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  • 8000 Year Old Memories in Oregon? April 15, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    8000 Year Old Memories in Oregon?

      ***Dedicated to Wade*** By happy chance I recently came across two different references to Crater Lake (Oregon). The most intriguing, given this blog’s longstanding coverage of oral transmission, is a memory (?) of the lake’s creation. Let’s start with the geology of the region: about 8000 years ago Mount Mazma erupted and created a […]

    History Roundup 68 including RIP Jacques Le Goff April 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 68 including RIP Jacques Le Goff

    Roundup of the strangest and most peculiar history stories: volume 68.

    Who Built Offa’s Dyke? April 14, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    Who Built Offa's Dyke?

    Offa’s Dyke is an important earthwork that runs along, very approximately, the English Welsh border. Its name comes from the little known (but apparently impressive) eighth-century Mercian king Offa (obit 796). The problem is that the dyke’s name may be a misnomer. Certainly, over the last generation there have been increasingly forceful attempts to wrest […]

    History Roundup 67 including a Red Sub and Jesus’ Wife April 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 67 including a Red Sub and Jesus' Wife

    1) The Dangers of Lost City Searches: in the Amazon 2) Hidden Stone Communications? In Peru 3) The CIA Goes After a Red Sub: and mostly fails 4) Naming Time Square: 110 years ago 5) Jesus and Wife: Still open for debate 6) Mussolini and the Violin: for sale 7) Iron Age Mint: Britain 8) […]

    The Spy Who Loved Me? Semen and Espionage April 13, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Spy Who Loved Me? Semen and Espionage

    By WW2 Britain had the best spy and espionage service in the world: one that helped end the war in 1945 rather than 1946 or 1947. However, in WW1 it was still amateur hour. MI6 was just five years old when the guns of August thundered and there was a great deal of improvisation by […]

    History Roundup 66 including Commie Scouts and Battlewinning Taxis April 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 66 including Commie Scouts and Battlewinning Taxis

    1) Scouts, Communists and MI5: only in Britain 2) Petroleum Tree Chart: vivid 3) Vienna, Salt and Cemeteries: inter alii Paracelsus 4) Taxis of the Marne: Legend or otherwise 5) Digging Up Durham Cathedral Kitchen: Food for thought 6) English Coin at Bannockburn: Scottish booty? 7) Bringing Music to the Trenches: Lena Ashwell 8) Egyptian […]

    A Medieval Brass Robot and the Unutterable Name of God April 12, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    A Medieval Brass Robot and the Unutterable Name of God

    This account is given by William of Malmesbury in one of his histories. It is interesting for many reasons, not least because it supposedly came from a doctor in his monastery, who told it to William, when the future historian was a boy. When I [William’s informant] was seven years old despising the mean circumstances […]

    History Roundup 65 including Brain Scoopers April 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 65 including Brain Scoopers

    Today’s post on rabies’ cures: migraine slowly abating and reading James Bond comics. 1) The Brain Scoopers: Egypt (see also our previous article on brain liquidation) 2) Clipping the Church: in Dark Dorset (our past examination of this ceremony further north) 3) Carambolo Treasure: and arguments in Spain 4) Scientific Racism: more 5) Alternative US: […]

    Rabies and Dog’s Liver Cure April 11, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Rabies and Dog's Liver Cure

    Rabies vanished from Britain in the very early twentieth century and bar some unlucky exceptions has not returned since: just 22 have died since 1902. But in the nineteenth century it was a serious menace and people, particularly children died on a fairly regular basis. Here is a rabies account from the 1860s and deep […]

    History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1 April 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 64 including Latin WW1

    This is going to be short as in middle of migraine… However, today’s post on the nice American Civil War. 1) Writing to the Front: ww1 dedication 2) Fighting the Germans with Latin: in WW1 3) Volcano that Changed History: 1815 4) The Doll That Saw History Being Made: loved this 5) Baby Spontaneous Combustion? […]

    The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict? April 10, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The American Civil War: An Exceptionally Nice Conflict?

    The American Civil War was a grim event: of this there should be no question. Perahps 400 thousand young men were killed, who would have contributed to the future of their country/countries. There was lasting bitterness, particularly in the South, where even today there are debates about Confederate Flags and northern culpability. For an outsider, […]

    History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns April 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 63 including Lethal Legals and Papal Guns

    1) Practice Trenches: ww1 norfolk 2) Oldest Decimal Table: China 3) Interesting Marriages, Births etc: 1817 4) Lethal Legal Eagle: the danger of lawyers 5) Mongolian Shamanism: A surprising story 6) John Paul II Guns: At his birthplace 7) Hebridean Oracles: wild stuff and Kentucky 8) Farming to the Sofa: 6000 years of change on […]

    Brought Up By A Tree April 9, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Brought Up By A Tree

    This story dates to 1706 and seems, at least, to Beach just too incredible. It is enjoyable though, in a kind of my-foster-dad-was-an-oak, murder-will-out way. The scene of the occurrence is laid at a nameless place in Essex [note not named!], in the neighbourhood of which a gentleman was in the habit of amusing himself […]

    History Roundup 62 including Elongated Skulls and Grain Nomads April 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 62 including Elongated Skulls and Grain Nomads

    Today’s post on human trousers 1) Rossetti’s Models: all in pictures 2) Tracking A Slave Trader: with expense reports? 3) Elongated Skulls: Carpathian Basin 4) Banquet on the Golden Hind: on circumnavigation 5) Major New Egyptian Find: just possibly 6) Nomads and Grain: East to West 7) Walking Fast: 19 cent sport And from the […]

    Human Trousers from Iceland April 8, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Human Trousers from Iceland

    Regular readers of this blog will know the name ‘Leif’, who always sends in excellent copy about Viking culture, correcting my excesses and offering new perspectives. Leif recently sent in these reflections on Lappish breeches (extraordinary and horrific picture at the foot of this post) after my post on a human drum. Here we return […]

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