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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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Canada's lost Vikings revealed - Daily Mail

Canada's lost Vikings revealed - Daily Mail | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The discovery by a Aberdeen University reseearcher was made when the interior of a container, unearthed in Baffin Island, was found to contain bronze as well as small spheres of glass.
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It is often thought that there was little interaction between groups and people lived in isolated villages or areas.  

On Baffin Island the find of Viking goods show that either the Vikings (which we know had been in the area) or another group interacted and either left goods or traded with them.

More interesting is the find of the Egyptian glass beads in Denmark.  This doesn't necessarily mean that the Egyptians traveled to Denmark but there was enough trading to result in goods traveling between the areas.

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Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site

Peru Is Indignant After Greenpeace Makes Its Mark on Ancient Site | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A sign urging environmental action during a United Nations summit meeting on climate change was placed near a 1,000-year-old geoglyph that is a cultural treasure in Peru.

Via Chuck Sherwood, Senior Associate, TeleDimensions, Inc
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Hopefully the damage that they created can be fixed.  The Nazca lines are in the desert of Peru, the problem is that this is a large remote area and it is impossible to monitor it to ensure that it is not damaged.  By willingly going into the area and doing this Geenpeace damaged the environment, this did not draw the type of attention that they wanted to their work.

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Czech home owners find hidden Jewish artifacts from WWII - Haaretz

In the Czech town Terezin (Theresienstadt), used as a Nazi transit camp during the war, photos, shoes and other possessions of Jewish victims were found.
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The items that were hidden in the houses must have been extremely important to the people they belonged to.  The items described wouldn't not have held great monetary value but rather personal significance.  

Other houses and buildings will probably turn up similar finds.  I can understand the homeowners wanting to remain unknown.  First they probably don't want strangers showing up and wanting to explore but second it would be hard to deal with the fact that your home had played a part in this.

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Know your history? From Victorians to housewives, five myths exposed

Know your history? From Victorians to housewives, five myths exposed | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Now that the violent image of the Vikings has been debunked, it’s time to look at a few other popular history misconceptions Continue reading...
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History is full of myths and frequently they are more widely believed than the truth.  With the ease of access of information that the Internet provides bad and or false information spreads rapidly and many people believe what they have read.

Enjoy what really happened.

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The National WWII Museum | New Orleans: Learn: For Students: WWII at a Glance

The National WWII Museum | New Orleans: Learn: For Students: WWII at a Glance | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
WWII at a Glance is designed to give you a short introduction to the major topics of WWII History.
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Great overview of some of the major topics of WWII.

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Poland unearths one of WWII's darkest secrets - The West Australian

Poland unearths one of WWII's darkest secrets - The West Australian | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Przemysl (Poland) (AFP) - Anastasia carefully digs through the earth with her trowel.
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Not only are there bodies of the Russian and Italian soldiers that died in the horrific conditions of these camps but also Germans who refused to fight on the Eastern Front during WWII.  The lack of personal effects and unreadable dog tags is making it hard to identify the soldiers and notify their countries.

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Oldest Engraving Ever Found on Shell - Laboratory Equipment

Oldest Engraving Ever Found on Shell - Laboratory Equipment | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Homo erectus on Java was already using shells of freshwater mussels as tools half a million years ago, and as a “canvas” for an engraving. The find provides new insights into the evolution of human behavior.
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This pushes back when we thought that the creation of art occurred by hundreds of thousands of years.  Will we ever know what the meaning of these engravings are?  Probably not - it could be recorded keeping of some sort or a design that people liked.

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Photos of Europe's Border Crossings 20 Years After the Schengen Agreement - Good Mood

Photos of Europe's Border Crossings 20 Years After the Schengen Agreement - Good Mood | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

ePhotographer Ignacio Evangelista set out on several trips across Europe to capture these stunning photos of Europe's border crossings 20 years after the Schengen Agreement.

