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Archive for July, 2008

30 July
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England’s Unexploded Bombs

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Using aerial photos and maps prepared by insurance companies following the Second World War, a private British company has prepared maps indicating the likely location of unexploded bombs throughout England.

Read the whole article at World History Journal.

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29 July
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Gavin Menzies at it Again

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He has a new book called 1434: The Year A Magnificent Chinese Fleet Sailed To Italy and Ignited The Renaissance.  You can read the article here from Reuters and decide for yourself if it is historical fiction or fact?

Now he says a Chinese fleet brought encyclopedias of technology undiscovered by the West to Italy in 1434, laying the foundation for the engineering marvels such as flying machines later drawn by Italian polymath Leonardo.

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24 July
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History’s Missing Persons

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Very cool article on six unsolved disapperances that you probably have never heard of…

Colonel Percy Fawcett was a British citizen who became a worldwide adventurer. He is thought to be one of the inspirations for the character of Indiana Jones.

Read about them all at Mental Floss

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23 July
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Oldest Bible Placed Online

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The oldest surviving copy of the New Testament, a 4th century version that had its Gospels and epistles spread across the world, is being made whole again — online.

The British Library says the full text of the Codex Sinaiticus will be available to Web users by next July, digitally reconnecting parts that are held in Britain, Russia, Germany and a monastery in Egypt’s Sinai Desert.

Read the full news article at Discovery News.

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22 July
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Roman Legion Uncovered

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From the History Buff we find this article via Newswales.co.uk

…excavation will open a large trench over the building, which is believed to be a store-building or warehouse. It is hoped that the excavations will reveal a wealth of new information about the storage facilities, provisioning, and supply of a Legion in Britain.

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21 July
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Michelangelo Ugly?

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Paintings of Michelangelo on display in Florence.  He was not a handsome man.  Follow the link below to see the pictures.

Michelangelo Buonarroti, one of the greatest figures of western civilization, was an ugly and rather unclean man, according to a series of rare, contemporary portraits and writings on show in Florence.

From Discovery News

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17 July
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Discoveries Unearthed in New Orleans

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This from Discovery News

Discoveries behind St. Louis Cathedral include a small silver crucifix from the 1770s or 1780s and traces of previously unknown buildings dating back to around the city’s founding in 1718.

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16 July
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History of Photography…Podcast!

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Stumbled upon this site this morning for the first time.  How perfect is this?  It has amazing pictures on the blog and I can’t wait to listen to the podcast.  Check out History of Photography Podcasts.

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15 July
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Indiana Jones Bandwagon

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Last week I read an article on HNN entitled Indiana Jones for President, this week Discovery News runs an article about the “real” crystal skulls that are all being found to be fakes.  Seems like historians (or maybe just the media?) really jump on the Indy bandwagon when a new movie comes out.  What do you think?

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14 July
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Why is the Flag Important?

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Very interesting article at HNN today…

Why do symbols like flag pins, much in the news of late, count so much that presidential candidate Barack Obama felt the need to explain why he didn’t wear one? [Now he does.] And why do we feel so strongly about the flag that both Democrats and Republicans try to claim ownership of it?

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