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Category: History

TED: Hunting for Peru’s lost civilizations — with satellites

Around the world, hundreds of thousands of lost ancient sites lie buried and hidden from view. Satellite archaeologist Sarah Parcak is determined to find them before looters do. With the 2016 TED Prize, Parcak is building an online citizen-science tool called GlobalXplorer that will train an army of volunteer explorers to find and protect the …

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TED-Ed: Where did Russia come from?

Russia is the biggest country in the world, spanning one-eighth of the earth’s landmass. But where did it all begin? Alex Gendler explores the epic history of the Kievan Rus, where characters ranging from Viking raiders and Western crusaders to Byzantine missionaries and Mongol hordes all played a role to create a unique civilization standing …

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University of Melbourne: The face of an Egyptian woman who died 2,000 years ago

Researchers at The University of Melbourne has reconstructed the face of an Egyptian woman who died 2,000 years ago. Now we can see how she might have looked at a young age. The face has been created with the help of forensics , a 3D scanner , Egyptology , artists and medical research.

WoodrowWilsonCenter: World War One: What Were They Thinking? Lessons From the Catastrophe

Why did a small number of European statesmen take the world into the seminal catastrophe of the Great War? The German Chancellor Otto Bismarck had warned in 1880 that “some damned foolish thing in the Balkans” might lead to a terrible war. The shots at Sarajevo did just that a hundred years ago. What have …

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Science Magazine: Ancient earthquake and flood may have led to China’s earliest empire

One of the largest floods in human history might have started a civilization. It begins with an earthquake 4,000 years ago in what is now China.  

John Neeman Tools: The Birth Of A Weapon. Part I. English longbow making.

This is a documentary movie uncovering making of a traditional English longbow from log to a shooting weapon.  

Museum of London: Great Fire 1666 in Minecraft

To mark the 350th anniversary of the Great Fire of London in 1666, the Museum of London has created Great Fire 1666, an exciting virtual experience using Minecraft. Great Fire 1666 will be made up of three Minecraft maps which will offer a unique and immersive perspective on the Great Fire of London. The first …

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VOX: Ancient Romans had disgusting condiments. Here’s a recipe.

We recently wrote this article on how some ancient roman kids were trying to escape the destruction of Pompeii carrying quite a lot of fish sauce, called ‘garum’. Now VOX have put together this video clip describing the process of making this popular ancient sauce, ‘the roman ketchup’. Garum was an ancient Roman fish sauce …

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Sabrina Huyett: How a Gutenberg printing press works

Demonstration on the only working model of a Gutenberg printing press–Crandall Historical Printing Museum. The printing press was invented in the Holy Roman Empire by the German Johannes Gutenberg around 1440, based on existing screw presses. Gutenberg, a goldsmith by profession, developed a complete printing system, which perfected the printing process through all of its …

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Cambridge University: Must Farm Bronze Age settlement

The exceptional site of Must Farm offers, in exquisite detail, a vivid picture of everyday life in the Bronze Age. Ten months of excavation have yielded Britain’s largest collections of Bronze Age textiles, beads and domestic artefacts. Together with timbers of several roundhouses, the finds provide a stunning snapshot of a community thriving 3,000 years …

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The British Museum : Kakiemon: a history of making Japanese porcelain

2016 marks the 400th anniversary of porcelain production in Japan. It is said to have started in 1616 in Arita, a town on the southern island of Kyushu near Nagasaki. One of the major styles of porcelain from Arita is known as Kakiemon. The Kakiemon style dates back to the 1670s and was made for …

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CIRSD: Launch of Niall Ferguson’s book on Kissinger

The Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development (CIRSD) hosted the launch of the Serbian edition of “Kissinger 1923-1968: The Idealist”, featuring as a keynote guest the book’s author and renowned British historian Niall Ferguson. Center for International Relations and Sustainable Development is a public policy think-tank based in Belgrade and New York.

Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History: Blueprint for Armageddon I-V

The planet hadn’t seen a major war between all the Great Powers since the downfall of Napoleon at Waterloo in 1815. But 99 years later the dam breaks and a Pandora’s Box of violence engulfs the planet. The Great Powers all come out swinging in the first round of the worst war the planet has …

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BBC: Drone reveals Somme battlefields 100 years on

The Battle of the Somme was one of the deadliest of the First World War. 100 years on – see some of the key landmarks, battlefields and memorials from the air.

Kurzgesagt – In a Nutshell: What Happened Before History? Human Origins

Humans. We have been around for a while now. When we think about our past we think about ancient civilizations, the pyramids, stuff like that. But this is only a tiny, tiny part of our history.

Penn Museum: Great Myths and Legends: Warrior Women: Amazons and the Greek Imagination

Dr. Jeremy McInerney, Professor of Classical Studies, University of Pennsylvania This lecture considers the Amazons in Greek legend and art. Who were these warrior women and why did they remain a source of curiosity, wonder and fear in the Greek imagination?

Harvard University: The Genetic History of Ice Age Europe

David Reich describes the three biggest discoveries about European pre-history that were revealed through genome-wide analyses of 51 ice-age-era humans.  

VICE: Holiday in Chernobyl: Tourism in the Exclusion Zone

Thirty years after the worst nuclear accident in history, Chernobyl has become a tourist attraction. Tens of thousands of people are believed to have died prematurely from the catastrophe which spread a radioactive cloud over Europe in 1986, but last year 17,000 people visited the so-called exclusion zone anyway.  

Penn Musem: The Queen of Sheba in History and Legend

Best known from the Bible’s account of her marriage to the wise king Solomon, the Queen of Sheba has attracted the curiosity of Jews, Christians, and Muslims for millennia. The lecture traces tales about her from Israel to Ethiopia, and explores how traditions about her have traveled between different religions and connected different regions.  

History Buffs: Braveheart

Braveheart is a 1995 historical drama epic film directed by and starring Mel Gibson. Gibson portrays William Wallace, a 13th-century Scottish warrior who led the Scots in the First War of Scottish Independence against King Edward I of England. The story is based on Blind Harry’s epic poem The Actes and Deidis of the Illustre …

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