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Since the Schengen Agreement it is much easier to cross borders throughout most of Europe.  The only drawback is that sometimes you don't realize that you have entered or crossed through a country,

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China to stop harvesting executed prisoners' organs - BBC News

China to stop harvesting executed prisoners' organs - BBC News | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
China promises to stop harvesting organs from executed prisoners by 1 January, after repeated pledges to do so in the past.
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For years China has used executed prisoners organs for donation or sale.  They have stated numerous times in the past that they were going to end this practice.  There has been a fear among some people that some prisoners were only executed so their organs could be harvested.

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Letter Adds To Evidence Football Played In WWI - Sky News

Letter Adds To Evidence Football Played In WWI - Sky News | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Correspondence from an Army general to his wife on Christmas Day 1914 mentions a Britain-Germany match occurring during a truce.
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The Christmas Day truce is one of a long series of interesting things that happened in WWI.  There have been stories of the men playing soccer during the Christmas truce and this letter mentions the match.

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WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: King visits troops on front - South Wales Argus

WWI ARGUS ARCHIVE: King visits troops on front - South Wales Argus | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
HIS Majesty travelled to France on Sunday night on a visit to the general headquarters of the British Expeditionary Forces.
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I am not sure where this was originally first published but read the article and see how these battles would have been described to the general public during WWI.

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Archaeologists reveal lost medieval palace beneath prehistoric fortress at Old ... - Ancient Origins

Archaeologists reveal lost medieval palace beneath prehistoric fortress at Old ... - Ancient Origins | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The archaeological site of Old Sarum located in Wiltshire, England, has a rich history stretching back at least five thousand years. But it was William the Conqueror’s selection of the site for
Joy Kinley's insight:

With current radars and technology it is easier to study what is underneath the top layers of soil.  Often people build and rebuild in the same area (it is all about the location).  I personally loved the reconstruction of what they think the complex would have looked like.

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Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth - Daily Beast

Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth - Daily Beast | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
While Michelangelo and Co. were producing some of mankind’s most transcendant works of art, the conditions they lived in stank and so did the people they worked for.
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The art that was created during the Renaissance is renowned for its beauty.  In history classes we teach that this was the time of rebirth for knowledge and arts.  The reality was that the time period was not a clean sanitized place but it was still a brutal time.  The smell images that I got from reading this were rank which is a huge contrast to the artwork I am used to seeing.

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American woman, 87, called the 'grandmother of Afghanistan' seeks to preserve ... - Daily Mail

American woman, 87, called the 'grandmother of Afghanistan' seeks to preserve ... - Daily Mail | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
KABUL, Afghanistan (AP) — Nancy Hatch Dupree fell in love with Afghanistan on her first visit in 1962, and embarked on a lifelong mission to preserve the ric...
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I love the quote that Nancy Hatch Dupree makes 'They don't realize that the integrity of the country depends on cultural value. It's a question of realizing the strength of the country culturally, and that comes from valuing the past while welcoming the new — the two have to be meshed together and that is what we are trying to do here".

History, the facts and the culture of a region give a focus and identity to someone and the massive collection and work that she has done can unite a people.  This center has the possibility of rebuilding the history (for the people that have been displaced) that did not have the opportunity to learn about it.


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The secret ingredient behind Rome's lasting monuments - Washington Post

The secret ingredient behind Rome's lasting monuments - Washington Post | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
An ancient recipe for mortar could make modern buildings stronger and greener.
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We can always learn from history and just because something is new doesn't necessarily mean that it is better.  
If by using the same mixture that the Romans did and buildings last longer and need fewer repairs why wouldn't we change to using it? 

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Old Sarum, ancient city discovered near Stonehenge - Deccan Chronicle

Old Sarum, ancient city discovered near Stonehenge - Deccan Chronicle | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
It's one of England's better kept secrets
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I wouldn't call this a discovery because they knew that a city was there; however the city hadn't been studied and now it is.  What is interesting is the length of time that a city or settlement had been in this area.

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Incredible images capture dazzling symmetry of Iran's mosques

Incredible images capture dazzling symmetry of Iran's mosques | World History - SHS | Scoop.it

"Self-taught Iranian photographer gains rare access to shoot religious buildings as they've never been seen.  It's a side of Iran the rest of the world doesn't normally get to see -- the kaleidoscopically brilliant interiors of the country's intricately designed mosques.With beautiful mosaics and stained glass framed by powerful architecture, the buildings are astounding."

