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  • Prince Hal's Head-Wound: Cause and Effect [Battle of Shrewsbury 1403]

    04/19/2019 12:30:29 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies
    Medievalists ^ | May 20, 2013 | Michael Livingston
    The future King Henry V was hit by an arrow to the face at the Battle of Shrewsbury -- how did he survive? This was the topic of a paper given by Michael Livingston at the 48th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Livingston, an Associate Professor at The Citadel, explains what happened in one of the most remarkable cases of battlefield surgery from the Middle Ages -- the arrow wound suffered by the future Henry V at the Battle of Shrewsbury in 1403. Prince Henry was only 16 years old when he marched with his father's forces to Shrewsbury in...
  • How Did Armies Keep Archers Supplied With Arrows While Fighting?

    07/30/2015 11:19:03 AM PDT · by Brad from Tennessee · 85 replies
    Slate ^ | July 27, 2015 | By Stephen Tempest
    During the Hundred Years' War, England had a centralized, state-controlled organization for manufacturing arrows in bulk. These were then issued as required to the soldiers on campaign. In June 1413, for example, Henry V appointed Nicholas Mynot to be “keeper of the king's arrows,” based in the Tower of London. Mynot was responsible for making arrows, but the royal fletchers alone could not supply the total need, so additional orders were placed with outside suppliers. In August 1413, for example, London-based fletcher Stephen Seler was paid for 12,000 arrows. We have some total figures available. In 1418, Henry V's government...
  • Researchers discover ancient giant 'lion' in Kenya

    04/18/2019 12:46:39 PM PDT · by Red Badger · 16 replies ^ | 18 Apr 2019 01:46PM | Staff
    PARIS: A giant lion with enormous fangs that roamed the Kenyan savannah more than 20 million years ago was one of the largest ever meat-eating mammals, researchers said Thursday (Apr 18). A Simbakubwa kutokaafrika, a gigantic mammalian carnivore that lived 22 million years ago in Africa and was larger than a polar bear. (Illustration: AFP/Mauricio Anton) ============================================================ A team unearthed the lower jaw, teeth and other bones of a new species, Simbakubwa kutokaafrika - Swahili for "big African lion". They calculated it would have weighed up to 1,500kg and could have preyed upon the elephant-like creatures that lived there at...
  • 5 really cool things about Saint-Pierre and Miquelon [last remaining fragment of New France]

    04/18/2019 11:07:02 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Just off the coast of Newfoundland is a collection of islands that are not part of the province. Indeed, they are not even Canada! Saint-Pierre and Miquelon are the last piece of French territory in North America. They are quite distinct from Newfoundland and Labrador, making them a must visit. Indeed, the tourism industry of Saint-Pierre and Miquelon and the Burin Peninsula, in Eastern Newfoundland, are closely entwined. You’ll discover a whole new world when you take the ferry from the town of Fortune. Here’s some of the coolest facts about Newfoundland and Labrador’s closest foreign country. It was French,...
  • T'was the 18th of April in 75: The midnight ride of William Dawes, Samuel Prescott and Paul Revere

    04/18/2019 6:48:29 AM PDT · by harpygoddess · 28 replies
    VA Viper ^ | 04/17/2019 | Harpygoddess
    Paul Revere gets all of the credit, but he never actually finished that famous ride, and in fact warned the British that the Americans were coming. William Dawes and Samuel Prescott were left out of the poem and subsequently most elementary history books: it was actually Samuel Prescott who completed the midnight ride. In addition to Dawes and Prescott, dozens of other men helped spread the word that night. Revere started other express riders on their way before leaving Boston, and he also alerted others along his journey. They too began riding, or shot guns and rang church bells to...
  • ‘Beowulf’ is bloody, canonical, and long — and one person wrote it, scholars say

    04/18/2019 6:48:28 AM PDT · by C19fan · 40 replies
    Boston Globe ^ | April 11, 2019 | Travis Andersen
    Only one person created the monster. That’s according to a team of researchers at Harvard, Dartmouth, and elsewhere, who determined the epic poem “Beowulf,” a staple of literature classes the world over, was written by a sole author more than a millennium ago. The findings of the team, led by Madison Krieger, a postdoctoral fellow at Harvard’s Program for Evolutionary Dynamics, and Joseph Dexter, a Harvard PhD who’s now a Neukom fellow at Dartmouth College, were published April 8 in the journal Nature Human Behaviour, Harvard said in a statement.
  • World-renowned Ring of Brodgar stone circle vandalised in Orkney

