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Scrap metal find turns out to be $33 million Faberge golden egg

Scrap metal find turns out to be $33 million Faberge golden egg | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A $14,000 jumble sale find turned into millions of dollars for a man who'd been thwarted in his attempts to turn a quick profit by selling the tiny ornament to scrap metal dealers.
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Wow -  Imagine finding such a work.  This particular Faberge Egg is small.  These eggs were made for the Russian czar and his family and many were thought lost during the Russian Revolution and ensuing chaos.

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An Ice Age Heritage, Nearly Lost

An Ice Age Heritage, Nearly Lost | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Ancient art in the Côa Valley of Portugal — not in caves, but outdoors — is giving insight into how ice age people lived. A planned dam would have submerged the area.
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Most pre-historic art has been found in caves throughout Europe.  This is amazing because it was outside.

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The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts

The world’s languages, in 7 maps and charts | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

"These seven maps and charts, visualized by The Washington Post, will help you understand how diverse other parts of the world are in terms of languages."

 

Tags: language, culture, infographic.


Via Seth Dixon
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Most of the world's population speak just a few languages.  It is amazing that there are thousands of languages spoken today but a dozen languages cover most of the people in the world.

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Melissa Marshall's curator insight, April 30, 8:15 PM

A site to help students understand how diverse the world is - and particularly, that the English language is not the dominant language in the world! The use of infographics - data presented visually - help students compare languages across the world. 

Simone Percy's curator insight, April 30, 10:56 PM

Good visual to represent the number of people speaking languages around the world.

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Mobile phones propelling Africa's renaissance - Starr 103.5 FM

Mobile phones propelling Africa's renaissance - Starr 103.5 FM | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
By Robert I. Rotberg Africa’s latest renaissance is propelled in substantial part by the remarkable indigenous technological transformation of a hand-held computerised gadget — the mundane mobile telephone — into a powerful instrument for human...
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Cell phones are more than just phones they are powerful computers that can allow instant access to information, goods, and services.  They are allowing people who had previously been unable to bank or vote the ability to do so.  It is hard to imagine something so small and easily available giving people such great opportunities.

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A medieval remedy for MRSA is just the start of it. Powdered poo, anyone?

A medieval remedy for MRSA is just the start of it. Powdered poo, anyone? | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Don’t write-off corpse medicine – the remarkable discovery by Nottingham University shows what treatments can be extracted from a cow, or indeed a human Continue reading...
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We frequently think that nothing ever happened in the Middle Ages and all of their science was wrong.  Well as we actually study not just use old perceptions we are finding out that some of their medicines and ideas work well.  It is very interesting that antibiotics were seen as wonder drugs and in a fairly short time span they are becoming ineffective but a treatment from the Middle Ages is working better than the modern wonder drugs.

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Ring Links Vikings to Ancient Islam - Newser

Ring Links Vikings to Ancient Islam - Newser | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Nothing like peeking in a 9th-century Viking grave
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The Vikings traveled widely and interacted with numerous cultures.  It is not surprising that they had jewelry and goods that reflect that,.

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The effects of the Khmer Rouge regime are apparent even today.

The effects of the Khmer Rouge regime are apparent even today. | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The Khmer Rouge communists used prison camps, communal farms, and forced labor to achieve their ends, which still haunt Cambodia and her people today.
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The impact of the loss of the education class and education is traumatic for any area but especially in the information age.  The loss of the intellectual as well as the basic education of the country shoved Cambodia's development back centuries compared with the rest of the world.

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I sogni di Amedeo Modigliani

I sogni di Amedeo Modigliani | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

«Il tuo unico dovere è salvare i tuoi sogni» cit. A.Modigliani Quando nel 1906, all'età di 22 anni Amedeo Modigliani si trasferì a Parigi nessuno era più sicuro di lui in quella scelta: lasciare Livorno e andare a Parigi, la città delle avanguardie, perchè la realtà artistica toscana, fatta di paesaggi e scene rurali dipinte dai Macchiaioli, a lui stava stretta; in questo Modì era già proiettato avanti...

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The Black Death may have been caused by giant Asian gerbils, not black rats

The Black Death may have been caused by giant Asian gerbils, not black rats | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
For years it is the humble black rat, Rattus rattus that has taken the blame for bringing the Black Death to Europe in the mid-14th century. However, a new study from Professor Nils […]
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Why is it so important to know what animal actually transported the Black Death?  If scientists can better understand the conditions and how the disease was spread we see when the same patterns repeat and prevent outbreaks better.  

Even though Bubonic Plague is treatable with antibiotics today there are similar diseases that appear from time to time and better understanding leads to faster and more appropriate response.

