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 been dendrocronologically dated to be

My Harry Potter Adventure in the UK – Muggle Tours

It has been a long time since I’ve written anything of substance, an incredibly long time. I attribute it to life. That is, work, school, trips, etc. etc. etc. This past December, my boyfriend and I traveled to the United Kingdom. It was the first time I had been there in over five years. I

Article Announcement

It has been a while since I have posted any updates about really anything, but I have some exciting news to share! Last November, I submitted an article draft to the Canadian Journal of Information and Library Science. I did so on the encouragement of one of my library science professors (long story short, in addition to

HistTech: Trajan’s Column Interactive Graphic

National Geographic recently wrote an article about Trajan’s column and its history. They also included an interactive graphic which allows readers to explore the 126-ft tall column. And I’m not going to lie, it’s pretty neat. Trajan’s column commemorates the Roman emperor’s victory over the Dacians between 101 and 106 AD. Since then, the column,

Reflections on Richard III

I have followed the progress of Richard III over the past two-and-a-half years with great interest ever since archaeologists discovered the body in September 2012 amidst the ruins of Greyfriars Church in Leicester, UK. Last week. after heated debates surrounding his reburial, he was reinterred at Leicester Cathedral with ceremony due a deceased monarch (those

HistTech: Jurassic Coast Fossil Finder

One of the new features I would like to slowly roll-out is one called “HistTech”. This is simply my way of highlighting some digital history projects, exhibits, and other resources which bring together historical content and technology. I have chosen these sites because they allow users to engage with the site materials beyond simply viewing,

HistTech: Paper.li

One of things I am interested in is technology and how it can be used in conjunction with history. Over the next few weeks, I will be rolling out a new feature called HistTech. I will be featuring some of my favorite tools and how I use them in promoting this blog and in my

The Colossus of…Braavos?

(Warning: contains spoilers for Game of Thrones fans!) Back in January I started reading the series A Song of Ice and Fire, better known as the Game of Thrones books. Friends had told me that I would enjoy them (even before the show came out), being the fan of medieval Europe that I am. Five

Looking for Primary Source Collections!

As a student of history, I understand the need to access primary source collections, but I also know that sometimes these are hard to find. Therefore, I would like to ask you, my friends and faithful readers, for your input. Are there any primary resource databases or collections that you regularly use in your research?