Daily History Byte: Booklet believed to contain world’s oldest copy of ‘Silent Night’ discovered in Vienna

The possible oldest extant copy of the Christmas carol Silent Night was discovered in Vienna in a booklet called Four Beautiful New Christmas Songs. Although the manuscript is undated, it’s probable that this version of the song, written by Joseph Mohr in 1818, was printed shortly after its composition by a…

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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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Daily History Byte: ‘Henry I’s remains’ found beneath tarmac at Reading Gaol

In 2011, the skeleton of King Richard III was discovered in Leicester, UK. Now, it’s possible that archaeologists have uncovered another of Britain’s kings under a carpark in Reading. Britain’s kings appear to be making a habit of this. First it was Richard III, whose bones were found under a car…

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Daily History Byte: Art experts fear serious earthquake damage to historic Italian buildings

A serious 6.2 earthquake struck Italy on August 24. The dead number around 160, and countless homes and buildings have been destroyed. On top of that, there has also been considerable destruction to many historical churches and other structures. Much of the damage has occurred in Amatrice and surrounding areas.…

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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

“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

“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

“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

“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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