Category: history

Doing some readings about the Indus River Valley Script’s famously undeciphered symbols got me curious. What other forms of writing – alphabets, syllabaries, even character systems – remain a mystery to this day?

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During the renovation of Jambukeswarar Temple, a temple to Shiva in southern India, workers uncovered a sealed brass pot. The workers alerted local authorities after they opened the pot and discovered 505 gold coins. The temple is believed to have been built during the Chola Period around 200 CE.

The coins are currently being examined to determine how old they are, and when in the temple’s history they were hidden.

First opened in 1805, the Maine Avenue Fish Market in Washington, DC, is the oldest fish market in the United States.

In North Korea, the supermarket escalator where Kim Jong Il was last seen in public has been turned into a shrine to his memory.

The 1950s hit song “Splish Splash” (I Was Takin’ A Bath) was written because Murray Kaufman bet Bobby Darin that he could not write a song beginning with the words, “Splish Splash, I was takin’ a bath.” So Darin wrote the song.

Train travelers wearing masks to avoid catching (or spreading) the deadly Spanish Influenza (1918-1920)

A new study suggests that Sardinians experienced less genetic turnover than populations living in mainland Europe. When large-scale migration is thought to have occurred during the Bronze Age in Europe, Sardinia’s population remained in place.

An international team of scientists analyzed the genomes of 70 Sardinians whose remains were recovered from more than 20 archaeological sites spanning a period of about 6,000 years. The scientists then compared the Sardinian DNA to DNA collected from other ancient and modern peoples. The researchers determined that Neolithic Sardinians were closely related to their contemporaries in mainland Europe. Sardinian genetic ancestry remained stable through 900 BCE, although a new style of stone towers did appear on the island in this century. The 900s BCE are important because that is when major population movements occurred in Europe. But they apparently did not impact Sardinia as much.

The DNA supported later population movement on the island, such as the arrival of the Phoenicians from what is now Lebanon, and the Punics, from what is now Tunisia, as early as 500 BCE During the Roman and medieval periods, the scientists also found evidence of migration to the island from Italy and Spain.

Woe to all of us if ever as a people we grow to condone evil because it is successful.

LEARN all about the Roman Empire! This short introduction with Kelly Macquire discusses how the Roman Empire started, some of the key events and emperors, and how it eventually fell.

Australian Wildfires Uncovered Hidden Sections of a Huge, Ancient Aquaculture System:

The Gunditjmara have been building an eel-farming system at the Budj Bim Cultural Landscape for more than 6,000 years. Their aquaculture allowed them to build settled villages in the area, thousands of years before European colonization. Not very different from how prehistoric peoples along the South American west coast relied on seafood to support settlements in the middle of the Atacama Desert.