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  • History Roundup 82 including Floods, Auctions and Proto Languages April 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 82 including Floods, Auctions and Proto Languages

    Today’s post is on burning libraries 1) City Fall and Flood: on the Mississippi 2) British Pathe Puts Films on Line: thousands 3) Jumbo Auction: an unusual tusk 4) Josephine’s Auction: letters to general 5) Proto Languages: get fluent 6) Spiritualists and Shakespeare: words from beyond 7) Grosseteste and Multiple Universes: modern comparisons 8) Dozens […]

    11 Burning Libraries: Book Lovers Beware April 29, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    11 Burning Libraries: Book Lovers Beware

    This blog has pioneered a series of burning libraries: books that didn’t make it (23 to date)… But what about real burning libraries? Libraries that, at some point in Antiquity or the Middle Ages, were gutted by fire, accidental or deliberate. I have included here a list of eleven devastatingly bad ‘burning libraries’ or ‘burning […]

    History Roundup 81 including Weird Poetry Group and Dragons April 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 81 including Weird Poetry Group and Dragons

    Today’s post is on a French joke duel. 1) Ancient Dental Work: just a picture, but what a picture 2) Missing War Medal Finds Its Way  Home: Arizona 3) In Search of Mendes Pinto: Mentes? Minto 4) Royals Take Side Over Shakespeare Question: surprised by Prince Phil 5) WW2 Wreck: Operation Tiger 6) Astronomical Cave? […]

    High Noon at Carcassonne April 28, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    High Noon at Carcassonne

    Carcassonne is a stunning medieval town in the south of France, famous today for the attrocities carried out there against the Cathars, or those who were believed to be Cathars, in the thirteenth century. However, I recently ran across this news story from 1894 and the most recent in our practical jokes series: long time […]

    History Roundup 80 including Labyrinths and Earhart’s Plane April 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 80 including Labyrinths and Earhart's Plane

    1) The S in Ulysses S Grant: What does it stand for 2) Last Titantic Letter: Over 100,000 dollars 3) Charge of the Light Brigade: New witness accounts 4) Russian Labyrinths in Stone: White Sea 5) Atlit Yam, Underwater: ghostly pictures 6) Earhart’s Plane: and legal squabbles 7) 16 Century Facebook: a volume of friends […]

    Egyptian Quisling in Canaan? April 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    Egyptian Quisling in Canaan?

    This year has been a particularly exciting one in Egyptology: the brewer’s tomb, a new pharaoh (and dynasty), Horemheb’s pyramid… Not least of the prizes has been a very unusual Egyptian grave found outside the bounds of the Nile valley. In fact, the grave in question was dug up in, of all places, ‘Canaan’ (Jezreel, […]

    History Roundup 79 including Romans in India and Hitler in Argentina April 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 79 including Romans in India and Hitler in Argentina

    1) The Sheriff of Norfolk’s Ring: All hail the metal detector 2) The Great Wall Keeps Turning Up: a new run 3) Some Great Hitler Survived Nonsense: look Globo 4) Treacherous Ghost: Philby is back! 5) 1888 Shipwreck: Under the Golden Gate Bridge? 6) 250 Year Old Wall Paper: Woburn Abbey 7) British Copper Age: […]

    A Pre-Christian Custom in Eighteenth-Century Scotland? April 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    A Pre-Christian Custom in Eighteenth-Century Scotland?

    A recent article on Chris’  Haunted Ohio Books quoted an eighteenth-century source for an unusual form of Scottish divination: the whole passage (from Martin Martin, obit 1718) is well worth reading, as is Chris’ thoughts on the same. But one bit particularly stood out: it relates to the Hebrides. The second way of consulting the […]

    History Roundup 78 including Blood Stains and Storm Archaeologists April 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 78 including Blood Stains and Storm Archaeologists

    Today’s post on late white Indians in Brazil. Then: 1) Mourning Ring: Turns up… 2) Buy Your Part of the Space Race: Soviet capsule 3) New WW1 Comic: Afro-Americans in the trenches 4) Einstein’s Brain: Wanderings of 5) Why Archaeologists Love Storms: Ireland 6) Antarctic History: and ice chippings 7) Rouse and Design: Remembering a […]

    White Indians in Brazil, 1953? April 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    White Indians in Brazil, 1953?

    In the long and painful relations between settling Europeans and indigenous American peoples there often came moments when genes were exchanged. Sometimes this took place because of love at the fringes of each society, sometimes it took place after rape, and in some cases children or babies from one society found themselves brought up by […]

    History Roundup 77 including Island California and Camel Libraries April 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 77 including Island California and Camel Libraries

    1) 17 cent Intervention in Scottish Referendum: the king speaks! 2) California an Island: old maps speak 3) Message in a Baltic Bottle: just over a century… 4) Toy Axes and Neanderthals: did they play? 5) Original French Colonial Homes: Louisiana 6) Ghost Wife: 18 Cent Painting 7) Shakespeare’s Dictionary:Annotated! 8) Lead Poisoning in Ancient […]

    Nessie as Biker and the Exorcism of the Loch April 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Nessie as Biker and the Exorcism of the Loch

    Ted Holiday was a Fortean researcher who died in 1979 and who was particularly associated with research into Nessie. His intellectual development (or regression from some perspectives) saw him change from: a believer in a physical Nessie (albeit with the mystery creature starring as a large slug rather than a dinosaur); to believing, instead, in […]

    History Roundup 76 including NATO UFOs and Betelgeuse! April 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 76 including  NATO UFOs and Betelgeuse!

    Today’s post continues the search for a human drum 1) NATO and UFOs: 1952 2) Little House on Prairie: Mother Daughter Team 3) Bronze Age Stew: appetizing? 4) Pacifist War Hero: VC as well 5) Nice Aboriginal Astronomy Story: Betelgeuse! 6) Back to the Maypole: in Yorkshire 7) Lewis Carroll and Fame: he hated it […]

    Jan Ziska, the Human Drum? April 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval, Modern
    Jan Ziska, the Human Drum?

    One-eyed Jan Ziska was one of the wildest and the best of the generals of the late medieval religious wars. As a Hussite he defended his people, predominantly Czechs, from carnivorous Catholic neighbours and his enemies breathed a huge sigh of relief when, in 1424, JZ was struck down by the plague. However, one of […]

    History Roundup 75 including Hitler’s Secret Disease April 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 75 including Hitler's Secret Disease

    Today’s post is on last ww1 casualty 1) 3d WW1 Photos: Explosive! 2) Napoleonic Porn Film: from the archive but good 3) Hitler and his Secret Disease: Parkinsons? 4) Lincoln Assassination: in Police Blotter 5) Volvelles: Paper Computers! 6) Napoleonic Skeleton: in Hampshire! And from the Archives 7) The Maine Penny: My fave wrong place […]

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