What I’m Reading: 04/11/2016

  1. “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 evolutionary link behind dinosaurs and birds, explore seven fascinating historical hoaxes.”
  2. “Archaeologists Spy New Viking Settlement from Space” (via the Smithsonian) – Using satellite imagery, space archaeologists may have discovered a second Viking settlement in Newfoundland. The Vikings first landed in North America over a thousand years ago, and archaeologists have desired to find more signs of their settlement. Thus, this discovery could prove to change how we understand Viking settlements in North America. The next step is to excavate this area and see what treasures the site yields.
  3. “The Real-Life Places that Inspired Frankenstein” (via the Smithsonian) – This gallery of photos shows key places that inspired Mary Shelley’s classic Frankenstein. I have not yet read this book, but this has now inspired me to want to actually sit down and read the book.
  4. “Broke-Ass Medieval Monks Made a Suspiciously Big Deal About Finding King Arthur’s Grave” (via Jezebel) – King Arthur’s burial place is traditionally said to be at Glastonbury in the U.K. But did cash-strapped monks concoct this story in order to rebuild their abbey? Probably, according to Roberta Gilchrist of the University of Reading. “As they [the monks] rebuilt the church after the great fire of 1184, instead of using contemporary architectural styles, they inserted antiquated and retrospective elements, apparently to deliberately feign antiquity”.
  5. “The lost head of Anne Boleyn? Expert says 16th century artwork which turned up on eBay is portrait of Henry VIII’s second wife” (via the Daily Mail) – Alison Weir, a prominent Tudor-era historian, appears to have found a ‘lost’ portrait of Anne Boleyn on eBay of all places. The original painting was sold in 1842 to a London art dealer before being lost to history…until now.

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