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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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Snow breathes life into ancient graves: Missing burial ground shows up thanks to freak spring weather

Snow breathes life into ancient graves: Missing burial ground shows up thanks to freak spring weather | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have discovered ancient remains after they were 'brought back to life' by the snow covering the landscape. Settlements dating back 4,000 years were only found in Wales because just the right amount of snow fell on the countryside.
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Horseshoe Crab Fossil, 300 Million Years Old, Discovered By 10-Year-Old Bruno Debattista

Horseshoe Crab Fossil, 300 Million Years Old, Discovered By 10-Year-Old Bruno Debattista | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Ever brought in something this good for show-and-tell? An unusual rock, which a 10-year-old student presented to his classmates, has turned out to be an incredibly rare, 320 million-year-old fossil of a horseshoe crab's footprints.
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Study traces cycles of growth and collapse in social networks : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Study traces cycles of growth and collapse in social networks : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Cultural History | Scoop.it

The advent of social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have made us all more connected, but long-distance social networks existed long before the Internet.

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The Ultimate in Historical Naval Figures: A Lock of John Paul Jones' Hair

The Ultimate in Historical Naval Figures: A Lock of John Paul Jones' Hair | Cultural History | Scoop.it

"The future naval officers, who live within these walls, will find in the career of the man whose life we this day celebrate, not merely a subject for admiration and respect, but an object lesson to be taken into their innermost hearts. . . . Every officer . . . should feel in each fiber of his being an eager desire to emulate the energy, the professional capacity, the indomitable determination and dauntless scorn of death which marked John Paul Jones above all his fellows.”

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What the Luddites Really Fought Against

What the Luddites Really Fought Against | Cultural History | Scoop.it
The label now has many meanings, but when the group protested 200 years ago, technology wasn't really the enemy (11 Mar 1811: Nottinghamshire handweavers destroy knitting frames in first Luddite attack on industrial production.

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When Was History?

When Was History? | Cultural History | Scoop.it
If historical people move like two-dimensional shadows through isolated events, then you're looking at them all wrong.
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USA: Rail Trails of America

This is one of a handful of onsite rail trail pilot videos I produced. The overall vision is to get funding and produce these video for trails in ...youtube.com


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British Museum reunites Roman marble panels split for 2,000 years

British Museum reunites Roman marble panels split for 2,000 years | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Panels from a seaside mansion at Herculaneum, which like Pompeii was overwhelmed by Vesuvius in AD79, go on display
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Author seeks to correct contemporary accepted interpretations, etymologies of ancient Near East history

Author seeks to correct contemporary accepted interpretations, etymologies of ancient Near East history | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Hamíit Qliji Bérai wants readers to know the truth about the ancient sources of human civilization in “Bible Discovered: Bible = Babel (Babylon)”

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We Didn’t Domesticate Dogs. They Domesticated Us.

We Didn’t Domesticate Dogs. They Domesticated Us. | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Early humans didn't adopt wolves to help them hunt, argue scientists. Instead, wolves made the first move toward friendship.

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The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking

The Holocaust Just Got More Shocking | Cultural History | Scoop.it

THIRTEEN years ago, researchers at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum began the grim task of documenting all the ghettos, slave labor sites, concentration camps and killing factories that the Nazis set up throughout Europe.

 

What they have found so far has shocked even scholars steeped in the history of the Holocaust.

 

The researchers have cataloged some 42,500 Nazi ghettos and camps throughout Europe, spanning German-controlled areas from France to Russia and Germany itself, during Hitler’s reign of brutality from 1933 to 1945.

 

...The documented camps include not only “killing centers” but also thousands of forced labor camps, where prisoners manufactured war supplies; prisoner-of-war camps; sites euphemistically named “care” centers, where pregnant women were forced to have abortions or their babies were killed after birth; and brothels, where women were coerced into having sex with German military personnel.

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STAMFORD HILL MODS PART 2

STAMFORD HILL MODS PART 2 | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Part 1 here.
THREE COOL CATS: FELD, SUGAR & SIMMONDS.
Photos: Marc Mallat.
Here are more images of the exhibition organized by Hackney’s Town Hall on Stamford Hill Mods.
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Portraits of Freedom: An Intimate Photo Exploration of Emancipation

Portraits of Freedom: An Intimate Photo Exploration of Emancipation | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Portraits of Freedom: An Intimate Photo Exploration of Emancipation
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Geneticists Try to Figure Out When the Illiad Was Published

Geneticists Try to Figure Out When the Illiad Was Published | Cultural History | Scoop.it
When was The Iliad actually written? To answer that question, you might turn to a historian or a literary scholar. But geneticists wanted a crack at it, too

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GoogleLitTrips Reading List's curator insight, March 1, 2013 12:58 PM

I hesitate to begin with a question that may reveal more about my own ignorance than anything else.

