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  • How to Make a Mummy: According to Bob Brier and Robert Wade March 27, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    How to Make a Mummy: According to Bob Brier and Robert Wade

    Checklist. You don’t believe in the resurrection of the dead? You are not squeamish about your body being messed around with after you have passed? You have no dangerous blood-bourne diseases? And you would like a form of immortality? Then why not volunteer to become an Egyptian mummy? This anyway is what happened 24 May […]

    History Roundup 50 including Georgian Bums and the New Neolithic March 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 50 including Georgian Bums and the New Neolithic

    Today’s post is on 19 cent gold detectors 1) That big Georgian bum: Georgian dresses 2) Building Tanks: impressive photos 3) Goodbye Richard Halliburton: A pre war hero remembered 4) Saving WW1 Photos: thank the rubbish man 5) New Neolithic Burrow: Wiltshire 6) Who Killed Jane Stanford: as in the university 7) Tolkien and the […]

    Madame Caillavah and Her Nineteenth-Century Gold Detector March 26, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Madame Caillavah and Her Nineteenth-Century Gold Detector

    In that unholy mess of blood and tradition-killing, the French Revolution, there was much sacking of national treasure houses and attempts by ‘reactionaries’ and guardians to keep some of those treasures out of the hands of the Convention. One such event took place in 1793 at St Denis when looters went over the entire Cathedral […]

    History Roundup 49 including Gentleman Jack March 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 49 including Gentleman Jack

    Today’s post is on Heliopolis and the Phoenix 1) Gentleman Jack: in prison and out 2) Norfolk Footprints: most detailed online post to date about the oldest prints in Europe 3) 1914 Grand World Tour: Baseball international 4) Amenhotep III: two massive statues 5) Dressing an 18 Cent Lady: how many tradesmen 6) Black Dogs […]

    A Medieval Phoenix and Heliopolis March 25, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Medieval
    A Medieval Phoenix and Heliopolis

    The phoenix has been written about for well over two thousand years. Here though is a late version, a medieval version, in fact. It is interesting for its vividness and also for the curious confusion over Heliopolis, which the author situates in Ethiopia (rather than Egypt): any help with where this confusion begins, drbeachcombing AT […]

    History Roundup 48 including Lost Battles and Tombs March 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 48 including Lost Battles and Tombs

    Today’s post on flying stones 1) Bruce’s Scottish Parliament: dug up 2) The Lost Tomb of Imhotep: found at last? 3) The Mississippi and Mark Twain: I hate spelling that word… 4) Colonial America Paints Decadent Europe: with samples 5) Lost Battle Found: between Spanish and Indians 6) Strange Tattoo in Egypt: ‘Archangel Michael’ Other Links: […]

    Ghostly Stone Throwing in Kent, 1918 March 24, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Ghostly Stone Throwing in Kent, 1918

    Digging and paranormal episodes seem to come together with a frequency that would be all together suprising if you had never met an archaeologist. Here is a nice case from 1918: the report appears in a northern English scientific periodical. I was first attracted to it by the mention of fairies in the title of […]

    History Roundup 47 including Australian-European 15 Cent. Contact? March 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 47 including Australian-European 15 Cent. Contact?

    Today’s post on declarations of war. 1) Public Autopsy: Neswaiu unwrapped 2) Tight Fit in Peru: How did they get the stones like that… 3) New Kent Road Murder: an answer in sight? 4) Shakespeare’s Classroom: unchanged since the 16 cent 5) Australian Cockatoo: fifteenth century Europe 6) Vatican and the 21 Century: Digitalising its […]

    Declaring War in WW2: National Styles March 23, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Declaring War in WW2: National Styles

    The characters of countries are reflected in their cuisines, their clothes, and their soap operas, so why not in their declarations of war? Thought it might be fun to see whether this notion stands up and so this morning ran through every WW2 declaration of war that I could find from 1 September 1939 through […]

    History Roundup 46 including a Princess Kidnapping March 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 46 including a Princess Kidnapping

    Today’s post is on Saddleworth 1) Ukraine, Hunger Famines and Today’s Crisis: blood breeds blood 2) Simon Schama’s New Book: History of Jews 3) Women’s Tattoos in Victorian Times: Including a picture 4) Amazons: history or myth 5) Where Did Polynesians Come From? The Philippines? 6) Vegetarian Personal Ads: 19 Century 7) Kidnapping Princess Anne: […]

    Forgotten Kingdom: Inbetween Saddleworth March 22, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Actualite, Contemporary, Medieval, Modern
    Forgotten Kingdom: Inbetween Saddleworth

    Saddleworth is a late entrant in the Forgotten Kingdoms series. A stupendously beautiful patch of Pennine land in the north of England, it sits uneasily on the border between the White Rose County, Yorkshire and the Red Rose County, Lancashire. Saddleworth is, in fact, a reminder of how differences between communities are messy not clean-cut: […]

    History Roundup 45 including Electric Jokes and Textbook Wars March 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 45 including Electric Jokes and Textbook Wars

    Today’s post on Camera Obscura 1) History and Historical Fiction: synergy etc 2) Textbooks Starting Wars: Crimea etc 3) Field Systems and the Centuries: Holland 4) Oldest Roman Irrigation in Britain: Cambridgeshire 5) Electric Jokes: shocked! 6) Famous Animals of Alabama: dogs to chickens to war eagles 7) Underwater Archaeology: Roman particularly 8) Crimea War: […]

    A Strange Camera Obscura at Blackpool March 21, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    A Strange Camera Obscura at Blackpool

    The camera obscura was already being written about in ancient times, there is an Italian renaissance illustration of one as well: the best page I’ve found online, if you are new to this, is here. But I’ve recently come across a nineteenth-century example that I simply don’t understand. This comes from a very fine book […]

    History Roundup 44 including Flying Cats and Codpieces March 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 44 including Flying Cats and Codpieces

    Today’s post on an impossible case of oral transmission from Australia. 1) Flying Cat: 1857 2) No You Can’t Come to the US: 1910 3) Codpieces: in Palazzo Vecchio 4) Redpath Lecturers: new to me 5) Pyramid of the Sun Set to Fall: like a sandcastle 6) Ancient Palace: China 7) Flying by the Seats […]

    A Fourteen Thousand Year Old Legend from Australia? March 20, 2014

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient, Prehistoric
    A Fourteen Thousand Year Old Legend from Australia?

    This morning ran across one of the most incredible examples of oral transmission or perhaps it would be better to say apparent oral transmission, I’ve ever stubbed my toe upon. First, some generally established facts depending, thank God, on geologists and geographers (not historians). Tasmania is today an island off the southern coast of Australia […]

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