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  • History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 317 including New Massacre Grave for Batavia

    Today’s links follow. 1) Batavia Grave? Australia 2) New Gospel: Egypt 3) Celtic Cauldron: Germany 4) Medieval Chess Workshop: England 5) Ancient Graveyards: Poland 6) Napoleon in an English Royal Palace: Windsor 7) Ancient Wristguard: Scotland (strangely intimate) 8) Fake Mummies: in the Vatican!!! and from the archives 9) the Search for Fusang Other links: […]

    Daily History Picture: Medieval Monkeys Again February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Medieval Monkeys Again

    This time making vellum? Source

    Long Long Long Durée Oral Transmission February 4, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Prehistoric
    Long Long Long Durée Oral Transmission

    ***Thanks to Mike Dash and Penne for sending reports in*** This site has pioneered an oral transmission tag and particularly claims that human beings can transmit information over tens, even hundreds of generations without any recourse to writing: these range from hints of memories from the early Neolithic at Newgrange to impossibly old memories of […]

    Daily History Picture: IRA Stop and Search February 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: IRA Stop and Search

    The six counties, probably Belfast, two IRA women privates stop and search a man

    Killing the Witch’s Rooster? February 3, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Killing the Witch's Rooster?

    The most important thing about nineteenth-century witchcraft reports in British, Irish and American newspapers is that they reveal a series of beliefs that were actually practiced, but that were often too intimate and ‘stupid’ to share with a folklorist. The result is that these neglected newspaper reports are the closest that we come to the […]

    History Roundup 316 including Young Rogues February 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 316 including Young Rogues

    Today’s links follow. 1) Young Rogues: Victorian England 2) Folk Revival: Scotland 3) Hitler’s Secret British Airways: Norfolk! 4) Edwardian Sexual Codes: England 5) Glass Coffins: US 6) Tudor Gardens Bloom: England 7) The Most Roman Roman Gods: Rome and from the archives 8) Night Climbers of Cambridge Other links: Chechen full immersion, Gymnopedies  

    The Rhino’s Horn and Memory February 2, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Ancient
    The Rhino's Horn and Memory

    Every so often Beach gets a post from a reader that practically writes itself and the extent of this blogger’s work is the cut and paste button. Here is one such example that goes in the well established oral transmission tag.  The correspondent and author was Indranil. Can any reader help out Indranil and his […]

    Beachcombed 56 February 1, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Beachcombed
    Beachcombed 56

    Dear Reader, Crappy January with a long and stubborn flu, made worse by the fact that it was necessary to work through it. But it seems now almost to be over… Thanks, as always, to the multiple linkers: Amanda, Chris, Chris S, Joan, Ricardo, Wade and others. I’ve put the very best contributions below to […]

    History Roundup 315 including Tattooed Princess Revealed January 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 315 including Tattooed Princess Revealed

    Today’s links follow. 1) Climate Change and Oral Memory: Australia 2) St Kilda Diaries: Scotland 3) Grumpy Eleanor of Acquitaine: ! 4) SS Great Britain Grounded: Northern Ireland 5) Dandies on Ice: worth it for the picture 6) What Happened to Louis Le Prince: France 7) Princess Revealed: Siberia and from the archives 8) Irish […]

    The Index Biography #15: Prize = A Good Book January 31, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    The Index Biography #15: Prize = A Good Book

    The Index Biography is a new form of biography pioneered by this blog and introduced in a previous post. The creator must find a biography of a famous individual from history, they must turn to the index and write down eight peripheral facts about the individual’s life. We offered up previously here Sheridan le Fanu and Joseph […]

    History Roundup 314 including Mysterious Egyptian Tomb January 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 314 including Mysterious Egyptian Tomb

    Today’s links follow. 1) Mysterious Tomb: Egypt 2) Hunley Coming Home: US 3) Neolithic Dairies: Ireland 4) The Death of Community: US 5) Red Numbers: Rome 6) Pirate  Medicine: the bottom of the ocean 7) Cervantes Found: Spain and from the archives 8) Werewolf of Temesa Other links: Time Travelling and Lloyd Cole Why I […]

    Daily History Picture: Snail City January 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Historical Pictures
    Daily History Picture: Snail City

    I have no idea….

    Ghost at Lynton January 30, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Contemporary
    Ghost at Lynton

    Beach is a sucker for these ghost stories from the Victorian, the Edwardian and immediate post Edwardian period. This particular series of horrors relates to the Ewings who lived as tenants at St Vincent’s Cottage, Lynton, 1937, ‘where a large number of bones have been found’. Here is Mrs Ewing: From the very start of our […]

    History Roundup 313 including Divine Oral Sex January 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : History Roundups
    History Roundup 313 including Divine Oral Sex

    Today’s links follow. 1) France and Islam: love and trouble 2) Fashion Through the Ages: beautiful late nineteenth-century French work 3) George Psalmanazar: Germany 4) Arbeit Macht Frei: Poland 5) Spiritualist Writing: US 6) Divine Oral Sex: world wide strange customs 7) Bizarre Anatomical Machines: Italy and from the archives 8) Werewolf Faith Other links: Finnish […]

    Naked Christianity January 29, 2015

    Author: Beach Combing | in : Modern
    Naked Christianity

    Beach recently shared the splendours of naked fertility rituals in Missouri from Colonial times to the Great Depression. The author of that article (Vance Randolph, Nakedness in Ozark Folk Belief, The Journal of American Folklore 66, 333-339) also describes what may be spill over into local Christianity. In 1905 a preacher, Jim Sharp from Missouri, […]

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