History & Archaeology

Emperor Franz Joseph I.

Emperor Franz Joseph I relied on micro-management and bureaucracy (Image: ÖNB) Emperor Franz Joseph I of Austria left around a quarter of a million documents...

DAMALS podcast, episode eight: Brandt’s historical knee-fall

During his visit to Warsaw on December 7, 1970, Federal Chancellor Willy Brandt knelt at the "Monument to the Heroes of the Ghetto". ...

A covered up massacre in sight

Historical depiction of the storming of a fortified property in the English Civil War. (Image: duncan1890 / iStock) Atrocities in the context of the...

Insight into the rules of behavior of the Edo period

In this letter, the leader of the Hosokawa clan lists the rules of behavior for his men. Letter (Image: Tsuguharu Inaba) No alcohol, no...

Insight into the end of a polar explorer

Researchers analyzed this roughly three millimeter blob in Jørgen Brønlund's diary. (Image: Kaare Lund Rasmussen / SDU) Tragedy in the cold of Greenland: The...

Master and slave died together

Outlines of the two dead preserved in ashes. (Image: Parco archeologico di Pompei) In Pompeii, archaeologists have discovered another testimony to the dramatic events...

Stay true to the museums!

In the MuseumsGuide 2020/21 we present a number of attractive museums and their exhibitions. Let yourself be inspired and visit one or the...

DAMALS podcast, episode seven: The gymnastics father and the demagogues

“Gymnastics father Jahn”, almost everyone knows this name. But who was this man? In the struggle of the German states against Napoleon,...

Technical insights into an ancient factory

Sketch of the Barbegal mill complex as it might have looked in the 2nd century AD. (Photo: Cees Passchier, JGU) Mass production...

Hundreds of first editions of Newton’s Principia tracked

First edition of Isaac Newton's Principia. (Image: Caltech Archives) Isaac Newton founded classical physics in 1687 with his main work "Philosophiae Naturalis Principia Mathematica"....

Monkey skeleton with a sad story

The remains of an unusual pet from the Middle Ages were found in the backfill of a latrine. (Image: Philippe Saurbeck, Archaeological Soil...

Was hunting also a woman’s business?

Artist's impression of a huntress in South America 9000 years ago. (Image: Matthew Verdolivo, UC Davis IET Academic Technology Services) Finds in Peru contradict...

THEN Podcast, Episode Six: How Magellan Didn’t Sail Around the World

The first circumnavigation of the world from 1519 to 1522 is attributed to Ferdinand Magellan. Strictly speaking, this honor is not due to...

When the racists called for a fight

Black students faced the wrath of white women following the desegregation in the United States. (Image: gmast3r / iStock) Racist female power: a historian...

Witch defense instead of a sundial?

Incised symbol on one of the church stones. (Image: HS2) Excavations on the remains of a medieval church in England have uncovered several graffiti...

Dog diversity as early as the Paleolithic

Skull of an approximately 11,000 year old dog. (Image: EE Antipina) Researchers present new insights into the age-old common history of dogs and humans:...

Egyptian ink with “dry” secret

Writing on a papyrus from the Tebtunis Temple Library. (Image: Papyrus Carlsberg Collection) Surprising ingredient discovered: lead apparently already ensured that writing in some...

The Maya already used water filters

View of the center of Tikal. (Image: Leonid Andronov / iStock) The Maya could have used an amazingly modern technology of water filtering more...

On the trail of Bronze Age cattle farmers

Exposed burial mound in the Caucasus region. (Image: Anatoliy Kantarovich, DAI Eurasia Department) How did the people of the Caucasus region live in the...

In well-governed systems, the collapse is even worse

Ruins of the Roman Forum. (Image: Linda Nicholas / Field Museum) One might assume that a society with good government is more stable and...

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