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  • Creepy Scythian Graves March 26, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Creepy Scythian Graves

    Here is an extraordinary royal burial ritual for the Scythians described in Herodotus, 4,73: The tombs of their kings are in the land of the Gerrhi, who dwell at the point where the Borysthenes is first navigable. Here, when the king dies, they dig a grave, which is square in shape, and of great size. When it is […]

    History Roundup 618 including Crap Cleaners and Owl Talismans March 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 618 including Crap Cleaners and Owl Talismans

    Today’s links follow. 1) Head Transplants: Brazil 2) Dealing with Raw Sewage: US 3) Owl Talismans: France 4) Iron Age Excitement: Britain 5) Dead Letter Office: US 6) X-Raying the Reformation: England and from the archives 7) Losing Children in 19 Cent London Other links: The Obama Doctrine (20,000 words but excellent read) De la […]

    Daily History Picture: Damn Rabbits Again… March 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Damn Rabbits Again...

    Maybe the Baum Rabbit in an earlier phase? Is that rope in the left rabbit’s hand?

    Image: Hitler Bows to Hindenburg March 25, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Image: Hitler Bows to Hindenburg

    Two of the most important men in twentieth-century German history stand on the steps of Potsdam Garrison Church, 21 March 1933. On the right one of the great generals of the First World War, Paul von Hindenburg, in full Imperial uniform with the Prussian Pickelhaube. Hindenburg was, of course, the victor of Tannenberg, a decisive, […]

    History Roundup 617 including Death by Cucumber and Fairy Kidnapping March 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 617 including Death by Cucumber and Fairy Kidnapping

    Today’s links follow. 1) Digging Up King Erik: Morgue 2) Fairy Kidnapping: US 3) Sexy Black Teeth: Japan 4) Forest Settlement: US 5) Death by Cucumber: the morgue 6) A Cross Changes History: Denmark and from the archives 7) Jasper and Butternuts from Vinland Other links: Anti-Semitism on the British left, inspirational story about solving […]

    Daily History Picture: Roller Skates March 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Roller Skates

    Loved the pillows… and the knee guards?

    Headless Mine Ghost March 24, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Headless Mine Ghost

    This ghost story comes from a Derbyshire hill town, New Mills. It is deep in boggart country and it is very likely that the miners referred to the ghost as a boggart. Note Ollersett in the top right of the map. We are in 1914, the beginning of the year that would change the world. […]

    History Roundup 616 including Steamboat Skeletons and Missing Tomb March 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 616 including Steamboat Skeletons and Missing Tomb

    Today’s links follow. 1) Fairy Sightings: Ireland 2) More on Missing Tomb: Egypt 3) Most Famous 1930s Murder: US 4) Royal Eclipses: Thailand 5) Steamboat Archaeology: US 6) Mythical Island of Seven Bishops: Atlantic and from the archives 7) The Rainbow Enema Other links: Sherlock Holmes Faces Death

    Daily History Picture: Robin Williams in Skirt March 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Robin Williams in Skirt

    Wonder how the girls took this….

    For the Birds? Francis and the Feathered Tribe March 23, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
    For the Birds? Francis and the Feathered Tribe

    This brilliant illustration is from Hark The curious episode when St Francis preaches to the birds is one of those famous (everyone knows it) but little read (well have you?) experiences in western hagiography. Today Beach tracked down an English translation from this site and more importantly the Latin from Thomas of Celano, Francis’ first […]

    History Roundup 615 including Forgotten Vegetable and New Lovecraft March 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 615 including Forgotten Vegetable and New Lovecraft

    Today’s links follow. 1) Meteorite Myths: the skies 2) New Lovecraft Manuscript: Magic Shop 3) Forgotten Vegetable: England 4) Impossible Einstein Monument: the imagination 5) Bloody Civil War Photos: US 6) Second Sight Murder: Britain and from the archives 7) Vision Quest with Witch’s Lotion Other links: New British folklore book (Lancashire), Gap Years, right […]

    Daily History Picture: Ho Chi Minh Trail March 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Ho Chi Minh Trail

    Praying a Child to Death March 22, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Praying a Child to Death

    This is particularly strange case from 1893. We are in the far north east of England, but in an urban area and not one particularly associated with witchcraft. Difficult to interpret this in any way: mental illness does not work (easily) because there were two miscreants. Help gratefully received. At the South Shields Police Court, […]

    History Roundup 614 including Plato, the Amazons and Dream Magic March 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 614 including Plato, the Amazons and Dream Magic

    Today’s links follow. 1) Hemingway Enjoying Bloodbath: Cuba 2) Dream Magic: Bed 3) Amazing Coin Find: UK 4) Mystical Foods: Dinner Table 5) Deceit in Essex: UK 6) Plato and the Amazons: Greece and from the archives 7) Sex Madness! Other links: Fairy circles in Australia, Facebook Graveyard, Godfather Baptism Scene

    Daily History Picture: Knights! March 21, 2016

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Knights!

    Fifteenth century, Yorkshire

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