 

Having for so long been a story passed down through generations strictly in an oral tradition, I can't imagine that there weren't many, versions of the story being told, all more or less similar at the core, but ranging in specific vocabulary used; sort of like what used to happen when we played the game called telephone. One listener, might remember the story fairly well, but memory might cause a blip or two when that listener retold the story. When the second listener retold the story more blips... and so on. And two listeners in that "first audience" might tell two slightly different blipped versions to four listeners each of whom might have told four different audiences four different blipped versions.

 

Recognizing that the original storytellers were far more attentive than 8 year old boys nervous about whispering into the ears of 8 year old girls, I'll assume that the source materials used in this intriguing story are "relatively" stable versions of the words that found their way into the earliest published versions of the story.

 

I'm actually more interested in the fact that those with non-literary educational backgrounds are bringing their talents to the study of literature. In previous scoops I've appreciated the work being done in neuroscience related to tracking brain functions when reading literature.

 

The vocabulary lesson described in this article as it was used by geneticists attempting to determine a possible date of the publication of the Illiad might be more interesting to a significant percentage of our students than merely looking at vocabulary as a study of prefixes, roots, and suffixes.

 

Anyone who has tried to maintain an interest in older literature in spite of its antiquated vocabulary knows that constant interruptions of the engaging momentum of the suspension of disbelief is not always as successful as it is annoying to many students. 

 

Great literature does not stand alone in the real world. It is influenced and reflects history, psychology, culture, cartography, philosophy, sociology, politics, marketing, intellectual perception,... all sorts of elements beyond the siloed English Department. 

 

As those of us who focus upon the value of literature in the 21st century valiantly come to its defense, it is essential that we not fight that good fight alone. It is too easy to dismiss literature educators as being biased in times when "practical" is a trump card in budget discussions among colleagues whose understanding of the practical impacts of the difficult to measure outcomes of literary reading is less well informed. 

 

To be able to reference more informed views of allies coming to the defense of literary reading from beyond the English department; from the sciences and the business departments ((see: This is Your Brain on Jane Austin, The Neuroscience of Your Brain on Fiction, and "If You Want to Lead, Read") is an invaluable asset to offset assumptions of bias when we tilt at the budgetary windmills alone.

 

And, in gratitude, we ought to also be careful in our own contributions to the conversations when they turn to the value of supporting other curricular areas that we may find ourselves less well informed about. 

 

 

 ~ http://www.GoogleLitTrips.com ~

 

 

 

Aaronee's curator insight, February 18, 2014 6:57 PM

They traced the words on the lliad like you would do genes. They used a database of concepts and words. the word database is named Swadesh word list, and its has about 200 words that exist in everyone language and culture, like water and dog.

 

Gabriel Rodriguez's curator insight, February 21, 2014 11:09 PM

Very different approach on trying to date something back to it's original creation.  Can genetics be used to date back other historical treasure's also?

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No room for archaeology archive in 27% of museums

No room for archaeology archive in 27% of museums | Cultural History | Scoop.it

A survey by the Society of Museum Archaeologists (SMA) has exposed a lack of storage space and curatorial expertise in English museums dealing with archaeological archives.

The survey of 134 museums found that 36 could not accept archaeological archives because of lack of space.

It also revealed that museums in 47 local authorities were no longer collecting, while 70% of museums had no specialist archaeology curator.

SMA chairwoman Gail Boyle said: “Many of the museums that responded are local authority museums that have no statutory funding, so they are often targeted [for cuts]. It has become prevalent over time and is getting worse.

“Archaeological field units are having to store their work, as there is nowhere for them to deposit it.


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Laura Brown's comment, March 2, 2013 5:26 PM
Sad, but not a surprise. I've watched 'Museum Secrets' and see them pull stuff out of storage bins and talk about things found, again.
diana buja's curator insight, March 3, 2013 3:32 AM

Without the archives, what value are the 'finds' to which they are linked?  Very sad.

Ancient World Apps's curator insight, March 5, 2013 11:33 AM

More depressing news :(

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Ancient 'New York City' Of Canada Discovered

Ancient 'New York City' Of Canada Discovered | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Today New York City is the Big Apple of the Northeast but new research reveals that 500 years ago, at a time when Europeans were just beginning to visit the New World, a settlement on the north shore of Lake Ontario, in Canada, was the biggest, most complex, cosmopolitan place in the region.

Occupied between roughly A.D. 1500 and 1530, the so-called Mantle site was settled by the Wendat (Huron). Excavations at the site, between 2003 and 2005, have uncovered its 98 longhouses, a palisade of three rows (a fence made of heavy wooden stakes and used for defense) and about 200,000 artifacts.


