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  • The Golden Ghost of Mold #6: A Cornish Parallel July 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Modern
    The Golden Ghost of Mold #6: A Cornish Parallel

    The Rillaton Cup was a prehistoric gold beaten vessel that was discovered in a barrow in Cornwall (the cairn on the map below to the north east of the Hurlers). It is beautiful and antiquarians have compared it to the fabulous Mold cape, which is probably roughly contemporary. However, there is another connection between the […]

    History Roundup 159 including Garden Planes July 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 159 including Garden Planes

    Today’s links follow: 1) Retired Pilot Builds WW1 Plane: in garden 2) Colonial Williamsburg: the Wren College Building 3) Royal Wedding Chest Found: James IV 4) Imaging Prehistoric’ Child’s Skull: brain trauma 5) Geoglyph in Peru: similar to Nazca 6) Big Hair Part Two: how they did it 7) Werewolf Origins: Fantastically Wrong and from […]

    The First Mythbuster? July 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The First Mythbuster?

    In June 1771 one H wrote to the most important English review, The Gentleman’s Magazine. He claimed to have put together a list of over three hundred myths: what this blog refers to as cobblers. It is one of the first examples of the very modern habit of debunking myths: Snopes is the best contemporary […]

    History Roundup 158 including the World’s Oldest Song July 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 158 including the World's Oldest Song

    Today’s post on vampire dad and today’s links follow: 1) Cuneiform Song: back from the dead 2) Slang Terms for Sex: 600 years worth 3) Dead Stamps: WW1 letters 4) Why Did She Explode: ship excavation 5) The Life and Adventures of Bampfylde Moore Carew: Georgiana 6) Oldest Medical Report of Near Death Experience: 1740 […]

    A Vampire Story: Decapitating Dad July 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Vampire Story: Decapitating Dad

    This story appeared in several British newspapers around 10 March 1887. It would be interesting to know whether or not a Continental source could be found for this: or better still a diary of Baron deGostovsky: drbeachcombing AT yahoo DOT com One might imagine that the wheel of time is turning backward on reading the […]

    History Roundup 157 including Lying Taxis July 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 157 including Lying Taxis

    Today’s post on the singing war and today’s links follow: 1) Big Hair Part II: how they did it… 2) Ghandi to FDR: the letter 3) Mammoth Tusk and the Olmecs: building tribute 4) Piers Mackesy: obituary of military historian 5) 200 Years of British Piers: pics 6) Medieval Faces Reconstructed: from tram dig 7) […]

    The Singing War July 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    The Singing War

    Revolutions are normally violent affairs. Popular anger leads to stupid and brutal acts. The French Revolution might stand as the archetype here with nice ideas thrashing out of control: liberty, fraternity and equality turning all too quickly into horror, fratricide and indiscriminate killing. But there are a select group of revolutions where a determined population […]

    History Roundup 156 including Digging Up Trouble July 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 156 including Digging Up Trouble

    Today’s post is on a dodgy Irish inscription and today’s links follow: 1) 400 Year Old Cross: Newfoundland 2) Digging up Trouble: the Egyptian Curse 3) Neuroscience’s Most Famous Patient: Phineas Gage 4) Civil War General A Woman: ?!? my memory is that he had kids ?!? 5) Glacial Aircraft Carrier: Churchill 6) WW1 Interactive […]

    Irish Colony in Medieval Spain!? July 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    Irish Colony in Medieval Spain!?

    ***Thanks to Invisible for this piece*** Not every day brings with it really bizarre history, but here is a cracker. An American and a Galician scholar, respectively, James Duran and Martín Fernández Maceiras have gone on record as claiming that a mysterious fourteenth-century inscription on a north-western Spanish church (Betanzos, Galicia) is Irish. Now really […]

    History Roundup 155 including Bums, Tums and Downy Calves July 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 155 including Bums, Tums and Downy Calves

    Today’s post on mass immigration and today’s links follow. 1) 18 Cent Big Hair! a second part promised 2) Colonial Battleground: Lake George 3) Bums, Tums and Downy Calves: 18 cent enhancements… 4) Pompeii of the North: in errr County Durham? 5) Cuban Sunken City: where? 6) 70,000 Year Old Settlement: Africa 7) Bizarre Burials in […]

    Migration, Inundation… Top Scorers July 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
    Migration, Inundation... Top Scorers

    Migration – seasonal, circular, forced, permanent… – is as old as history. Folks from one community cross the river and go and live with folks on the other side. They work together, live together and eventually have children together. This stuff has been going on for tens of thousands of years. However, in modern times […]

    History Roundup 154 including Unicorn Raising July 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 154 including Unicorn Raising

    Today’s post on Irish court comedy, today’s links follow. 1) Japanese Art on Western Inventors: don’t miss this one! 2) The Dead Heads of Annecy: not for the squeamish 3) Morning Glory Dead: English Witch Queen who ‘raised unicorns’ 4) Silk King of Thailand: then he vanished… 5) Ghost Book: outline (interesting?) 6) Mormon Alphabet […]

    Nobs and Plebs in Irish Courts July 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Nobs and Plebs in Irish Courts

    Nineteenth-century Ireland was a rum place. The vast majority of the population was poor, Catholic and uneducated. The ruling, largely Protestant minority also described themselves as Irish: and many died and fought in the cause of Ireland. But the gulf of communication between these two worlds was immense and this was rarely so evident as […]

    History Roundup 153 including Female Ninjas July 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 153 including Female Ninjas

    Today’s post on magic books and today’s links follow. 1) Johnny Appleseed on the Road: Exhibit 2) Tomb Painting Gaza: near GP 3) 8000 Year Old Brain Matter: Norway 4) The Lucky Villages: no great war casualties 5) The Longstone and the Mower: timber! 6) Iram of the Pillars: Atlantis in the desert 7) Mansion […]

    Review : The Book of Grimoires July 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Review : The Book of Grimoires

    Claude Lecouteux is one of the world’s most interesting writers on folklore and magic: his work on the wild hunt, for example, is perhaps the best we have. However, this new book by CL, The Book of Grimoires: The Secret Grammar of Magic (2013 Inner Traditions, from the French original, 2002) is not strictly by […]

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