Frederik Juliaan Vervaet, University of Melbourne On his 2012 honeymoon to Rome, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg took so many photos of the Roman Emperor Augustus’s sculptures that his wife joked … Continue Reading Mark Zuckerberg’s Admiration For Emperor Augustus is Misplaced. Here’s Why
Peter C. Mancall, University of Southern California – Dornsife College of Letters, Arts and Sciences In 1492, when Christopher Columbus crossed the Atlantic Ocean in search of a fast route … Continue Reading Columbus Believed He Would Find ‘Blemmyes’ and ‘Sciapods’ – Not People – in the New World
Richard Tuffin, University of New England and Martin GIbbs, University of New England It’s our experience that most people think archaeology mainly means digging in the dirt. Admit to strangers … Continue Reading Why Archaeology Is So Much More Than Just Digging
Andreas Winkler, University of Oxford In the shadow of the pyramids of Giza, lie the tombs of the courtiers and officials of the kings buried in the far greater structures. … Continue Reading How the Ancient Egyptian Economy Laid The Groundwork for Building The Pyramids
Fifty years ago, on Jan. 21, 1968, the Cold War grew significantly colder. It was on this day that an American B-52G Stratofortress bomber, carrying four nuclear bombs, crashed onto … Continue Reading 50 Years Ago, a US military Jet Crashed in Greenland – With 4 Nuclear Bombs On Board
The risk of thermonuclear war has rarely been greater. But despite the growing threat, the general public are less prepared than they ever have been to cope with an attack. … Continue Reading Why There’s No Modern Guide To Surviving a Nuclear War
General Augusto Pinochet Ugarte, a career military officer, was appointed Commander in Chief of the Chilean army by President Salvador Allende on August 1973. Eighteen days later, with the connivance, … Continue Reading World Politics Explainer: Pinochet’s Chile
Comets and meteors have fascinated the human race since they were first spotted in the night sky. But without science and space exploration to aid understanding of what these chunks … Continue Reading How Ancient Cultures Explained Comets and Meteors
Backgrounding Marx is hard to do, especially when 2018 is the 200th anniversary of his birth and a huge number of global events are focusing on the great man. This … Continue Reading Everyone Knows About Karl Marx, But What About Friedrich Engels?
According to The Times the late Michael Foot, the former leader of the Labour Party, was a Soviet “confidential contact” on the payroll of the KGB to the tune of £37,000 (in today’s money). This might come as something of a shock to followers of British espionage news, who have long assumed that such claims were nonsense – especially after this was found to be the case in the High Court in 1995.
It should not be a surprise that East Africa was a hotbed of evolution, because over the last five million years everything about the landscape has changed. The extraordinary forces … Continue Reading How a Changing Landscape and Climate Shaped Early Humans
U.S. National Security Advisor John Bolton is at it again. He recently issued a blistering rebuke of the International Criminal Court (ICC): “We will let the ICC die on its own. After all, for all intents and purposes, the ICC is already dead to us.”
We often associate virtual reality (VR) with thrilling experiences we may never be able to have in real life – such as flying a jet fighter, exploring the oceans or … Continue Reading How Virtual Reality Is Opening Up Some of the World’s Most Inaccessible Archaeological Sites
What makes us human? Whatever it is, it can be found in Syria. When the earliest hominids first came from Africa they passed through Syria, and their remains, together with … Continue Reading In Syria’s Ruined Relics Lies The History of Human Civilisation
Researchers, including Australian maritime archaeologists, believe they have found Captain Cook’s historic ship HMB Endeavour in Newport Harbour, Rhode Island. An official announcement will be made on Friday.
The “Mandela and Me” exhibition at the British Council in London marks the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in 1918. The exhibition is sponsored by Anglo American, the mining giant that was the biggest corporation in South Africa during apartheid and has, since 1999, been headquartered in London.