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1 Kitty, 2 Empires, 2,000 Years: World History Told Through a Brick

1 Kitty, 2 Empires, 2,000 Years: World History Told Through a Brick | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it

At some moment a few years after Jesus Christ died but before the second century began, someone made a brick on the island that would become the cornerstone of Great Britain.

 

The area was controlled by Rome then, and known as Britannia  and as the brick lay green, awaiting the kiln, a cat walked across the wet clay and left its footprints before wandering off to do something else. The clay was fired, the prints fixed, and the brick itself presumably became a piece of a building or road.

 

Two thousand years later, a Sonoma State master's student named Kristin Converse was poking around the holdings of the Fort Vancouver National Historic Site in Washington state. She was writing her thesis on the business and technology of brickmaking in Portlandia (known more formally as the Willamette Valley). A brick caught her eye. It was part of an odd group that was not of local origin. In one corner, there were the footprints of a cat. Where had this cat lived?

 


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ARCHAEOLOGY - Centuries-old Ephesus paintings restored with latest technology

ARCHAEOLOGY - Centuries-old Ephesus paintings restored with latest technology | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
The fantastic mosaics and wall paintings of the Yamaç Houses in Ephesus are undergoing a new restoration that will leave the works as vivid as the day they were created back in 1 BC

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The Archaeology News Network: Saving Pompeii with EU Regional Funds

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What Rome's Arch-Enemies Wore Into Battle

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Naval archaeologists think they've found the only example of armor from Carthage to survive the destruction of the city-state by Rome in 146BC. The helmet, recovered from the site of the Battle of the Egadi Islands, northwest of Sicily, is dramatically different from the Celtic style worn across Europe, popularly known [...]
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Commemorating Augustus

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19th August 2014 will mark the bimillennial anniversary of the death of the first Roman emperor, Augustus. The Commemorating Augustus project, led by Dr. Penny Goodman from the University of Leeds, takes this opportunity to think about Augustus’ legacy across the two thousand years which have passed since his death, and to look at what…
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Convict life in The Rocks, Sydney

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Discover in this audio file what life was like for the convicts who first arrived in Sydney. Associate Professor Grace...
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19th century women’s prison excavated

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FIRST ON 7: One of the oldest surviving buildings in Brisbane has been uncovered. Eammon Atkinson reports.
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Stonehenge Game | English Heritage

Stonehenge Game | English Heritage | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
Testing the stonehenge education game
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11 Striking Images That Show D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now

11 Striking Images That Show D-Day Landing Sites Then and Now | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
As the world marks 70 years since the launch of a mission which ultimately led to victory over Nazi Germany during World War Two, these powerful before and after pictures show the true horror and heroism on a day that changed the world. On June 6, 1944, Allied soldiers descended on the beaches of Normandy for D-Day, in an operation that marked the beginning of the end of a devastating six-year conflict.
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Digs uncover reformative work colonies

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EXCAVATIONS of the Toodyay and York convict hiring depots in WA’s Wheatbelt has confirmed that there were stark differences between convict systems in...
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Wearable submarine to hunt for 2000-year-old computer - tech - 04 June 2014 - New Scientist

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Like an underwater Iron Man, a diver will fly around the wreck of an ancient Greek ship later this year, looking to shed light on the Antikythera mechanism

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2014 | St Andrews expert solves royal and ancient puzzle | University of St Andrews

2014 | St Andrews expert solves royal and ancient puzzle | University of St Andrews | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
University of St Andrews - Scotland's first University
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Skeleton 180: A potential victim of the Norman Conquest

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A skeleton found in East Sussex as part of the excavation of a medieval hospital in Lewes 20 years ago has opened a window into the time of the 1066 Norman invasion of England

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Value in re-appraising skeletal material.   It was a dead cert...  the Battle of Lewes was bloody and people died from exactly the wounds exhibited here, the burials were in a medieval cemetery, therefore... stands to reason the skeleton was from the battle...   Wrong!

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Ancient Egyptian Carving Linked To King Tut's Father Is Discovered In Sudan - Huffington Post

Ancient Egyptian Carving Linked To King Tut's Father Is Discovered In Sudan - Huffington Post | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
NBCNews.com Ancient Egyptian Carving Linked To King Tut's Father Is Discovered In Sudan Huffington Post The "temples and the cities of the gods and goddesses … were fallen into decay, and their shrines were fallen into ruin, having become mere...

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Colchester: death by sword in Boudicca's war?

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The dramatic find just over a week ago of burnt human bone has turned out to be even more dramatic than first thought! Two bones were involved in the drama, one part of a jawbone (mandible) and the...
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Gruesome reminders of a terrible tragedy

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Two bits of burnt and blackened human bone just found during our current archaeological investigations at Williams & Griffin site by Colchester High Street are very rare and gruesome reminders ...
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Warrnambool's early history unearthed as archaeologist surveys former Beaurepaires site

Warrnambool's early history unearthed as archaeologist surveys former Beaurepaires site | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
REMNANTS of colonial Warrnambool have been uncovered as development of a new government building gets under way along Raglan Parade.
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TrowelBlazers

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Archaeologists uncover WWI soldiers 100 years on - Telegraph

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French archaeologists unearth the remains of First World War soldiers who were killed almost 100 years ago on Friday
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Mystery Surrounding Lost Army of Persian King Cambyses II May Have Been Solved | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

Mystery Surrounding Lost Army of Persian King Cambyses II May Have Been Solved | Archaeology | Sci-News.com | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
Prof Olaf Kaper may have solved what happened to the 50,000-man army of Persian King Cambyses II in the Egyptian desert around 524 BC.
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Ned’s Corner dig discovery offers diet clues

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A LA TROBE University archaeological dig on Ned’s Corner Station has found evidence that Aboriginal people in the area were eating large numbers of river mussels and aquatic snails to supplement their diet as south-eastern Australia emerged from the last glacial period 15,000 years ago.
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The Archaeology News Network: Cerveteri's Etruscan city of dead set to wow visitors

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GIS technology verifies Caesar and Helvetii history

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AN INTERNATIONAL team is using Geographic Information Systems (GIS) modelling to assess Julius Caesar’s account of his war with a Celtic tribe. Accord...
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These Are The World's Oldest Trousers

These Are The World's Oldest Trousers | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
3,000 year-old horsemen had style!

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Battered pot found in Cornish garage unlocks Egypt excavation secrets

Battered pot found in Cornish garage unlocks Egypt excavation secrets | Teaching history and archaeology to kids | Scoop.it
Pot sheds light on the work of archeologist Flinders Petrie whose finds scattered across the world in the late 19th century
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