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  • Daily Quiz for September 1, 2014

    History Net: Where History Comes Alive - World & US History Online
    HistoryNet Staff
    31 Aug 2014 | 5:01 pm
    World War II meat rationing ended for Britain in this year.
  • Lower Hudson Valley Public Historians Meeting

    The New York History Blog
    Editorial Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS), Region 3, will hold its 2014 meeting on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm at the Westchester County historical Society, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY. Region 3 includes Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange counties. Registration for the 2014 […]
  • World War II Begins, 75 Years Ago

    History in the Headlines
    Christopher Klein
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Polish soldiers captured by the Germans during invasion of Poland, September 1939. (Credit: Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) At 4:45 a.m. on September 1, 1939, the pre-dawn skies lit up over the Baltic Sea as the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on a Polish fortress on the Westerplatte Peninsula as assault troops hidden aboard the vessel stormed the shoreline. The venerable ship that had seen action in World War I fired the first salvos of what would be a second global conflagration. Without a declaration of war, 1.5 million troops stormed Nazi…
  • Sunday 1 September 1661

    The Diary of Samuel Pepys
    Samuel Pepys
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    (Lord’s day). Last night being very rainy [the rain] broke into my house, the gutter being stopped, and spoiled all my ceilings almost. At church in the morning, and dined at home with my wife. After dinner to Sir W. Batten’s, where I found Sir W. Pen and Captain Holmes. Here we were very merry with Sir W. Pen about the loss of his tankard, though all be but a cheat, and he do not yet understand it; but the tankard was stole by Sir W. Batten, and the letter, as from the thief, wrote by me, which makes very good sport. Here I staid all the afternoon, and then Captain Holmes and I…
  • Bill Clinton to appear in New Haven for fundraiser

    History in the News
    2 Sep 2014 | 3:45 am
    Former President Bill Clinton is scheduled to headline a rally in New Haven to raise money for Democrats running in elections across the country.
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    History in the Headlines

  • World War II Begins, 75 Years Ago

    Christopher Klein
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 am
    Polish soldiers captured by the Germans during invasion of Poland, September 1939. (Credit: Hugo Jaeger/Timepix/The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images) At 4:45 a.m. on September 1, 1939, the pre-dawn skies lit up over the Baltic Sea as the German battleship Schleswig-Holstein opened fire on a Polish fortress on the Westerplatte Peninsula as assault troops hidden aboard the vessel stormed the shoreline. The venerable ship that had seen action in World War I fired the first salvos of what would be a second global conflagration. Without a declaration of war, 1.5 million troops stormed Nazi…
  • 8 Unusual Facts About the 1904 St. Louis Olympics

    Evan Andrews
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    1. They weren’t supposed to take place in St. Louis. After considering Philadelphia and New York, the fledgling International Olympic Committee originally awarded the 1904 Summer Games to the city of Chicago. Shortly after making their announcement, the Committee ran into a problem in the form of St. Louis, which was already planning to host a World’s Fair called the Louisiana Purchase Exposition that same summer. The Exposition’s well-funded organizers were desperate to host the Olympics as well, and to force the IOC’s hand, they worked to secure a deal with the Amateur Athletic…
  • U.S. Open Honors Past Champ Joe Hunt, Killed During WWII

    Sarah Pruitt
    28 Aug 2014 | 11:00 am
    Born into a tennis-loving family in San Francisco in 1919, Joe Hunt played in his first tournament when he was only five years old. He would go on to excel at every level of the game, becoming the first–and so far only–player to win the U.S. boys’ (then 15-and-under), juniors’ (18-and-under), collegiate and men’s singles titles. As a college student at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, he starred in tennis and football, winning both an intercollegiate singles championship (1941) and a game ball for his performance as a running back in the all-important Army-Navy game (1940). But…
  • 2,700-Year-Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered

    Christopher Klein
    27 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    Credit: Sascha Steinbach/Getty Images The discovery was made several months ago one mile off the coast of Gozo Island, the second-largest island in the Maltese archipelago. Nearly 400 feet below the surface of the Mediterranean Sea, researchers located a 50-foot-long sunken ship and its cargo strewn over a 700-square-foot area. The remains included 20 lava grinding stones weighing nearly 80 pounds each and 50 amphorae—large ceramic jugs with two handles and narrow necks used to hold wine. Since the Mediterranean’s sandy seabed cushioned the impact of the wreck, the relics were well…
  • Major League Baseball Makes Television Debut, 75 Years Ago

