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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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Red Seat Numbers Found on Rome's Colosseum - Discovery News

Red Seat Numbers Found on Rome's Colosseum - Discovery News | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The numbers were painted on the arches of the Colosseum to guide visitors to their respective stands, according to their social class.
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Even though it was free to attend events at the Colosseum there were some seats that indicated status and the numbers could help direct people to seats that matched their status.

 

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Scholars rethink the beginnings of civilizations following discoveries in ... - Ancient Origins

Scholars rethink the beginnings of civilizations following discoveries in ... - Ancient Origins | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Archaeologists digging in the Burnt City of southeastern Iran have excavated a piece of leather adorned with drawings from the Bronze Age.
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Historians had thought that they knew where all early civilizations were located.  The Burnt City is in the same general area as other cities in Mesopotamia but doesn't appear to be connected to it.

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Words emerge from ancient scrolls charred during eruption of Vesuvius

Words emerge from ancient scrolls charred during eruption of Vesuvius | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Powerful x-ray technique reveals letters and words on two fire-damaged scrolls from Herculaneum and provides clues to the author of one Continue reading...
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So rather than totally destroying the area the eruption at Vesuvius has provided us with a frozen picture of what life looked like.  It is remarkable that scrolls not only survived but that they are going to be able to be read.

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Olive Bailey, BC woman who helped crack Nazi codes in WWII - CBC.ca

Olive Bailey, BC woman who helped crack Nazi codes in WWII - CBC.ca | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Olive Bailey, of Victoria, B.C., is one of the last survivors of a team that pulled off one of the greatest intelligence coups of the Second World War.
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So many interesting stories to tell from WWII I hope that she is able to finish writing her story so that we can hear it.

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Pushing the Potato: China Wants People to Eat More ‘Earth Beans’

Pushing the Potato: China Wants People to Eat More ‘Earth Beans’ | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
China’s gastronomic traditions may have been developed over the course of several millennia. But if central planners have their way, the country’s cuisine will soon be restyled with the help of a relative interloper: the humble spud.
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China is pushing the growth and use of potatoes or as they are called in China,  Earth Beans (which is a good name for them).  There are many different types of potatoes and they are a good source of nutrition and relatively easy to grow.  

The problem is any time you change the culture, and food is a part of culture, their is resistance.

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A world war on American soil: How the Civil War became a global struggle - Salon

A world war on American soil: How the Civil War became a global struggle - Salon | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
When the Union and the Confederacy charged into battle in 1861, the whole world was watching — and waiting
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The U.S. Civil War had international implications, other countries helped with the war but most were interested to see how the new form of government handled this problem.

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Renaissance-Era Italian Warlord Was Poisoned, Mummy Reveals - Live Science

Renaissance-Era Italian Warlord Was Poisoned, Mummy Reveals - Live Science | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
An Italian warlord who suddenly dropped dead in 1329 was poisoned, a mummy autopsy reveals. Scientists found deadly traces of the toxic plant digitalis, or foxglove, in his system.
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Poison was one of the preferred methods of killing ones enemies during the Renaissance.  During the time it was hard to detect and people could do it from afar (not standing over the body).

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$16K Banana-eating Lessons with China’s Wealthiest 1 Percent - GQ

For the über-rich in China it's not enough to own luxury goods, you need to know how to live a life of luxury. That's where Sara Jane Ho comes in. The Phillips-Exeter and Georgetown alumna...
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This is a lifestyle that many of us are unaware of.  It is also teaching a formal Western lifestyle to help with international business.

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Musician's Recreation of Ancient Sumerian Songs Will Haunt You

Musician's Recreation of Ancient Sumerian Songs Will Haunt You | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
These songs are examples of how art and science can come together to create something incredible.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Interesting - it would take a great deal of study to understand how to speak the Sumerian language.

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100 Years Ago This Month - The First Bombing Raid on Britain - Huffington Post UK

100 Years Ago This Month - The First Bombing Raid on Britain - Huffington Post UK | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The first attack on London, which occurred on 31 May 1915, killed seven people and injured 35 others.
Joy Kinley's insight:

So much is talked about the bombings of Britain during WWII that we forget that it happened during WWI as well.  Zeppelins (think Hindenberg) were used to drop bombs over targets.  Zeppelins are large and slow moving but they are quiet.  

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WWI letters project offers window into brutality of battle - CBC.ca

WWI letters project offers window into brutality of battle - CBC.ca | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
One hundred years ago, soldiers from all over the world were spending the holiday season in the muddy trenches of the First World War.
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I find it amazing that most letters traveled from England to the troops in only 2 to 3 days.  Reading these letters puts a human face on war it is not just statistics but rather people and makes it more interesting and also horrible to learn about.

