History

August 6, 2018

Japanese Archaeologists Dig Up Jar Filled With Over 200,000 Bronze Coins

Archaeology is like a treasure hunt where the prizes are pieces of information from the past, and Japanese archaeologists recently hit the jackpot. They discovered a jar filled with coins belonging to a medieval samurai. The ceramic jar was found in the Saitama Prefecture north of Tokyo and is one of the largest hauls of medieval coins discovered in the country.

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July 16, 2018

Visually Satisfying Arrangements of Hidden Treasures Pulled From Amsterdam’s River

You never know what you’ll find when you start digging. Between 2003 and 2012, while excavating Amsterdam’s new subway line along the Amstel river, civil engineers uncovered a wealth of objects. Around 700,000 everyday objects weave a history of the city, each with its own small contribution to daily life. And now, Below the Surface presents 20,000 of the most interesting finds.

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May 1, 2018

Incredible Archival Footage Gives Rare Glimpse of Early 20th Century Tokyo

Thanks to archival footage from the EYE Filmmuseum, we’re able to get a glimpse of life in early 20th century Tokyo. Filmed in 1913 and 1915, the clip is an incredible look at Japan in flux, emerging from the Meiji period of modernization and moving toward the height of industrialism. Over the course of 4 minutes, we’re transported back to historic Tokyo, the streets filled with life.

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