Resurrecting Richard III - Secrets in the News: September 12 – 19, 2014

Source: University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Source: University of Leicester Archaeological Services


1. True Love Really Exists
Archeologists just uncovered remains of two 700-year-old skeletons still holding hands at a “lost” chapel in Leicestershire, England. Read more at .Mic.

2. On This Day: September 12
On September 12, 1940, the Lascaux paintings were discovered in France. The cave paintings were 17,000 years old and were some of the best examples of art from the Paleolithic period. In 1979, The prehistoric sites and decorated caves of the Vézère Valley, including The Lascaux cave were added to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list. Read more at Bradshaw Foundation.

3. Archeologists Hitting the Excavation Jackpot in Germany
Archaeologists from Frankfurt University have discovered a long lost Roman fort during an educational dig in Gernsheim, Germany. A Cohort of approximately 500 soldiers was stationed there between 70/80 and 110/120 AD. Read more at ScienceDaily.

4. Explore the Pyramids from Comfort of Your Home
Google has unveiled Street View Egypt in Google Maps including 360-degree views of the Great Pyramids of Giza, the necropolis of Saqqara, the Citadel of Qaitbay, the Cairo Citadel, the Hanging Church and the ancient city of Abu Mena. It’s incredible. Read more at Time.

5. On This Day: September 16
On September 16, 1620, the Mayflower departed from Plymouth, England. The ship arrived at Provincetown, MA, on November 21st and then at Plymouth, MA, on December 26th. Would these passengers suffer the same fate of those who traveled to Jamestown? Learn more.

6. Richard III Died from the Blows to the Bare Head
A new analysis of the skull of Richard III has revealed that he suffered from eleven wounds, nine of them to his unprotected head, at or near the time of his death at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. Professor Sarah Hainsworth from the University of Leicester, said: “The wounds to the skull suggest that he was not wearing a helmet, and the absence of defensive wounds on his arms and hands indicate that he was otherwise still armoured at the time of his death.” Read more at The Guardian.

7. Remembering the Past
Documentary filmmaker John Scheinfeld discusses the importance of the 60s and 70s, and how he explored both decades and their fallout in his films, THE U.S. vs. JOHN LENNON and DICK CAVETT’S WATERGATE. Read more.