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  • Who Owns the Past? The federal government should fix or drop new regulations that throttle scient...

    04/17/2012 6:51:06 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 6 replies
    Scientific American ^ | March 27, 2012 | The Editors
    The original intention of the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act (NAGPRA), passed in 1990, was to facilitate the return of Native American bones and sacred objects to descendants and culturally affiliated groups. NAGPRA sought to balance the rights of Native Americans to reclaim ancestral remains with the right of society as a whole to learn about our collective past. By and large, the law was succeeding. In recent years scientists and representatives of Native peoples have been working together to everyone's gain. For example, archaeologist Alston Thoms of Texas A&M University has been consulting with Native Americans about...
  • Marco Polo was not a swindler -- he really did go to China

    04/17/2012 6:38:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 22 replies
    AlphaGalileo ^ | Monday, April 16, 2012 | Universitaet Tübingen
    It has been said that Marco Polo did not really go to China; that he merely cobbled together his information about it from journeys to the Black Sea, Constantinople and Persia and from talking to merchants and reading now-lost Persian books. But in Marco Polo was in China: New Evidence from Currencies, Salts and Revenues, (Brill Verlag) Hans Ulrich Vogel, Professor of Chinese Studies at the University of Tübingen, puts paid to such rumors. He begins with a comprehensive review of the arguments for and against, and follows it up with evidence from relevant Chinese, Japanese, Italian, French, German and...
  • Scientists Find Runes on Ancient Comb

    04/16/2012 9:55:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    The Local: Germany's news in English ^ | Friday, April 13, 2012 | unattributed
    Archaeologists have found the oldest engravings of letters ever to be discovered in central Germany, officials from the area announced on Thursday. The ancient letters, called runes, were scratched onto a 12.5 centimetre-long comb by Germanic settlers in the second century, scientists working on the site in Saxony-Anhalt believe. The letters spell out "Kama", meaning comb, the president of the state Heritage and Archaeology Management Office, Sven Ostritz, said on Thursday. It is the oldest ever example of runic writing to be found in that part of the country, he added. Germanic languages used the runic alphabet to write before...
  • Burmese treasure:'We've done some pretty silly things but the silliest was burying the Spitfires'

    04/16/2012 1:58:33 PM PDT · by Theoria · 27 replies
    Canberra Times ^ | 16 April 2012 | Adam Lusher
    EXTRAORDINARY plans to raise a lost ''squadron'' of Spitfires that have lain buried in Burma since the end of World War II were revealed at the weekend as David Cameron, Britain's Prime Minister, visited Rangoon. A Lincolnshire farmer who devoted 15 years of his life to finding the planes has spoken about his quest to recover them and get them airborne. David Cundall, 62, has spent £130,000 ($200,000) of his money, visited Burma 12 times, persuaded its secretive regime to trust him, and all the time sought testimony from a dwindling band of Far East veterans in order to locate...
  • Lost And Found: Rare Paul Revere Print Rediscovered

    04/16/2012 4:32:00 PM PDT · by Theoria · 10 replies
    NPR ^ | 15 April 2012 | NPR
    The 237th anniversary of Paul Revere's famous midnight ride during the Revolutionary War falls on Wednesday. But long before Henry Wadsworth Longfellow made him famous, Revere was known as an engraver and a silversmith in Boston.Brown University announced this week that it had found a rare engraved print by Revere, one of only five in existence. The print was tucked inside an old medical book that had been donated by physician Solomon Drowne, a member of Brown University's class of 1773."It was an engraving, not a terribly large one," Richard Noble, Brown University's rare books cataloguer tells weekends on All...
  • The explorer who made Lewis and Clark look like tourists.

    04/15/2012 7:48:33 PM PDT · by Rebelbase · 64 replies ^ | Old Article | TIMOTHY HARPER
    D avid Thompson was a monumental figure in North American history. A fur trader, an explorer and perhaps the greatest land geographer ever, he led expeditions through incredible hardship and danger to safety. His 77 journals made important contributions to our understanding of culture, history and everyday life in North America before Europeans brought horses, guns, alcohol and disease. And he and his American Indian wife lived one of the great love stories of all time. So why havenÂ’t you heard of 19th-century frontiersman David Thompson? No doubt one reason is that he spent most of his long life in...
  • Last Living Veterans of America's Wars