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Vast 5000 year-old underground city discovered in Turkey's Cappadocia region - The Independent

Vast 5000 year-old underground city discovered in Turkey's Cappadocia region - The Independent | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A 5,000 year-old underground city thought to be the largest in the world has been discovered in central Turkey.
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Cappadocia has an otherworldly look and is frequently used in movies representing other planets.  

Since this city was unknown we currently do not know when it was last inhabited or for how long it was in use so the potential for amazing finds for history are great.  

This was found because the Turkish government was working on a housing project which is kind of funny to find a massive underground city when you are trying to develop a community.  The current housing project will be moved so this site can be researched but it makes one wonder if they will find something equally interesting when they restart the development.

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Archaeologists use ancient teeth to find evidence that humans drank milk 5000 ... - Culture24

Archaeologists use ancient teeth to find evidence that humans drank milk 5000 ... - Culture24 | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Experts in York have carried out "exciting" tests to find out when and why people drank milk thousands of years ago, admitting the discovery of whey protein on human dental calculus seemed "too good to be true".
Joy Kinley's insight:
It is interesting that some of the more recent (historical recent) bodies had no evidence of the milk protein. Did that mean that milk drinking went out of fashion or the person didn't or couldn't digest milk. As technology advances we are given more tools to study the past and get a greater understanding of what happened. But for me I am very glad I have the mutation that allows me to drink milk as an adult.
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Télécours Formation's curator insight, January 3, 3:05 PM

Nos Ancêtres consommaient déjà régulièrement du lait plus de 5000 ans avant notre ère.

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Rare 9th Century Tools Discovered under Norwegian Garden, Revealing Status ... - Ancient Origins

Rare 9th Century Tools Discovered under Norwegian Garden, Revealing Status ... - Ancient Origins | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Routine landscaping last year led to a Norwegian man inadvertently uncovering extremely rare Viking Age artifacts.When Leif Arne Nordheim pulled up flagstones from his lawn, he revealed a rusty iron b...
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There have already been several finds in the same area but the amount of grave goods in this find is impressive.  The goods tell of the status and importance of their owner, a blacksmith.  Blacksmiths were highly skilled and valuable people to have in a community.

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Mystery of Greece's Alexander the Great-era tomb deepens with body discoveries - Telegraph.co.uk

Mystery of Greece's Alexander the Great-era tomb deepens with body discoveries - Telegraph.co.uk | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Remains of five people found in vast, ancient tomb dating back to Alexander's era, around 300-325 BC
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Now the remains of 5 bodies have been discovered in this tomb, most historians don't believe that Alexander the Great's body will be located in this tomb but from the size and decorations this tomb belonged to someone extremely wealthy and powerful and it would be believable that his family members would have been buried here. 

 

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Quarter century later, Swiss ditch Cold War defence relics - Economic Times

Quarter century later, Swiss ditch Cold War defence relics - Economic Times | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
GENEVA: The Cold War finally came to an end in Switzerland late last year, without a bang. A quarter century after the Berlin Wall came tumbling down, the Swiss army has finally finished demining...
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To have bridges that were laced with explosives for so long after WWII much less the Cold War seems strange.  Part of the explanation that they provided in the article is that there are relatively few people in Switzerland that can safely dismantle these weapons.  

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China bans wearing burqa in biggest Muslim city - CNN

China bans wearing burqa in biggest Muslim city - CNN | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Legislators in China's far-western Xinjiang province have passed a law to prohibit residents from wearing burqas in public, state media reported.
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China has numerous tensions with ethnic minorities especially in the western provinces.  Many that oppose the Han Chinese leadership are labeled as terrorist.  The though is that by banning outward signs of difference (cultural and religious) it eliminates the problem.  However the problem deals with education, jobs, leadership, and understanding it is not a simple outward fix.

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Inventions, discoveries of Galileo Galilei that shaped modern science - Mid-Day

Inventions, discoveries of Galileo Galilei that shaped modern science - Mid-Day | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A look at Galileo Galilei's most notable innovations, discoveries and observations in the field of astronomy, physics and other disciplines on the noted Italian physicist, mathematician, engineer, astronomer, and philosopher's 373rd death...
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Most of us are only familiar with Galileo's discovery that the Earth orbits the sun, however he made numerous contributions to other fields of science.

