Julia Kindt, University of Sydney and Tanya Latty, University of Sydney Charles Darwin’s On the Origin of Species (originally published in 1859) shares a deplorable fate with many other classics: … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Darwin’s On the Origin of Species
Mohammed Girma, University of Pretoria The recent announcement that a British museum will return two stolen locks of hair from a 19th century Ethiopian king was hailed as an “exemplary … Continue Reading Why it’s Significant That the UK Has Returned the Locks of Hair of an Ethiopian King
Adam Crymble, University of Hertfordshire The claim that immigrants or minorities are more criminal than the general population is a common trope. From Donald Trump’s claim that Mexicans in the … Continue Reading True Crime: Why the Irish Counterfeiting Wave of the Late 18th Century Was a Myth
Ana Puchau de Lecea, University of Melbourne and Vicente Pérez de León, University of Melbourne Somewhere in La Mancha, in a place whose name I do not care to remember… … Continue Reading Guide to the Classics: Don Quixote, the World’s First Modern Novel – and One of the Best
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
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
Researchers, including Australian maritime archaeologists, believe they have found Captain Cook’s historic ship HMB Endeavour in Newport Harbour, Rhode Island. An official announcement will be made on Friday.
A new mission to the Franklin expedition wreck of HMS Erebus is hoping to discover more secrets about the fate of the doomed 1845 mission that also included HMS Terror. … Continue Reading Terror Revisited: New Mission To Uncover Secrets of Doomed Franklin Expedition
In 19th century Queensland, the Native Mounted Police were responsible for “dispersing” (a euphemism for systematic killing) Aboriginal people. This government-funded paramilitary force operated from 1849 (prior to Queensland’s separation … Continue Reading How Unearthing Queensland’s ‘Native Police’ Camps Gives Us a Window Onto Colonial Violence
The lost city of Etzanoa, one of the largest Native American archeological sites in the entire United States, has been opened to the public. Located in Arkansas City, Kansas, experts believe the … Continue Reading Lost City of Etzanoa Now Open To Public In Kansas
Could it be? an article? about Oak Island? It most certainly is, and it doesn’t mention Aztecs or Phoenicians once! Over the many years searching, a number of artefacts have … Continue Reading The Mysteries of Oak Island: The Coins of Oak Island
Considered the most valuable single object ever recovered from a shipwreck, Tucker’s Cross is an emerald studded, 22 carat gold cross that was recovered by noted diver and explorer Teddy … Continue Reading Lost Treasure: Teddy Tucker and Tucker’s Cross
Formerly one of the Crown Jewels of Austria and the prize of the Medici Family, the Florentine Diamond is a nine-sided 126-facet double rose cut diamond, a diamond that has … Continue Reading Lost Treasure: The Florentine Diamond of the Medici
New evidence uncovered from the wreck of the Rooswijk has revealed extensive smuggling amongst the crew, a factor that may have led to their untimely demise off the south coast … Continue Reading New Evidence Revealed From The Wreck of the Rooswijk
Archeologists digging at a 400 year old church in Jamestown, Virginia believe they may have uncovered the skeleton of Sir George Yeardley, one of the first politicians and slave owners … Continue Reading Possible Skeleton of Sir George Yeardley Unearthed at Jamestown