    03/06/2005 4:35:09 PM PST · by BulletBobCo · 24 replies · 2,935+ views
    Info Please ^ | March 6, 2005
    Last Living Veterans of America's Wars American Revolution (1775–1783) Last veteran, Daniel F. Bakeman, died 4/5/1869, age 109 Last widow, Catherine S. Damon, died 11/11/06, age 92 Last dependent, Phoebe M. Palmeter, died 4/25/11, age 90 War of 1812 (1812–1815) Last veteran, Hiram Cronk, died 5/13/05, age 105 Last widow, Carolina King, died 6/28/36, age unknown Last dependent, Esther A. H. Morgan, died 3/12/46, age 89 Indian Wars (c. 1861–1898) Last veteran, Fredrak Fraske, died 6/18/73, age 101 Mexican War (1846–1848) Last veteran, Owen Thomas Edgar, died 9/3/29, age 98 Last widow, Lena James Theobald, died 6/20/63, age 89 Last...
  • Civil War authority Shelby Foote dead

    06/28/2005 10:45:07 AM PDT · by Moose4 · 165 replies · 6,117+ views
    AP via ^ | 28 June 2005 | Unattributed
    MEMPHIS, Tennessee (AP) -- Novelist and Civil War historian Shelby Foote, whose appearances on a PBS-TV documentary series helped America better understand one of the most defining periods of its past, has died, his family said Tuesday. Foote's widow, Gwen, said her husband, who was 88, died Monday night.
  • U.S. Civil War Took Bigger Toll Than Previously Estimated

    04/03/2012 11:07:36 PM PDT · by U-238 · 125 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 11/21/2012 | Science Daily
    The Civil War -- already considered the deadliest conflict in American history -- in fact took a toll far more severe than previously estimated. That's what a new analysis of census data by Binghamton University historian J. David Hacker reveals. Hacker says the war's dead numbered about 750,000, an estimate that's 20 percent higher than the commonly cited figure of 620,000. His findings will be published in December in the journal Civil War History. "The traditional estimate has become iconic," Hacker says. "It's been quoted for the last hundred years or more. If you go with that total for a...
  • 'Who, What, Why: How many soldiers died in the US Civil War?'

    04/04/2012 6:34:20 AM PDT · by the scotsman · 43 replies
    BBC News ^ | 4th April 2012 | BBC News
    'A study suggests a previously widely accepted death toll of the US Civil War may actually be way under the mark. How many did perish in this conflict, fought before the era of modern record-keeping and DNA identification? The US Civil War was incontrovertibly the bloodiest, most devastating conflict in American history, and it remains unknown - and unknowable - exactly how many men died in Union and Confederate uniform. Now, it appears a long-held estimate of the war's death toll could have undercounted the dead by as many as 130,000. That is 21% of the earlier estimate - and...
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/15/2012 3:20:17 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 57 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 4-14-12 | Jason Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent. He was one of a shortlist of five leaders who topped a public poll and on Saturday was selected as the ultimate winner by an audience of around 70 guests at a special event at the museum, in Chelsea, west London. In second place was Michael Collins, the Irish leader, ahead of Napoleon Bonaparte, Erwin Rommel and Mustafa Kemal Atatürk. At the event, each contender had their case made by a historian giving a 40 minute presentation....
  • Oxford University, Vatican libraries to digitize works

    04/14/2012 5:52:01 AM PDT · by iowamark · 6 replies
    Reuters ^ | 04/11/2012 | Paul Casciato
    The Bodleian Libraries of the University of Oxford and the Biblioteca Apostolica Vaticana (BAV) said on Thursday they intended to digitize 1.5 million pages of ancient texts and make them freely available online. The libraries said the digitized collections will centre on three subject areas: Greek manuscripts, 15th-century printed books and Hebrew manuscripts and early printed books. The areas have been chosen for the strength of the collections in both libraries and their importance for scholarship in their respective fields... The initiative has been made possible by a 2 million pound ($3.17 million) award from the Polonsky Foundation. "The service...
  • George Washington named Britain's greatest ever foe

    04/15/2012 11:48:38 AM PDT · by AnotherUnixGeek · 92 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 14 Apr 2012 | Jasper Copping
    The American was voted the winner in a contest run by the National Army Museum to identify the country's most outstanding military opponent.
  • Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? (Ambassador's London residence)

    04/14/2012 11:25:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 22 replies
    IO9 ^ | April 14, 2012 | Lauren Davis
    Why were 10 dead bodies found in Benjamin Franklin’s basement? In 1998, a group called the Friends of Benjamin Franklin House began renovations on Franklin's London residence, No. 36 Craven Street, and discovered a nasty surprise: 1,200 pieces of bone from 10 bodies, six of which were children. And the bodies were buried in the basement around the time Franklin was living in the house. No, Franklin didn't engage in a murder spree in between penning Poor Richard's Almanack and flying kites in lightning storms. In fact, it's unlikely that the bodies were murder victims at all. The bones were...
  • Judge: Time to unseal Nixon's Watergate testimony

