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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 : Uncategorized
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 : Uncategorized
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 : Uncategorized
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 […]

History Roundup 43 including the Blarney Stone and Mammoths March 19, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Uncategorized
History Roundup 43 including the Blarney Stone and Mammoths

Today’s post on Greek influence on Chinese sculpture 1) Big Stones in Siberia: Herodotus and beyond 2) A Lost Underground Route: London 3) Who Killed the Mammoth: sun or man? 4) Origins of Blarney: Home or abroad? 5) The Heath Hen: Extinct bird on archival film 6) Ancient Egyptians and Cats: earlier than we thought […]

Did the Greeks Build the Terracotta Army? March 19, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
Did the Greeks Build the Terracotta Army?

We’ve fluttered before around the interesting work of Lukas Nickel (see link at bottom of this page), alleging contacts between Greece and China in the early centuries B.C. In a recent article (‘The First Emperor and sculpture in China’) in the Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies LN suggests that there was […]

History Roundup 42 including the Telesme and Corpse Furniture March 18, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 42 including the Telesme and Corpse Furniture

  Today’s post is on a human drum. 1) More on Macedonian Royal Tombs: excitement mounts 2) Latrine Diggings: Denmark 3) The Telesme: a luxury in 19 cent hotels 4) Death at Ireland’s Eye: Nasty Stuff 5) Corpse Furniture: some of it surviving? 6) Worst Storm in England’s History: 1703 7) Gold vs Archaeology: guess who […]

Human Drum at Rennes March 18, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
Human Drum at Rennes

***Thanks to Tokyobling for putting me onto this story and too many others like it*** Had a pretty disturbing week looking at the use of human skins in witchcraft and book covers: things that Beach, in his alloyed innocence, just didn’t realize existed. However, of all the human skin stories I ran across the strangest […]

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