History

August 22, 2017

Primitive Drawings Discovered on “Newspaper Rock” Reveal Daily Life From 2,000 Years Ago

Along the Utah State Route 211 a monumental rock covered in Native American carvings juts out. Now a state historic monument, Newspaper Rock is one of the largest collections of petroglyphs and is easily accessible from the road leading to Canyonlands National Park. The 200-square-foot rock is peppered with rock art dating back about 2,000 years, the surface scratched away in this primitive form of communication.

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July 31, 2017

Elaborate Birdhouses Resembling Miniature Palaces Built in Ottoman-Era Turkey

Historic Ottoman architecture was designed to accommodate more than its human inhabitants. Birds, in their own unique way, were welcomed to the ornate structures with their own avian-sized palaces that look just like miniature versions of the larger thing. Projecting from the façade of concrete buildings, the feathered friends would enter multi-story mansions complete with balconies on which to survey their world at large.

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July 27, 2017

View Leonardo Da Vinci’s Notebooks Online and Go Inside the Mind of a Genius

Thanks to the British Library, we can go inside the mind of a genius and peruse Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks. The first true Renaissance Man, Da Vinci not only painted the Mona Lisa, but was a master inventor who is sometimes credited with creating the parachute and helicopter. And, to top it all off, he wrote his notes backward, in mirror image from right to left.

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