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The Crusades Reconsidered

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Liberty GB will address all the political issues Great Britain currently faces, something the three main parties so conspicuously fail to do

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Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head

Stylist Turns Ancient Hairdo Debate on Its Head | Ancient History | Scoop.it
A hairdresser at a Baltimore salon has stuck a pin in the long-held assumptions among historians about the hairstyles of ancient Rome and Greece.

 

By day, Janet Stephens is a hairdresser at a Baltimore salon, trimming bobs and wispy bangs. By night she dwells in a different world. At home in her basement, with a mannequin head, she meticulously re-creates the hairstyles of ancient Rome and Greece.

 

Ms. Stephens is a hairdo archaeologist.

 

Her amateur scholarship is sticking a pin in the long-held assumptions among historians about the complicated, gravity-defying styles of ancient times. Basically, she has set out to prove that the ancients probably weren't wearing wigs after all.

 

"This is my hairdresserly grudge match with historical representations of hairstyles," says Ms. Stephens, who works at Studio 921 Salon & Day Spa, which offers circa 21st-century haircuts.


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David Connolly's curator insight, February 9, 2013 10:37 AM

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Man Domesticated Cattle in Ancient Northwest China 10,000 Years Ago

Man Domesticated Cattle in Ancient Northwest China 10,000 Years Ago | Ancient History | Scoop.it
After excavating the jawbone of a cow in northern China with telltale characteristics of being a domesticated animal, a multidisciplinary team of researchers report that humans may have started domesticating cattle around the same time in more...

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Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture

Ancient Roman Concrete Is About to Revolutionize Modern Architecture | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Portland cement can't match the staying power of its Roman predecessor, and researchers now know why

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Temple Discovery Shows Horrors of war on the ancient borderlands of Israel

Temple Discovery Shows Horrors of war on the ancient borderlands of Israel | Ancient History | Scoop.it
We are standing in the middle of Israel on a quiet hill overlooking a fertile green valley.

 

Some 3,000 years ago, this peaceful place was right at the center of conflict, says archaeologist Shlomo Bunimovitz

 

The border lies somewhere between here and there,” he says, pointing to the west. He is co-leading excavations which have found the remains of a temple which was later desecrated and used as animal pens.

 

This is Tel Beth-Shemesh, the ancient meeting point of the Canaanites, Philistines and Israelites. The Bible describes it as the northern border of the Tribe of Judah


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Ancient horses' spotted history

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Scientists find that the dappled horses depicted in European cave paintings were inspired by the real thing.

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Gabriel Rodriguez's curator insight, January 22, 2014 2:29 PM

Even horses have their own history! This scoop talks about horses depicted in Eropean caves being real, not just symbolic.  Apparently there was a species of horse with spots just as they are depicted in the caves.  Yet another example of how much we still have to learn about our history.

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Excavation uncovers ancient Egyptian town in northern Egypt - Ancient Egypt -

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Remains of an ancient Egyptian town, inhabited from around 2000BC until the Graeco-Roman era, have been discovered in Qalioubiya governorate

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Ancient religious texts among the 25,000 new images online : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

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Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall

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A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may have driven the collapse of Eastern Mediterranean civilizations [...] (Climate change seen behind ancient civilizations’ fall: A cold, dry spell that lasted hundreds of years may ha...

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Ricardo Salazar's curator insight, April 11, 2014 6:48 PM

I though this was very interesting because i can connect it with todays lecture .Professor Kaatz was saying that the climate in The part where Israel is now was different. It was much cooler and it rain more and now it is all dessert. In this article it also talks about that can be one of the key factors for some civilization to fall. 

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Scientists confirm: Ancient Egyptians wore jewelry made of materials from outer space

Scientists confirm: Ancient Egyptians wore jewelry made of materials from outer space | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Scientists confirm: Ancient Egyptians wore jewelry made of materials from outer space

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JERRY KITH's curator insight, February 1, 2014 1:36 AM

Saw this on Ancient Aliens and was suprised to see this article on the materials being made from outer space? Aren't we the star-dust, so to speak?

