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Jul 8th, 2018 by Curious Cdn last post
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Boer War chocolate survives 118 years
A 118-year-old tin of chocolate sent by Queen Victoria to fighting soldiers has been discovered in a cupboard. The tin, made by Hudson Scott and Sons in Carlisle in 1900, is one of a batch sent to troops in the Boer War. Carlisle tin containing... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 7th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Charles I's personal motto found in one of the last books he read before execution
A message of hope written by Charles I while he awaited execution 370 years ago has been found in a poetry book which belonged to his jailer on the Isle of Wight. The Latin phrase 'Dum spiro Spero' ('While I breathe, I hope'), which was the... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 4th, 2018 by Walter last post
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Couple find WWI letters in their bathroom wall
A young couple have found letters telling the tragic story of a young First World War soldier's death hidden inside a wall in their bathroom. While redecorating, Phil Harbone, 28, found the heart-breaking string of letters between 23 year old... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 1st, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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8 weird things that happened in July
Eight weird and interesting things that happened in July... 8 weird things that happened in July through history When did Henry VIII marry Catherine Howard? When was the Rosetta Stone discovered? And when did Neil Armstrong land on the Moon? As the... (by Blackleaf)
Jul 1st, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Westminster Abbey secrets revealed by artefacts preserved in dust for centuries
Once an object falls through cracks between the floorboards, it is commonly accepted that it has, then, slipped away forever. Unsettling this adage, archaeologists have found a treasure trove of lost artefacts preserved in the dust beneath the floor in... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 30th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Search begins for long lost Bronze Age site
An ambitious search has been launched to find a mysterious archaeological site known as the Yelland stone row, 30 years after the Bronze Age monument was lost. A team of experts will be exploring marshes around Devon to find the lost ancient... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 30th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Ancient Roman hand sculpture sheds light on one of Britain's bloodiest battles
Archaeologists have discovered a Roman artefact described as the 'hand of God' near Hadrian's Wall in the north of England. The remarkable object, unearthed by scientists earlier this month, is made of 2.3 kilos of solid bronze and is believed to be... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 25th, 2018 by Hoid last post
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Was Gandhi a capitalist at heart?
"I am for a world calendar, as I am for a world currency for all peoples as well as an auxiliary language such as esperanto ". He seems to have had an appreciation for administrative... (by White_Unifier)
Jun 25th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Ancient Greek, Latin and Christian inscriptions found on Tintagel Castle windowsill
A windowsill inscribed with rare ancient writing has been uncovered at Tintagel Castle in Cornwall - the site where 'King Arthur was conceived'. Experts believe that this could be evidence of a multicultural royal site. The stone, believed to... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 25th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Riders charge through town to mark the 1513 Battle of Flodden
Thousands of people lined the streets of a Scottish town for one of the oldest Borders festivals on Friday. The Selkirk Common Riding event remembers the story of the 1513 Battle of Flodden, the largest battle between England and Scotland. ... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 25th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Construction workers discover Roman or Saxon road in Birmingham
Stunned workers have unearthed an ancient road under a major landmark in Birmimgham city centre, which could date back to Roman or Saxon times. The remains were discovered as they dug up Victoria Square as part of the city's project to expand the... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 23rd, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Remains of three tortured and mutilated men found near Roman well
The 1,500-year-old dismembered remains of three men with amputated legs and smashed skulls have been found at an ancient site in Cambridgeshire. Two of the legless corpses were placed at right angles to one another in an ancient rubbish dump... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 17th, 2018 by Danbones last post
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Earliest full-length portrait of Queen Elizabeth I revealed
She came to be known as the Virgin Queen, the commanding female monarch who defeated an Armada and launched England on its imperial adventures. But in this portrait Queen Elizabeth I appears to be little more than a diminutive and shy young woman. ... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 17th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Family's Waterloo red jacket proves ancestor was hero
Tales of family heroics inevitably become exaggerated and embellished over time. But the descendants of Sir Thomas Noel Harris, a British Brigade-Major in the Battle of Waterloo, can finally rest assured that their ancestor really did play a pivotal... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 16th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Aethelflaed: The warrior queen who broke the glass ceiling
How does a ruler defeat bloodthirsty invaders, secure a kingdom and lay the foundations for England - and then almost get written out of history? Be a woman, that's how. Exactly 1,100 years after her death Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians, is... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 16th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Bedfordshire's first Roman town wall unearthed in Sandy
