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Iron guntlet from a mass grave, battle of Visby, fought in July 1361 on the Swedish Baltic island of Gotland, between invading Danish troops and the local, Gutnish, forces. The Danish won a decisive victory. Due to the heat, the dead had to be disposed of quickly, and many were buried in their armour. The archaeological excavation of one of the mass graves, in the 1930s, revealed over 1000 skeletons.

Boston Massacre by scarlet_bd, via Flickr

An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII: David Starkey

Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII: David Starkey: 8601300071381: Books

An oblong crystal found in the wreck of a 16th-century English warship is a sunstone, a near-mythical navigational aid said to have been used by Viking mariners

The oldest door in Britain in Westminster Abbey -A 900-year-old door was put in place in the 1050s, during the reign of the Abbey's founder, Edward the Confessor. The door, which measures 6.5ft by 4ft, was made from one tree which probably grew between AD 924 and 1030. Simon Thurley, of English Heritage, said: "It is incredible to think that when the door was made the Norman Conquest had not yet happened and William of Normandy was still a young man of about 20." That's pretty cool.

Old London Town - London, United Kingdom Travel Blog

An Ancient City Is Discovered Underwater. What They Found Will Change History Forever - The city of Heracleion was engulfed underwater 1500 years ago. Read more at December 1, 2013 Read more at

Ancient Iran Museum, Tehran - Assyrian Sculpture

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X marks the spot....... page from the 8th century Irish text the Cadmug-Codex

Hochschul und Landesbibliothek Fulda - Digitized Medieval Manuscripts Maps (DMMmaps)

Undressed funeral effigy of Catherine de Valois, Queen of England. Henry V's queen died in 1437. Her grandson King Henry VII made major alterations to Westminster Abbey, which involved moving her embalmed body. She was placed in a crude coffin constructed of flimsy boards, and was left above ground. Catherine remained a public spectacle in the Abbey for over 200 years.

Nisa (also Parthaunisa) was an ancient city, located near modern-day Bagir village, 18 km northwest of Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. The fortress at Nisa was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 2007

Nabta, Egypt is the oldest known site with astronomically aligned stones. Over one thousand years before the creation of Stonehenge, people built a stone circle and other structures on the shoreline of a lake that has since dried up. Over 6,000 years ago, stone slabs three meters high were dragged over a kilometer to create the site.

Unknown language found stamped in ancient clay tablet In deciphering the tablet seen above, John MacGinnis of the University of Cambridge found that many of the names on the list are not from any currently known ancient language. “One or two are actually Assyrian and a few more may belong to other known languages of the period, such as Luwian or Hurrian,” he says, “but the great majority belong to a previously unidentified language.”

Contrary to what some people believe I don't own the idea of posting old photos from the Life Magazine Archives, but I do enjoy doing it, so here comes another set. These are combined under the tag Kansas Wheat and where taken in 1939. Some of the faces on these photos look like there were taken straight out of some Jimmy Stewart movie. Here is a page about the flour sack dresses.

Old Photos: Kansas Wheat - KC & Russian Accent

Not far from the famous Inca city of Machu Picchu lies Sacsayhuaman, a strange embankment of stone walls located just outside of Cuzco. The series of three walls was assembled from massive 200-ton blocks of rock and limestone, and they are arranged in a zigzag pattern along the hillside. The longest is roughly 1000 feet in length and each stands some fifteen feet tall. The monument is in astonishingly good condition for its age, especially considering the region’s propensity for earthquakes.

Top 10 Mysterious World Landmarks -

Joseph White Cow Bull. Died 1942. According to David Miller's Book "Custer's Fall" this is the Indian that killed George Armstrong Custer.

Amber beads (Viking Age)

Historical Military Uniforms from the last 1,000 years- really interesting to look through.

Tudor sword of Henry VIII (Ashmolean Museum, Oxford) c. 1500, rock crystal and gilt silver.

1533: Princess Elizabeth's christening gown, sewn and embroidered by her mother, Anne Boleyn

Sarah Forbes Bonetta (1862) was a child born into a royal West African dynasty. She was orphaned in 1848, when her parents were killed in a slave-hunting war. She was around five years old. In 1850, Sarah was taken to England and presented to Queen Victoria as a “gift” from the King of Dahomey. She became the queen’s goddaughter and a celebrity known for her extraordinary intelligence. She spent her life between the British royal household and her homeland in Africa until her death in 1880.

You'll Never Guess Who This Woman's Godmother Was

Rare Titanic Black Mourning Bear By Steiff. The bear was one of only 600 which were made especially for the British market in May 1912, to show empathy for the loss of the passengers of the R.M.S. Titanic. It is said their eyes were rimmed red to appear as if they had been crying. They were also manufactured with a somber expression.

A rare Steiff black teddy bear | Christie's

29 Mind-Blowing Coincidences You Won't Believe Happened Slideshow |

29 Mind-Blowing Coincidences You Won't Believe Happened

The remarkable archaeological underwater discovery that could open up a new chapter in the study of European and British prehistory - History - Life and Style - The Independent

An underwater discovery may have just changed Britain's history forever

Ancient Babylonian Value for Pi. The tablets were found in Susa, in ancient times capital city of the Elamite Empire. (It also happens to be one of the oldest continuously inhabited cities in the world, at more than 7000 years.)

On the Ancient Babylonian Value for Pi