    Evan Andrews
    26 Aug 2014 | 7:38 am
    jonathansloane/iStockphotos.com On the afternoon of August 26, 1939, the Brooklyn Dodgers’ Dolph Camilli stepped up to the plate against Cincinnati Reds pitcher Johnny Niggeling. The Dodgers had lost the first game of a doubleheader 5-2 to the visiting Reds earlier that day, and now the fans at Ebbets field were looking to Camilli revenge. The big first baseman was a classic slugger, notorious for either blasting the ball out of the park or going down swinging, but this time, luck was with him. When Niggeling’s pitch came, Camilli connected for his 22nd home run of the season. Of the…
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    The Diary of Samuel Pepys

  • Sunday 1 September 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    1 Sep 2014 | 4:00 pm
    (Lord’s day). Last night being very rainy [the rain] broke into my house, the gutter being stopped, and spoiled all my ceilings almost. At church in the morning, and dined at home with my wife. After dinner to Sir W. Batten’s, where I found Sir W. Pen and Captain Holmes. Here we were very merry with Sir W. Pen about the loss of his tankard, though all be but a cheat, and he do not yet understand it; but the tankard was stole by Sir W. Batten, and the letter, as from the thief, wrote by me, which makes very good sport. Here I staid all the afternoon, and then Captain Holmes and I…
  • Saturday 31 August 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    31 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At home and the office all the morning, and at noon comes Luellin to me, and he and I to the tavern and after that to Bartholomew fair, and there upon his motion to a pitiful alehouse, where we had a dirty slut or two come up that were whores, but my very heart went against them, so that I took no pleasure but a great deal of trouble in being there and getting from thence for fear of being seen. From hence he and I walked towards Ludgate and parted. I back again to the fair all alone, and there met with my Ladies Jemimah and Paulina, with Mr. Pickering and Madamoiselle, at seeing the monkeys…
  • Friday 30 August 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    30 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At noon my wife and I met at the Wardrobe, and there dined with the children, and after dinner up to my Lady’s bedside, and talked and laughed a good while. Then my wife end I to Drury Lane to the French comedy, which was so ill done, and the scenes and company and every thing else so nasty and out of order and poor, that I was sick all the while in my mind to be there. Here my wife met with a son of my Lord Somersett, whom she knew in France, a pretty man; I showed him no great countenance, to avoyd further acquaintance. That done, there being nothing pleasant but the foolery of the…
  • Thursday 29 August 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    29 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At the office all the morning, and at noon my father, mother, and my aunt Bell (the first time that ever she was at my house) come to dine with me, and were very merry. After dinner the two women went to visit my aunt Wight, &c., and my father about other business, and I abroad to my bookseller, and there staid till four o’clock, at which time by appointment I went to meet my father at my uncle Fenner’s. So thither I went and with him to an alehouse, and there came Mr. Evans, the taylor, whose daughter we have had a mind to get for a wife for Tom, and then my father, and there…
  • Wednesday 28 August 1661

    Samuel Pepys
    28 Aug 2014 | 4:00 pm
    At home all the morning setting papers in order. At noon to the Exchange, and there met with Dr. Williams by appointment, and with him went up and down to look for an attorney, a friend of his, to advise with about our bond of my aunt Pepys of 200l., and he tells me absolutely that we shall not be forced to pay interest for the money yet. I do doubt it very much. I spent the whole afternoon drinking with him and so home. This day I counterfeited a letter to Sir W. Pen, as from the thief that stole his tankard lately, only to abuse and laugh at him. Read the annotations
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    American Presidents Blog

  • John Quincy Adams, Executive Order of July 11, 1826

    21 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    Most are aware that Thomas Jefferson and John Adams died on the same day (July 4th) in 1826. Needless to say, this coincidence on Independence Day got a lot of attention at the time. There were public honors from the military for both men.John Quincy Adams Administration issued an Executive Order on July 11, 1826 to elaborate on this.It noted, "A coincidence of circumstances so wonderful gives confidence to the belief that the patriotic efforts of these illustrious men were Heaven directed, and furnishes a new seal to the hope that the prosperity of these States is under the special…
  • Lincoln's Tomb in Springfield, IL

    20 Aug 2014 | 12:12 pm
    I had the privilege of visiting Springfield, IL last week. I was able to stop by Lincoln's Tomb. It is a beautiful structure. Abraham Lincoln, his wife, and two of his sons are buried here. Thought I would share a picture of the tombstone.
  • US Presidents: Lists and Records

    30 Jul 2014 | 12:34 pm
    I found an interesting Presidential website titled US Presidents: Lists and Records. The site describes itself as, "The presidents of the United States are so much fun. Understanding them helps us understand American history. We have compiled a series of lists about the presidents, and will be adding more as we think of new categories." Included are very useful items such as the 1995 historical ranking of 41 presidents conducted from Siena College, which Presidents were left-handed, the relative share of popular and Electoral College vote each president won, and regular and pocket vetoes…
  • John Adams on Sally Hemings Debate

