Death, Burial and Iron Coffins

Death, Burial and Iron Coffins

Death, Burial and Iron Coffins How Almond Dunbar Fisk’s invention revolutionized death’s place in American life. By Scott Warnasch Iron coffins are fascinating artifacts of a time when friction between technology and tradition created a spiritual crisis in the early days of the United States. They’re also a great example of how the unintended effects […]

Listen: The Woman in the Iron Coffin on Dig: A History Podcast

Listen: The Woman in the Iron Coffin on Dig: A History Podcast

LISTEN: Slavery and Freedom in New York City In conjunction with The Woman in the Iron Coffin, we’ve partnered with the historians at the Dig: A History podcast, who provide additional context on slavery in the Northern United States, how it came to an end, and the lives of free black people in the United States. LISTEN: Slavery […]

Secrets in the news: August 24 – September 12

Secrets in the news: August 24 – September 12

Reported August 25 An enormous walled settlement topped with a stepped pyramid was recently found in China at a site called Shimao, and was originally mistaken for part of the infamous Great Wall. The massive pyramid, totaling eleven separate platforms, was just one feature of this Bronze Age site that was built on at least […]

Secrets in the News: August 10 – 23

Secrets in the News: August 10 – 23

Reported August 10 Archaeologists in Yangquan, China, discovered an octagon-shaped tomb with walls covered in murals that dates back some 700 years, when the descendants of Genghis Khan ruled China. Read more from LiveScience. And stream China’s Terracotta Warriors for free until September 1, 2018. This Day in History: August 12 On August 12, 30BCE […]

Secrets in the News: July 28 – August 9

Secrets in the News: July 28 – August 9

Reported July 30 Archaeologists discovered a stone sarcophagus in Zülpich, Germany. Inside were the remains of a woman and her beauty tools. sarcophagus dates back to the third century, AD. Read more from Forbes. Reported July 31 A U.S. veteran discovered the grave of a sixth-century Saxon soldier buried with a sword, spear and knife in […]

Secrets in the News: July 13 – July 26

Secrets in the News: July 13 – July 26

1. Reported July 14 Archaeologists in Egypt discovered an ancient mummification workshop. The 2,500-year-old discovery, made in the Egyptian desert necropolis of Saqqara, included a mummification workshop and a shaft that is believed to be used as a communal burial site. Read more from Science Alert. 2. Reported July 15 Archaeologists scanning a Mexican pyramid […]

Secrets in the News: June 29 – July 12

Secrets in the News: June 29 – July 12

1. On This Day: July 2 On July 2, 1937, the aircraft carrying aviator Amelia Earhart and navigator Frederick Noonan was reported missing in the South Pacific. 2. Reported July 6 Courts in Florida ruled that France has the rights to a 453-year-old shipwreck off the coast of Jacksonville. France said the wrecked ship was […]

Secrets in the News: June 2018

Secrets in the News: June 2018

1. On this day: June 28 (1838) Queen Victoria was coronated in Westminster Abbey, London. Check out the history of Queen Victoria’s romance with Prince Albert, and her long list of unconventional burial items. 2. On this day: June 11 (1962) Brothers John and Clarence Anglin and fellow inmate Frank Morris escape from Alcatraz Island […]

Hannibal in the Alps: The Background and the Myth

Hannibal in the Alps: The Background and the Myth

Archaeologist and historian Dr. Eve MacDonald gives us some background knowledge and historical context for Hannibal’s mythical journey through the Alps.  Hannibal in the Alps Premieres Tuesday, April 10 at 8/7c on PBS (check local listings). Hannibal In the Alps: The Background and the Myth By Dr. Eve MacDonald, author of Hannibal: A Hellenistic Life […]