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.”
A fragment of the world’s oldest and largest unsolved jigsaw puzzle has been finally reunited to the other existing pieces. It is a 2,200-year-old map of Rome, which is known as Forma Urbis Romae and carved into marble slabs between 203 and 211 A.D.
Michelangelo di Lodovico Buonarroti Simoni was born on March 6, 1475, in Caprese, Italy. He was a sculptor, painter, architect, poet, and is widely regarded as the most famous artist of the Italian Renaissance.
Researchers at the Fitzwilliam Museum in the UK have found 3,000-year-old fingerprints on the lid of the Egyptian coffin. The fingerprints were on an inner coffin lid believed to have belonged to a priest.
On February 19, 1942, President Franklyn D. Roosevelt signed Executive Order 9066, which enabled the military to forcibly remove and incarcerate 120,000 Japanese American men, women, and children during WWII.
Researchers at Harvard have used computer modeling software and 3-D milling machines to recreate the exact replica of Queen Hetepheres’ throne, in which the Egyptian royal sat 4,500 years ago.
A newly translated 19th-century book describes martial arts techniques designed to help police officers of the time. The book, with illustrated instructions, was written by samurai and published in 1888.