    Jennie W
    23 Jun 2014 | 12:07 pm
    I’ve never paid that much attention to the Jefferson-Hemings debate.  I’m perfectly okay believing either side of the coin, honestly leaning more towards, yes, he did father those kids. The ins and outs of the relationship also haven’t greatly interested me either, as Jefferson was always clearly a slave owner and this is a typical issue of slave owners, one of the many reasons why slavery was a terrible institution.    I’m currently reading Passionate Sage by Joseph Ellis(incidentally the article I referenced above was written by Ellis as well….although I…
  • Skydiving for his 90th!

    Jennie W
    21 Jun 2014 | 5:36 pm
    So George HW Bush went skydiving for his 90th birthday!  Good for him!  Here's a bit of backstory to go with this:Mr. Bush said his first experience skydiving was leaving his plane during World War II when his engine caught fire and waiting for hours to be picked up out of the ocean.“I did it wrong, I pulled the jump cord too early and hit the tail of the plane,” he said. “I decided later on that I wanted to do it right. That did spark my interest in making another jump.”Mr. Bush said he often thinks about the two other men in the plane with him, both of whom died, and why…
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    History.com - This Day in History - Lead Story

  • September 1, 1864: Atlanta falls to Union forces

    31 Aug 2014 | 9:00 pm
    On this day in 1864, Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman lays siege to Atlanta, Georgia, a critical Confederate hub, shelling civilians and cutting off supply lines. The Confederates retreated, destroying the city's munitions as they went. On November 15 of that year, Sherman's troops burned much of the city before continuing their march through the South. Sherman's Atlanta campaign was one of the most decisive victories of the Civil War. William Sherman, born May 8, 1820, in Lancaster, Ohio, attended West Point and served in the army before becoming a banker and then president of a…
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    The New York History Blog

  • This Week’s New York History Web Highlights

    Editorial Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 11:53 am
    Dug-Out Canoes: Rewriting Adirondack History Jim Blackburn: The Memory of the Mahican The Onrust: Sailing Back in Time Port Henry Diner: Once A Moveable Feast 12 Years a Slave and the Law of Slavery Clinton Historical Society: Worth A Visit Laura Ingalls Wilder: Revealing Memoir Published Furthur Bus Rolled Through NYC: Gothamist Architecture: Adirondack Great […]
  • New Exhibits At Museum of the City of New York

    Editorial Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 9:00 am
    The Museum of the City of New York has announced its Fall 2014 season, including Jeff Chien-Hsing Liao’sportrait of New York as seen through more than 40 large-scale panoramic photographs of the city’s urban landscape; an exhibition of hand-painted 1950s magazine illustrations by Mac Conner, one of New York’s original “Mad Men;” an immersive video […]
  • This Week’s Top New York History News

    Editorial Staff
    29 Aug 2014 | 5:59 am
    St. Law Co Historical Names Director Battle of Plattsburgh Marking 200th Goodman Mt. Trail Dedicated Don Carpentier of Historic Eastfield, 62 Adk Village Memorializing Gene Tunney NYS Won’t Celebrate 350th Birthday Lk George Marker Honors Local Man Aug 26 Marks Women’s Equality Day Westport Launches Historic Registry Bid 1614 Albany Fort Location Suggested Subscribe! More […]
  • Johnny Hayes, Ticonderoga’s Music Man

    Lawrence P. Gooley
    28 Aug 2014 | 12:00 pm
    In late 1935, young Ticonderoga saxophonist Johnny Hayes sat in during a performance by a traveling orchestra from Boston. His performance so impressed the band leader that a permanent position was offered. Hayes had recently completed a summer stint at the Deer’s Head Inn (Elizabethtown), followed by a tour of central and northern New York […]
  • Lower Hudson Valley Public Historians Meeting

    Editorial Staff
    28 Aug 2014 | 10:00 am
    The Association of Public Historians of New York State (APHNYS), Region 3, will hold its 2014 meeting on Saturday, September 20, 2014 from 9:45 am to 2:00 pm at the Westchester County historical Society, 2199 Saw Mill River Road, Elmsford, NY. Region 3 includes Dutchess, Putnam, Westchester, Rockland, and Orange counties. Registration for the 2014 […]
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    History Is Elementary

  • Yes, I've Published a Book!