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The Vikings were some of the first tech disruptors

The Vikings were some of the first tech disruptors | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The Vikings were more than just bloodthirsty pirates: they were also settlers, landholders, farmers, politicians, and merchants.

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40 maps that explain the Roman Empire

40 maps that explain the Roman Empire | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
2000 years ago today, the Roman Emperor Augustus died. His reign marked the start of a 200-year period of peace and prosperity for the empire.
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Maps can show many different things and this group of maps show a great deal about the growth of Rome.

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Skeletons uncovered at Ipplepen reveals major Roman cemetery - Mid Devon Star

Skeletons uncovered at Ipplepen reveals major Roman cemetery - Mid Devon Star | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
15 ANCIENT skeletons have been discovered on an archaeological dig in Ipplepen, a major Romano-British settlement in Devon and now the best preserved Roman cemetery in the county.
Joy Kinley's insight:

What is interesting about this Roman graveyard in Britain is that some of the bodies are from after the Roman occupation.  We can learn a lot about people's lives by studying their bodies.

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Ancient Japanese Queen Himiko may have burned animal bones to tell the future - Ancient Origins

Ancient Japanese Queen Himiko may have burned animal bones to tell the future - Ancient Origins | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Archaeologists believe that a burnt boar scapula found in the ruins of Makimuku in Japan may tie the ancient shaman Queen Himiko and leaders of the Yamataikoku ruling establishment with the practice o...
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Most cultures tried to figure out the future, while today we use algorithms and analysts the ancient world had seers and oracles.  Oracle bones were used in China and finding them in Japan show that there were links between the two countries.

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Ancient Egyptian mummies found floating in sewage water in Egypt - Ancient Origins

Ancient Egyptian mummies found floating in sewage water in Egypt - Ancient Origins | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Several mummies complete with sarcophagi were retrieved from dirty water where they’d been found floating near El Minya, Egypt.According to a statement from the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities,...
Joy Kinley's insight:

There are numerous mummies throughout Egypt.  The problem is that treasure hunters are destroying regions trying to get valuables out.  When authorities find the discarded mummies and items they are often destroyed and have nothing of context with them.  They might not have monetary value but there is both historic and scientific value.

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Broken toilet leads to 2000 years of history: Incredible find unearths ancient ... - Daily Mail

Broken toilet leads to 2000 years of history: Incredible find unearths ancient ... - Daily Mail | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The building, in Lecce, Italy, was intended to be a restaurant, but is now a museum thanks to the wealth of history hidden beneath its walls. Owner Lucian Faggiano is pictured
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This is an amazing find. This was a huge amount of artifacts in a hidden place.  

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'Lady Death' WWII sniper film aims for hit in Russia and Ukraine - Business Insider

'Lady Death' WWII sniper film aims for hit in Russia and Ukraine - Business Insider | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Moscow (AFP) - A Russian-Ukrainian film about a legendary Soviet sniper nicknamed "Lady Death" is aiming to be a hit on the silver screen in both nations...
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WWII gives us clear bad guys.  Even if "Lady Death" hadn't killed over 300 men in a year she still killed numerous men fighting in the Ukraine.

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How the world's religious landscape will look in 2050: Islam will become ... - Daily Mail

How the world's religious landscape will look in 2050: Islam will become ... - Daily Mail | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The number of Christians in the US will decline from three quarters of the population in 2010 to just two thirds in 2050, researchers predict - with Islam becoming the second largest religion.
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We tend to forget that people and populations are constantly changing.  The world as it looks right now is not how it has always been and it will look different in the future.

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Honduras pledges forest protection after discovery of ancient site - Mongabay.com

Honduras pledges forest protection after discovery of ancient site - Mongabay.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Earlier this month, National Geographic made big news: the discovery of what it called a 'lost city' below the thick jungles of Honduras.
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The benefit of the early release of the story is that the 
Honduran government is stepping up efforts to protect the rainforest around the area.  Is the story incomplete, yes - the early release just hit a few high points with no large details to support the find. Hopefully this will be rectified in the coming weeks with more data on the find. 

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Was 1610 the beginning of a new human epoch?

Was 1610 the beginning of a new human epoch? | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A new study finds the year to be a key point for the Anthropocene – marking the irreversible transfer of crops and species between the old and new worlds King James was on the throne, Shakespeare’s Cymbeline was playing in the theatre and Galileo...
Joy Kinley's insight:

We cannot tell if we are living in a new age or not we have to look at the past to see where dramatic shifts occur.  

In history there are always new ideas and developments but there was a huge shift in information gathering and scientific advancements that were permanent and became global in the 15th and 16th Centuries.  These advancements were not disregarded when a new group came to power but rather succeeding generations continued to develop and modify what was learned rather than treating it as stagnant.

