A time map created by Japanese artist Isao Hashimoto beautifully illustrates the devastating impact of one of mankind’s most notorious activities on the planet, nuclear weapons testing from the mid-20th century.… Continue Reading
Handaxe designs show two distinct Neanderthal cultures in Northern Europe from 115,000 to 35,000 years ago – one in the West spanning western France and Britain, the other in Germany and further East.… Continue Reading
21 German soldiers found entombed in a preserved WW1 dugout in northern France have been laid to rest with full military honours, but their descendants declined to attend the service.… Continue Reading
In a military career spanning 1899-1947, Adrian Carton de Wiart survived being shot in the stomach, groin, head, hand, ankle, hip and leg; as well as 2 plane crashes and 5 escape attempts from a POW camp.… Continue Reading
A study has found 2 groups of snails in Ireland and the Pyrenees share DNA markers not found elsewhere in Europe. The snail trail leads to an ancient sea journey when humans brought them as fast food.… Continue Reading
The ancient tracking skills of Namibia’s San Bushmen are being brought to the French Pyrenees to investigate 13,000 year-old footprints left in the Niaux caves by European hunter gatherers.… Continue Reading
Well, we’re heading into our 3rd year of blogging and haven’t quit yet, beating the statistic that 95% of blogs end up abandoned and left to die on the web. So, how are we doing on our 2nd birthday?… Continue Reading
From the first appearance of Ice Age artefacts, throughout the art of all civilisations, the human face has been preserved in defiance of space and time. This timeline shows our long fascination with our own image…… Continue Reading
French archaeologists have unearthed the remains of 5 Celtic warriors and several women in a 2,300 year-old cemetery southeast of Paris. The site is yielding a stunning array of Iron Age finds from the ancient civilisation of Gaul.… Continue Reading
The Shroud of Turin is one of the most studied and controversial artefacts in human history. Is it the authentic 1st century AD burial cloth of a Middle Eastern man (believed to be Jesus Christ), or the work of a brilliant medieval European forger? … Continue Reading
History rarely records the thoughts of those on the receiving end of a new ‘wonder weapon’ in battle. Here are the first of two rare sets of accounts of witnesses to the moment when something about to change warfare forever suddenly and unexpectedly hoves into view… … Continue Reading
ScotlandsDNA believes that everyone who carries one of 3 variants of the red-hair gene is a direct descendant of the first redhead ever to have it - two variants originating in West Asia around 70,000 years ago, and a younger variant originating in Europe around 30,000 years ago.
Earth’s history and future in a 2 year timeline. The evolution of humans has been astronomically unlikely, and the odds are that our species will blink out of existence, just like all of our closest relatives.
The sad death of actor Charles Durning on Christmas Eve brings into focus the wartime service of the ever dwindling 'greatest generation'. Here is a list, by no means definitive, of 50 notable people who served (with varying degrees of distinction) in uniform in WW2.
It is said that everyone on the planet is just 6 steps away from knowing every one else. Images of history's biggest icons show some very unlikely links, including Elvis Presley and Queen Victoria, and Marilyn Monroe and Rasputin.
The press recently hailed the 'remarkable discovery' by a 12 year-old genealogist that 42 out of 43 US presidents have King John as a common ancestor, but the most remarkable aspect of this story would be the odd one out who isn't descended from him.
From the first appearance of Ice Age artefacts, throughout the art of all civilisations, the human face has been preserved in defiance of space and time. This timeline shows our long fascination with our own image...