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

Location: #culture
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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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History Snippets

Started by Doone. 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. 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

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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 Stephen on Tuesday

Modern tech unravels mysteries of Egyptian mummy portraits

A new exhibit explores the science of ancient funeral paintings

Hibbard mummy

MUMMY MYSTERY The Hibbard mummy, now on display at Northwestern University, holds the body of a girl estimated to be 5 years old at death. Recent analyses might help reveal a cause of death.

Everybody’s a critic. Even back in second century Egypt.
While digging in Tebtunis in northern Egypt in the winter of 1899–1900, British archaeologists stumbled upon portraits of affluent Greco-Egyptians placed over the faces of mummies. One grave contained an ink and chalk sketch, a bit larger than a standard sheet of printer paper, of a woman from around the years A.D. 140 to 160. The sketch includes directions from an unidentified source to the artist to paint the “eyes softer.”

Funerary portraits discovered from ancient Egypt (one at left) covered the faces of mummies. A sketch (right) on the back of another portrait has instructions in Greek to paint the “eyes softer.

https://www.sciencenews.org/article/modern-tech-unravels-mysteries-...

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Comment by Stephen on February 5, 2018 at 5:19pm

Scientists discover ancient Mayan city hidden under Guatemalan jungle 

Aerial laser mapping detects thousands of hidden structures in Peten region, suggesting its population was millions more than previously thought

This digital 3D image provided by Guatemala’s Mayan Heritage and Nature Foundation shows a depiction of the Mayan archaeological site at Tikal in Guatemala created using LiDAR aerial mapping technology.

Researchers using a high-tech aerial mapping technique have found tens of thousands of previously undetected Mayan houses, buildings, defence works and pyramids in the dense jungle of Guatemala’s Peten region, suggesting that millions of more people lived there than previously thought.

Read more=  https://www.theguardian.com/science/2018/feb/03/scientists-discover...

Comment by Stephen on February 3, 2018 at 4:21pm

This Mass Grave May Belong to 'Great Viking Army'
Bones are yielding new clues about the massive, mysterious Viking forces that invaded England.

For years, archaeologists were stumped. What happened to the Great Viking Army, a massive force that seized great swaths of England in the 9th century but left barely a trace?

Archaeologists now report that a mass grave in England may contain nearly 300 Viking warriors—the only remains of the Great Viking Army’s warriors ever found.
Archaeologists first uncovered the burial site in the 1980s, in Derbyshire, England, and thought it might contain remains from the Great Viking Army, also known the Great Heathen Army. But there was one problem—radiocarbon dating of the site revealed that the remains were too old to be Viking invaders.
The army was thought to have spent winters in Derbyshire from around 873 A.D. to 874 A.D, but initial analysis of the skeletons resulted in dates from the 7th and 8th centuries.

https://relay.nationalgeographic.com/proxy/distribution/public/amp/...

Comment by Stephen on January 26, 2018 at 2:21pm

We must never ever forget what the Nazi's did. We have to fight fascism always.

"I survived two concentration camps" 93-year-old Eva Behar was taken to Auschwitz from her home in Romania in 1944. What can we learn from her experiences?

Comment by Stephen on January 24, 2018 at 9:29pm

How Reformation-Era Churches Used Witch Hunts to Gain More Followers

The Catholic and Protestant churches promoted themselves by persecuting witches.

The Salem witch trials of the 1690s have an iconic place in American lore. But before the Salem witch hunt, there was the “Great Hunt”: a larger, more prolonged European phenomenon between 1560 and 1630 that led to 80,000 accusations and 40,000 deaths

Why’d it happen? Well, as with the Salem witch trials, there are a lot of theories. In the past, scholars have suggested that bad weather, decreased income, and weak government could have contributed to the witch trial period in Europe. But according to a new theory, these trials were a way for Catholic and Protestant churches to compete with each other for followers.

https://www.alternet.org/economy/how-medieval-churches-used-witch-h...

Comment by Doone on January 23, 2018 at 1:21pm

That looks great, Stephen! I love ESRI Online

Comment by Stephen on January 23, 2018 at 11:53am

The London Time Machine
Travel back to 1682 with this historic map

http://maps.arcgis.com/apps/StorytellingSwipe/index.html?appid=e516...

Comment by Stephen on January 21, 2018 at 6:04pm

Discoveries from dawn of the Cycladic Bronze Age on remote Greek Island
Excavations by the University of Cambridge on the island of Keros, an uninhabited Greek island in the Cyclades southeast of Naxo has discovered a complex series of monumental structures and technological sophistication previously unknown.

Excavations by the University of Cambridge on the island of Keros, an uninhabited Greek island in the Cyclades southeast of Naxo has discovered a complex series of monumental structures and technological sophistication previously unknown.
Archaeologists have been exploring the Keros settlement of Dhaskalio, located on a promontory during the Bronze Age that presently sits on a tiny islet due to sea level changes.
Keros was known for ritual activities dating from 4,500 years ago, but the latest discoveries at Dhaskalio reveals that the promontory was almost entirely covered by monumental structures using imported stone from Naxos.

https://www.heritagedaily.com/2018/01/discoveries-dawn-cycladic-bro...

Comment by Doone on January 19, 2018 at 6:56pm

Thanks Chris and Stephen!

 

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