Leicester Cathedral made Book of Hours, Richard III’s personal prayer book, available online. The original manuscript rests in Lambeth Palace Library with restricted access due to its fragile condition.
An excavation led by Hebrew University and the Israel Antiquities Authority announced the discovery of a new Dead Sea Scroll-related cave at Qumran, in the West Bank. It’s the 12th cave to be identified and the first to be excavated in more than 60 years.
The wife of President Theodore Roosevelt Alice died during childbirth on Valentines Day, 133 years ago. She was only 22 years old. President Roosevelt wrote in his diary, “The light has gone out of my life.”
Researchers say a dagger entombed alongside the mummy of Egyptian teenage king Tutankhamun was “made from meteorite iron.” The knife was one of a pair of daggers discovered by British archaeologist Howard Carter in 1925. King Tut was mummified more than 3,300 years ago.
An art detective in Italy thinks that Leonardo da Vinci used two models to create the face of Mona Lisa: a woman and a man.
Archaeologists unearthed a mosaic featuring a reclining skeleton holding a drink with the Greek inscription: “Be cheerful, enjoy life.” It was discovered during excavations along the Syrian border province of Hatay, which boasts Turkey’s largest collection of ancient mosaics.
Russia’s government has announced it will spend up to 13m roubles ($200,000) this year on preserving Vladimir Lenin’s embalmed body so it remains in a “lifelike condition.”
The New York Public Library has been working on a two-year project that aims to digitize around 50,000 pages of their early American manuscript collections. One is the diary of Elizabeth De Hart Bleecker, that tracks her life from 1799-1806. According to the diary, the day after Alexander Hamilton was killed in a duel, his widow visited with Bleecker.
Recent research suggests a bean stew, lamb, olives, bitter herbs, a fish sauce, unleavened bread, dates and aromatized wine likely were on the menu at the Last Supper. The study by two Italian archaeologists relied on Bible verses, Jewish writings, ancient Roman works and archaeological data to investigate the eating habits in Jerusalem at the beginning of the 1st century A.D.
Egypt’s Antiquities Minister Mamdouh al-Damaty said that radar scans of King Tut’s tomb have revealed two spaces on the north and east chambers of the pharaonic mausoleum that could contain the “discovery of the century.”