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Ancient rice and mung beans reveal Madagascan ancestors were from South-East Asia

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These Asian food crops did not arrive on the African mainland until 11th century. One thing baffled the researchers, though. They found rice and mung ...
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Scientists have unearthed ancient charred remains of mung beans and rice from Madagascar. This is the first archaeological evidence that ancestors of people from Malagasy, an East-African island, had South-East Asian origins. The findings of the study add to the linguistic and genetic evidence that Austronesians made a dangerous journey across the Indian Ocean to colonise Madagasy around 1,100 to 1,300 years ago. The study has been published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (PNAS). Genetic studies have also revealed that Southeast Asian ancestry co-mingled with African ancestry. However, archaeological evidence such as pottery, which link these early populations with South-east Asia, has been sparse. Lead aut...
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Armchair Traveler: A castle that can only be accessed at low tide

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Their history is further intertwined by the Norman conquest of Great Britain in the 11th century. Actually, Edward the Confessor gave the Cornwall ...
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Both of these beautiful sites got their name from Saint Michael, one of the most important saints in the Middle Ages. As a matter of fact, St. Michael, together with St. George became the patron saint of chivalry and are now considered the patron saint of police officers, paramedics, firefighters and the military. Perhaps not surprisingly, the angel Michael is venerated in Christianity, Islam, and Judaism. Jehovah's Witnesses and Seventh Day Adventists both believe that Michael is another name for Jesus Christ, while members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints believe Michael is another name for Adam. The archangel Michael - A 13th century Byzantine icon in Saint Catherine's Monastery, Sinai. (Anonymous Byzantine painter (...
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History fair planned for York

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Venues for this year's event include the Yorkshire Museum and the 14th Century Hospitium, and speakers will include Juliet Barker, who will discuss ...
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The Hospitium: one of the venues for the event THE BBC History Magazine’s History Weekend festival will return to York this year. The event will take place in the city between Friday, November 18 and Sunday, November 20, and see more than 20 leading historians and authors give talks about their passion for the past. Venues for this year's event include the Yorkshire Museum and the 14th Century Hospitium, and speakers will include Juliet Barker, who will discuss the real Charlotte Brontë. Also on the bill are Paul Cartledge discussing ancient versus modern democracy, Andrew Lownie’s exploration into the lives of Guy Burgess, and James Sharpe asking Why did We Stop Punishing Criminals in Public? Dave Musgrove, BBC History Magazine publishe...
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Das Mittelalter kehrt zurück nach Barmstedt

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The middle ages returning Barmstedt
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... in die hohe Zeit der Ritter und Marktstände mit Handwerk und Waren ein, die im 14. und 15. Jahrhundert üblich waren und angeboten wurden.
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... in the high time of Knights and stalls with crafts and goods a, which were common in the 14th and 15th centuries and were offered.
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Indiana University partners with the Uffizi

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The Medici family began assembling the collection in the fifteenth century, and later additions were made by the House of Lorraine. Now dispersed ...
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Following an unprecedented agreement between the Uffizi Gallery and Indiana University Bloomington, the Uffizi's entire Greek and Roman sculpture collection will be digitized in 3D by 2020. The team at Indiana University's Virtual World Heritage Library will create high-resolution 3D digital models of the collection's nearly 1,260 works, which include sculptures, altars and tombs. Project costs will total approximately 600,000 USD, sustained entirely by Indiana University.The Medici family began assembling the collection in the fifteenth century, and later additions were made by the House of Lorraine. Now dispersed across the Uffizi Gallery (320 works), Palazzo Pitti (120), the Boboli Gardens (120) and various museum deposits (around 700...
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Ancient rice 'first evidence' Madagascan ancestors crossed Indian Ocean from South-East Asia