 

Tags: religion, culture, Islam, Iran, Middle East.


Via Seth Dixon
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Islamic art is full of brilliant patterns and colors and most historic art is symmetrical.  These pictures are absolutely beautiful.   

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Breathtaking - the end.

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Alec Castagno's curator insight, Today, 1:30 PM

It is interesting to see how the social and cultural factors surrounding Iranian mosques posed barriers to taking these pictures. The pictures show the beauty and colors of these mosques, showing how important they are to their history and society.

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Shackled skeletons discovered in ancient Roman burial ground in France - The Independent

Shackled skeletons discovered in ancient Roman burial ground in France - The Independent | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Archaeologist have discovered a group of skeletons bound by shackles at the site of a large ancient Gallo-Roman burial ground in southwest France.
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The shackled bodies were probably slaves or prisoners. From studying the bones scientists will be able to determine the diet and where the people spent most of their lives.
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WWI general Sir Walter Congreve who shunned the Christmas truce - Daily Mail

WWI general Sir Walter Congreve who shunned the Christmas truce - Daily Mail | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
The revealing account of troops sharing cigars and playing football was written by General Sir Walter Congreve VC. The letter will go on public display tomorrow at Staffordshire’s archive service.
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I can see why the general would distrust the enemy a Christmas truce sounds unbelievable.  

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Elgin statue leaves Britain for first time ... but it hasn't gone to Greece

Elgin statue leaves Britain for first time ... but it hasn't gone to Greece | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
UK is trying marble diplomacy with Russia.
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Lord Elgin took pieces of art from Greece that the Greek government has been trying legally to get back for years.  These items have not left Great Britain but have been on display there (one excuse on why they kept them they preserved the artwork).  Now one statue has left to be on display in a museum in Russia. The explanation is that new people will get to see them.

Do you consider the fact that they are now on display in another country and not returned to Greece to be an insult to the Greek people and their heritage?

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The Chinese Town Descended From Romans? - Daily Beast

The Chinese Town Descended From Romans? - Daily Beast | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
In a remote corner of China, one village tells a strange lineage tale. The story (and some DNA evidence) goes, the locals are the descendants of a band of Roman soldiers from 36 B.C.
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Since this town was on the Silk Road there is the chance for tremendous genetic diversity in the current population. Even though genetic tests show that there is Caucasian DNA that doesn't mean that they are descended from the Romans. If artifacts or grave goods are found that would lead to more evidence that this area residents are linked to the Roman Empire.
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History Explorer sur Twitter

History Explorer sur Twitter | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Today 1918: Woodrow Wilson departs for the Versailles Peace Conference. How should history remember Wilson? #WWI pic.twitter.com/5tXgceMl8x
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World leaders leaving to work on the treaty of Versailles the treaty that ended WWI.

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Sweet discovery: frankincense found in Roman burial sites across the UK

Sweet discovery: frankincense found in Roman burial sites across the UK | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Highly-prized resin from the Boswellia Sacra tree was used in elaborate burials in the 3rd and 4th centuries Continue reading...
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Frankincense was expensive and to put it in a grave was a show of wealth.  It did have a practical application, it would have masked some of the smell of decomposition.

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Where does slavery still exist in 2014? - AOL.com - AOL News

Where does slavery still exist in 2014? - AOL.com - AOL News | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
Slavery is still a very real and widespread problem. The slavery activity is often referred to as 'trafficking in persons' and is commonly measured...
Joy Kinley's insight:

It is important for us to know that slavery is still a problem in the modern world.  Forced labor is an example of slavery (this can be with any population but migrant workers, displaced peoples, or prisoners all suffer from forced work).

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Huge ancient Roman water basin uncovered - Lifestyle

Huge ancient Roman water basin uncovered - Lifestyle | World History - SHS | Scoop.it
A dig in Rome related to work on the city's new C metro line has uncovered the largest ancient Roman
water basin ever found, Rossella Rea, the scientific head of the excavation, said on Wednesday.

Via bsaLille3
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Often huge finds are made when the ground is excavated for buildings or infrastructure.  Should these finds always be preserved or should they be documented and then proceed with the project?  

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