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A group about World History so that I do not end up spamming my USA and Non USA News Group

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How the British Divided Up the Arab World

Started by Hope. Last reply by Chris Oct 15, 2016. 7 Replies

How the British Divided Up the Arab WorldThe development of the modern nation states throughout the Arab world is a fascinating and heartbreaking process. 100 years ago, most Arabs were part of the…Continue

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Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by Tom Sarbeck Oct 12, 2016. 3 Replies

AN AMERICAN CREATION STORYby Akim ReinhardtThere is scientific evidence indicating that Asiatic peoples migrated…Continue

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Old Time Religion and Buildings

Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by Onyango Makagutu Nov 30, 2012. 1 Reply

Tatev Monastery - Tatev, ArmeniaThe Tatev monastery once played a notable role in the advancement of medieval Armenian culture when it housed the University of Tatev in the 14th and 15th…Continue

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THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAM

Started by Doone has Fremdschämen. Last reply by Doone has Fremdschämen Jul 11, 2012. 2 Replies

THE FALL OF THE ROMAN EMPIRE AND THE RISE OF ISLAMTom Holland in The Guardian:Whenever modern civilisations…Continue

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Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 17, 2018 at 8:32am

shows where in early British migrants ended up settling. Source:

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 15, 2018 at 8:39am

Geologists reveal ancient connection between England and France

The British mainland was formed from the collision of not two, but three ancient continental land masses, according to new research.

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Geologically Speaking, Part of Britain Belongs To France

Cornwall and south Devon have a different geological history from the rest of Britain, coming from another ancient continent.

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Comment by Stephen on September 14, 2018 at 1:08pm

That has always interested me whether the Romans travelled into the interior of Africa I've read some account's but there is not much out there. Thanks Doone 

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 14, 2018 at 6:26am

What an elegant ! Caesar's Conquest of Gaul. Source:

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 12, 2018 at 6:30pm

An ancient thirst for beer may have inspired agriculture, Stanford archaeologists say - Stanford University News via

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 7, 2018 at 9:34am

The Low Countries, 1556-1648.

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Comment by Stephen on September 6, 2018 at 10:40am

Archaeologists Unearth the Oldest Neolithic Settlement in Egypt

https://www.ancient-origins.net/news-history-archaeology/neolithic-...

Comment by Stephen on September 3, 2018 at 6:37am

Archaeologists explore the landscape of England’s first civil war 

Some 20 miles downriver of Oxford and an arrow shot from the eastern bank of the Thames rise the limestone ruins of Wallingford Castle, a massive fortress built following the Norman invasion of England in 1066. Led by the newly crowned William the Conqueror, the Normans—descended from Norsemen who had settled in northern France in the tenth century—built castles in large numbers throughout England to control lands they had seized from the Anglo-Saxons. Along with Oxford and Windsor Castles, Wallingford was one of the most significant of these early Norman fortresses. And, in less than a century, the castle became the epicenter of one of the most momentous conflicts in English history. When William’s son King Henry I died in 1135, his rightful heir was his daughter, Empress Matilda. But her cousin, Stephen of Blois, also a grandchild of William the Conqueror, snatched the throne from under her nose. Matilda then launched an all-out campaign to win back the crown, plunging the country into a civil war that lasted almost 20 years.

In response to the crisis, nobles built still more castles, and rivals to the king set up their own mints and produced new coinage. Churches were fortified and the peasantry suffered deprivation as armies crisscrossed the country, ravaging estates and burning property. A contemporary chronicle describes King Stephen’s reign as “nineteen long winters” when “Christ and his Saints slept.” Victorian historian William Stubbs described the period as the “Anarchy,” a term that stuck.

But was the Anarchy really as horrific as contemporary histories and later scholars made it out to be? Over the last seven years, University of Exeter archaeologist Oliver Creighton has led a team that has followed in the footsteps of Stephen’s forces across England. They have explored 12 of the war’s most significant locations and used archaeological techniques to assess the upheaval brought about by the Anarchy. “This was a period that experienced major political turbulence and an upsurge in fortification building,” says Creighton. “Most of what we know about the period is through historical documents. We wanted to afford a new perspective by using the full range of archaeological data, from portable artifacts through sites such as castles and settlements, and even the evidence of the landscape itself.”

One avenue of their research relies on the tendency of people to bury coins in times of strife to keep their fortunes safe. Although most such coin hoards are likely to have been successfully retrieved, the forgotten and lost ones that are recovered by archaeologists and metal detectorists centuries later can serve as an indicator of how turbulent times were. “Hoarding provides a barometer of public fear, with fewer hoards deposited during peaceful periods,” says Creighton. The number and distribution of coin hoards he and his colleagues have found show that Stephen’s reign appears to have been a particularly insecure time. They see a huge spike in the number of hoards buried in lands in the rebellious areas of western Britain, going from just a few hoards per decade up to more than 10 per decade during Stephen’s reign.

https://www.archaeology.org/issues/306-1807/letter-from/6678-letter...

Comment by Doone has Fremdschämen on September 1, 2018 at 10:36am

79 years ago today, World War II began with the German invasion of Poland. Cover of from September 1, 1939.

 

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