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 […]

From Cleopatra to Roosevelt – History’s Famous Romantics

From Cleopatra to Roosevelt – History’s Famous Romantics

Though it is often forgotten in the shuffle of modern consumerism, Valentine’s Day gets its name from Saint Valentine, an early priest who lived in Rome during the 3rd century A.D. in the days of Emperor Claudius II. During his reign, Claudius banned all marriages and engagements in Rome in an effort to keep Roman men focused on war, […]

A Letter from an Alcatraz Inmate May Give Insight to 1962 Escape

A Letter from an Alcatraz Inmate May Give Insight to 1962 Escape

On June 11, 1962, three prisoners at Alcatraz Federal Penitentiary escaped. Using an elaborate strategy that involved squeezing through a cement wall, climbing through pipes and vents, and building a raft made from four dozen raincoats, Frank Morris, and brothers John and Clarence Anglin escaped from Alcatraz and disappeared into the San Francisco Bay. Their […]

Scanning the Pyramids Experts Answer Your Questions on Reddit

Scanning the Pyramids Experts Answer Your Questions on Reddit

Dr. Peter Der Manuelian, Philip J. King Professor of Egyptology; Director of the Harvard Semitic Museum, and Mehdi Tayoubi, President and Co-Founder of the Heritage Innovation Preservation Institute and ScanPyramids answer your questions on the voids inside the Great Pyramid. Prepare your questions and log on to r/history for Secrets of The Dead and ScanPyramid’s Reddit […]

Uncovering the Secrets of Spanish Florida

Uncovering the Secrets of Spanish Florida

    Historian Michael Francis’s journey through the documents at Archivo General de Indias Secrets of Spanish Florida premieres Tuesday, December 26 at 9/8c. December 21, 2017 It is still dark when Spain’s Archivo General de Indias opens its doors in late December. At this time of the year, morning temperatures in Seville can be […]

A City Born in Storm, Shipwreck, and Slaughter

A City Born in Storm, Shipwreck, and Slaughter

By Chuck Meide Director, St. Augustine Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime Program Nearly 50 years before Jamestown, St. Augustine was founded in 1565. Secrets of Spanish Florida (premiering Tuesday, December 26 at 9/8c) reveals the forgotten history behind America’s true first permanent European settlement. In this original post for Secrets of the Dead, Archaeologist Chuck Meide provides some historical insight to St. […]

Russia’s Ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics Shares Similarities to Olympic Doping Scandals of the 1970s

Russia’s Ban from the 2018 Winter Olympics Shares Similarities to Olympic Doping Scandals of the 1970s

Last week, Olympic officials announced that Russia will be banned from the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in Pyeongchang, South Korea. The announcement came after a lengthy investigation into Russia’s state-sponsored doping program. The Olympic committee announced that though Russia’s flag will not be flown at the opening ceremonies, athletes from the country who undergo extensive […]