Archaeologists excavating a former allotment site in a market town have made the "absolutely brilliant" find of a previously-unknown Roman wall. The dig in Sandy, Bedfordshire, has uncovered about 200 items dating from the Iron Age in 500 BC to the... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 13th, 2018 by darkbeaver last post
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The Ape Woman
The Mysterious -and Sad- Case of Julia Pastrana, the ”Ape-Woman” This could be the best documented and most infamous historical case of a Sasquatch hybrid, who was sadly sold as a slave in Mexico, exhibited in circus and freak shows around the... (by Cliffy)
Jun 10th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Welsh Tudor chronicle recognised as national treasure
A Welsh chronicle dating from the reign of King Henry VIII has been added to a prestigious list of texts granted national heritage status. The books by 16th Century Flintshire soldier Elis Gruffudd are among six new pieces to be placed on the Unesco UK... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 10th, 2018 by Curious Cdn last post
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Gloucester funeral procession honours Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians
A mock funeral procession has taken place in Gloucester to to mark the 1,100th anniversary of the death of Aethelflaed, Lady of the Mercians. She led armies against the Vikings and the Welsh and is believed to have been buried at St Oswald's Priory in... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 10th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Stars and gripes: When US President Ulysses S Grant came to Scotland
There has been much speculation about whether Donald Trump will come to Scotland during a trip to the UK next month. If he does, the visit will come 140 years after Ulysses S Grant was the first American president to tour Scotland... Stars and... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 9th, 2018 by darkbeaver last post
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The Domestication of Humans
7 Signs That Humans Are Domestic Animals Tens of thousands of years ago, humans were wild animals. Our ancestors roamed the land in search of food by day, and huddled together for safety by night. But then something changed. We domesticated ... (by Cliffy)
Jun 9th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Skeleton of Anglo-Saxon man who had his throat slit is found
Remains of a man thought to be the victim of an execution killing 1,000 years ago have been found during excavation work for a wind farm. Archaeologists found the adult man, aged between 25 and 35, with fatal cut marks to his neck during a dig in... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 7th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Shipwreck's latest artefacts revealed
More artefacts from a warship that was wrecked in the Solent in 1758 have been brought to the surface. HMS Invincible - built by the French in 1744 and captured by the British in 1747 - is believed to be one of the most significant warships ever ... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 6th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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What self-help looked like in the 17th Century!
A fascinating self-help handbook which reveals how women were expected to behave in the 17th century has sold at auction for 1,700. The rare 1673 first edition of The Gentlewoman's Companion by Hannah Woolley gave the fairer sex advice on how to... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 6th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Did Elizabeth I really have black teeth?
University College London professors argue a poem by Sir Walter Raleigh is to blame for the perception of Elizabeth I as being 'grotesque' when she was older... Did Elizabeth I really have black teeth? Sir Walter Raleigh's pen portrait of haggard... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 4th, 2018 by Bar Sinister last post
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The Great Britons that time forgot
Some of the most outstanding contributions to modern Britain have been made by people history has forgotten. People often say history is written by those who are victorious, but a new list suggests this wasn't always the case. Several of the... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 3rd, 2018 by Curious Cdn last post
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8 historical events that happened in June
Eight famous events that happened in June... 8 historical events that happened in June From the death of Alexander the Great to Hitler's arrival in Paris, Dominic Sandbrook highlights notable events from history that took place in June BBC... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 3rd, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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First colour-printed book returns home to St Albans
A book thought to be the first to be printed in colour in the UK is returning to the city where it was produced for a new exhibition. The Boke of St Albans: Hawking, Hunting and Heraldry was printed by the "schoolmaster printer" at the St Albans... (by Blackleaf)
Jun 3rd, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Pompeii victim was crushed by boulder trying to flee eruption: Archaeologists
Pompeii victim was crushed by boulder trying to flee eruption: Archaeologists Associated Press More from Associated Press Published: May 30, 2018 Updated: May 30, 2018 1:14 PM EDT The legs of a skeleton emerge from the ground beneath a large rock... (by spaminator)
Jun 2nd, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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The 18th Century adverts appealing for the return of runaway slaves
The harrowing tales of black slaves who were whipped and branded in 18th Century Britain have been unveiled for the first time - from newspaper adverts. They are revealed in a new digital database of runaways that escaped from cruel merchants who... (by Blackleaf)