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Ephesus' dream of entering UNESCO World Heritage List to come true this year - Hurriyet Daily News

Ephesus' dream of entering UNESCO World Heritage List to come true this year - Hurriyet Daily News | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The ancient city of Ephesus, one of the sites in Turkey that attracts the most tourist income, is expected to enter UNESCO’s permanent list this year
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If Ephesus becomes a World Heritage site tourist revenue will increase for the area.  Ephesus has tremendous religious (for Christians) and ancient world historical significance.

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Yoga, Petting Puppies, Halloween: Banned By Malaysia's Muslim Clerics

Yoga, Petting Puppies, Halloween: Banned By Malaysia's Muslim Clerics | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The clerics are delivering a growing number of fatwas against what they see as insidious dangers. Liberal Muslims are annoyed by what they say is moral micromanaging.
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Different regions have their own interpretations of religion.  Local customs and beliefs are incorporated and the leaders own vision of religion.  Currently Malaysia has some conservative leaders issuing decrees. 

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Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You'd Be So Wrong

Would You Guess There Are Fewer Amish Today? You'd Be So Wrong | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

"There’s no denying that the Amish are fascinating to the rest of us ("the English," in Amish terms).  We buy their furniture and jam, and may occasionally spot their buggies when driving on country roads through America’s heartland.  Many may not realize, however, that though the Amish make up only a tiny percentage of Americans (less than 0.1 percent), the Amish population has grown enormously since the early 1960s, with much of the increase occurring in the last two decades." 

 

Tags:  population, USA, folk cultures, culture, religion. 


Via Seth Dixon
Joy Kinley's insight:

Living close to an Amish community and frequently seeing them my perception would be that they comprised a larger percentage of the population.  Isn't it funny how our experiences color our beliefs.

Also to my students, look we are on the map!

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Lorraine Chaffer's curator insight, January 15, 3:29 PM

A lifestyle influence on perceptions of the liveability of places. 

Kristin Mandsager San Bento's curator insight, January 27, 5:05 PM

I am surprised that there is an increase in the Amish population.  I find the reality shows about the Amish poor viewing.  Especially that goofy show Amish Mafia.  That is the worst show ever.  Why has there been an increase in the last two decades?  Are they worried about their population?  Is it an unstated rule in their society to produce X amount of offspring?  How long can they continue to keep the outside world out or at a distance?  

Joshua Mason's curator insight, January 28, 8:14 PM

I've been to "Amish Country" in Pennsylvania a couple times, most recently in 2011 on a band trip in high school. We got to tour an Amish farm house that was moved and recreated in a more modern area, specifically right next to a Target (The entrance was in the parking lot of the Target, something I couldn't help but laugh about.) I found it very interesting to learn about their culture and why they do things a certain way. I asked one of the docents if they get many converts and she said they don't but she has heard of a couple of cases. 

After that response, I was kind of surprised to read this article and find out that their community is growing, especially at such exponential rates. The family size theory though is very believable. For a community that uses farming and crafts as their main source of income, a large number of hands would be needed to help sustain the family. 

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Hidden World War II Battlefields Reveal Germans' Secret Tactics - Live Science

Hidden World War II Battlefields Reveal Germans' Secret Tactics - Live Science | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Deep in the forests of northwestern Europe, the ghosts of battle from World War II remain. These landscapes preserve troves of bomb craters, trenches and even the remains of supply depots — all of which have not been well studied until now.
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Land holds the scars of war long after everyone associated with the battle is dead.  By studying battlefields (especially those in forests) we can see the scars of machinery and bullet holes in the bark of trees and it can give an odd sense of the horror of war and the peace of nature.

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Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation

Great Blue Hole off Belize yields new clues to fall of Mayan civilisation | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Research supports theory that drought and climate conditions reduced Mayans from a regional power to survivors abandoning cities to virtual extinction Continue reading...
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Proximity to water is the one thing that allowed early civilizations to develop.  For many of us in the Western World we have easy access to water in our homes and we take for granted where water come from.  Even with droughts we can have water tanked in from other areas historically this is not the case.  

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Encampment Discovered Near Stonehenge Could “Rewrite British History ... - History

Encampment Discovered Near Stonehenge Could “Rewrite British History ... - History | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The discovery of a 6,000-year-old settlement near Stonehenge may provide new insights into the origins of one of England’s most enigmatic historical sites.
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Rather than being isolated there were settlements in the area around Stonehenge long before it was even built.  Any finds will change what we knew about prehistory (history before written records) and can show the trade and relationships with mainland Europe.

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Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 - Live Science

Coolest Archaeological Discoveries of 2014 - Live Science | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
From the discovery of an ancient tomb in Greece to the first evidence of Neanderthal art, here are Live Science's favorite archaeology stories of the year.
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There have been some tremendous finds this year. Which do you think is the most interesting?
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