    18 Aug 2014 | 5:53 pm
    I've written and published a book!Of course, that was my intention when I began this blog way back in 2006 when I was still in the classroom, but the book I've published isn't exactly the book I had planned. The planned project - a teaching memoir - will still be published along with a few other projects, but the book you see to the left is what fell in my lap along the way.It needed to be done. History education is my prime focus along with writing curriculum. Over the last couple of years I've written a few college courses used by teacher candidates at Johns Hopkins University School of…
  • Getting to the Tooth of the Matter

    23 Jan 2014 | 6:51 am
     Do you know what these are?If you guessed dental tools you would be correct?Now, who owned them?None other than America’s silversmith and favorite son of Liberty who rode the countryside warning the folks that the British were coming.  No…not William Dawes, but that other one.  Yes, old what’s his name?Yes!  Paul Revere!Following the French and Indian War the economy in the colonies had been what is described by some today as an economic downturn. Actually, folks were really hurting financially. Not only did the colonies take a hit with the French and Indian War…
  • Frank Carpenter: World Traveler and Photographer

    16 Jan 2014 | 11:39 am
    Over on the Facebook page for this blog I’ve been posting a series of pictures this week I’ve simply sourced as “Library of Congress”, but the source goes much deeper than that.  The pictures are wonderful depictions of world scenes beginning in the 1890s through the 1930s. I’ve featured some here.The collection was put together by Frank and Frances Carpenter, a father-daughter team, during their world travels. The photos were used to illustrate his writings regarding travel and his world geography textbooks. I love to snap pictures myself. Over the last five years I’ve taken…
  • 5 Ways to Keep Your Alumni Base Lively

    21 Nov 2013 | 8:44 am
    Great advice for folks who control alumni groups!! Via: iContact
  • Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep....An Old Spin

    12 Sep 2013 | 9:06 am
    This past February Mr. Elementaryhistoryteacher and I ran off for a quick weekend in Charleston. It was rainy and cold most of the time, so we didn't get a chance to walk around very much, but we did take a turn through the visitor's center and then headed across the street to The Charleston Museum. The museum was founded in 1773 and is commonly referred to as America's first museum.While I found all of the exhibits informative and well done, one of the smaller ones simply astonished me.I love learning new things, and these types of cemetery markers were TOTALLY new to me.Yes, that's…
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    O Say Can You See?

  • 3 surprising facts about Civil War General William Tecumseh Sherman

    2 Sep 2014 | 2:30 am
    On the 150th anniversary of the fall of the city of Atlanta to the Union Army's Division of the Mississippi during the Civil War, we're launching a new online group of artifacts related to Union Army General William Tecumseh Sherman. Project Assistant Ryan Lintelman brings us three Sherman facts that might surprise you. A carte de visite portrait of Sherman One of the most debated figures of the Civil War, Sherman has been equally celebrated and reviled in public memory. He brought hard warfare to the South, leaving a wake of destruction through Georgia and South Carolina…
  • Sourcing food, sourcing food history: Researching FOOD in the Garden 2014

    27 Aug 2014 | 5:58 am
    This September, we join Smithsonian Gardens in hosting our annual FOOD in the Garden series. We'll explore four maritime regions impacted by the War of 1812 (Long Island Sound, the Chesapeake Bay, the Great Lakes, and the Gulf of Mexico) and discuss 200 years of connections between land, water, people, and food in a relaxed garden atmosphere—with delicious food and drinks, of course! Historian Amanda Moniz, PH.D., shares discoveries from her research, which will inform the program this year. Our Victory Garden, tended by the talented people at Smithsonian Gardens I had never thought…
  • Let Freedom Ring: Moses Moon's Freedom Summer recordings

    25 Aug 2014 | 2:02 am
    Fifty years after Freedom Summer, when students risked their lives to advance the cause of civil rights, intern Sydney Johnson explores audio recordings of the movement. When Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. implored that we "let freedom ring," was he literally referring to voices ringing out in dutiful protest against racial oppression? Or was he being more figurative, suggesting that freedom should be applied so equitably that it abound freely like sound waves? Either way, King's allusion to sound in reference to the hope of freedom is appropriate given the amplitude of distinctive…
  • A nation of savers: The impulse to connect with history through objects, buildings, and sites

    21 Aug 2014 | 1:15 am
    Intrigued by a piece of charred wood in the museum's First Ladies exhibition, intern Auni Gelles explores the story behind this slice of timber as it relates to the history of both the national museum and the historic preservation movement. Two experts discuss how Americans' long-standing impulse to collect bits of history simultaneously damaged and preserved many of our national treasures. When British troops marched into Washington, D.C. during the War of 1812, 200 years ago on August 24, they set off a shockwave of fear by burning iconic symbols of the young capital city: the…
  • Spinsters, confirmed bachelors, and LGBTQ collecting