    04/18/2019 6:29:44 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 10 replies
    Damage to the Ring of Brodgar includes graffiti that has been engraved into one of the stones at the Neolithic site near Stenness. It is believed to have been caused sometime between Friday afternoon and Sunday morning. The ring originally comprised 60 stones, of which 36 survive. It is within the Heart of Neolithic Orkney Unesco world heritage site, which also includes a large chambered tomb called Maeshowe, the Stones of Stenness and the Skara Brae settlement. The ring was built around 2,500-2,000BC and covers an area of almost 8,500 sq metres (91,500 sq ft). It is the third largest...
  • Declassified U2 spy plane images reveal bygone Middle Eastern archaeological features

    04/18/2019 4:38:49 AM PDT · by zeestephen · 13 replies
    Science Daily ^ | 08 April 2019
    By analyzing thousands of declassified images from Cold War-era U2 spy missions, scientists have discovered archaeological features like prehistoric hunting traps, 3,000-year-old irrigation canals, and hidden 60-year-old marsh villages. They also created an online tool that allows other researchers to identify and access the photos for the first time.
  • Benjamin Franklin His Autobiography (4-17) 1706-1757

    04/17/2019 11:08:49 PM PDT · by Rabin · 3 replies
    Franklin was born in 1706 at Boston. He was the tenth son of a soap and candlemaker. He received some formal education but was principally self-taught. At 17, he obtained employment as a printer. At 19 he then sailed to London... (picked goodly lwimen, had excellent kids, made a bunch of bucks . Took good care of them each and all, and a great many more. 1754, he repped Pennsylvania at the Albany Congress unite the colonies during the French and Indian War. 1757-62 and 1764-75, resided in England, agent for Pennsylvania and later for Georgia, New Jersey, and Massachusetts....
  • 'Round A Table of Wines and Wars: Agricultural Practices of the Etruscans

    04/17/2019 11:17:10 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 27 replies
    CBTNews Features ^ | 2006 | CropBiotech Net
    The Italian peninsula seems to shimmer and shine with history and art, from graceful, full bodied nymphs set against make-believe cypresses and oaks, to crumbling mounds of marble on which lie the almost breathable, almost visible words of lives, songs, and politics past. But before all the art, before the reawakening, before the soldiers cloaked in scarlet and gold, and the senators in their Senate hall...before the reign of emperors and tyrants was a race of peoples whose culture lived on in the greatest empire the world has ever known. They were the Etruscans, a mysterious tribe that scattered throughout...
  • Prehistory Decoded at Gobekli Tepe

    04/16/2019 1:33:13 PM PDT · by wildbill · 53 replies
    Ancient Origens ^ | 4/12/18 | Martin Sweatman
    Around 13,000 years ago, the Earth burned. A swarm of comet debris from the Taurid meteor stream had blasted the Americas and parts of Europe; the worst day in prehistory since the end of the ice age. Many species of large animal were exterminated by the conflagration and ensuing cataclysms. And those that survived the initial onslaught could do little against the floods, acid rain, and starvation that followed.
  • Gu Hongzhong - Night Revels of Han Xizai

    04/14/2019 5:02:00 PM PDT · by mairdie · 2 replies
    Gu Hongzhong (AD 937–975) was a court painter for the Emperor Li Yu. His original painting no longer exists except as a 12th century copy. Han Zizai was a minister to Li Yu, and the scroll depicts one of his night revels. The five parts are: listening to the pipa, watching the dancers, resting, playing a string instrument, and seeing off guests.
  • Egypt unveils colourful Fifth Dynasty tomb

    04/14/2019 3:38:15 AM PDT · by mairdie · 20 replies
    France24 ^ | 13/04/2019
    <p>In a major archaeological discovery, Egypt on Saturday unveiled the tomb of a Fifth Dynasty official adorned with colourful reliefs and well preserved inscriptions.</p> <p>The tomb, south of Saqqara, a vast necropolis south of Cairo, belongs to a senior official named Khuwy who is believed to have been a nobleman during the Fifth Dynasty, which ruled over Egypt about 4300 years ago.</p>
  • Art Video - Yan Liben - Thirteen Emperor Scroll

    04/13/2019 12:10:31 PM PDT · by mairdie · 6 replies
    Yan Liben (AD 600–673) came from a family of government officials and succeeded his brother, Yan Lide, as minister of public works. Yan Liben was also imperial architect under Emperor Gaozong. His most famous work was the Thirteen Emperor Scroll. I can only imagine that there were contemporary portraits from which Yan Liben worked, as there is great individuality in the portraits.
  • The Newly Discovered Tablet II of the Epic of Gilgamesh

