Patrick Masters, University of Portsmouth When market trader Tina Gayle was banned from selling mugs featuring Knights Templar logos in a Loughborough Market, Charnwood Borough Council ruled that they were … Continue Reading Alt-Right Claims to March in Step With the Knights Templar – This is Fake History
Benjamin Hoy, University of Saskatchewan Have you played Monopoly lately? Or maybe snakes and ladders? These board games are examples of 100-year-old games that many still play today. But the … Continue Reading Monopoly Was Designed 100 Years Ago to Teach the Dangers of Capitalism
Michael Milford, Queensland University of Technology and Peter Stratton, The University of Queensland Captain Marvel flies into movie theatres from today, and apart from introducing a great new hero who … Continue Reading Remember Blockbuster, Nirvana and Pagers? The New Captain Marvel Lives in the 1990s
The annals of Oak Island lore are steeped in human stories of ingenuity, determination, adventure and the desire not only for enrichment of men’s bank balances, but also their knowledge … Continue Reading The Characters of Oak Island: Robert Dunfield – Cracking A Walnut With a Sledgehammer
Jane Landers, Vanderbilt University For most Americans, black history begins in 1619, when a Dutch ship brought some “20 and odd Negroes” as slaves to the English colony of Jamestown, … Continue Reading What Catholic Church Records Tell Us About America’s Earliest Black History
Gideon Cohn-Postar, Northwestern University North Carolina is redoing an election to decide who will represent its 9th Congressional District, after an investigation uncovered evidence of election fraud during the 2018 … Continue Reading A Brief History of North Carolina’s 9th District Contested Election – In 1898
Born into slavery in South Carolina in 1764 or 1765, Samuel Ball escaped life on the plantation by joining the British forces during the American Revolution. In November of 1775, … Continue Reading The Characters of Oak Island: Samuel Ball – Respected Cabbage Farmer or Something More?
Mark Chadwick, Nottingham Trent University The Nuremberg and Tokyo trials, convened in the aftermath of World War II, are usually identified as the start of modern international criminal law. Prosecutions … Continue Reading The Prosecution of Pirates Was a Model For Today’s System of International Justice
John Beck, University of Westminster World War II led to the massive mobilisation of all the people and resources nations could bring to bear. This was total war on a … Continue Reading How Cold War Anxieties Still Shape Our World Today
Jonathan Schroeder, Rochester Institute of Technology and Janet Borgerson, DePaul University When we hear the word “stereo” today, we might simply think of a sound system, as in “turn on … Continue Reading How Stereo Was First Sold To a Skeptical Public
Of all the finds on History’s The Curse of Oak Island, perhaps none has sparked as much debate as the “lead cross” found during Season Five by detectorist Gary Drayton … Continue Reading Is The Famous Oak Island Lead Cross Really No Such Thing?
J.M. Opal, McGill University When Americans study their 19th-century history, they tend to look at its great conflicts, especially the epic clash over slavery. They are less likely to recall … Continue Reading The Myth of the American Frontier Still Shapes U.S. Racial Divides
Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences In 1492, when Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of a fast route … Continue Reading Columbus Believed He Would Find ‘Blemmyes’ and ‘Sciapods’ – Not People – in the New World
We often associate virtual reality (VR) with thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life – such as flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or … Continue Reading How Virtual Reality Is Opening Up Some of the World’s Most Inaccessible Archaeological Sites
On a crisp California afternoon in early December 1968, a square-jawed, mild-mannered Stanford researcher named Douglas Engelbart took the stage at San Francisco’s Civic Auditorium and proceeded to blow everyone’s … Continue Reading In 1968, Computers Got Personal: How The ‘Mother of all Demos’ Changed The World
The history of human experimentation is as old as the practice of medicine and in the modern era has always targeted disadvantaged, marginalised, institutionalised, stigmatised and vulnerable populations: prisoners, the … Continue Reading How Black Slaves Were Routinely Sold as ‘Specimens’ to Ambitious White Doctors