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:45 am
    As objects representing Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer/Questioning history enter the museum's collection today, Curator Katherine Ott reflects on collecting and interpreting LBGTQ material culture. Can an object be gay? A queer question and one that is endlessly interesting for museums. Objects are not gay any more than they can be Klingon, a Free-Soil Party member, or jealous. However, most museums have materials created by LGBTQ people and the range of historical versions of that identity, whether they know it or not. When it comes to groups that have been…
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  • 10 Ridiculous Video Game Controversies

    Radu Alexander
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:10 pm
    The modern video game industry is a billion dollar juggernaut, but the road that brought us here isn’t without its share of bumps. These mostly come in the form of controversies that contributed towards a negative image that still lingers around gaming today. 10. Mass Effect’s Sex Scandal This controversy actually ended up being quite […]   Source: Toptenz.net The post 10 Ridiculous Video Game Controversies appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Phamous Phrases Phamous People are Known Phor

    Daniel Zarzeczny
    1 Sep 2014 | 9:01 pm
    A Brief History On September 2, 1901, the then Vice President of the United States, Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt first used his famous phrase “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair.  Presidents and other famous people have often uttered lines that has become closely associated with that person. Continue reading... The post 10 Phamous Phrases Phamous People are Known Phor appeared first on Cracked History.   Source: Toptenz.net The post 10 Phamous Phrases Phamous People are Known Phor appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • People Used to Drunk Dial The Flintstones

    Karl Smallwood
    1 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    We’re just going to jump straight to the point because this is one of the greatest things we’ve written for this site. The post People Used to Drunk Dial The Flintstones appeared first on Fact Fiend.   Source: Toptenz.net The post People Used to Drunk Dial The Flintstones appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Great Sea Stories

    Daniel Zarzeczny
    31 Aug 2014 | 10:01 pm
    A Brief History On September 1, 1952, The Old Man and the Sea, the Pulitzer Prize-winning Ernest Hemmingway novel,  was first published.  Many great novels have centered on ships and men at sea.  In the Marine Corps we used to say, “The difference between a fairy tale and a sea story is the fairy tale starts OnceContinue reading... The post 10 Great Sea Stories appeared first on Cracked History.   Source: Toptenz.net The post 10 Great Sea Stories appeared first on Toptenz.net.
  • 10 Vacation Destinations for Adventurous Tourists

    Ashley Dufault
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:10 pm
    Everyone seeks adventure from time to time. Don’t just book another trip to the Caribbean for your next vacation — take  a unique journey to one of these unforgettable destinations. 10. Blood Falls While Antarctica may not be on the top of your vacation bucket list, you might avoid this particular location for more reasons […]   Source: Toptenz.net The post 10 Vacation Destinations for Adventurous Tourists appeared first on Toptenz.net.
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    History Of Macedonia

  • Έκθεση “Μακεδονικοί Θησαυροί” στην Πέλλα

    1 Sep 2014 | 10:17 am
    Περισσότεροι από 500 θησαυροί της μακεδονικής γης από τις πολύχρυσες νεκροπόλεις των Αιγών και του Αρχοντικού Πέλλας παρουσιάζονται (κάποιοι για πρώτη φορά) στην έκθεση “Μακεδονικοί Θησαυροί”, που εγκαινιάζει την Παρασκευή 5 Σεπτεμβρίου στις 11:30 στο Αρχαιολογικό Μουσείο Πέλλας ο Υπουργός Πολιτισμού και Αθλητισμού κ.
  • Excavation work at Amphipolis reveals section of marble mosaic floor

    1 Sep 2014 | 9:32 am
    Excavation work at the site of Ancient Amphipolis, in central Macedonia, has revealed a mosaic of random while marble pieces against a red background, the Ministry of Culture has said. The mosaic, part of the tomb’s floor, was uncovered after archeologists at the site removed debris from the antechamber and was said to be in very good condition. It lies […] Related posts: Samaras expects ‘exceptionally important find’ at Ancient Amphipolis How the Alexander’s Mosaic was seen by Romans Radar reveals possible sites of Cleopatra’s Egypt tomb
  • Με οδηγό τα άστρα ψάχνουν τον τάφο του Μ. Αλεξάνδρου!