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Amazing site which is/was little known outside north america

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Archaeology Day at the Grand Canyon

Archaeology Day at the Grand Canyon | Cultural History | Scoop.it

The Grand Canyon’s sixth annual Archaeology day will be celebrated on Saturday, March 23, 2013, which commemorates Arizona Archaeology and Heritage Awareness Month. Special programs, activities and demonstrations will be held at the Grand Canyon Visitor Center throughout the day, with a special evening program at the Shrine of the Ages.

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Egypt won't rent Pyramids to foreign firms, says antiquities ministry

Egypt won't rent Pyramids to foreign firms, says antiquities ministry | Cultural History | Scoop.it

The Egyptian antiquities ministry has rejected a proposal by the finance ministry to rent out the country's major archaeological sites to international tourism companies in an attempt to reduce the government's budget deficit.

 

Some archaeologists have called the proposal 'insulting' and 'humiliating.'


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, March 1, 2013 7:54 PM

When austerity goes too far... Talk about a true proposed sell-out! This would have been far worse than the use of a Beatles song in a commercial or something.

 

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Syrians find shelter in ancient ruins

Syrians find shelter in ancient ruins | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Across northern Syria, rebels, soldiers and civilians are making use of the country's wealth of ancient and medieval remains for protection

THE JEBEL AL-ZAWIYA HILLS, Syria Like countless other Syrians fleeing their country's civil war, Sami was eager to escape the bombs and artillery shells falling on his village. But instead of taking his family to another country, he simply brought them underground.

 

For the past seven months, the family has lived in a chamber cut into the rock of the Jebel al-Zawiya hills, its walls etched with arabesques and alcoves.


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Ancient Shoes Turn Up in Egypt Temple

Ancient Shoes Turn Up in Egypt Temple | Cultural History | Scoop.it

More than 2,000 years ago, at a time when Egypt was ruled by a dynasty of kings of Greek descent, someone, perhaps a group of people, hid away some of the most valuable possessions they had — their shoes.

 

Seven shoes were deposited in a jar in an Egyptian temple in Luxor, three pairs and a single one. Two pairs were originally worn by children and were only about 7 inches (18 centimeters) long.

 

Using palm fiber string, the child shoes were tied together within the single shoe (it was larger and meant for an adult) and put in the jar. Another pair of shoes, more than 9 inches (24 cm) long that had been worn by a limping adult, was also inserted in the jar.

 


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David Connolly's curator insight, February 28, 2013 2:55 AM

Fancy footwear from egypt

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Negro Business Directory of the State of Wisconsin, 1950-1951

Negro Business Directory of the State of Wisconsin, 1950-1951 | Cultural History | Scoop.it

The first directory of African American businesses in Wisconsin appeared in 1950. Edited by Mary Ellen Shadd, the directory profiled professional, religious, educational, civic, fraternal, social, historical, commercial, and industrial organizations operated by and for African Americans.

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The Man Who Thought Like a Ship : Past Horizons Archaeology

The Man Who Thought Like a Ship : Past Horizons Archaeology | Cultural History | Scoop.it

The letters nagged at me like a persistent hint from the past. I’d first encountered them among my father’s papers as I researched my book, The Man Who Thought Like a Ship. They pertained to a ship model he’d built in the 1950s of an ancient Egyptian vessel. The model left home before I was born, and everyone, my father included, assumed it had been discarded long ago. I’d only ever seen it in pictures.


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David Connolly's curator insight, February 25, 2013 6:53 AM

Amazing new article!

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Is being gypsy a race, a lifestyle, a religion or something else?

Is being gypsy a race, a lifestyle, a religion or something else? | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Couri Novak's answer: I'm fine with the term 'Gypsy' provided it's capitalized as a proper noun and used only to denote Romani (ethnic Gypsy; Sinti and Roma, nomadic people of West Asian descent, etc,) people; a lot of confusion arises, however,...

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Body Image In Art, Porn & Media - Sex~Kitten.net

Body Image In Art, Porn & Media - Sex~Kitten.net | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Much is written on the effects of porn and female body image. Some complain fearfully of men who will, upon viewing porn, expect all women to have those bodies; others that women themselves fall into this trap and try to emulate such unrealistic things with their own bodies. Of course, these accusations and reservations aren't only reserved for pornographic materials, but magazines, television, any media.

 

And while you may think that I'm going to rant about how stupid this is, how silly it is to believe that people will be so affected by these images that they'd let ~ no force ~ them to be their realities, I'm not.


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Gracie Passette's curator insight, February 23, 2013 6:44 PM

My look at how humans have consumed media, art, and the human form through the ages.

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Site is NWS (sidebar ads).

Laura Brown's comment, February 27, 2013 1:27 PM
I thought it was NSFW. You can't just go ahead and shorten it that way!!! Can you? Strumpet! I will be on Yahoo tonight. See you there - let me know if you're too busy strumpeting to be there.
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