Daily History Byte: Meet the Woman Who Is Preserving the Smell of History

Cecilia Bembibre of University College London is cataloging the scents of old stuff. According to Atlas Obscura, her project “combines chemistry, electronic noses, and centuries-old English manor houses”. Her hope is to create formulas one would be able to follow to reconstruct these scents years down the road. One scientist’s…

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Daily History Byte: Art review: A history of the world in 100 objects from the British Museum

Former British Museum director Neil MacGregor envisioned an exhibit that showcased objects from the museum’s massive collections in an effort to present a history of the world. Sasha Grishin isn’t convinced, however, that there’s a larger narrative underlying all of the objects. There is encyclopaedic diversity in the 100 selected…

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Daily History Byte: Did Descendants of Cleopatra VII Survive and Produce the Legendary Queen Zenobia of Palmyra?

Cleopatra of Egypt had four children, but only one produced any descendants. But how far did her line extend? Cleopatra VII, the last pharaoh of an independent Egypt, had four children: Caesarion (with Julius Caesar), twins Alexander Helios and Cleopatra Selene, and Ptolemy Philadelphus (the latter three with Mark Antony). But…

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Daily History Byte: Publisher Set to Release Exact Replicas of the World’s Most Mysterious Manuscript

The Voynich Manuscript is a heretofore undecipherable document. Now, facsimiles are being made in the hopes that someone in the world will be able to assist researchers in unlocking its secrets. There will be 898 copies made of the coded Voynich Manuscript, which has stumped scholars for over a century.…

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