    31 Aug 2014 | 1:28 pm
    Του ΣΤΑΥΡΟΥ ΤΖΙΜΑ Όσο η αρχαιολογική σκαπάνη της Κατερίνας Περιστέρη προχωράει προς το εσωτερικό του τύμβου στην Αμφίπολη για να φτάσει στον υψηλό «ένοικο» του μακεδονικού τάφου, στα Σκόπια δεν κάθονται με σταυρωμένα χέρια. Και αν οι δικοί μας αρχαιολό¬γοι δεν βάζουν ψηλά τον πήχυ, ως προς το ποιον θα αντικρίσουν όταν…
  • ΥΠΠΟΑ: Συνέχιση ανασκαφικών εργασιών στον Τύμβο Καστά στην Αμφίπολη

    31 Aug 2014 | 12:21 pm
    Συνεχίζονται οι ανασκαφικές εργασίες στον λόφο Καστά, στην Αμφίπολη, από την ΚΗ Εφορεία Προϊστορικών και Κλασσικών Αρχαιοτήτων. Με τη αφαίρεση χωμάτων από τον προθάλαμο, στον χώρο πίσω από τον τοίχο των Σφιγγών, αποκαλύφθηκε τμήμα μαρμαροθετημένου δαπέδου, με λευκά, μικρά ακανόνιστα τμήματα μαρμάρου, σε κόκκινο φόντο,…
  • Η Ιστορία της Αρχαίας Αμφίπολης ως τα χρόνια των Διαδόχων

    29 Aug 2014 | 6:33 am
    Στην ευρύτερη περιοχή της αρχαίας Αμφίπολης υπήρχε κατά την αρχαιότητα, οικισμός των Ηδωνών με το όνομα Εννέα Οδοί. Το 497 π.Χ o Αρισταγόρας από την Μίλητο προσπάθησε μάταια να εποικήσει την περιοχή (Θουκ. 4.102.2 ; Διοδ. 12.68.3). Το 465 π.Χ. οι Αθηναίοι προσπάθησαν ξανά να εποικήσουν την περιοχή με 10,000 εποίκους (Θουκ. 1.100.3, 4.102.2; Διοδ. 12.68.2).
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    Claire Gebben

  • How about that Cyndi

    18 Aug 2014 | 3:21 pm
    The first time I attended a genealogy class taught by Sarah Little I heard about Cyndi’s list. On Sarah’s handout, my teacher noted the site is the most comprehensive reference on the web for genealogy, “the best of them all. A phenomenal encyclopedic site.” Amazingly, Cyndi has now kept Cyndislist.com continuously updated for 18 years. It has a categorized index to over 327,000 online genealogy resources. I’ve used Cyndislist.com to find immigrant ship passenger lists, links to German genealogy sites, Palatine genealogy sites, and genealogy resources by state.
  • A new day in history

    23 Jul 2014 | 4:15 pm
    Once upon a time, before I really started researching 19th century history, I lumped the entire 19th century into the Victorian era, all about propriety and manners, dominated by “prudish, hypocritical, stuffy, [and] narrow-minded” cultural attitudes (Murfin and Ray 496). While two-thirds of the 19th century did fall within Queen Victoria’s reign in England (1837-1901), I now know the Victorian America preoccupation involved mainly New England and the Deep South. Most American citizens weren’t about establishing high society. They were on the move, focused on…
  • Civil War POWs

    10 Jul 2014 | 8:59 am
    In the current July/August “Echoes,” published by the Ohio Historical Society, I was delighted to find a piece about the Union Army POW camp Johnson’s Island (located in Sandusky Bay just to the south of Lake Erie). I don’t remember how I happened on the existence of the Johnson’s Island camp in my research for The Last of the Blacksmiths, but I remember thinking how spotty the information seemed. Now, the “Echoes” magazine notes, there’s a new exhibit called “Privy to History” about the Johnson’s Island Civil War Prison at…
  • Homestead Digitization Project

    3 Jul 2014 | 9:17 am
    Breaking news for genealogists and family history researchers. Files detailing Nebraska’s homesteading history have been digitized and are now available to the public. The milestone’s part of a larger effort by the Homestead Digitization Project to put all homesteading documents from around the U.S. online. For more on the subject, Robert Siegel speaks with historian Blake Bell from the Homestead National Monument in Beatrice, Neb. Link to interview on NPR The post Homestead Digitization Project appeared first on Claire Gebben.
  • Buffalo robes

    17 Jun 2014 | 12:39 pm
    I first included buffalo robes in the novel The Last of the Blacksmiths because it was something my grandmother used to mention when she described sleigh rides. I didn’t really know what they were like — after all, buffalo robes are not an everyday object now like they once were in the 1800′s. Then again, there’s always Wikipedia. “From the 1840s to the 1870s the great demand for buffalo robes in the commercial centres of Montreal, New York, St. Paul and St. Louis was a major factor that led to the near extinction of the species. The robes were used as blankets…
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    Ancient Origins

