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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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16 March 2015

World's Oldest Pretzel Found in Germany

German archaeologists announced this week they have discovered what could be the world’s oldest pretzel.

Unearthed during a large excavation on the “Donaumarkt” in Regensburg, an area nearby the Danube which was destroyed in the 1950-60s, the charred pretzel fragments are believed to be 250 years old. They were recovered beneath a floor in a structure long known to be a bakery.

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2 March 2015

Founding Father Samuel Chase's Birthplace Identified in Somerset County, Maryland

For more than a century there been a mystery in Somerset County linked to the legacy of Samuel Chase, a signer of the Declaration of Independence and a U.S. Supreme Court judge.

Mark Tyler, of The Capt. John Smoot Chapter of the Maryland Society Sons of the American Revolution, has been looking for the site of Chase's birthplace for the past two years. He has spent so much time researching the background of the former Somerset County resident that he calls the historical figure "Sam Chase."

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23 February 2015

Cambridgeshire Church Plague Graffiti Reveals 'Heartbreaking' Find

"Heartbreaking" graffiti uncovered in a Cambridgeshire church has revealed how three sisters from one family died in a plague outbreak in 1515.

The names Cateryn, Jane and Amee Maddyngley and the date were inscribed on stonework in Kingston parish church. It was found by Norfolk and Suffolk Medieval Graffiti Survey volunteers. Archaeologist Matt Champion said the project had shown church plague graffiti was "far more common than previously realised".

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WWI Trench System Unearthed in Cork, Ireland

Archaeologists at a military camp in North Cork have discovered one of the largest and best preserved First World War underground bunker and trench systems ever built in Britain and Ireland.

Details of the find by a team from Queen’s University Belfast, revealed exclusively to the Irish Examiner, show the underground bunkers, built around 1915, could have accommodated sleeping quarters for up to 300 troops.

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17 February 2015

Medieval Battle Site Yields UK’s Oldest Cannon Ball

A lead ball found at a medieval battle site could be the oldest surviving cannonball in England, an expert says.

The damaged ball was found at the site of the Battle of Northampton fought during the War of the Roses. Medieval artillery expert Dr Glenn Foard said: "It is highly likely the projectile was fired during the battle [10 July 1460]." It will be revealed to the public at a Northampton hotel in Eagle Drive close to the battlefield on Thursday night.

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16 February 2015

Archaeologists To Explore Waterloo Battlefield

An international team of battlefield experts, led by the University of Glasgow’s Dr Tony Pollard, will start work at farm buildings of Hougoumont in April 2015.

The research is being undertaken as part of Waterloo Uncovered, which is launching today and aims to transform our understanding of the battle that created modern Europe and ended the Napoleonic era.

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Mystery Photo Unseen for 30 Years May Be the Only Existing Image of a Submerged Civil War Gunship

Archaeologists with the Army Corps of Engineers are searching for what may be the sole photograph of Civil War-era ironclad CSS Georgia as they salvage its remains from the Savannah River.

So far, the only person able to verify details about the photo is the man who found it at a yard sale in Georgia in the 1980s - John Potter. Potter said he was looking through a collection of antiques at a home in Waycross when he stumbled upon a picture frame that caught his eye.

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Ancient Graveyard in Italy May Yield Clues on Cholera's Evolution

Ancient graveyard in Italy may help archaeologists and other researchers yield clues on cholera's evolution.

The researchers are excavating the graveyard surrounding the abandoned Badia Pozzeveri church in the Tuscany region of Italy. The site contains victims of the cholera epidemic that swept the world in the 1850s, said Clark Spencer Larsen, professor of anthropology at The Ohio State University.

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