Near complete remains of an Iron Age horse drawn chariot found in England. The chariot and the horses were buried with the owner in Arras Culture – chariots were a prestige item, and only a few in society were buried that way. The belief was that the owner would wake up in the otherworld with their chariot, prestige goods, and horses.
Manco Inca (1516-1544) the puppet emperor of the Inca. Parts of the Incan conquest are well-known. The Spanish arrived in Peru to find the empire racked by smallpox and devastated by a civil war, which the Inca Atahualpa had just won. Although outnumbered, Pizarro’s men captured Atahualpa, ransomed him for a room full of gold, and then strangled him anyway, taking control of his empire in the aftermath. Most history books stop there. But they shouldn’t.
After Atahualpa’s death, the Spanish crowned his young brother, Manco, as their puppet emperor. They treated him terribly, with Francisco Pizarro’s brother Gonzalo even abducting and raping his wife.
Little did the Spanish realize that the frightened teenage…Read more
Ching Shih (1775-1844) was one of history’s most successful pirates ever. She rose from the ranks of Chinese prostitute to fearsome pirate lord. At her highest she commanded a fleet of over 1,500 ships and 80,000 sailors.
Although little is known about Ching Shih’s early life, historical sources suggest she was born in the Guangdong province of China in 1775 with the birth name ShiI Xiang Gu.
Due to early age poverty she became a prostitute who worked in a floating brothel in Canton. In 1801, Pirate Zhèng Yi, who commanded a fleet of ships called the “Red Flag Fleet,” noticed Ching Shih’s beauty, and wished to be with her.
While the accounts vary as to how they actually came to be together, (some say she was…Read more
A Mongolian prisoner in a box. Until the early 20th century in Mongolia, criminals could be locked up in a wooden box as punishment, sometimes left to die of starvation. This photo was taken in July 1913 by French photographer Albert Kahn and shows the practice in action.
The photo was first published in the 1922 issue of National Geographic under the caption “Mongolian prisoner in a box”. The claim was that the woman was condemned to die of starvation as a punishment for adultery.
The photographer Albert Kahn was a millionaire banker who pioneered color photography. He was traveling the world and was visiting Mongolia where he took this picture of a woman who was left to die.
Initially the bowls on the gro…Read more
In ancient Egypt servants were smeared with honey to attract flies away from the ruling pharaoh. As the story goes, Pharaoh Pepi II Neferkare (Beautiful is the spirit of Ra) loathed buzzing flies around him and would keep naked slaves smeared with honey near him in order to keep them away.
Pepi II belonged to the Sixth Dynasty in Egypt’s Old Kingdom who succeeded to the throne at age six, after the death of Merenre I. Although the records of his death are a little unclear, one document clearly mentions is death in the year 2184 BC.
If these records are to be believed, this meant Pharaoh Pepi II was the longest reigning pharaoh in ancient Egyptian history. Supposedly he ruled for 94 years between 2278 and 2184 B…Read more
Sokushinbutsu, self mummification, was started by a small japanese sect of buddhists who practiced it from the 1000s to the early 1900s. Although sokushinbutsu was not exclusive to Japan, its origins started here.
Their founder, a monk in the 7th century, claimed he would become immortal as he started his journey into sokushinbutsu – crawled into a cave where he entered a state of meditation that was like a form of suspended animation. His faith dictated how he would emerge millions of years later to usher others to nirvana.
The monk would undergo “tree eating” for 1000 days. Eating nothing but seeds, nuts, roots, things from a tree. After this they abstain from food and drink a limited amount of saltwater for…Read more
Archaeologists have found what they believe to be the world’s oldest intact shipwreck at the bottom of the Black Sea where it appears to have lain undisturbed for more than 2,400 years.
“A ship surviving intact from the classical world, lying in over 2km of water, is something I would never have believed possible,” said Professor Jon Adams, the principal investigator with the Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project, the team that made the find.
The team reportedly said they intended to l…Read more
Wait for Me, Daddy is a photo taken by Claude P. Dettloff on October 1, 1940, of The British Columbia Regiment (Duke of Connaught’s Own Rifles) marching down Eighth Street at the Columbia Street intersection, New Westminster, Canada. While Dettloff was taking the photo, Warren “Whitey” Bernard ran away from his mother to his father, Private Jack Bernard. The picture received extensive exposure and was used in war-bond drives…
Coming down Eighth Street in New Westminster, Canadian photographer Claude P. Dettloff of The Province newspaper positioned himself to photograph the whole column marching down the hill. As he was getting ready to take the picture, he saw a young boy run out onto the road; Wait for Me, Daddy…Read more
Ancient Egyptian dental work from 2000 BC. In many instances these procedures were performed after death. Egyptians placed value on the appearance of the dead to ensure they were sent off correctly to the afterlife. – The most common dental affliction in ancient Egypt was Attrition. This was caused by their diet of uncooked vegetables and lack of necessary vitamins and minerals. Archaeologists have previously discovered skulls and jaws in burial shafts and tombs, that all show signs of the disease.
Read more on the ancient Egyptians oral health problems and dental problems here:
A collection of high quality remastered prints from the dawn of film taken in Belle Époque-era Paris, France from 1896-1900. Slowed down footage to a natural rate and added in sound for ambiance. These films were taken by the Lumière company
0:08 – Notre-Dame Cathedral (1896)
0:58 – Alma Bridge (1900)
1:37 – Avenue des Champs-Élysées (1899)
2:33 – Place de la Concorde (1897)
3:24 – Passing of a fire brigade (1897)
3:58 – Tuileries Garden (1896)
4:48 – Moving walkway at the Paris Exposition (1900)
5:24 – The Eiffel Tower from the Rives de la Seine à Paris (1897)
A red, crosshatched design adorning a rock from a South African cave may take the prize as the oldest known drawing.
Ancient humans sketched the line pattern around 73,000 years ago by running a chunk of pigment across a smoothed section of stone in Blombos Cave, scientists say. Until now, the earliest drawings dated to roughly 40,000 years ago on cave walls in Europe and Indonesia.
The discovery “helps round out the argument that Homo sapiens [at Blombos Cave] behaved essentially like us before 70,000 years ago,” says…Read more
A virtual tour of Herculaneum, Italy in 4K.
Herculaneum was an ancient Roman town destroyed by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD 79. Its ruins are located in the comune of Ercolano, Campania, Italy.
While most of Pompeii has been excavated, it is estimated that only 25% of Herculaneum has been excavated – the rest lies under the current city of Ercolano.
Queen Victoria seated with her two Indian servants Mustafa and Chidda standing behind her in full uniform with medals.
When Victoria died Mustafa and Chidda were ejected from the palace. They and India never got any recognition for decades of service after that.
Queen Victoria adored her Indian servants and it caused a bit of a scandal at the time.
One indian servant named Abdul Karim in particular became her favourite.
Dubbed ‘The Munshi’ (teacher), Queen Victoria and Abdul would have a healthy platonic relationship, taking most of her interest and time.
This created problems within the court – specifically by those who saw themselves as being better than Abdul, an indian…Read more
During the ‘Bronze Age collapse’; incredibly rich, powerful and advanced civilizations vanished within the span of a human lifetime.
The half-century between c. 1200 and 1150 BC saw the cultural collapse of the Mycenaean kingdoms, of the Kassite dynasty of Babylonia, of the Hittite Empire in Anatolia and the Levant, the Egyptian Empire and many more.
A great lecture on the subject breaks it down to the following reasons:
– Climate change
– Droughts and famines
– Sea people
All of this brought together destroyed states, the elite classes, trades and the economies.
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Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it. From the stone age to the modern age, the history group explores every part of human history.
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