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Dec 30

Rakhigarhi: Indian town could unlock mystery of Indus civilisation

Posted on Wednesday, December 30, 2015 in Links

Indus Valley civilisation

Archaeologists hope DNA from four skeletons will shed light on bronze age settlement as locals see chance to develop more than just site’s ancient heritage

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Dec 7

New discoveries about Stonehenge

Posted on Monday, December 7, 2015 in Links

I found no fewer than four interesting articles about Stonehenge, so I thought I’d share them here here, here and here.

Nov 30

Sunken treasures from ancient Egypt heading to British Museum

Posted on Monday, November 30, 2015 in Links

Blockbuster exhibition to feature objects from two lost cities at mouth of the Nile uncovered by underwater archaeologists.

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Nov 24

DNA study finds London was ethnically diverse from start

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in Links

A DNA study confirms London was an ethnically diverse city from its very beginnings, BBC News has learned.

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Nov 24

Genetic history of Europeans revealed

Posted on Tuesday, November 24, 2015 in Links

A study of ancient DNA has shed new light on the genetic history of Europeans, confirming that farming spread across Europe due to an influx of ancient people from what is now eastern Turkey.

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Nov 22

Israel unveils Roman-era mosaic found during construction

Posted on Sunday, November 22, 2015 in Links

Israel unveils Roman-era mosaic found during construction.

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Nov 21

Fire, plague and royalty – as seen by diarist Samuel Pepys

Posted on Saturday, November 21, 2015 in Links

Samuel Pepys

Colourful eyewitness accounts of 17th Century London life – from the diaries of Samuel Pepys.

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Nov 13

Researchers Say There May Be Undiscovered Tomb at Great Pyramid of Giza

Posted on Friday, November 13, 2015 in Links

The Pyramids

A team using scanning technology said temperature variations could indicate the presence of a tomb in the 4,500-year-old structure.

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Nov 10

Stonehenge Begins to Yield Its Secrets

Posted on Tuesday, November 10, 2015 in Links

Discoveries over the last decade have revealed more about the everyday lives of the people for whom the giant monuments held meaning.

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Nov 3

Real (historic) people

Posted on Tuesday, November 3, 2015 in Humanities, Literature

Serenissima made me consider if there is a historic character I (might) want to get involved with. It struck me that it’s really hard to tell, even if I’m sure no one will show up and demand I actually get involved with the guy in question. Haha.

Actually, it’s probably about the same with some real life celebrity. How can I tell if he’s actually as great in real life as he seems to be in the media?

I did come to the conclusion that I probably wouldn’t want to be involved with Shakespeare, at least not judging by the famous portrait. Not really my type.

In fact, it would probably be easier to simply consider if I would like to meet one of these characters in real life. Just to talk to. Or even just to see from a bit of distance. That would be a little easier. If so, Shakespeare would be on my list, I think. I’ll add the Roman emperor Trajan too, I think (though the culture shock would probably be enormous). Then Raoul Wallenberg, just because I happened to think of him. Even this is really hard to tell. Who would be interesting to meet?

And since it’s just a matter of meeting and talking or even seeing someone from a distance, I’ll have to add women too. Why not?

So maybe Anne Frank, though I’ve read that she might not have been the sort of girl I’d like to get to know. A bit too outgoing for my taste.

Maybe Jane Austen. George Bernard Shaw. Possibly Christine de Pizan. If I’m looking this far back in time, I’ll say Corinna too, since that’s one of my ‘idols’ too. LOL. Maybe Joe Hill. I hear he was very handsome. But maybe he was a bastard to women. And maybe even if we for some magical mysterious reason were to find ourselves in the same time, he’d probably never look at me twice.


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