Animating the past Winston Churchill once said: “History is written by the victors.” Today, history is going through a period of democratization and a move to greater accessibility, with teachers, researchers and history-holics of all kinds using the internet to explore new engaging ways to share their passion. For a long time, History was taught in a didactic fashion, with a penchant for dates and timelines, which gave it the reputation for being stuff and old fashioned. Discover 6 European Creators who are changing the way we engage with History and are making the discipline more alive than ever. Whether it's football clubs, international relations or spectacular buildings, Spanish YouTube Creator Academia Play is making it all understandable and exciting through his talent for drawing: Winston Churchill once said: “History is written by the victors.”
In Cave in Borneo Jungle, Scientists Find Oldest Figurative Painting in the World On the wall of a cave deep in the jungles of Borneo, there is an image of a thick-bodied, spindly-legged animal, drawn in reddish ocher. It may be a crude image. But it also is more than 40,000 years old, scientists reported on Wednesday, making this the oldest figurative art in the world. Until now, the oldest known human-made figures were ivory sculptures found in Germany.
South American Natives Map of South American Indians South America Indians (Physical Map) THE MONTE VERDE ISSUE: (Chile): Monte Verde is an archaeological site in southern Chile, located near Puerto Montt, Southern Chile, which has been dated to 14,800 years BP. This dating adds to the evidence showing that the human settlement of the Americas pre-dates the Clovis culture by roughly 1000 years. South America Indians Map - Monte Verde by Tom Dillehay MUISCAS OR CHIBCHA CULTURE: The Chibcha or Musica meaning "the people" was an ancient culture centered on the upper Magdalena River, around Bogotï¿½, Colombia. Detached tribes of the same stock were found along the Central American isthmus and in Costa Rica.
A Video Game Shows the True Colors of Ancient Greece Blame the Italian Renaissance. The rediscovery of Greco-Roman sculpture in the 15th century spawned a long-held misperception that the artists of Antiquity intentionally left their work unpainted. For intellectuals of the Renaissance who pooh-poohed the idea of polychromatic sculpture because of its prevalence during the much-derided Medieval period, the use of bare marble signaled yet another achievement of the Classical era, alongside scientific and political achievements. Yet, if not for their burial, which stripped away layers of paint from artifacts and ruins, the Greco-Roman art we see today would blaze with brilliant colors. And although art historians have attempted to correct this misunderstanding, popular culture has refused to acknowledge it in most interpretations of ancient life.
How Aztecs Reacted to Colonial Epidemics Devastating epidemics have been part of American history at least since the arrival of the first Europeans. Then as now, Native Americans and people of African descent have been disproportionately affected by diseases brought to the “New World” by Europeans. As Jeffrey Ostler noted in the Atlantic, these effects are compounded by the colonial legacies of slavery and by economic discrimination. In school we read and learn about the epidemics from the perspective of the European conquerers. However, reports going back to the early colonial period from indigenous peoples show their perspective in grappling with the upheaval of their ways of life. How Do Scientists Date Fossils? This is the fourth in a five-part series written by experts featured in the Smithsonian's new Hall of Fossils—Deep Time exhibition, now on view at the National Museum of Natural History. The full series can be found by visiting our Deep Time Special Report “No fossil is buried with its birth certificate,” wrote the renowned science editor Henry Gee in his 2000 treatise, In Search of Deep Time. While true, fossils are buried with plenty of clues that allow us to reconstruct their history.
How Did These Hostage Children End Up Buried With Elite Germanic Warriors? In 1962, the bodies of 13 people—10 adults and three infants—were discovered in a 7th century burial site in Niederstotzingen, Germany. It was clear that the individuals were high status, and that at least some of the adults were warriors because their graves were stuffed with weapons, armor, jewelry and equestrian gear. But many details about these individuals—where they came from, how they were related, even their genders—remained unclear. Now, as Laura Geggel reports for Live Science, a new genetic study is revealing some of the mysteries that surround the Niederstotzingen dead.
Amateur Archaeologists Studying Aerial Maps of the U.K. Spot Dozens of Hidden Historical Structures With archaeology digs on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic, cooped-up history buffs are making their mark. As Steven Morris reports for the Guardian, volunteers tasked with scouring aerial surveys of England for signs of human habitation have discovered dozens of previously unknown structures after studying just a tenth of the data available. Dating from the prehistoric period to the medieval era, the sites are scattered between Cornwall and Devon in southwest England. Per a statement from the University of Exeter—which organized search efforts through its Understanding Landscapes initiative—the finds include remnants of more than 20 miles of Roman road, 30 prehistoric or Roman settlements, and 20 prehistoric burial mounds, as well as hundreds of medieval farms, field systems and quarries.
Harnessing Summer Excitement: Using a Medieval Travel Book to Spark Critical Thinking This post is by Matthew Poth, 2017-18 Library of Congress Teacher in Residence. As the weather gets warmer, summer vacation can seem like it’s right around the corner. Naturally, the desire to escape the confines of the classroom, if only for a long weekend, distracts even the most focused students and teachers. From Page 9 of Peregrinatio in Terram Sanctam by Berhard von Breydenbach. Woodcut by Erhard Reuwich, 1490 Harness the excitement for a summer trip into a creative learning opportunity with the help of one of the first printed and illustrated travel books.
300,000-Year-Old Stick Suggests Human Ancestors Were Skilled Hunters A recently unearthed, 300,000-year-old wooden stick may have once been thrown by extinct human ancestors hunting wild game, according to new research. On the surface, the find—a short, pointy piece of brown wood loosed from the mud—sounds drab. “It’s a stick, sure,” Jordi Serangeli, an archaeologist at the University of Tübingen and co-author of the study, tells the New York Times’ Nicholas St. Brought to Mexico in chains, Gaspar Yanga and his followers staged a bloody rebellion Not keeping up with technology is an excellent path to becoming a slave. Happens to the best of humans. It happened to Gaspar Yanga, and then he fought back. The first and, arguably, only African Middle Passage rebel to win a fight against his captors and be granted land worked out of the palenques, renegade communities in the part of New Spain, that we now know as Mexico’s Gulf Coast.
Giving Overdue Credit to Early Archaeologists' Wives In his 1933 Archaeology of Palestine, famed American archaeologist W. F. Albright mused, “where expeditions are mixed it is highly desirable to have the Director’s wife present, both to provide a feminine social arbiter and to avert scandal.” His advice evokes the male-dominated culture of archaeology in the Near East in the late nineteenth and twentieth centuries. But as Norma Dever writes, the wives of archaeologists actually performed essential—and overlooked—domestic and academic labor in this often-dangerous and exclusive climate. “The achievements of many famous male archaeologists in the ancient Near East have depended a great deal on their wives’ contributions to their work, which have gone largely unacknowledged, until now,” Dever argues.
Taíno: ‘Extinct’ Indigenous Americans Never Actually Disappeared, Ancient Tooth Reveals An ancient tooth has proven Taíno indigenous Americans are not extinct, as long believed, but have living descendants in the Caribbean today. Researchers made the discovery when they used the 1,000-year-old tooth to sequence the first complete ancient human genome from the Caribbean. The tooth was found in a cave on the island of Eleuthera in the Bahamas and belonged to a woman who lived at least 500 years before Christopher Columbus set foot in the region. The research is published this week in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. See all of the best photos of the week in these slideshows People celebrate Taíno culture in Rio Saliente, Jayuya, Puerto Rico.