Archive for July, 2008
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.
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
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.
…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.
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
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?
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?