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The Krampus Fairy

The Krampus Fairy | Cultural History | Scoop.it
There are many reasons to be a good archaeologist. The preservation of heritage sites is a noble endeavour, because it allows everyone (including everyone in the future) to access our shared histor...

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All Men Would Be Tyrants If They Could

All Men Would Be Tyrants If They Could | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Braintree, Massachusetts, March 31 Abigail Adams to John Adams I wish you would ever write me a letter half as long as I write you, and tell me, if you may, where your fleet has gone, what sort of
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The map that caused a century of trouble

The map that caused a century of trouble | Cultural History | Scoop.it

"A map marked with crude chinagraph-pencil in the second decade of the 20th Century shows the ambition - and folly - of the 100-year old British-French plan that helped create the modern-day Middle East."


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Seth Dixon's curator insight, April 8, 12:51 PM

Many of the geopolitical issues that confront the Middle East stem from the secret Sykes-Picot Treaty that divvied up the Ottoman Empire

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Edward S. Curtis, Cowichan (Masked Dancer), Vancouver Island, c. 1913

Edward S. Curtis, Cowichan (Masked Dancer), Vancouver Island, c. 1913 | Cultural History | Scoop.it

magictransistor: “ Edward S. Curtis, Cowichan (Masked Dancer), Vancouver Island, c. 1913. ”

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Secrets of the 1,300-year old tattooed mummy - Telegraph

Secrets of the 1,300-year old tattooed mummy - Telegraph | Cultural History | Scoop.it

A forthcoming exhibition at the British Museum features the mummified remains of a Sudanese woman who CAT scans revealed had a tattoo on her right leg to symbolise the Archangel Michael


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Amado Samanello's curator insight, March 24, 3:06 AM

wow tattoo before 1000 years  

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The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation

The Best Map Ever Made of America's Racial Segregation | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, the map shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That's 308,745,538 dots in all.

 

White: blue dots; African American: green dots; Asian: red; Latino: orange; all others: brown

Last year, a pair of researchers from Duke University published a report with a bold title: “The End of the Segregated Century.” U.S. cities, the authors concluded, were less segregated in 2012 than they had been at any point since 1910. But less segregated does not necessarily mean integrated–something this incredible map makes clear in vivd color.

The map, created by Dustin Cable at University of Virginia’s Weldon Cooper Center for Public Service, is stunningly comprehensive. Drawing on data from the 2010 U.S. Census, it shows one dot per person, color-coded by race. That’s 308,745,538 dots in all–around 7 GB of visual data. It isn’t the first map to show the country’s ethnic distribution, nor is it the first to show every single citizen, but it is the first to do both, making it the most comprehensive map of race in America ever created.


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NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It's Not Looking Good for Us

NASA Study Concludes When Civilization Will End, And It's Not Looking Good for Us | Cultural History | Scoop.it
According to a new study sponsored by NASA's Goddard Space Flight Center, we only have a few decades left before everything we know and hold dear collapses.

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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 19, 5:51 PM

Poverty & inequality play a large role

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101 Objects that Made America | Special Reports | Smithsonian Magazine

101 Objects that Made America   | Special Reports | Smithsonian Magazine | Cultural History | Scoop.it

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Our Fading Erotic Heritage

Our Fading Erotic Heritage | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Erotic Heritage Museum is closing: [A]pparently due to an unpaid rent dispute with landlord, Déjà Vu strip-club magnate Harry Mohoney who donated the land for museum use back in 2008. Speaking to the Las Vegas Weekly, Mohoney assured visitors that the museum would not be closing its doors for good, saying of his now-former tenants, “They have been asked to vacate the property so that the Erotic Heritage Museum can be given a fresh new look at erotic history and art.”

Museum operations manager Jerry Zientara, however, see things a bit differently, claiming the museum’s collection is under the stewardship of the Institute for Advanced Study of Human Sexuality, the nonprofit organization that opened and has been operating the museum since its inception. “We don’t know when we’ll be loading things out,” he told Las Vegas Weekly earlier this month, “but we do expect to be doing that.” And, true to his word, a call for volunteers to help with removal of exhibits and cleaning of the space came



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If it can't make it in Vegas... Where?


Will the museum return?

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If it can't make it in Vegas... Where?


Will the museum return?

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Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Home Deciphered

Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Home Deciphered | Cultural History | Scoop.it
In the 1,800-year-old letter, written mainly in Greek, the soldier serving in a Roman legion in Europe tells his family he is desperate to hear from them and that he is going to request leave to make the long journey home to see them.

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Gender, Race, and Rape During the Civil War

Gender, Race, and Rape During the Civil War | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Slavery, the value of chastity, and laws that favored men all made it difficult for women to find justice during the chaos of war.

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Who was Saint Valentine | History and martyrdom of lovers patron saint

Who was Saint Valentine | History and martyrdom of lovers patron saint | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Valentine was a Catholic priest who practiced in the city of Rome during the period of Christian persecution under the reign of Claudius II (213-270). When Claudius came to power in 268 AD the Roman Empire was under attack on many fronts from the Northern tribes, the biggest threat being that posed by the Goths. Many long, hard months away from family along with the threat of disease and battle meant that a career in the Roman army in those times was not such an attractive proposition. Claudius sought to remedy the situation by outlawing marriage, thereby ensuring the population of young Roman men had less reason to stay home with their loves.
Valentine ignored the edict and decided to marry couples in secret, a practice that soon saw him hauled before the Emperor and incarcerated. A beguiling and charming man was the priest and he captured the interest of the Emperor, but he made a tactical error in trying to convert Claudius to Christianity who had him beaten with clubs, stoned and beheaded outside the Flaminian Gate on February 14th 267.
Today Saint Valentine is revered as the patron Saint of love and lovers. [...]


