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Are These the Oldest Modern Human Fossils Ever Found?

A great and surprising discovery has been made in the search for the origin of humankind in the form of the oldest fossil known, much older. The new fossil findings point to that our species Homo sapiens could be significantly older than we knew. The discovery was made in Morocco, where paleoanthropologists have found fossils …

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Bill Wurtz: ‘History of the entire world, i guess’

This is a slightly bizarre, hilarious, but enlightening, history of the whole world. YouTube creator Bill Wurtz manages to capture the history of everything in some highly entertaining 20 minutes. Wurtz explains the entire history of the known universe, beginning at the big bang and ending in the near future.  

What Columbus Discovered – N. Wey-Gomez

The topic is “What Columbus Discovered” for this lecture by Nicolas Wey-Gomez, who is a professor of history at Caltech. Wey-Gomez explores some of the facts and fiction surrounding Columbus’s geographical surveys of the Bahamas and Caribbean Basin. He will show how the navigator’s discoveries revolutionized old ideas about the globe, and how science, faith, …

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A brief history of goths – Dan Adams

The Goths were a Germanic people who were referred to as “barbarians” by the Romans, famous for sacking the city of Rome in A.D. 410, but who were they, really? And what do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with the ancient barbarians? Not much … so why are both known as “goths”? …

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Ancient Horse DNA Shows Scythians Were Adept Domesticators

Nomad Scythian herders roamed vast areas spanning the Central Asian steppes during the Iron Age, approximately from the 9th to the 1st century BCE (Before Common Era). These livestock pastoralists, who lived on wagons covered by tents, left their mark on the history of warfare for their exceptional equestrian skills. They were among the first …

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Beasts in the Night Sky: The Constellation Myths of Greece and Rome

In this lecture, Dr. Patrick Glauthier talk about monsters, Aries the Ram, Taurus the Bull, Cetus the Sea-monster – there are no shortage of mythical animals among the constellations of ancient Greece and Rome. Why do such creatures populate the heavens in the first place? And what did they mean to the societies that first …

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History Buffs: Band of Brothers

Band of Brothers is a 2001 American war drama miniseries based on historian Stephen E. Ambrose’s 1992 non-fiction book of the same name. The executive producers were Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks, who had collaborated on the 1998 World War II film Saving Private Ryan. The episodes first aired in 2001 on HBO. The series …

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Nature: The first Americans: Clues to an ancient migration

An archaeological site in California may have opened up a whole new chapter in the history of humans in the Americas. Researchers claim the site shows evidence of humans interacting with the bones of a mastodon, an ice age relative of elephants and mammoths. New dating suggests the site may be 130,000 years old – …

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Study claims humans reached Americas 100,000 years earlier than thought

An archaeological site in California may have opened up a whole new chapter in the history of humans in the Americas. Researchers claim the site shows evidence of humans interacting with the bones of a mastodon – based on broken rocks and mastodon bones found in California – an ice age relative of elephants and …

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The World of Phrygian Gordion, Royal City of Midas

Speakers: Julian Siggers, Brian C. Rose, Charles Williams and Nicolo Marchetti. International scholars and archaeological excavation directors exploring Phrygian culture found at Gordion and other sites around Turkey come together for a scholarly conference funded by the Office of the Provost University of Pennsylvania Research Council, the Penn Museum. Gordion was the capital city of …

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Pepperdine University: Patricia Tagliaferri Dean’s Lecture – Niall Ferguson

In this first Patricia Tagliaferri Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series, Dr. Niall Ferguson makes a compelling argument that policy failures – both domestic and international–have been founded on a misreading, if not complete ignorance of history.  

KnowledgeHub: Why the Vikings Disappeared

KnowledgeHub investigates why the infamous warriors of the Middle Ages disappeared. Raiding the coasts of Europe, the age of Vikings lasted about 300 years. What caused the end of the Vikings age?  

Viking Ship at Sea 360 Video Tour with Dan Snow

Watch this 360 tour of a Viking ship at sea! The video quality isn’t excellent, but it doesn’t matter when brilliant British historian Dan Snow gives us unprecedented insight into the ancient technology of the Vikings.  

National Geographic: 3,000-Year-Old Donkey Dung: A Clue to King Solomon’s Mines?

Archaeologists made an amazing discovery at an ancient mining camp in Israel: 3,000-year-old donkey dung! Preserved by the arid climate, the dung is solid evidence that the site dates to the 10th century B.C., which, according to the Bible, was the time of King Solomon’s reign. Was this mining camp one of the sources of …

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Penn Museum: Megan Kassabaum | Underwater Panthers and Their Place in the Native American Cosmos

Dr. Megan Kassabaum describes the ‘Underwater Panthers’ of ancient the American mythology in this Pennsylvania Museum lecture, part of the ongoing series ‘Great Beasts of Legend’. Archaeologists generally agree that certain beliefs about the cosmos are broadly shared among indigenous peoples of the Americas. Though the details vary wildly, the world is generally seen as …

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TED-Ed: How Magellan circumnavigated the globe – Ewandro Magalhaes

Ferdinand Magellan (1480 – 1521) was the first to sail from Europe westwards towards South America and find a way to the Pacific Ocean with the goal of finding the Spice Islands in Indonesia. After sailing across the Pacific Ocean, he died in battle on the island of Mactan in the Philippines. Of his fleet, …

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VOX: Why knights fought snails in medieval art

Medieval snails and knights — yep, that’s correct. Medieval illuminated manuscripts featured a lot of bizarre imagery in the margins, one specific pocket of art history might be one of the most intriguing. Academic Lilian Randall wrote a paper about a certain unusual motif: medieval knights fighting snails. VOX explain how snails represented the Lombards, …

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Neil Halloran: The Fallen of World War II

An animated data-driven documentary about war and peace, The Fallen of World War II looks at the human cost of the second World War and sizes up the numbers to other wars in history, including trends in recent conflicts.  

History Buffs: Master and Commander

During the Napoleonic Wars, a brash British captain pushes his ship and crew to their limits in pursuit of a formidable French war vessel around South America. Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World is a 2003 American epic historical drama film written, produced and directed by Peter Weir. The film stars Russell …

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University of California: World Order: Brexit, Populism and Kissinger with Niall Ferguson – Conversations with History

Conversations host Harry Kreisler welcomes historian Niall Ferguson of the Hoover Institution who is the 2016 Underhill Lecturer at Berkeley. After discussing the importance of Anglo-American Studies and the wave of populism sweeping the West, including Brexit and the Trump phenomena, the conversation turns to an in depth look at Ferguson’s recent book, “Kissinger, 1923-1969, …

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