    07/29/2011 12:26:44 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 15 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Friday, July 29, 2011 2:42 PM EDT | NEDRA PICKLER
    WASHINGTON (AP) — Thirty-six years after Richard Nixon testified to a grand jury about the Watergate break-in that drove him from office, a federal judge on Friday ordered the secret transcript made public. But the 297 pages of testimony won't be available immediately, because the government gets time to decide whether to appeal. The Obama administration opposed the transcript's release, chiefly to protect the privacy of people discussed during the ex-president's testimony who are still alive. Nevertheless, U.S. District Judge Royce Lamberth agreed with historians who sued for release of the documents that the historical significance outweighs arguments for secrecy,...
  • Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Four Million-Year-Old Cave

    04/12/2012 5:42:31 PM PDT · by blam · 38 replies
    Global Post ^ | 4-12-2012 | Alexander Besant
    Antibiotic Resistant Bacteria Found In Four Million-Year-Old CaveThe bacteria, found in the isolated Lechuguilla Cave in New Mexico, over 1300 feet below the earth, may hold the secret to understanding drug resistance. Alexander BesantApril 12, 2012 17:19 Researchers said they discovered ancient bacteria resistant to both natural and synthetic antibiotics while investigating a 4-million-year-old cave in New Mexico. The finding, may have implications for both the understanding of drug resistance and ways of preventing it. The scientists involved collected 93 strains of bacteria from Lechuguilla cave, approximately 1300 feet deep, and found that all the strains collected were resistant to...
  • Civil War vet to be laid to rest -- 88 years after death

    04/12/2012 5:33:09 AM PDT · by smokingfrog · 15 replies ^ | 11 April 2012 | Kohr Harlan
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- A Civil War veteran who died years ago will finally be laid to rest this Friday in Portland. He was the youngest of 13 children, and the last one to die. And so, after he passed away, his remains laid unclaimed for 88 years. Alice Knapp's curiosity about her own family tree led her to Peter Knapp's remains. She still remembers taking possession of the box Peter's remains are in. "It was a gold box -- both he and his wife were placed in this gold box," Alice Knapp said. "It had a ribbon around it and...
  • Viking-era 'piggy bank' yields silver treasure

    04/12/2012 6:07:47 PM PDT · by Engraved-on-His-hands · 7 replies
    The Local [Sweden] ^ | April 11, 2012 | David Landes
    A bronze, Viking-era "piggy-bank" containing thousands silver coins dating from the 11th century has been unearthed on the Baltic island of Gotland in what Swedish archaeologists have described as a "fantastic" treasure find. The silver treasure was found last Thursday during an archaeological examination of a field in Rone, on southern Gotland. "We had an expert out there with a metal detector who got a signal that he's found something pretty big," Per Widerström, an archaeologist with the Gotland Museum, told The Local. The same field has yielded previous treasure finds, including a well-known discovery from the 1880s, when a...
  • In defense of Moses-Egyptians may sue Jews over the Exodus.

    08/28/2003 5:42:12 AM PDT · by SJackson · 18 replies · 654+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 8-28-03 | Moshe Kohn
    The dean of Al-Zaqaziq University's School of Law, Dr. Nabil Hilmi, and a group of Egyptian expatriates in Switzerland are preparing to sue "all the Jews of the world and the Jews of Israel in particular" for compensation for the wealth the Bible says the Jews "stole" when Moses led them out of Egypt 34 centuries ago (Jerusalem Post, August 22). Hilmi kindly offered to let us pay in installments over 1,000 years with interest, of course. It seems that where it suits Bible-deniers like Muslims who deny that the Jews have a history whose first stages are described in...
  • Jews sued for 'stealing' gold in Exodus

    08/22/2003 5:35:19 PM PDT · by yhwhsman · 32 replies · 276+ views ^ | August 22, 2003 | Joseph Farah
    LAW OF THE LANDJews sued for 'stealing' gold in Exodus Egyptians to seek compensation for 'tons' allegedly taken Posted: August 22, 2003 5:00 p.m. Eastern © 2003 As attorneys and politicians grapple over the validity of slave reparations, a group of Egyptians have trumped the debate with a claim against Jews that dates back thousands of years. Dr. Nabil Hilmi, a dean at the University of Al-Zaqaziq, said Egyptian expatriates in Switzerland are mounting a massive lawsuit against "all Jews around the world" that seeks compensation for "tons" of gold they claim was stolen during the Jews' exodus out...