Category Archives: Europe

Horrible History: 2,700 Year Old Phoenician Shipwreck Discovered

An international team of researchers has discovered the remains of a Phoenician ship that sunk in the waters off the island of Malta around 700 BC, Maltese authorities announced this week. One of the oldest shipwrecks found in the Mediterranean, … Continue reading

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Horrible History: 3000-Year-Old Golden Bowl Hides Grisly Tale

In 1958, archaeologists were digging through the ruins of a burned Iron Age citadel called Hasanlu in northwestern Iran when they pulled a spectacular, albeit crushed, golden bowl from the layers of destruction.┬áThe 3,000-year-old bowl became an object of fascination … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Tempest’

“We for a certainty are not the first Have sat in taverns while the tempest hurled Their hopeful plans to emptiness, and cursed Whatever brute and blackguard made the world.” ~ A.E. Housman 1859-1936 My family and I recently saw … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Quisling’

The second article in the What’s In a Word Linguistic Anthropology series is the word ‘quisling’. I heard the word being used during White Collar, where the character “Moz” went on a minor rant about Judases and betrayer and he … Continue reading

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What’s In a Word: Etymology of ‘Hungry’

“A hungry man is not a free man.” ~ Adlai Stevenson, speech at Hartford, Conneticut Sometimes I get random bouts of inspiration at the oddest of moments. Such as earlier today, I began thinking about how hungry I was and … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Earliest Case of Down Syndrome Found in Medieval Cemetery

The earliest probable case of Down syndrome in the archaeological record comes from a 5- to 7-year-old child who lived in medieval France some 1,500 years ago, new research shows. The child, who is also the youngest example of the … Continue reading

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Horrible History: Medieval Italian Skeleton Reveals Livestock Disease

A sip of unpasteurized sheep or goat’s milk may have spelled doom for a medieval Italian man. A new genetic analysis of bony nodules found in a 700-year-old skeleton from Italy reveal that the man had brucellosis, a bacterial infection … Continue reading

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