May 29th, 2018 by darkbeaver last post
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7 world-changing inventions people thought were dumb fads
The constant refusal of some CC members to accept technological change got me to wondering about how many other society changing inventions were condemned at the time of their inception. Well, it turns out that there are quite a few. Here are seven of... (by Bar Sinister)
May 28th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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The doomed marriage of the ginger haired Duke of Sussex and his older bride
A ginger prince who became the Duke of Sussex married his older bride, leading to a web of love, lies, deceit and royal disgrace which will last 40 years. No, not the marriage of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle, but the marriage of the only other royal... (by Blackleaf)
May 27th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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When royals marry ‘commoners’: a brief history
Meghan markle isnt the first commoner to marry into the royal family. Here, historian Helen Carr considers other instances in history when royals have married outside of blue blood When royals marry commoners: a brief history Helen Carr BBC... (by Blackleaf)
May 26th, 2018 by Curious Cdn last post
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'Southwark sarcophagus' to go on display
A rare Roman sarcophagus unearthed in London is going on display for the first time this week. The stone sarcophagus is only the third of its kind to be found in the capital in two decades and will be displayed at a museum alongside the ... (by Blackleaf)
May 26th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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7 things you (probably) didn’t know about Samuel Pepys
Deborah Swift, author of a new novel Pleasing Mr Pepys, reveals seven things you might not know about the renowned diarist 7 things you (probably) didnt know about Samuel Pepys The diary of Samuel Pepys (16331703)... (by Blackleaf)
May 24th, 2018 by Cliffy last post
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The Sinixt - still fighting extinction
Trailer for a documentary film "Bring Home the Bones", originally titled "The Bone Game", a glimpse into the story of the Sinixt Nation and our peoples determination to continue our cultural and spiritual laws and practices as appointed down to us by... (by Cliffy)
May 23rd, 2018 by bill barilko last post
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300-year-old 'holy grail of shipwrecks' found with aid of robot
300-year-old 'holy grail of shipwrecks' found with aid of robot Associated Press More from Associated Press Published: May 22, 2018 Updated: May 22, 2018 9:01 AM EDT This November 2015 photo released Monday, May 21, 2018, by the Woods Hole... (by spaminator)
May 20th, 2018 by DaSleeper last post
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America with few percentage black citizen
I suffer from a former willings of America presidents or before there were America presidents of Negro Colonies among the worst in America where the crime cases are great against white people, since no one had been exposed to Negroes in America if there... (by Yo0)
May 20th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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The 8 most famous royal weddings in British history
Eight of the most famous royal weddings in British history... The 8 most famous royal weddings in British history BBC History Magazine Carolyn Harris Ahead of the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle on... (by Blackleaf)
May 20th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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How the BBC told the world Hitler was dead
BBC Monitoring was set up on the eve of World War Two. Its main aim was to listen to, translate and inform the British Government about radio broadcasts from Germany and its allies, as well as from other countries... Death of Hitler: How the... (by Blackleaf)
May 20th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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Stepping back in time with the Tudors of Kentwell Hall
Kentwell Hall is a Tudor mansion with an exterior largely unchanged since 1550. Today it makes the perfect venue to experience the sights, sounds and smells of the 16th Century by recreating the Tudor period... Stepping back in time with the... (by Blackleaf)
May 19th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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4,000-year-old clay urn containing human remains discovered in Cornwall
A 4,000-year-old intact clay urn containing a human cremation has been discovered in a Cornish field in a find described as 'nothing short of a miracle'. The set of burnt human remains was discovered near Looe in south east Cornwall and would... (by Blackleaf)
May 18th, 2018 by taxslave last post
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Street of balconies in Pompeii found
Street of balconies in Pompeii found Associated Press More from Associated Press Published: May 17, 2018 Updated: May 17, 2018 5:15 PM EDT A detail of a fresco that was found during excavation works in the archaeological site of Pompeii, Thursday,... (by spaminator)
May 18th, 2018 by Blackleaf last post
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The Left-wing art historian who doesn't know her history
The National Portrait Gallery, off Trafalgar Square, is Britain's home for pictures of our greatest heroes, right? Wrong - if you're Alice Procter, who leads her Uncomfortable Art Tours around London's museums. ... What a funny old age we live... (by Blackleaf)
May 15th, 2018 by Bar Sinister last post
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Scientists find ancient Mexican civilisation sacrificed children
Scientists find ancient Mexican civilisation sacrificed children 17th April 2007 The grisly find of the buried bones of 24 pre-Hispanic Mexican children may be the first evidence that the ancient... (by Blackleaf)