    04/11/2019 8:19:00 PM PDT · by Beowulf9 · 42 replies ^ | April 9, 2019 | Osama Shukir Muhammed Amin
    Acquisition In 2011 CE, the Sulaymaniyah (Slemani) Museum in Iraqi Kurdistan purchased a large number of clay tablets. After the dramatic fall of Saddam's regime on April 9, 2003 CE and the ransacking of the Iraq Museum as well as other museums, the Sulaymaniyah Museum (guided by the Council of Ministers of Iraqi Kurdistan) started an initiative, as part of an amnesty program. The museum paid smugglers to 'intercept' archaeological artefacts on their journey to other countries. No questions were asked about who was selling the relic or where it came from. The Sulaymaniyah Museum believed that this condition kept...
  • 2,000-year-old desert settlement discovered in Israel, revealing ancient rebels' hidden tunnels

    04/10/2019 6:09:31 PM PDT · by SJackson · 10 replies
    Fox News ^ | 4-10-19 | James Rogers
    Archaeologists in Israel have discovered the remains of an ancient settlement in the Negev desert, uncovering ancient tunnels used by Jewish rebels against the Romans. The underground passageways apparently used by rebels during a turbulent period in the region’s history, according to archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. A Message from TripAdvisor Hyatt Centric Ginza Tokyo TripAdvisor - See lowest prices from 200+ sites Experts have dated the site in Beersheba to between the first century. and the Bar Kokhba revolt in A.D. 135. Archaeologists also discovered signs of a fire that raged in...
  • The Day The Dinosaurs Died

    04/10/2019 11:59:24 AM PDT · by Candor7 · 45 replies
    Science Alert ^ | 30 MAR 2019 | BEN GUARINO
    Sixty-six million years ago, a massive asteroid crashed into a shallow sea near Mexico. The impact carved out a 90-mile-wide crater and flung mountains of earth into space. Earthbound debris fell to the planet in droplets of molten rock and glass. Ancient fish caught glass blobs in their gills as they swam, gape-mouthed, beneath the strange rain. Large, sloshing waves threw animals onto dry land, then more waves buried them in silt. Scientists working in North Dakota recently dug up fossils of these fish: They died within the first minutes or hours after the asteroid hit, according to a paper...
  • Scientists discover fossil of horrifying 'Cthulhu' sea creature with 45 TENTACLES [tr]

    04/10/2019 12:19:20 PM PDT · by C19fan · 32 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | April 10, 2019 | James Pero
    According to scientists, a creature similar to H.P. Lovecraft's fictional and monstrous sea beast, Cthulhu, did exist at one point — the only difference is it was about 3 cm wide. In a computer-generated model created from a 430 million-year-old fossil, scientists say they've identified a never-before-seen species of sea cucumber which they aptly dubbed, Sollasina cthulhu, after the iconic monster monster feature in H.P. Lovecraft's 'Call of Cthulhu'.
  • Evidence of New Human Species Found in Philippines

    04/10/2019 12:39:58 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 65 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | April 10, 2019 1:00 p.m. ET | Robert Lee Hotz
    In a handful of fossilized teeth and bones, scientists say they’ve found evidence of a previously unknown human species that lived in what is now the Philippines about 50,000 years ago. The discovery deepens the mystery of an era when the world was a melting pot of many different human kinds on the move. Small-jawed with dainty teeth, able to walk upright but with feet still shaped to climb, these island creatures were a mix-and-match patchwork of primitive and advanced features in a unique variation of the human form, the scientists reported Wednesday in the journal Nature.(Snip)
  • Real-life Jurassic Park as scientists confident of cloning extinct STONE AGE creature [Horse]

    04/09/2019 10:45:39 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 47 replies ^ | Published 9th April 2019 | By Michael Moran
    JURASSIC Park got a little bit closer to reality today with news that scientists are ‘confident' of cloning a 42,000 year old extinct species. =============================================================== The ginger-coloured foal died when it was just one or two weeks old, some time during the late Stone Age, around 42,170 years ago. But its body has been perfectly preserved in near perfect condition in Siberian permafrost, and scientists are optimistic that they will obtain enough genetic material to clone the animal and bring its extinct species back to life. The joint Russian-South Korean research team is led by South Korean cloning expert Professor...