So who is to say when this defining break occurs?  There were so many rapid changes during this time period it is hard to accurately pinpoint a specific year.

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500 ancient artifacts uncovered at Archaeological complex in Pakistan - PakistanHerald

500 ancient artifacts uncovered at Archaeological complex in Pakistan - PakistanHerald | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
According to The Express Tribune the site is believed to date back 2,000 years, and pending laboratory tests on recent finds, Bhamala might be found...
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What is most interesting about this site isn't the fact that it is so large but rather on of the temples is in a unique shape for the part of the world it is in.  Today it is easy to see similar buildings throughout the world but here there is a temple thousands of years old that looks like it belongs in the Americas and build at a later time frame.  

Many people don't think of Pakistan as having such large archaeological finds but the reality is that anywhere you have had people there is the probability that there will be artifacts left behind.

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American tourists arrested for carving initials into Rome's Colosseum, taking ... - New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV

American tourists arrested for carving initials into Rome's Colosseum, taking ... - New York's PIX11 / WPIX-TV | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
ROME (PIX11) -- Two American tourists were arrested in Rome after they were caught carving their initials into the Colosseum. According to The Guardian, the 2 women from California, ages 21 and 25,...
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The fact that they didn't think it was a big deal is a problem.  

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73 Years Ago, America Imprisoned Buddhist Priests as Threats to National Security

73 Years Ago, America Imprisoned Buddhist Priests as Threats to National Security | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
How a religion seen as a menace at the start of World War II gained acceptance, through the patriotism and sacrifice of its adherents.

Via Russell Roberts
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Buddhism is regarded as a religion of peace however it is not a European based religion and would have been seen as problematic during war time because it was "different" from Christianity therefore many would have been wary of it. 

The internment camps during WWII were a horrible part of America's history.

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Russell Roberts's curator insight, February 21, 6:43 PM

Exceptionally well-researched and expertly written article by reporter Peter Manseau of http://www.theatlantic.com.  Buddhism, once scorned by the United States as a threat to national security in World War II, gained acceptance by the sacrifice and patriotism of its adherents during that dark time of U.S. history.  Manseau recounts the story of the Reverend Bunyu Fujimura, who ministered to the faithful in a series of desert internment camps during World War II.  As Manseau suggests, sometimes the basic decency of a minority view can change the prejudice and ignorance of a majority.  Added to the example of Reverend Fujimura are  the service and heroism of the 442nd Regimental Combat Team/100th Battalion, which were comprised largely of Japanese-Americans.  This highly decorated unit gained the respect of both friend and foe during that conflict.  Sometimes we have to be reminded of the principles upon which this country was founded.  Aloha, Russ.

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The best thing the Romans did for Britain was leave, historian claims - Telegraph.co.uk

The best thing the Romans did for Britain was leave, historian claims - Telegraph.co.uk | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
On average Britons lived for two years longer after the fall of the Roman Empire
Joy Kinley's insight:

The Romans did bring new things to Britain but for the ordinary people they had to pay high taxes.  After the withdrawal of the Romans less taxes and a lot of movement between the people - I am sure that they took advantage of the road network that the Romans were famous for.  

We have this idea that people in earlier time periods didn't move around but these finds are proving this wrong.

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List of Roman Emperors

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List of Roman Emperors! Visit the Romans site for interesting history, facts and information about life in Ancient Rome including List of Roman Emperors. History, facts and information about the Romans, Ancient Rome, the Colosseum and List of Roman Emperors.
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This contains a list and a basic biography of the Roman Emperors - excellent starting point for student research.

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Magna Carta found in scrapbook may be worth millions - CNN.com

Magna Carta found in scrapbook may be worth millions - CNN.com | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Just days after four Magna Cartas were united for the first time in 800 years at the British Library in London, another ancient version of the document has been discovered by chance in a medieval coastal town in England.
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This was not found in a random scrapbook in an attic but rather in the archives of a town.  Finding a copy of the Magna Carta (other important historical documents have been found here too) from the 1200's (just after it was written) shows that this town or someone in it had more importance than historians realized.  

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Roman Empire's 'Ancient Luxury' shows timeless appeal at Getty Villa - Los Angeles Times

Roman Empire's 'Ancient Luxury' shows timeless appeal at Getty Villa - Los Angeles Times | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Ancient Roman general (and later emperor) Vitellius was said to have financed an entire military campaign by selling one of his mother's pearl earrings.
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Gemstones would have come throughout the Roman Empire not the City of Rome itself which would have enhanced their value.  I find it interesting that someone plowing a field could find such artifacts.

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