Archive for the ‘History’ Category

As someone with a bit of a historical bent, I found the following most fascinating.

In 1951, a collection of 3500 glass plate negatives from the nineteenth century were found.  Digitally scanned, they can now be viewed and give glimpsed of what life was like back in 1872 and in the Gold Rush towns of Australia.

They can be viewed here, and a video about them viewed here.

The timing of finding this is rather intriguing, as there is a project I am working on that touches on aspects of this, and one of the characters just happens to be interested in photography, and would be using similar devices as took these photos.



Richard III Found

Posted: February 5, 2013 in History
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Arcaheologists have confirmed that a skeleton which was found under a council car park last year in Leicester, does indeed belong to Richard III, the last Plantagenet king of England, and the last English king to die in battle.

Following the Battle of Bosworth Field in 1485, the decisive battle at the end of the War of the Roses beyween the houses of Lancaster and York, in which he was slain, his body was buried at Greyfriars Church, and then subsequently lost to history, until last year.  DNA tests on a descendent of his sister have now proven the skeleton as being that of Richard III.

Where he will be reburied is still being decided.

Paging Dr Jones

Posted: January 10, 2013 in History
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Here is one for Indiana Jones – the tomb of the first Chinese Emperor, Quin Shi Huang.  His tomb is reported to be filled with treasure – and booby traps to keep looters of bay.  Which causes a problem for any archaeologists wanting to have a look in it.  Unless they are Doctor Jones.

The Chinese government is yet to decide if it will allow excavation.


One of my main fields of interest, ever since I was a little boy, has been history.  I love it, finding out about how people lived in the past, all the quirks and interesting facts and so on.  It in part explains a lot of what I write.

So I was interested in seeing this article, about how on a two thousand year old Roman shipwreck, they found a small, sealed tin box that contained six medicinal tablets.  These were subject to chenical analysise to see just what they contained.  The full results are, sadly, behind the paywall of the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences website, but what is mentioned are things like pine resin, animal fats and possibly olive oil.

Given the composition of the tablets, it is theorised they were used to treat eye infections.