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During the Bubonic Plague, doctors wore these bird-like masks to avoid becoming sick. They would fill the beaks with spices and rose petals, so they wouldn’t have to smell the rotting bodies. A theory during the Bubonic Plague was that the plague was caused by evil spirits. To scare the spirits away, the masks were intentionally designed to be creepy.

That’s the "Scold’s Bridle," a gruesome mask used as punishment for "rude, clamorous woman," who are considered to be spending too much gossiping or quarreling in the Medieval times.

Pantheon of Oak- braided beard, irminsul spirals like lotus tree of life and hathor hair upside down, with horns and helmet

10th Century womens small objects for daily life, like keys, sewing needle box , tweezers, ear spoon, comb knife etc., as found in Gotland. Since Vikings didn't have pockets on their clothing, everything was just dangeling from the belt. http://darksuntattoo.deviantart.com/art/Tattoo-Studio-29-155090736

Æthelflæd was the eldest daughter of Alfred the Great of England. She became the military leader of the Anglo-Saxons after her husband's death in battle against the Danes in 911. She took command of the fleets to rid the seas of the Viking raiders.

Akhenaten known before the fifth year of his reign as Amenhotep IV, was a Pharaoh of the Eighteenth dynasty of Egypt who ruled for 17 years and died perhaps in 1336 BC or 1334 BC.

A selection of wooden utensils from the Oseberg Viking ship burial, c. 9th century AD ( http://www.unimus.no/photos/khm/103181/?f=html) / via irarchaeology on Twitter