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As the British Museum opens its Vikings exhibition to the public, Scandinavian skeletons are causing a stir again. The bony discovery of 50 young male skeletons, decapitated and lumped in an old quarry pit before being found by diggers on an Olympic relief road in Weymouth five years ago, became an even more gripping story following scientific examinations revealing that this mass grave carried executed Vikings.

mythologyofblue: John Thomson: The Ming Tombs in Nanjing, 1869-71. From “Illustrations of China and its People”, 1873-1874. (via matteoricci)

10 Ancient Faces – best preserved bodies of the last 5,000 years | this Tocharian female is a Tarim mummy and lived around 1,000 BC. She was tall, with a high nose and long flaxen blond hair, perfectly preserved in ponytails. The weave of her clothing appears similar to Celtic cloth. She was around 40 years-old when she died.

The REAL Ingalls family... Caroline, Carrie, Laura, Charles, Grace & Mary

The oldest surviving manuscript of the Lord's Prayer, with fragments from the Gospels of Luke and John. Written in Egypt in Alexandrian-style text. It was donated to the Vatican Library in March 2007.

Frank Woodruff Buckles (1901 – 2011), was the last surviving American veteran of WW1. He enlisted in the US Army in 1917 and served driving ambulances and motorcycles near the front lines in Europe.During WW2, he was captured by Japanese and spent three years in the Philippines as a civilian prisoner. After the war, Buckles married in San Francisco and moved to Gap View Farm near Charles Town, WV. A widower at age 98, he worked on his farm until the age of 105.

A different angle taken of "Tank Man," the man who stood against a line of tanks in Tiananmen Square . He is standing in the street between the tree trunk and the fleeing man. You can see the tanks approaching from the right.

Edinburgh's Mysterious Miniature Coffins [Smithsonian Magazine]

Proleek Portal Tomb, County Louth, Ireland.

When he lost his wife Nettie in childbirth and their infant son also died, Thomas Andrew Dorsey wrote “Take My Hand, Precious Lord,” which his protégé Mahalia Jackson sang at the funeral of Martin Luther King, Jr. Dorsey helped develop and shape modern day gospel music through the National Convention of Gospel Choirs and Choruses, which he founded. He is considered the father of modern gospel music.

Franklin Roosevelt fell for his distant cousin Eleanor, his mother Sara took him on a cruise to dissuade him from pursuing her. The couple married on 3/17/1905. As a wedding present, Sara built her only child and his bride a townhouse in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, designing and furnishing it herself. What the Roosevelts didn’t realize when they accepted her generous offer was that the plan included an adjacent home—complete with connecting doors on every floor for Sara to inhabit.

This is Sergeant Michael Knapp, saying goodbye to his new-born daughter, Kinsley. It was the last time he got to hold her. On May 18th, 2012 he was killed overseas.

Egyptian mummy from the Louvres museum

FDR with his father James Roosevelt. FDR is sixteen months old in this photograph. 1883. 47-96 124 by FDR Presidential Library & Museum, via Flickr

"Home is the nicest word there is." ~Laura Ingalls Wilder

Laura Ingalls pocket mirror

Frank Buckles, last living U.S. WWI vet, Feb. 27, 2011 age110.

This magnificent and unique medicine chest was made for Vincenzo Giustiniani, the last Genoese governor of the Island of Chios in the eastern Aegean Sea, in the 1560s. On a box from the middle drawer is painted the symbol of Chios - a black eagle above a three-towered castle. The chest contains 126 bottles and pots for drugs, some of which still have their original contents!

How do you pick up the threads of an old life? How do you go on, when in your ♥ you begin to understand.. there is no going back? There are some things that time cannot mend. Some hurts that go too deep, that have taken hold. - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) + Book The Return of the King #lotr #jrrtolkien

Frank Luke Jr., called the Arizona Balloon-Buster for his record in shooting down German observation balloons, which were usually heavily defended. WW I flying ace. Did not survive the war. His family had emigrated from Germany to the U.S. in 1873. This picture was taken 11 days before his death.

This picture is hilarious! On the campaign trail...ugh Lyndon Johnson could never behave like a civilized human being at anything. JFK was said to quote to Jackie "Oh, God, can you ever imagine what would happen to the country if Lyndon were president?"

Vladimir Putin (left with camera around neck) when he was KGB agent, posing as a family member out for a stroll in Red Square when Reagan was visiting the USSR - May 1988