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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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Ring Brings Ancient Viking, Islamic Civilizations Closer Together

More than a century after its discovery in a ninth century woman’s grave, an engraved ring has revealed evidence of close contacts between Viking Age Scandinavians and the Islamic world.

Excavators of a Viking trading center in Sweden called Birka recovered the silver ring in the late 1800s. Until now, it was thought that it featured a violet amethyst engraved with Arabic-looking characters.

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Rare WWI Photos Go On Show After Being Discovered Under a House

Hundreds of fragile glass slides containing rare images of the early days of World War One have been restored after being discovered under a local house.

Wrapped in towels and placed in cardboard boxes, the slides had been exposed to the heat, moisture, cold and wind that had saturated the region over the last several decades.

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25 March 2015

Previously Unseen Photographs Show British and German Soldiers Posing Up with Their Pets in WW1 France

Photographs capturing soldiers posing with the dogs that helped carry messages, detect enemy troops and simply provide comfort in the trenches while they were fighting during World War One have been found.

Libby Hall, of Hackney in east London, has spent four decades collecting dog photos and stumbled on the collection of wartime snaps at a market stall.

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24 March 2015

Archivists Unearth Rare First Edition of the 1815 'Map that Changed the World'

A rare early copy of William Smith's 1815 Geological Map of England and Wales, previously thought lost, has been uncovered by Geological Society archivists.

The new map has been digitised and made available online in time for the start of celebrations of the map's 200th anniversary, beginning with an unveiling of a plaque at Smith's former residence by Sir David Attenborough.

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19 March 2015

Apparent Remains of Don Quixote Writer Cervantes Found

Spain said this week it had unearthed the apparent remains of a literary giant, "Don Quixote" author Miguel de Cervantes, in a Madrid convent almost 400 years after his death.

Researchers said they were "convinced" that among crumbling remains in a crypt they had found Cervantes, hailed by academics as the father of the modern novel.

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