  • Excavations reveal Gobekli Tepe had oldest known sculptural workshop

    1 Sep 2014 | 3:42 pm
    Göbekli Tepe is a very ancient archaeological site located at the top of a mountain ridge in south-eastern Anatolia region of Turkey. Dating back at least 12,000 years, it is home to the oldest known temple in the world and has been intensively studied by archaeologists since its discovery nearly two decades ago.  According to a news release in Hurriyet Daily News, archaeologists have now announced that they believe it to be the oldest known sculptural workshop on the planet. Göbekli Tepe is comprised of numerous temples made with pillars weighing between 40 and 60 tonnes and T-shaped…
  • Ancient Nalanda University resumes today after 800 year break

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:44 am
    Nalanda University was an ancient centre of learning in India, and among the first great universities in recorded history, predating such institutions of higher learning like Al-Azhar in Egypt (10th century AD), the University of Bologna in Italy (11th century AD), and Oxford University in England (12th century AD). It was also the first ever residential university in the world, holding capacity for thousands of students to stay on campus in dorms. In the 12th century, the university was decimated by invaders. But now, for the first time in 800 years, the spirit of Nalanda University revives…
  • Outline of missing stones appear at Stonehenge, proving stone circle was closed

    31 Aug 2014 | 7:26 pm
    Parch marks in the grass at Stonehenge following a dry summer have helped solve a centuries-long puzzle about whether Stonehenge was ever a complete circle, according to a news report in The Telegraph.  The parch marks - areas where the grass does not grow as strongly as in other areas during hot weather - reveal places where the missing sarsen stones may have once stood.Read moreSection: NewsHistory & Archaeology
  • The Ancient Treasure of the Maijishan Grottoes

    31 Aug 2014 | 3:46 pm
    Just a few miles south of the Silk Road in Gansu Province, lies one of the most spectacular artistic treasure of China’s past – the Maijishan Grottoes, a series of 194 caves cut into the side of a rock face and adorned with more than 7,200 sculptures and over 1,000 square metres of murals. The name ‘Maijishan’, which means ‘wheat stack’ derives from the giant, haystack-like appearance of the hill which rises 142 metres above the otherwise flat but lush landscape. This astonishing example of rock cut architecture goes as far back as the Later Qin era (384 – 417 AD) when Buddhism…
  • Ten incredible texts from our ancient past

    31 Aug 2014 | 5:29 am
    There are literally thousands of incredible texts that have survived from the ancient world, which are etched onto copper, beautifully inscribed on papyrus, chipped onto tablets, and even written using the ink of ground down gold and precious stones. While it is impossible to choose the best of the bunch, we have chosen ten incredible texts to feature, which have served to open a window onto the daily lives of our ancestors and enhanced the knowledge we hold about our ancient past.  1. The Dunhuang Manuscripts Read moreSection: NewsHistory & ArchaeologyAncient Places
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  • Two ancient Maya cities found in the Mexican jungle

    Jan Huisman
    19 Aug 2014 | 5:06 am
    A spectacular found in the southeastern part of Mexico, in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula. Archaeologists have unearthed two ancient Maya cities hidden in thick vegetation as they were exploring the area around Chactun, a large Maya city discovered in 2013. A remarkable facade with the open jaws of... Read More →
  • Greek archaeologists find a tomb from Alexander’s age

    Jan Huisman
    12 Aug 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Archaeologists from the Greek city of Amphipolis have found an ancient tomb that dates from the late reign of Alexander the Great or the early Hellenistic period, somewhere between 350 and 300 BC. The finding was revealed to today by Greece’s prime minister, underlining its great importance. In a statement, the prime... Read More →
  • Modern civilization started as men became more feminine

    Jan Huisman
    7 Aug 2014 | 12:02 pm
    New research suggests a decrease of testosterone was pivotal for the advance of  human civilization. After measuring more than 1,400 human skulls,  the changing shape of the male features show a drastic drop of male testosterone levels. This sudden drop coincided with what historians call ‘the great leap forward of Mankind’, a period... Read More →
  • Cleopatra: portrait of a killer

    Jan Huisman
    3 Aug 2014 | 10:42 pm
    The legendary Cleopatra is mostly known for her relation with the two most powerfull men of her day: Mark Anthony and Julius Caesar. Cleapatra was known for her cunning and seductive power, but this documentary shows a completey different side of this Greek pharaoh. British historian Neil Oliver takes you... Read More →
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  • Stupa

    1 Sep 2014 | 5:02 am
    The stupa, an architectural structure usually housing the cremated remains or possessions of important saintly figures, is considered to be the structural emblem and the most important type of monument of Buddhism. Most stupas have a very distinctive semi-spherical shape, often surrounded by a fence. As Buddhism was introduced in different regions, the basic architectural features of stupas...
  • Diodorus Siculus' Account of the Life of Semiramis

