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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 […]

History Roundup 41 including Iron Lungs and Secret Corridors March 17, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 41 including Iron Lungs and Secret Corridors

Massive rush today, sorry. this morning’s post was on disease, the Vikings and the Americas (loads of email to put up this evening): 1) Secret Corridor Under Carrickfergus: it’s Victorian!!! 2) 1500 Year Coffin in Distant Asia: Inner Mongolia 3) An Irish Iron Lung: no comment 4) How Native Americans Colonised the Americas: via linguistic […]

Why Didn’t the Vikings Bring Disease to the Americas? March 17, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Medieval
Why Didn't the Vikings Bring Disease to the Americas?

It is well known that viruses proved absolutely essential in the colonization of the Americas. Unlike in Africa and Asia native populations died on a massive scale as they came into contact with viruses from animals and people, viruses that had been blunted by human immune systems over several thousand years in Europe. By some […]

History Roundup 40 including Communist Bears and Spanked Wives March 16, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 40 including Communist Bears and Spanked Wives

Today’s post is on unofficial law and order. Dull, melancholy day here, hope your Sunday better. 1) the Magician Killed by Autopsy: chilling 2) 1.8 Million Pounds Wasted? The Warren Cup as forgery 3) Spanked Wives: Judge sentences wife… 4) Communist Bears: shipped in the Cold War? 5) The Second Earl of Rochester: the most […]

Unofficial Law and Order March 16, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary, Modern
Unofficial Law and Order

Beach has recently been researching out in the bogs of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Ireland so far beyond the pale that children are occasionally incinerated as changelings and there is one alleged case of a legal agent being stoned to death! This was a traditional rural society ruled over as much by priests as by the […]

History Roundup 39: Tony and the Radicals March 15, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
History Roundup 39: Tony and the Radicals

Today’s post on the world bizarrest erotica (Israeli Holocaust smut) 1) An Ancient Indian Mint: dug up 2) The Spirograph: history and kids’ toys 3) Maine Sea Serpent: 1779 and on 4) England’s Swastikas: from the BBC 5) In Search of the Episcopus Marinus: the sea bishop 6) Fire Fighting Cat: New York 7) The […]

The Stalags: Israeli Holocaust Erotica March 15, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
The Stalags: Israeli Holocaust Erotica

Literature has some pretty bizarre dust balls under the bed – roadkill cookbooks, Marxist-Leninist poetry… – but there are few things that compete with the so-called ‘stalags’, Israeli erotica based around Nazi murder camps. In the late 1960s Israel was experiencing holocaust delerium: sweating out the killing of six million Jewish Europeans just two decades […]

History Roundup 38 including Bagdad Battery and Florida DNA March 14, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups, Uncategorized
History Roundup 38 including Bagdad Battery and Florida DNA

1) Peking Man and Fire: harvesting or making? 2) A Florida DNA Teaser: where did they come from 3) New Solution for Bagdad Battery: a medical device? 4) First Free Vet in NY: Bowery Boys 5) Boy and Woman in Tiny Cave: in Ireland 6) Anglo-Saxon Royal Village: in East Anglia 7) Late Witches in […]

British Truth and American Lies? March 14, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
British Truth and American Lies?

If you look through the American press from the 1800s you will sometimes come across outrageous stories about ghostly happenings, about strange sightings and about impossible creatures. The most famous example of this is, of course, the moon hoax of 1835. In Britain you have similarly outrageous stories about, say, fairy encounters, about sea serpents […]

History Roundup 37 including Viper Wine March 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups, Uncategorized
History Roundup 37 including Viper Wine

Ill baby day here so little time to write but post is Molotov and Outer Mongolia 1) Van Gogh and Rehersals: getting it right? 2) Treasures from the Forbidden City: Beautiful wild art 3) Therapy and Greek Tombstones: facial expressions apparently 4) Viper Wine: insane and new for me 5) Staffordshire Hoard: all together 6) […]

Molotov, Poetic Justice and Outer Mongolia March 13, 2014

Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
Molotov, Poetic Justice and Outer Mongolia

There is always some fun seeing people placed in hells of their own making, hells that they amply deserve. Of course, there is the whole ‘live by the sword, die by the sword’ thing: Samuel K. Doe, president of Liberia being tortured to death on celluloid; Gaddafi meeting his end in a culvert (‘God forbids […]

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