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Were Roman slaves hungry? ~ Roman News and Archeology

Were Roman slaves hungry? ~ Roman News and Archeology | Ancient History | Scoop.it
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New artifacts suggest civilization in America began earlier than thought

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Dr. Clark Wernecke says 2.6 million artifacts have been discovered at the Gault Site in Central Texas.
"That's just an unheard of quantity," said Wernecke.

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The History of Islam and The Crusades

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This is such an important article, I hope everyone will take the time to read. I 've heard so many arguments about the evil Crusaders on Facebook..but its time for people to understand REAL history... The Western nations have been called the imperialists for so long, that we have obscured who the real imperialists throughout history really are.

And now here we are, repeating this history again....And what have we learned from the past? Not too much, it seems. The Crusades was a defensive response to brutal Islamic aggression. It was Islam that threw the world into the dark ages..and kept it there for centuries, until finally, the west and Christendom had had enough and fought back. We are faced with this same problem again today. PLease read the article below for more insight, so that the next time Christians are villanized for the Crusades, you will be informed and armed with the truth.

This time, this terrible satanic force, Islam, will be crushed forever... No more Islam. Good riddance!
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" One of the idiocies passed off for decades among Western historians is bemoaning the Crusades as evil. The Islamic world -- the Ummah -- has disseminated this imaginary charge against the West, and like fools, we have absorbed Arab lies and taken the blame to heart. But the most superficial reading of Western history should put that canard to rest...

Historians would blame the Dark Ages on the Germanic Tribes, but the Goths and Vikings readily Christianized and embraced the higher civilization of the lands they conquered. The reality is that Islamic raiding is what produced the Dark Ages. Trade and the economy collapsed under the Muslim threat, plunging Europe into stagnation.

In 1095, after centuries of Muslim aggression, Pope Urban II finally had enough, and called Christians to war. He did so after the Byzantine Empire, now broken away from Roman Catholicism, appealed for fraternal help from the Western Christians to save them from Islam. After over 4 centuries of war with Islam, the Byzantines were on the verge of collapse. Most of Spain was still under Islamic tyranny. Malta and Sicily had only been recently freed.

One may condemn the atrocities of the Crusaders, but what infuriates the objective student of history is that the far greater crimes of Islam are ignored.

The Crusades was Christendom finally fighting back, not always honorably, but against a foe which had plunged Europe into darkness for centuries.

Instead we allowed our students to be brainwashed, and force fed an Islamic line that we have to feel guilty. The Muslims invaded Southern Europe, yet somehow we Westerners are labeled the imperialists.

Islamic aggression did not end with the Crusades.

The reason Columbus headed West was because the Muslims had blocked all trade routes to the East. Yet, we are never told this.

Up until the 16th century, Italy was regularly invaded by Islam. Otranto was taken by the Turks in 1480, and held for only 10 months. Yet, it was time enough to behead over 800 Christians who refused to convert.

Piracy and kidnapping was so common that Catholic Churches in Southern Europe had donation boxes where the faithful could contribute to ransom hostages.

One could go on and on. The Islamic subjugation of Greece and the Balkans. The kidnapping of hundreds of thousands of Christian boys, over the centuries, to be forcibly converted to Islam, and compelled to serve in the Ottoman Army as Janissaries.

The Islamic attempt to take Vienna. Twice! In 1529 and 1683.

A half million or more slaves from the British Isles were kidnapped on the high seas by the religion of peace.
It was not until the U.S. Marines took on the Barbary Pirates and the French razed Algeria that Islamic predation finally stopped in the 19th century; but all of this is forgotten. Somehow, white Christians are the only villains now.

We hear the Muslims bewail about British imperialism; but the British do not want to go back to Egypt. The Muslim do want Andulasia back. We hear about French crimes in Algeria -- which were real -- but do we remember that Islamic predation that was the real agent which caused the Dark Ages. Europeans were in North Africa for only a century, but Islam pounded Europe for 1200 years. Yet, it is the Arabs who claim victim status.