    1 Sep 2014 | 4:57 am
    Semiramis is the semi-divine Warrior-Queen of Assyria, whose reign is most clearly documented by the Greek historian Diodorus Siculus (90-30 BCE) in his great work Bibliotheca Historica ("Historical Library") written over thirty years, most probably between 60-30 BCE. Diodorus drew on the works of earlier authors, such as Ctesias of Cnidus (c. 400 BCE), which are no longer extant. Ctesias...
  • The Legend of Sargon of Akkad

    30 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    Sargon of Akkad (also known as Sargon of Agade and Sargon the Great, reigned 2334 to 2279 BCE), the founder of the Akkadian Empire, was a man keenly aware of his times and the people he would rule over. While he was clearly a brilliant military leader, it was the story he told of his youth and rise to power that exerted a powerful influence over the Sumerians he sought to conquer. Instead of representing...
  • Indus Script

    28 Aug 2014 | 11:34 am
    The Indus Script is the writing system developed by the Indus Valley Civilization, an ancient civilization located in what today is eastern Pakistan and northwest India, on the fertile flood plain of the Indus River and its vicinity. The earliest use of the Indus Script dates back to 2500 BCE, and it has been found in pottery, amulets, carved stamp seals, and also in weights and copper tablets. Despite...
  • Find us in Public Libraries

    28 Aug 2014 | 12:30 am
    Our Ancient Greece content is now available in three prestigious public libraries in the United States: the New York Public Library, the Brooklyn Public Library, and the Brimmer and May School Library. Through our publishing partnership with BiblioBoard, our eBook Greece, The Archaic and Classical Periods: An Ancient History Encyclopedia Collection is part of the Archives of the World module of BiblioBoard...
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  • Top 10 facts about Hannibal Barca

    Saugat Adhikari
    31 Aug 2014 | 9:15 pm
    Hannibal was born in 247 B.C in North Africa. He was one of the greatest military general of the ancient world, who lead the Carthaginian army. He was widely known for his strategy of out taking and surrounding the enemy with a combined forced of infantry and cavalry. Rome and Carthaginian were enemy before the Hannibal. The first conflict between the roman and Carthage result the first Punic war in Sicily. It lasted for over 20 years, where Carthaginian surrendered Rome. The conflict is mainly for the trade control of Mediterranean. Hamilcar Barca was about to carry his troops to the…
  • Top 10 famous clothes in ancient Greece

    Saugat Adhikari
    27 Aug 2014 | 10:19 pm
    Through the different civilizations that existed in the human history, each age and era had certain social aspects that made them stand apart from each other. One of such aspects, and a far important one, is the popular clothes and dress of the people used to wear in each respective culture that lived within those civilizations. And when it comes to the famous clothes in ancient Greece, there were quite a few dresses that were not only popular back in the ancient times, but also have had an impact in the subsequent cultures that branched out from the ancient Greek civilization. People in…
  • Top 10 most popular ancient Egyptian food

    Saugat Adhikari
    21 Aug 2014 | 10:02 pm
    The ancient world of Egypt was known for it’s prodigious culture, the ever standing pyramids and the sphinx, the Pharaohs and the once a majestic civilization that resided by the banks of the river Nile. And when it comes to the what culinary habits of the people in ancient Egypt, it is doubtless that they ate much better than people in any other ancient civilization of the world, even more so if the same timeline is considered for comparison. Much of the information about what the ancient Egyptians ate and drank comes from pictures on tomb walls, offering trays and foods left in the tombs,…
  • Top 10 most worshipped Ancient Egyptian Gods

    Saugat Adhikari
    10 Aug 2014 | 11:28 pm
    Civilization in Egypt holds many facts which are hidden within themselves and are never revealed. The great land along the banks of Nile has been extraordinarily mentioned in the modern as well as the ancient history. Around 3100BC, after the political unification of Upper and Lower Egypt, Pharaoh was the supreme for the rituals which were carried out. Egyptian deities were worshipped by the people and were considered as the form of nature that they should not make angry. So what were these natural forms which the population of ancient Egypt used to worship and offer their prayers. Lets’…
  • Top 10 religion practices in the ancient Rome

    Saugat Adhikari
    7 Aug 2014 | 6:21 pm
    Roman religion was followed from municipal to the individual family. Festival and Ritual were commonly practice and were taken as the occasion of great merriment. Roman had the religion of their own. The general celebration of different festivals were on the farms of the ancient Rome, which is also known as the Farmers year. Every Roman house contains the sacred file, with a belief that the lit fire will protect their family. However when the fire went out, it was believed that something terrible will happen in the family. Romans had their own gods; Jupiter (Zeus), Juno (Hera), and Minerva…
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