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... the surface uncovering grains of rice and mung beans at Mahilaka an ancient trading port in north-west Madagascar established in the 10th century.
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Posted May 31, 2016 06:06:14 Photo: Archaeological assistants sieving deposits at Mahilaka, north-west Madagascar (Henry T Wright, University of Michigan) Ancient charred grains of rice and mung beans excavated from Madagascar provide the first archaeological evidence that ancestors of people living on the East African island known as Malagasy came from South-East Asia, scientists say. Key points"The origin of the Malagasy people is a mysteryDespite their proximity to Africa, previous genetic and linguistic evidence has linked them to South-East AsiaFirst archaeological evidence of connection to South-East Asia found in remnants of grains dated between 1,000 and 1,200 years The findings, published today in the Proceedings of the National...
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Faith crosses into art

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Christianity has been in Asia since the 7th century and it has played a big role throughout. It has entered courts, it has inspired people, it has helped ...
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An ambitious exhibition, four years in the making, has opened at the Asian Civilisations Museum. The show, which spotlights Christianity in Asia through more than 150 splendorous objects ranging from intricate miniatures to exquisite ivory carvings, is the first of its kind in the world. Curator Clement Oon says that while there have been exhibitions on Christianity in Asian countries such as Japan or the Philippines, none has previously covered the region as a whole or focused on Christian art made in Asia. This sculpture of St Joseph holding the Christ child has the faces, hands and feet of the figures carved from ivory. Made in the Philippines in the 19th century, it is one of more than 150 artefacts on display in the Christianity In ...
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The angel that looked over the 'birthplace of Jesus': Incredible mosaic discovered under plaster ...

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Construction was completed in 339, but the building was later destroyed by the Samaritans during the 6th century. After it was rebuilt under the reign of ...
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An eight-foot-tall angel hidden beneath plaster for hundreds of years has now been uncovered at the ‘birthplace of Jesus.’ The elaborate mosaic was found during restoration on the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem, built nearly 1,700 years ago.Technicians delicately scraped away layers of plaster to reveal the ancient tiles that have survived centuries of neglect, and are now working to bring it back to life. ‘The Church of the Nativity is one of the first Christian Churches, built in the place where Jesus Christ was born,’ according to Piacenti. ‘It marks the beginning of Christianity and is one of the holiest spots’The angel was found through the efforts of Italian restoration company, Piacenti S.p.A.Now, it joins six others that sta...
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Indonesia's largest traditional ship replica docks in Manila

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A replica of a 13th century Indonesian vessel docked at Roxas Blvd. on May 29, 2016 for a three-day stopover before setting sail in a. A replica of a ...
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A replica of a 13th century Indonesian vessel docked at Roxas Blvd. on May 29, 2016 for a three-day stopover before setting sail in a A replica of a 13th century Indonesian vessel docked on Sunday noon at Manila Bay for a three-day stopover before setting sail in a historical cruise to Japan. The Indonesian Embassy in Manila, together with its Ambassador Johny Lumintang, welcomed the traditional ship replica, called the Spirit of Majapahit, as it arrived at the Manila Yacht Club at around 12:30 p.m. The expedition embarked its journey from Jakarta, Indonesia earlier this month and sailed through Brunei Darussalam before reaching Philippines. Following a similar route which sailed across Southeast Asia in the 13th century, the vessel will...
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University of Calgary acquires rare 15th century book

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English professor Murray McGillivray and Annie Murray, associate university librarian for Archives and Special Collections, leaf through the ...
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It’s an artifact so unique it belongs to a special category of books: incunabula. On its own, you’d call it an incunable. Basically, the Polychronicon is very old and very rare. An incunable is a book created during the infancy of the printing press, the period between 1455 and 1500. The University of Calgary’s Libraries and Resources (LCR) has acquired a rare copy of the Polychronicon, one of the earliest books ever printed in English. It was originally written in Latin by Ranulf Higden, translated into English by John Trevisa and printed in Westminster, England by Wynken de Worde in 1495. “We are fortunate to not only acquire a significant early printed work of medieval history, but also to acquire one that is written in English, the f...
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