But what do our politicians do, but apologize for the Crusades. Why?! Have the Muslims apologized for 1400 years of their crimes?!

Part of this idiocy stems from a hyper-liberal view of history which views European Christianity as inherently evil. It permeates the culture of academia; and refuses to see the real evil of Islam.

Sadly, a second cause is an ancillary residue of historiography which has a tradition of exaggerating the real crimes of Catholicism out of all proportion. The Spanish call this exaggeration the Black Legend of the Inquisition; and it results in a pseudo-acquittal of Islam, by blaming the Crusades on Catholicism.

Let us not forget that it was Catholic Europe which insulated Northwest European Protestants from Islam's full fury. It was Catholic Spain which eventually broke the Turkish fleet at the Battle of Lepanto in 1571. It was Catholic Poland's Jan Sobieski who saved Northwest Europe at Vienna in 1683 AD. It was the Catholic French who tamed Algeria in 1830.

Let us not forget either that it was Catholic France which saved the Christians of Lebanon in 1860 while the Protestant British were arming the Druze.

The time for apologizing to Islam must end.


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littlebytesnews's curator insight, September 10, 2013 1:31 AM

I agree, it's time to stop apologizing and appeasing our enemies! 

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Ancient City Found Under Biblical-Era Ruins - Newser

Ancient City Found Under Biblical-Era Ruins - Newser | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Ancient City Found Under Biblical-Era Ruins Newser (Newser) – The remains of an ancient city in Israel have yielded evidence of an even older city, probably dating back to the 14th century BC, LiveScience reports.Called Gezer, the Canaanite city...
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Sex, Beer & Politics: Riddles Reveal Life of Ancient Mesopotamians | Riddles Decoded & Iraq Wars | Archaeology & Historical Mysteries | LiveScience

Sex, Beer & Politics: Riddles Reveal Life of Ancient Mesopotamians | Riddles Decoded & Iraq Wars | Archaeology & Historical Mysteries | LiveScience | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Newly translated ancient riddles reveal ancient Mesopotamians made fun of politicians, cracked crude jokes and drank beer, say scientists who studied the 3,500-year-old riddles inscribed on a tablet.

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Joshua Lefkowitz's curator insight, February 6, 2014 8:05 PM

Often times it is the everyday occurrences of daily life that give us the best and most realistic images of life through history. I like seeing how we really are not that different from people no matter what misconceptions we hear and read.

Raul Banuelos's curator insight, February 7, 2014 10:07 PM

Though these discoveries may seem trivial at first glance, they help recreate the culture of the everyday person in that time. By providing these accounts, we are able to see some similarities that can be seen between our contemporary lives, and these ancient times. 

Jordan Varona's curator insight, February 8, 2014 2:29 AM

This is a fascinating read and really illustrates how similar people 3500 years ago are to us.

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Voyage Into Ancient China’s Bronzes - The Epoch Times

Voyage Into Ancient China’s Bronzes - The Epoch Times | Ancient History | Scoop.it
An extraordinary voyage through mythical China is offered to visitors of Paris’s Guimet Museum in a rare collection of ancient China bronzes.

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Adeleke Kayode's curator insight, February 10, 2014 2:21 PM

A variety of ancient bronzes that have lasted so long. They are priceless objects.

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Hidden life of the slave in Pompeii - Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Hidden life of the slave in Pompeii - Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Bringing the lives of Pompeii's slaves out of the shadows by drawing on literature, law, art and other material evidence

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David Connolly's curator insight, September 20, 2013 4:15 AM

insightful consideration of how you seek the hidden story

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Persian Wars

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The Persians wars were a series of battles fought between Ancient Greece and Persia. For an introduction Greece and Persia were both ancient civilizations.

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Andreina Ruiz's curator insight, February 26, 2014 6:06 PM

The Persians wars were a series of battles fought between Ancient Greece and Persia. There are many causes of the Persian wars. One of them was that Persians wanted to rule Greece.

