remembered in only one of them."
https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/stories-54623417 Barbara Blake Hannah: The first black female reporter on British TV "In 1968 Barbara Blake Hannah got a reporting job with Thames Television, but some viewers strongly objected."
When British TV got its first black female reporter in 1968 some viewers strongly objected and she was sacked in less than a year. Now, half a century later, a British Journalism Award has been named in her honour. Looking back, how does Barbara Blake Hannah feel about the way the country treated her?· Halil
I grew up watching Moira Stuart reading the news on BBC2, didn't think anything of it, it didn't feel strange to me at all, I just wondered why she was always on off peak on BBC2, although I was a kid and didn't use the term off peak, it was in the afternoon back when BBC2 was a half day channel and the only other channels were BBC1 and ITV, all of which closed by midnight and the beeb had Ceefax when it was off-air.· Halil
A Record of Horseback Riding, Written in Bone and Teeth https://www.nytimes.com/2020/11/13/science/horses-china-archaeology.html
"While neighboring civilizations — such as those in the area now known as Mongolia — had been riding since roughly 1200 B.C., the timing and details of the rise of horsemanship in China have long remained murky, said William Taylor, an archaeologist at the University of Colorado Museum of Natural History in Boulder. But the new study to which he contributed, published last month in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that mounted equestrianism in China goes back as far as 350 B.C. That is consistent with the belief that horseback riding enhanced Chinese military might and contributed to the formation of the first unified empire during the Qin dynasty in the 3rd century B.C., and also helped catalyze the Silk Road trading route through China."· JustDuckie
"Of the roughly 240 vertebrae the team studied, over 60 percent exhibited abnormalities like excessive bone growth, fusion and fractures. These pathologies were most common in the lumbar and thoracic vertebrae making up the lower back. That’s telling, said Katherine Kanne, an archaeologist at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill. who was not involved in the research. A horse’s lower back bears most of the stress from being ridden, she said."· JustDuckie
"The scientists then analyzed the horses’ teeth. Dr. Taylor and his colleagues found that of the six horses with intact teeth, all showed signs of abrasion on their lower second premolars, consistent with traumatic contact between a bit and the horse’s teeth, Dr. Taylor said. A rider tugging sharply on the reins would pull the bit backward in the horse’s mouth, he said. “It can be yanked backward so far that it smacks into the teeth.”"· JustDuckie
"Tracing the emergence of horseback riding is the first step to better understanding how this practice catalyzed crucial changes across China, Dr. Taylor said. “We don’t know how horses went from being an animal that was primarily pulling chariots to one that was engaging in sophisticated cavalry combat,” he said. “Here are some clues to that story.”"· JustDuckie
https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-dorset-54784018 Alan Turing: Stolen items to be returned to UK from US after decades "A collection of items belonging to the Bletchley Park code-breaker were stolen from Dorset in 1984."
The mathematician's miniature OBE medal is among 17 items that were taken from Dorset's Sherborne School by Julia Turing, who is no relation, in 1984.· Halil
They were found at her home in Colorado in the US in 2018. A US civil court case launched against her has been settled out of court and the items are due to be returned.· Halil
Conspiracy: 8 Far-Fetched Theories That Turned Out To Be True https://historycollection.com/conspiracy-8-far-fetched-theories-turned-true/7/
CIA HEART ATTACK GUN· Halil
Mary Embree, who began her career in the CIA as a secretary in the Audio-Surveillance Divison before being promoted to the Technical Services department, says she was asked to research a poison that would induce a heart attack in its victim but would be undetectable in a post-mortem. Embree’s research led to the development of a top-secret weapon known as the “heart-attack gun.” It involved the freezing of shellfish toxin mixed with water to form a frozen dart which would then be fired from the heart-attack gun. Once inside the body, the poison would then dissolve into the person’s bloodstream and cause a heart attack. In 1975 CIA Director William Colby presented the weapon at a Church Committee hearing, chaired by Senator Frank Church. The heart attack gun was a handgun with a sight affixed to the top, had a battery in the handle, and used electricity to fire a dart. Colby told the committee that the weapon was capable of firing a dart which could enter the body “without perception.” The only way of knowing that the person had been shot by the weapon, was the presence of a tiny red dot at the point of entry. Colby also claimed that the poison would not show up in the autopsy. The official cause of death would, therefore, be deemed a heart attack. The weapon was developed in order to allow the CIA to commit assassinations that could never be traced back to them.· Halil
https://news.sky.com/story/100-ancient-coffins-some-containing-mummies-discovered-in-egyptian-necropolis-12132478 100 ancient coffins some containing mummies discovered in Egyptian necropolis "The ancient remains will feature in at least three Cairo museums."
Let There Be Light 1946 Documentaries Commissioned, then suppressed, by the U.S. government, this 1946 film follows veterans treated for trauma. Learn more in the series "Five Came Back." https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/80119187
Pioneers: First Women Filmmakers* 1912 This collection restores films from women who tackled hot-button issues, transcended norms, and left a mark on the history of cinema and the industry. https://www.netflix.com/gb/title/81030762
https://www.caltech.edu/about/news/hundreds-copies-newtons-emprincipiaem-found-new-census Hundreds of Copies of Newton's Principia Found in New Census "A systematic search for copies of the first edition of Newton's Principia (1687) unearthed copies in at least 27 countries, yielding new insights about how people engaged with the famous book."
In a story of lost and stolen books and scrupulous detective work across continents, a Caltech historian and his former student have unearthed previously uncounted copies of Isaac Newton's groundbreaking science book Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica, known more colloquially as the Principia.· Halil
The new census more than doubles the number of known copies of the famous first edition, published in 1687. The last census of this kind, published in 1953, had identified 189 copies, while the new Caltech survey finds 386 copies.· Halil
Up to 200 additional copies, according to the study authors, likely still exist undocumented in public and private collections.· Halil
https://www.reddit.com/r/AccidentalRenaissance/comments/ju7e1c/billie_holiday_performing_strange_fruit_in_nycs/?utm_medium=android_app&utm_source=share r/AccidentalRenaissance - Billie Holiday performing “Strange Fruit” in NYC’s first integrated club, 1939 - Photo by Gjon Mili/Colorized by Jared Anderson "543 votes and 8 comments so far on Reddit"
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