History

November 15, 2017

4,000-Year-Old Assyrian Tablet Discovered Is an Ancient Prenuptial Agreement

Archaeologists in Turkey recently made an interesting discovery when examining a 4,000-year-old Assyrian tablet. The cuneiform engravings seem to indicate that it's is a sort of ancient prenuptial agreement, detailing everything from divorce to fertility issues. Unearthed at the Kültepe-Kanesh UNESCO World Heritage site in Turkey’s central Kayseri province, this prenuptial agreement gives incredible insight into marriage in Assyrian culture.

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November 7, 2017

What Mozart’s Music Actually Sounds Like When Played on His Original Pianoforte

The premier composer of the classical era, Mozart has inspired artists for centuries. From inspiring films to literature, the public has always been fascinated by the composer's life and times. So, there's nothing more appealing than the thought of hearing Mozart's music played on the original instrument where they were composed. And that's where Robert Levin comes in. The acclaimed classical performer and composer is an expert in Mozart.

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October 24, 2017

Medieval Illuminated Manuscript Exploring the Majesty of Animals Digitized and Placed Online

No, an illuminated manuscript is not a book that lights up, but rather a visual way of articulating letters and inserting imagery into text. Especially popular during the medieval period, religious texts were the primary recipients of decorative borders and letters tinged with gold and silver. However, increasingly over time, secular texts were also illuminated and now one of the most intriguing illuminated manuscripts, The Aberdeen Bestiary, has been digitized for close examination.

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September 18, 2017

Canoe Washed Ashore by Hurricane Irma Could Be Hundreds of Years Old

Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction on its wake, but also some surprising discoveries. Florida photographer and self-proclaimed history buff Randy Lathrop stumbled upon an interesting piece of history after an early morning bike ride the day after the natural disaster touched down. Emerging from the Indian River during the storm, a traditional wooden canoe—better known as a dugout canoe—was laid out on shore.

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