Elizabeth Otis's curator insight, February 27, 2014 6:23 PM

I like how they explain the war and how it started. These were two powerhouses of the old world. 

Andrea Arminguay's curator insight, March 1, 2014 1:10 AM

this is an interesting one because it explains all the persian wars and why they happened. I think the persians and greeks are two ancient cultures that now are somewhat mixed

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Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history

Ancient discovery set to rewrite Australian history | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Copper coins and a 70-year-old map with an ‘X’ marked on it may lead to a discovery that could change everything we've been led to believe about Australia's discovery.

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David Connolly's curator insight, May 19, 2013 4:58 AM

hmmm    there is more read into this than is real. 

Lucero Trejo Guerrero's curator insight, October 24, 2013 4:49 PM

An Austrilian Scientist might have found a possible reason to rewrite Austrilian history .  Their has been five coppper coin and a 70 year old map found on Northern territory that are about 1000 years old.

Gabriel Rodriguez's curator insight, January 22, 2014 2:30 PM

The discovery of four copper coins and a map might change the historu of Australia.  It is believed this discovery means that inhabitants came upon Australia earlier than predicted.  It's amazing how finding something as simple as old coins can completely rewrite history, in this case the history of Australia.

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Ancient Egyptian Boat Reveals Death Rites of Pharaohs

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A find in Egypt may be one of the greatest ancient treasures yet discovered, a 4,500-year-old boat that carried the mummified bodies of the pharaohs.

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Amanda Duvall's curator insight, October 24, 2013 7:19 PM

This is article is about a boat found in Ancient Egypt. The old boat was used for carrying mummied bodys of pharaohs.This is one of the greatest treasures yet found.

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Ancient Egyptian Fortress Yields New Finds

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Popular Archaeology Online archaeology magazine.

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ARCE-NOLA's curator insight, September 26, 2013 11:03 AM

New insights into the lives of Egyptians and Canaanites who lived side-by-side at Jaffa.

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Finnish archaeologist digs up ancient civilization in Brazil

Finnish archaeologist digs up ancient civilization in Brazil | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Archaeologist Martti Pärssinen has made sensational finds of an ancient civilisation in the Amazonian area. The summer’s digs in Brazil have unearthed unique artefacts, including entirely new forms of ceramics.

 

The clearing of the Amazon rainforest has revealed mysterious patterns in the earth. The large-scale patterns are best visible from the air, where Finnish archaeologist Martti Pärssinen takes pictures of them.

The geometrical patterns have been made with earth mounds and moats. Many of them are huge, with sides measuring up to a few hundred metres. Over 300 such structures have been discovered in the Brazilian state of Acre alone.

The construction feat involved can be compared to that achieved by those that built the pyramids in Egypt.

Professor Pärssinen points out that people here must have expended as much energy as the workers in Egypt, shaping the earth into vast motes and mounds, in complex, multiple structures.


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elizama ramirez's curator insight, January 25, 2014 12:22 AM

Ceramic has been found of the Amazon Rainforest and this ceramic is pretty much alike to the one that was used to build the pyramids in Egypt. This was discovered due to patterns found on the earth meaning the grounds of this area. They say this unlocks more knowledge about the past.

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Scientists Rewrite Timeline of Ancient Egypt's First Dynasty | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

Scientists Rewrite Timeline of Ancient Egypt's First Dynasty | Archaeology | Sci-News.com | Ancient History | Scoop.it
British archaeologists led by Dr Michael Dee have been able for the first time to set a robust timeline for the first eight kings of ancient Egypt.

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Women in Ancient Rome Life was hard in the Ancient World ~ Roman News and Archeology

Women in Ancient Rome Life was hard in the Ancient World ~ Roman News and Archeology | Ancient History | Scoop.it
Roman heritage news excavations history Roman Empire Ancient Roma Archeology Julius Caesar histoire Rome antique fouilles archéologiques empire romain Jules Cesar archeologie (RT @jntribolo: Women in Ancient Rome Life was hard in the Ancient World...

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