Heritage

What happened to the Nazi gold train?

In 2015, the global media was abuzz with the reports of a purported discovery of a Nazi gold train believed to be buried in Poland.

Has the fate of Amelia Earhart finally been solved?

Deep Sea Vision, an underwater mapping and exploratory company, claims to have solved the fate of Amelia Earhart who went missing in 1937.

Study of Roman pottery reveals complex flavours of wine

Archaeologists have revealed new insights into the techniques used in the production of Roman wine, including how it looked, smelled and tasted.

Black Caesar the Pirate

Black Caesar gained infamy as a pirate and served on the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the flagship commanded by Edward Teach, more commonly known as Blackbeard.

Katherine Ferrers – The unfairly named “Wicked Lady”

Katherine Ferrers was an English gentlewoman and heiress, who allegedly resorted to highway robbery to settle her dwindling fortune, leading to her legendary name as the "Wicked Lady."

From Pulp to Fiction: our love affair with paper

It may seem strange to describe paper as technology, but its arrival in England in about 1300 was a pivotal moment in cultural history. That story is being pieced together for the first time in a new project that also promises to reveal much about why some innovations succeed where others fail.

Metallic ink revealed in Herculaneum papyri

An international team of scientists has discovered the presence of metal in the ink of two Herculaneum papyrus fragments proving that metals were used in ink several centuries earlier than previously believed.

Was Jesus really nailed to the cross?

Jesus’s crucifixion is probably one of the most familiar images to emerge from Christianity. Good Friday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar, marks the event. But what was crucifixion? And why was Jesus killed that way?

Historian uncovers secrets of the Reformation hidden in England’s oldest printed bible

The annotations were discovered in England's first printed Bible, published in 1535 by Henry VIII's printer. It is one of just seven surviving copies, and is housed in Lambeth Palace Library, London. The secrets hidden in the Lambeth Library copy were revealed during research by Dr Eyal Poleg, a historian from Queen Mary University of London.

Human influence on climate dates back to 1930s, new research finds

Humans have triggered the last 16 record-breaking hot years experienced on Earth (up to 2014), with our impact on the global climate going as far back as 1937, a new study finds.

Shipwrecks, tree rings reveal Caribbean hurricanes in buccaneer era

Records of Spanish shipwrecks combined with tree-ring records show the period 1645 to 1715 had the fewest Caribbean hurricanes since 1500, according to new University of Arizona-led research. The study is the first to use shipwrecks as a proxy for hurricane activity.

Uncovering the afterlife of ancient Egypt

The Fitzwilliam Museum is marking its bicentenary anniversary celebrations with an exhibition on its remarkable collection of Egyptian coffins.

Researcher reveals that Bernini’s ‘Animas’, two of his most famous sculptures, were originally meant to be mythological (not religious) sculptures

David García Cueto, Arts History professor at the University of Granada, affirms that these two marble heads are not a representation of a Christian soul's personification enjoying the pleasures of the Heaven or tormented by the punishment received in Hell (as believed until now), but they really are a nymph and a satyr, respectively

Disbelieve it or not, ancient history suggests that atheism is as natural to humans as religion

People in the ancient world did not always believe in the gods, a new study suggests – casting doubt on the idea that religious belief is a “default setting” for humans.

From washing machines to computers: how the ancients invented the modern world

True innovation is hard to find, as few things come out of nothing. Take the now ubiquitous selfie, for example. The format may have changed but the concept of making self-portraits is hundreds, if not thousands of years old.

Explore your post-war public art

Audio tours of post-war public art in Bristol, Birmingham and Sheffield are being launched by Geotourist and Historic England.

Eternal 5D data storage could record the history of humankind

Scientists at the University of Southampton have made a major step forward in the development of digital data storage that is capable of surviving for billions of years.

Recreating medieval towns – an example of why Minecraft is a great learning tool

I recently told a room full of academics interested in using videogames as a teaching tool that “to play is the biggest freedom we can have as a child, or as an adult”.

10 secret historical sites beneath London

London is a city full of architectural and historical wonders, but some of London's most surreal historical sites are to be discovered beneath the busy streets...

German tourist who climbed Giza pyramid to face life ban

The Ministry of Antiquities has addressed the German Embassy in Egypt and other concerned authorities to take necessary action towards banning the German teen, Andrej Ciesielski from entering Egypt for life.

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