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15 May 2015

Ancient Skeleton Shows Leprosy May Have Spread to Britain from Scandinavia

An international team, including archaeologists from the University of Southampton, has found evidence suggesting leprosy may have spread to Britain from Scandinavia.

The team, led by the University of Leiden, and including researchers from Historic England and the universities of Southampton, Birmingham, Surrey, and Swansea, examined a 1500 year old male skeleton, excavated at Great Chesterford in Essex, England during the 1950s.

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12 May 2015

19th Century Schooner Discovered on Toronto's Historic Waterfront

An archaeological dig has uncovered the historic remains of an early nineteenth-century schooner near Toronto's old shoreline.

The ship, which could date back to as early as the 1830s, is incomplete, with only the keel, the lowermost portions of the stern and bow and a limited section of the bottom of the hull on the port side intact. The vessel was found on a Concord Adex development site.

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Unearthing Slave Artifacts in South Carolina

When Sharon Moses and a group of Northern Arizona University students conduct an historical archaeology field school later this month they will be looking for relics buried beneath former slave quarters to gain additional insights on religious practices among different ethnicities and cultures.

Moses, an assistant professor of anthropology and archaeology, is investigating the site of the Hume Plantation's slave quarters on South Carolina's Cat Island, specifically looking for items related to rituals and spirituality.

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11 May 2015

Possible Captain Kidd Treasure Found off Madagascar

A team of American explorers on Thursday claimed to have discovered silver treasure from the infamous 17th-century Scottish pirate William Kidd in a shipwreck off the coast of Madagascar.

Marine archaeologist Barry Clifford told reporters he had found a 50-kilogram (110-pound) silver bar in the wreck of Kidd's ship the Adventure Gallery, close to the small island of Sainte Marie.

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1 May 2015

Charlie Chaplin's Divorce Papers Reveal Film Star's 'Cruel and Inhumane' Treatment of His Teenage Bride Lita Grey

Charlie Chaplin's divorce papers lay bare the film star's 'cruel and inhumane' treatment of his teenage bride during their short-lived marriage. Chaplin's union to Lita Grey, who was nearly 20 years his junior, lasted just three years.

An original copy of the couples 50-page divorce papers was set to fetch an estimated £15,000 when it goes under the hammer, after being found in America.

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20 April 2015

Digital Archive Seeks WWI Memorabilia in North Wales

A unique campaign aimed at digitalising photographs, letters and diaries of World War One soldiers is set to visit north Wales for the first time.

Families have been asked to bring the memorabilia to the Never Forget Your Welsh Heroes roadshow on Saturday. Held at the Royal Welch Fusiliers Museum in Caernarfon Castle, the items will be added to a national online archive.

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17 April 2015

Gallipoli 2015: Online Sleuthing Helps Solve Mystery of WWI Soldier's Life After the War

A librarian in Brisbane has solved the mystery of what happened to a north Queensland soldier after World War I after his diary was found in an RSL collection.

The diary of Private George Pierce Foot was returned to Townsville this week, after it showed up mysteriously at the Yeronga Dutton Park RSL in Brisbane last year. George was a grazier from Charters Towers, who went to the war in 1915, serving briefly at Gallipoli, where two of his brothers died, before being transported to Egypt.

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15 April 2015

Centuries of Italian History Are Unearthed in Quest to Fix Toilet

All Luciano Faggiano wanted when he purchased the seemingly unremarkable building at 56 Via Ascanio Grandi was to open a trattoria. The only problem was the toilet.

Sewage kept backing up. So Mr. Faggiano enlisted his two older sons to help him dig a trench and investigate. He predicted the job would take about a week. If only. He found a subterranean world tracing back before the birth of Jesus.

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Battered Remains of Medieval Knight Found in UK

The battered remains of a medieval man uncovered at a famous cathedral hint that he may have been a Norman knight with a proclivity for jousting.

The man may have participated in a form of jousting called tourney, in which men rode atop their horses and attacked one another, in large groups, with blunted weapons.

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Civil War-Era Diaries Found in Lowell, Michigan, Garage Document Lincoln's Assassination

When Ron Stevens, a Lowell resident and former teacher, was 15, he discovered some historical treasures that linked President Lincoln to Grand Rapids.

When Stevens and his father were sifting through old boxes in a garage, they came across fifty leather-bound diaries, which they later learned were written by a gentleman named Robert Loomis.

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13 April 2015

Important Irish Artifact from WWI Discovered at British Yard Sale

Seven years ago, an English couple paid $36 for a print at a yard sale in Lincolnshire, East England. It wasn’t until a recent Irish Times article about the painting the print depicts, that the couple became aware of the enormous historical and financial value of what lay in their home.

The print depicts the famous World War One painting by Fortunino Matania, "The Last General Absolution of the Munsters at Rue du Bois," one the most poignant events in the history of Irish involvement in the war.

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7 April 2015

Secret Special Operations Australia WWII Commando Training Captured in Rare, Colour Footage

The Australian Story episode Into the Lion's Den showcases some rare, colour footage of Special Operations Australia commandos training in secret during World War II.

Shot in the remote bush of Fraser Island in Queensland, well away from the public gaze, it is a glimpse into the world of espionage and the art of killing as taught more than 70 years ago. The commandos were being trained for operations behind the Japanese lines throughout South-East Asia.

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Graffiti by 1,800 WWI Soldiers Found in Underground Quarry

The graffiti, written in a French chalk quarry and dating back almost 100 years, is plain and stark. "HJ Leach. Merely a private. 13/7/16. SA Australia," reads one inscription. "HA Deanate, 148th Aero Squadron, USA. 150 Vermilyea Ave, New York City," another says. "9th Batt Australians, G. Fitzhenry, Paddington, Sydney, N.S.W., 1916 July; Alistair Ross, Lismore, July," reads a third.

They were World War I soldiers, four of almost 2,000, whose writings have recently been found underneath battlefields near Naours, France, about 120 miles north of Paris.

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3 April 2015

Hudson, New York: Stone Plaque for City’s Original Universalist Church Found

A recent discovery of a large, inscribed stone plaque from 1817 hearkens back to a religion that flourished in Hudson’s first full century but has disappeared entirely from the local landscape.

The weighty plaque, measuring about 4 feet wide by 2 feet high, is inscribed, in an oval within the rectangular stone, “This House, erected by the first society of Universalists in the City of Hudson in the year of our LORD 1817.”

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26 March 2015

Ice Age Hunters Were in North America Earlier Than Believed

New research shows that prehistoric Ice-Age people hunted horse and camel 13,300 years ago in North America, much earlier than previously believed, according to a team of researchers led by a Texas A&M University anthropologist.

Waters and the research team examined the skeletal remains of seven horses and one camel found in an area called Wally’s Beach, located about 80 miles south of Calgary in Canada.

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