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10 Most Iconic Items from U.S. Presidents (iconic items, presidents, presidential, hobby)

10 Most Iconic Items from U.S. Presidents (iconic items, presidents, presidential, hobby) | Cultural History | Scoop.it
From Abe Lincoln's stovepipe hat to Bill Clinton's crossword puzzles, these 10 items are representative of either hobby or practicality and give personal insight into the Presidents who once owned them.
(iconic items, presidents, presidential, hobby)

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Ask an Archaeologist: Semitic Museum at Harvard with Joe Greene

Ask an Archaeologist: Semitic Museum at Harvard with Joe Greene | Cultural History | Scoop.it
For this episode, Ask An Archaeologist journeyed across the Charles River to the Semitic Museum at Harvard to speak to the Deputy Director and Curator, Dr. Joseph Greene. We asked Dr. Greene two viewer submitted questions. How do objects end up in museums? What do you do with artifacts when they’re not on display? Check […]

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Market Corrections

Market Corrections | Cultural History | Scoop.it
In all revolutions there comes a moment when the high ideals of the revolutionaries crash onto the hard rocks of reality. In Russia that moment came in March 1921, when the Bolsheviks retreated from their first attempt to introduce
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Dakota Death Trip History Blog

Dakota Death Trip History Blog | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Derek Dahlsad, the hubby half of Fair Oaks Antiques / We Have Your Collectibles, was just featured in today's Fargo Forum -- on the front page, no less! The article features Derek's Dakota Death Tr...
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My husband & his history website make the Fargo newspaper!

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Chicago Century: Reading The Tribune 100 Years Later

Chicago Century: Reading The Tribune 100 Years Later | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Adam Webb writes this blog and reminds you that libraries are kind of amazing.
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Gender, Identity and Memory in The Mortuary Practices of Elite Women in Eighth-Sixth Century BCE Egypt

Gender, Identity and Memory in The Mortuary Practices of Elite Women in Eighth-Sixth Century BCE Egypt | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Ancient literary and artistic sources characterize ancient Egyptian women as wives, mothers, and daughters who derived their status and identities from associations with their male relatives. For most of Egyptian history women shared their husbands tombs’ as the subordinate companion. Three and two dimensional images depict women as devoted companions who kneel at the feet of their husbands or with a supportive arm draped around her husband, who strides forward with purpose. This normative value has resulted in a tendency to discuss women as one-dimensional subjects whose identities were defined by men.


In the last two decades, Egyptology has seen a number of studies published to add depth and dimension to discussions of women, and my research belongs to and builds upon this trend. My approach is archaeological and anthropological and examines, through material culture, the ways in which ancient Egyptian women actively participated in and transformed societal practices.


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Aladin Fazel's curator insight, March 21, 2:42 PM

once they were all the same..

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Ancient "Ritual Wand" Etched with Human Faces Discovered in Syria

Ancient "Ritual Wand" Etched with Human Faces Discovered in Syria | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Discovered near a graveyard, the wand was likely used in funereal rituals
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Ancient Hominid Fossil Dated to 3 Million Years

Ancient Hominid Fossil Dated to 3 Million Years | Cultural History | Scoop.it
After more than a decade of excavation work, the nearly complete skeleton of the Australopithecus fossil called Little Foot, so named for the diminutive size of the bones, has been convincingly dated

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Portolan Charts 'Too Accurate' to be Medieval

Portolan Charts 'Too Accurate' to be Medieval | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Portolan charts, it was always assumed, were compiled by medieval European mapmakers from contemporary sources. A Dutch doctoral dissertation now disproves this: these nautical charts are impossibly accurate, not just for medieval Europe, also for other likely sources, the Byzantines and the Arabs ...

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Bones of Father of Europe Found : DNews

Bones of Father of Europe Found : DNews | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Bones in a golden casket in Germany belong to the casket's rightful occupant: Charlemagne, one of Europe's earliest and most successful monarchs, according to new research. Continue reading →

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Howard Zinn on honesty in history

Segment from Democracy Now aired May 13th, 2009 featuring the great Howard Zinn.


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Many will not take history classes in college, or even go to college, so children need to learn as much truth about history as they can. 


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Why Gentrification Is So Hard to Stop

Why Gentrification Is  So Hard to Stop | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Gentrification isn't new -- it's actually baked into the economic forces that have been driving urban development since the 1950s.

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Clovis genome settles debate on indigenous American lineage

Clovis genome settles debate on indigenous American lineage | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Nearly 50 years of archaeological research points to the Clovis complex as having developed south of the North American ice sheets from an ancestral technology, now this theory has been confirmed

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David Connolly's curator insight, February 14, 8:41 AM

Inhabiting what is now North America around 12,600 years ago the Clovis people (named after the type site in New Mexico) were not the first humans to walk this land, but they do represent the first widespread occupation of the continent – until the culture mysteriously disappeared only a few hundred years after its origin.

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The Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations

The Jobs Of Yesteryear: Obsolete Occupations | Cultural History | Scoop.it
A look at some of the professions, from milkman to telegrapher, that have become extinct.

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