Americans are awash in information. Most of us walk around with devices that give us instant access to all the knowledge in human history. But before you could Google it, and long before we met Alexa, there was Britannica. As in Encyclopedia Britannica, which turns 250 years old this month. "Britannica did something unique," said executive editor Ted Pappas. "It combined long, scholarly essays with short definitional entries and practical information." Founded in 1768 in Edinburgh, Scotland, Britannica was the brainchild of Colin Macfarquhar, a printer, and Andrew Bell, an engraver. They also had an editor, William Smellie. "He was a very learned man," Pappas said, with (he added) a wonderful capacity for drinking. So there they were, two guys with no formal training and one very drunk editor managed to write and publish the first edition of the Encyclopedia Britannica, in three volumes. Its useful, practical information also contained some guesses: a short article from 1768 … [Read more...] about Encyclopedia Britannica is turning 250 – look it up!
Ancient history encyclopedia
Jerick Sablan Pacific Daily News Published 1:47 AM EST Dec 19, 2018 Guampedia has launched an online timeline showcasing the region's historical events within the context of world events. The online timeline was funded through a grant from the Guam Council on the Arts and Humanities, a release from Guampedia states. “We often think of events happening in Micronesia as separate and apart from More: Guampedia marks 10 years online More: Mayors: 2 added ceremonies for 75th Liberation, challenge in finding aging liberators The timeline includes when the various peoples from across the region arrived on their islands. The people of the Marianas arrived on the islands around the same time the ancient Egyptians built the Sphinx, the timeline states. “Most textbooks seldom mention our part of the world. With the creation of this The Guampedia team decided to include not just historic events of Guam and Murphy said it is Guampedia’s hope that this timeline, which … [Read more...] about Online timeline puts region’s history in perspective
Archaeologists have uncovered the ancient remains of a woman who died towards the end of her pregnancy, Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities reported on Facebook, according to Newsweek. Scientists also found beads made from the shells of ostrich eggs, as well as pottery and jars in the tomb thought to date back some 3,500 years. Preliminary examinations of the woman’s pelvis revealed the woman—thought to be about 25—may have suffered a fracture that ultimately killed her when improperly treated. The position of the fetus in her body suggested she had been due to give birth relatively soon. The tomb was found in a cemetery used by people traveling through the deserts to the south of Egypt said Mostafa Waziri, Secretary-General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. It is thought to date from 1750-1550 B.C.E. The remains were discovered during a joint Italian-American archaeological project investigating Kom Ombo. This agricultural town is … [Read more...] about Ancient skeleton of pregnant woman discovered in Egypt
The inscription, which dates back to the Second Temple period between 516 BCE and 70 CE, was discovered 10 months ago by workers digging near the International Convention Center in Jerusalem. The limestone drum was presented by the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Israel Museum at a news conference Tuesday. — Ancient History Encyclopedia (@ahencyclopedia) October 9, 2018 "It is likely that he [Hananiah] was an artisan or the son of an artisan," Dudy Mevorach, Chief Curator of Archaeology at the Israel Museum, told the Jerusalem Post Tuesday. "As a resident of Jerusalem, I am extremely excited to read this inscription, written 2,000 years ago, especially when I think that this inscription will be accessible to every child that can read and uses the same script used two millennia ago," Israel Museum Director Ido Bruno told UPI Tuesday. CC BY-SA 3.0 / Faupel / Budapest, Festnahme von JudenHungarian … [Read more...] about Archaeologists Discover ‘Rare’ Jerusalem Inscription on Ancient Stone (PHOTO)
You would think that 31 years after its establishment in the UK, we’d be used to Black History Month. The name itself is self-explanatory, and while its purpose should be too, year after year attempts to commemorate the lives and contributions of black Brits are thwarted. Last year, to mark its 30th anniversary, children at a primary school in Newham were asked to dress as enslaved people, in a bizarre cosplay of sorts. “It might be an idea not to wash these clothes and stain them with tea or coffee to look more authentic”, read the letter sent home to parents, complete with assorted images of “slaves” – and no further historical context – for inspiration. This year a number of local councils, along with some primary schools, have gone one step further by deciding to rebrand the month altogether. To some people’s minds, black history is old news; “diversity history” – whatever that is – … [Read more...] about Why I’m sick of having to fight to celebrate Black History Month