Daily History Byte: Adonis: Europe’s oldest known tree

Scientists from Stockholm University, the University of Mainz, and the University of Arizona recently discovered this tree in Greece. There are a few other millennial trees in existence, but this one is the oldest known in Europe. A Bosnian pine (Pinus heldreichii) growing in the highlands of northern Greece has…

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An Interesting Contradiction: Visiting a Civil War Battlefield During the 4th of July Weekend

Stonewall Jackson statue

During the weekend of the 4th (the day celebrating America’s declaration of independence from the United Kingdom), my boyfriend and I found ourselves in northern VA visiting family. Following a discussion of what types of mischief we could get ourselves in, he suggested visiting the Manassas Battlefield National Park. The…

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What I’m Reading: 04/15/2016


“New Rembrandt Created, 347 Years After the Dutch Master’s Death” (via the Smithsonian) – Over the course of 18 months, a team of engineers carefully pieced together a 148 million megapixel work of art from 168,000 fragments of Rembrandt’s works. The team chose to create a portrait based on 3D scans…

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What I’m Reading: 04/14/2016

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“Archaeologists set to uncover two hidden baths at the Roman Baths” (via the Bath Echo) – The Roman Baths historic site in the United Kingdom will dig up two Roman baths that have not been fully excavated before. This will be done in “Lost plans for Wright brothers’ ‘Flying Machine’ found…

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What I’m Reading: 04/12/2016

Image courtesy of the American Museum of Natural History

“Three Palestinians arrested smuggling statue of King Herod’s lover to Israel” (via The Jerusalem Post) – Three Palestinians tried to smuggle a small statue worth almost $1m into Israel before being arrested by the Palestinian Preventive Security Services. They aimed to sell the statue to an Arab-Israeli merchant for $600,000.…

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What I’m Reading: 04/11/2016

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“7 Historical Hoaxes” (via The History Channel) – “Throughout history, sometimes discoveries that at first seemed significant later turned out to be hoaxes. From Drake’s Plate of Brass, a practical joke that got out of hand and wound up in school textbooks, to the Archaeoraptor fossil, once touted as a missing…

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What I’m Reading: 03/30/2016

Shakespeare's grave

“The Race to Save Syria’s Archaeological Treasures” (via the Smithsonian) – James Harkin from the Smithsonian Magazine writes on the destruction that has faced Syrian archaeological sites since the outbreak of war in 2011. Destruction has been wrought from all angles and has resulted in arguably the greatest loss of cultural…

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History in the News: Week of November 1-7, 2015

Image courtesy of Behzad Mofidi-Nasrabadi

An Ornithomimus was just discovered in Canada. Bits of feathers and skin still clung to the fossils and provides more evidence that some dinosaurs were indeed the predecessors of modern-day birds. Archaeologists evaluating the floor of Gloucester Cathedral in the UK for possible renovation uncovered a burial vault underneath the…

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