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30 April 2014

Lost Medieval Village Discovered in Scottish Borderlands

An archaeological team working in southern Scotland have uncovered the remains of a village that existed between the 14th and 16th centuries.

The discoveries were made during a Scottish Water project to lay a new water main on the outskirts of Selkirk. The archaeologists uncovered the foundations of stone built structures, cobbled farmyards and the foundations of walls, buildings and hearths.

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29 April 2014

Rare Medal Sale Reveals Story of Soldier Who Became Professional Footballer After Standing on Bomb To Save Comrades

The astonishing story of how a soldier stood on a bomb to save his comrades and recovered enough to go on to play professional football has emerged after his medals were sold.

Lance Corporal James Collins was advised to have his lower right leg amputated after being seriously injured in the blast in the trenches on the Western Front. But the talented footballer refused to allow medics to remove the limb and instead underwent 14 operations over the next two years to save his foot.

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25 April 2014

SS City of Chester, Sunken 1888 Shipwreck, Found Near Golden Gate Bridge

A steamship that sank with 16 passengers aboard in 1888 has been located again under the Golden Gate Bridge, leading to the release of new sonar images of the boat sitting upright, covered in mud.

James Delgado, director of maritime heritage for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s Marine Sanctuaries, called the rediscovery of the passenger ship the "City of Chester," which was first located more than 100 years ago, quite remarkable. And not just because it was the Bay Area’s second most deadly shipwreck.

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15 Veteran Cemetery Markers Found Roadside in Zanesville, Ohio

When Bobby Kimes was picking up empty soda cans with his daughter Elizabeth last Friday, he never expected to find what he did. Thrown on the side of Crock Road were 15 bronze cemetery markers, the kind used to mark the graves of armed forces veterans.

Kimes then examined the medallions, noticing some were decorated with World War I, Gulf War and Vietnam War inscriptions. Others had their inscriptions ground off, he said, but most remained in good condition.

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24 April 2014

Woman Finds Love Letter 6 Decades Old and Tracks Down Soldier Who Wrote It

A couple of years ago, Sandi Blood of Murrells Inlet, S.C., purchased a pile of paperbacks at a used bookstore in the next town. When she opened one of her “fictional beach reads,” she said a letter slipped out. For years, it had been lost inside the pages.

The yellowed envelope was dated November 1951. It was one of those red, white and blue air-mailed envelopes, she said, with an Army/Air Force Postal Service postmark and a 6-cent stamp still stuck to the corner. And it was sent from a "G. LeBlanc."

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22 April 2014

Amelia Earhart Wreckage: Real or Not?

Underwater video shot four years ago in a remote South Pacific island doesn’t show the wreckage of the airplane flown by Amelia Earhart on her fateful round-the-world flight of 1937, say experts retained by an aircraft preservation group.

Stating that the video does not provide evidence for an aircraft debris field, the reports were filed in court this week by expert witnesses for The International Group for Historic Aircraft Recovery (TIGHAR), which has long been investigating Earhart's fate.

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World War II Dog Tags Found in Saipan May Solve 70-Year-Old Mystery

Old and battered dog tags found in a cave in the South Pacific may crack a 70-year-old mystery. The dog tags are those of a 31-year-old Army infantryman from New York named Bernard Gavrin.

He was reported missing in action during the battle of Saipan in World War II and never found. His 81-year-old nephew David Rogers, of West Delray, Fla., said the family never knew what happened.

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17 April 2014

WWI Soldier's Love Letters Found Hidden Behind Attic Wall

A bit of history and romance has been found during a home renovation in Indiana -- love letters sent to a woman from a soldier during World War I were found behind a wall.

The letters were discovered after the homeowners hired a contractor to redo their bathroom. The contractor found letter after letter hidden in the attic wall. They dated back to July 1918 from a man named Clement to his love, named Mary.

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16 April 2014

Severe Scurvy Struck Christopher Columbus's Crew

Severe scurvy struck Columbus's crew during his second voyage and after its end, forensic archaeologists suggest, likely leading to the collapse of the first European town established in the New World.

In 1492, Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic, beginning Europe's discovery of the New World. Two years later on his second voyage, he and 1,500 colonists founded La Isabela, located in the modern-day Dominican Republic.

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11 April 2014

Earliest Evidence of Human Presence in Scotland Found

Archaeologists have uncovered the earliest evidence of the presence of humans in Scotland it was announced today. An assemblage of over 5,000 flint artefacts was recovered in 2005-9 by Biggar Archaeology Group in fields at Howburn, near Biggar in South Lanarkshire, and subsequent studies have dated their use to 14,000 years ago.

Prior to the find, the oldest evidence of human occupation in Scotland could be dated to around 13,000 years ago at a now-destroyed cave site in Argyll.

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9 April 2014

Japan: Lost 1890 Imperial Rescript on Education Is Found

Linked with prewar militaristic education in Japan, the original 1890 Imperial Rescript on Education issued by Emperor Meiji (1852-1912) has been found about half a century after going missing, the education ministry said Tuesday.

The document, which was badly damaged in the 1923 earthquake that struck the Kanto region, disappeared after being was put on display at an exhibition in Tokyo in 1962.

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8 April 2014

Message in Bottle Arrives After 101 Years

A message in a bottle tossed in the sea in Germany 101 years ago and believed to be the world's oldest has been presented to the sender's granddaughter, a museum said on Monday.

A fisherman pulled the beer bottle with the scribbled message out of the Baltic off the northern city of Kiel last month, said Holger von Neuhoff of the International Maritime Museum in the northern port city of Hamburg. "This is certainly the first time such an old message in a bottle was found, particularly with the bottle intact," he said.

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7 April 2014

Developers and Preservationists Find Historic Common Ground in Miami

When an archaeologist unearths a significant find on the site of a multimillion-dollar development, it rarely ends with smiles and handshakes. But at Miami's Met Square development, where archaeologist Robert Carr recently discovered the remnants of a an ancient Tequesta Indian village, that's exactly what has happened.

Last night, the Miami City Commission approved an agreement hammered out in mediation last week between MDM Development Group and several private and governmental preservationist parties, and all sides agree that the solution is as historic as the site it preserves.

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4 April 2014

French Colonial Houses Discovered in St. Louis, Missouri

Archaeologists from the Missouri Department of Transportation are ecstatic over a discovery beneath the Poplar Street Bridge in St. Louis. They’ve uncovered the first physical evidence dating to when the French founded St. Louis in 1764.

The findings help confirm written documentation of St. Louis’ earliest European settlers and shed new light on the people who live here. Michael Meyer is an archaeologist with MoDOT and the principal investigator of the department’s work in St. Louis.

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31 March 2014

A Treasure Trove of Silent American Movies Found in Amsterdam

Long-missing comedy shorts such as 1927’s “Mickey’s Circus,” featuring a 6-year-old Mickey Rooney in his first starring role, 1917's "Neptune's Naughty Daughter"; 1925’s “Fifty Million Years Ago,” an animated introduction to the theory of evolution; and a 1924 industrial short, “The Last Word in Chickens,” are among the American silent films recently found at the EYE Filmmusem in Amsterdam.

EYE and the San Francisco-based National Film Preservation Foundation have partnered to repatriate and preserve these films -- the majority either don’t exist in the U.S. or only in inferior prints.

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