York City Walls – England’s Longest Medieval Town Walls — Uncover Travel

At just over three kilometres (two miles) long, York’s beautifully-preserved walls are the longest medieval town walls in England.

via York City Walls – England’s Longest Medieval Town Walls — Uncover Travel

BBC News: The first people who populated the Americas

The first people who populated the Americas – http://www.bbc.com/earth/story/20170328-the-first-people-who-populated-the-americas

These Canadians flew in a secret WWII mission to destroy German dams – thestar.com

by Ted Barris – Excerpt from Dam Busters – via msn.com

a group of people in uniform posing for a photo: Sixteen of the surviving Dam Busters were pictured at the English airfield the day they returned from the raid. All in this photo were Canadian except American Joe McCarthy (second from right in back row), who had trained in Canada.
© Provided by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited Sixteen of the surviving Dam Busters were pictured at the English airfield the day they returned from the raid. All in this photo were Canadian except American Joe McCarthy (second from right in back row), who had trained in Canada.

On May 16, 1943, an unprecedented operation was launched by Squadron 617 of the Royal Air Force. The mission was to destroy three German dams in the Ruhr Valley with a new kind of bomb, dropped from a low-flying Lancaster, to cause flooding and chaos, disrupt key industries and possibly shorten the Second World War. In Dam Busters, Ted Barris tells the dramatic story with a focus on the large number of pilots, engineers, navigators and bombers on the mission who were Canadian or trained in Canada.

Read Ted Barris’s full article here to learn more about these brave young Canadians and how their efforts helped stem German advances and lead Canada and the Allies to victory.

Classicist Mary Beard on Feminism, Online Trolls and What Ancient Rome Can Tell Us About Trump — TIME

Mary Beard is reclining at such a steep angle that her toes hang several feet above her head. Typing leisurely on her laptop, the Cambridge University historian is polishing off a paragraph of her next book on Ancient Rome. It’ll be one more to add to the hundreds of hefty volumes on classics that jostle…

via Classicist Mary Beard on Feminism, Online Trolls and What Ancient Rome Can Tell Us About Trump — TIME

They survived Pompeii’s explosion, but these historical treasures are now feared lost in Rio’s flames – National Post

via MSN.COM

After a huge blaze engulfed the neglected, 200-year-old National Museum of Rio de Janeiro, it is feared that up to 90 per cent of its 20 million artefacts may have been destroyed. Among the priceless artifacts now lost may be Pompeii frescoes that escaped the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD.

On Monday, officials promised $2.4 million to shore up the building and rebuild it, but locals are raging about the avoidable loss of a huge chunk of the nation’s history.

“The building could be rebuilt, but the collection will never again be rebuilt,” said Luiz Philippe de Orleans e Braganca, an heir to Brazil’s last emperor. “Two hundred years, workers, researchers, professors that dedicated in body and soul (to the museum) … the work of their life burned due to the negligence of the Brazilian state.”

POPMPEII444444: Pompeii frescoes may have been lost in a weekend blaze at Brazil's major museum.
© museunacional.ufrj.br Pompeii frescoes may have been lost in a weekend blaze at Brazil’s major museum.

Read the National Post’s full article on this tragic loss of Latin American and World history here.

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million?

A century on, why are we forgetting the deaths of 100 million?

https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2018/may/25/spanish-flu-pandemic-1918-forgetting-100-million-deaths?CMP=Share_AndroidApp_WordPress

Paleontology and western bias

Paleontology, like much else in the cultural landscape, has a strong western influence and bias. Students are more likely than not to be given textbooks and external readings from Europe and North America no matter where they are in the world. I often think about my own experiences as a paleontology student in France now…

via Life may have started in Africa, but the study of African fossils is still undervalued — Quartz

Sailing into the Industrial Revolution

Economists have long seen the Industrial Revolution as a transformation of belching coal stacks and fiery furnaces. That’s not wrong, but it misses the sweeping changes that occurred across the British economy, setting the stage for our modern world. Two economists from the University College Dublin wanted to see how 18th century British advancements were…

via The speed of Europe’s 18th-century sailing ships is revamping history’s view of the Industrial Revolution — Quartz

500 Years Ago, One Man Changed the World – Forever!

Five hundred years ago, on Oct. 31, 1517, the small-town monk Martin Luther marched up to the castle church in Wittenberg and nailed his 95 Theses to the door, thus lighting the flame of the Reformation — the split between the Catholic and Protestant churches. Luther’s act is taught as one of the cornerstones of…

via Martin Luther’s 95 Theses Are 500 Years Old. Here’s Why They’re Still Causing Controversy — TIME