Day 159: Thoughts on Spinning Yarn

Fabloues post really interesting and different 👍

Watch Video: ‘ Archaeologists exhume 1000-year-old corpse ‘

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.27: This is the incredible moment that a group of archaeologists exhumed a 1000-year-old corpse during a historical dig in Denmark.

The coffin was exhumed on the site of St Alban’s Priory, Odense, where King Canute IV of Denmark was killed by rebels in 1086.

It was this death, and the history of the church that the archaeological team were hoping to discover a little bit more about.

But they were stunned to find the coffin – and discovered the skeleton of a six foot man inside after removing the coffin’s limestone lid.

(Picture: YouTube/Fyens.DK)(Picture: YouTube/Fyens.DK)

He was also buried with a miniature Eucharist set – including a plate for the bread and a chalice for the wine.

As for the man’s identity, the team believes that the man could be Eilbert, Bishop of Odense from between 1048 to 1072 -who was a religious cleric of high importance.

If they are proved right, then the grave will become the oldest bishop’s grave in northern Europe – with the skeletal remains currently being moved to the University of Southern Denmark for extensive study.

Original Article: http://metro.co.uk/2015/09/27/watch-archaeologists-exhume-1000-year-old-corpse-5410095

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A Glimmer of Optimism

The Genealogy of Style

Drawings, and Sketches by Henri Matisse


Portrait of Tamara or danseuse au repos, 1939


Danseuse assise, 1939


Still Life with sleeping woman, 1940


One may well ask, as Henri Matisse was best known for his models being clad in Moroccan or Parisian attire, rather then in Romanian ethnic dress or better still, not clad at all… So, why a Romanian Blouse, out of the blue?

Looking at some of Matisses’s earlier works one could discern the idea in the blouse of the 1939 dancer “Une danseuse au repos”, showing a seated woman wearing a Romanian blouse. Likewise, another of Matisse’s paintings, “Still Life with sleeping woman” , now in the collection of the National Gallery of Art, Washington DC . The sitter is a woman wearing an embroidered long-sleeve blouse, decorated on the upper part of the sleeve similarly to the Romanian blouses…

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Timeless Mystery: How Could a Swiss Ring-Watch End up in a Sealed Ming Dynasty Tomb?

Nice interesting post the sort l like to share.

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Originally posted on Epoch Times.

A file photo of a Ming Dynasty mausoleum (Axz66/iStock)

The universe is full of mysteries that challenge our current knowledge. In “Beyond Science” Epoch Times collects stories about these strange phenomena to stimulate the imagination and open up previously undreamed of possibilities. Are they true? You decide.

A mystery surrounds the curious excavation of a strange artifact and those who recovered it from the depths of an ancient tomb in China. When archaeologists reportedly recovered a modern-looking, mud-encrusted artifact from a 400-year-old sealed tomb in 2008, their astonishment was great. For some, this type of discovery could have only meant one thing—it was evidence of time travel. Was the discovery real? Was it a hoax? Could the find have been an intriguing artifact out-of-place and time?

Reports described the team as composed of archaeologists and journalists filming a documentary at a dig at a…

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Stalin’s Cult of Personality: Its Origins and Progression

Really great well researched post. Thanks for sharing regards Ian

The York Historian

Nikita Khrushchev’s ‘Secret Speech’ given at the Twentieth Party Congress in February 1956 denounced Josef Stalin for “[perverting] Party principles” by creating a “cult of the person of Stalin”. Though the term ‘cult of personality’ was coined in the 19th century, it was popularised in its use as a referral to Josef Stalin’s regime. For me, ‘cult of personality’ means the veneration of one omnipotent, infallible leader – a belief ingrained in society, visually and culturally. Autocratic totalitarianism, enshrined in propaganda. This article will take us through an analysis of how Stalin established and maintained a cult of personality, touching on how successful it was.

Establishing a ‘Cult of Personality’ – the legacy of autocracy

Looking backwards from the rule of Stalin, to Lenin and the Tsarist regime, it is clear that modern Russia had a history of autocratic rule, making it easier for Stalin to establish himself as…

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Article: A long history of toilets in Ukraine museum

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.21: A long history of toilets in Ukraine museum
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/21/ukraine-toilet-

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SNIPPETS OF HISTORY: ‘ Twenty-cent piece minted to alleviate shortage of small-change in Far West ‘

#AceHistoryNews – Sept.15: The American twenty-cent piece was a coin struck from 1875 to 1878, but only for collectors in the final two years. In 1874 Nevada’s newly elected senator, John P. Jones, began promoting his bill for a twenty-cent piece to alleviate the shortage of small change in the Far West.

The bill passed Congress the following year, and Mint Director Henry Linderman ordered pattern coins struck. Although the new coin’s edge was smooth rather than reeded, as with other silver coins, the new piece was close to the size of, and immediately confused with, the quarter. Adding to the bewilderment, the obverses (front faces) of the coins were almost identical.

After the first year, in which over a million were minted, there was little demand, and the denomination was abolished in 1878. At least a third of the total mintage was later melted by the government. Numismatist Mark Benvenuto called the twenty-cent piece "a chapter of U.S. coinage history that closed almost before it began".

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Palestinian History: a Nakba,Naksa and Oslo..

Great post of historical interest Nadia regards Ian 🌷

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Inside this static situation, it seems useless to reflect. As we are commemorating Oslo these days for a two-decade plus anniversary, an obvious realization amid the Palestinian street is that of anger and disappointment. As if Oslo is the reason behind the ongoing mess.
It is true that Oslo has never been the just accord for the Palestinian liberation, and thus, the Palestinian cause. It served however some aspects that defined the Palestinian being within an identity that became recognized.
Being a critical of the PA puts me in an immediate line with that which opposes Oslo. But somewhere we are standing on that cross road of a realization that Oslo is not the worse thing that happened. It is the PA that is the worse thing that happened.
So somehow it stands this way, originally, the pa as an outcome of Oslo was intended to be something good for…

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Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie, Baron de Saint-Castin

Four great posts and a little rest is in order. I just love the fact you take people in history unknown in so many ways to a lot of people including me – but you put so much time and effort into your posts they need to be shared over and over again. http://flip.it/GeipX
Regards Ian 🌹

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—Baron de Saint-Castin by Wiliam H. Lowe, 1881, Museum Archives (Photo credit: Wikipedia)Baron de Saint-Castin by Will H. Lowe, 1881, Wilson Museum Archives(Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie, baron de Saint-Castin

  • Régiment de Carignan-Salières
  • The 1670s in New France

I am currently trying to tell the story of Jean-Vincent, baron de Saint-Castin (1652 -1707), but fatigue has slowed me down. Jean-Vincent came to New France as a member of the Régiment de Carignan-Salières, under the command of Alexandre de Prouville de Tracy (c. 1596 or 1603 – 1670). Jean-Vincent d’Abbadie was 13 years old when he joined the régiment, which was acceptable in the 17th century, given his birth and education. He was made an ensign.

At that time in the history of New France, Daniel de Rémy de Courcelle (1626 – 1698) was governor-general and the Filles du Roy, the King’s Daughters, were arriving in Nouvelle-France so settlers could marry French women. Eight hundred women immigrated to New France…

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A. Y. Jackson: Nature Untamed

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118bd6f8-f8aa-497b-a467-b503581dd1caGrey Day, Laurentians by A. Y. Jackson, 1928 (Photo credit:wikiart.org)

It is still summer in Sherbrooke. In fact, summer did not begin until late July, if not later. Yet, we will soon be fascinated by autumn’s palette of colours: shades of red, yellow, purple, burgundy: a study in vibrant colours. This type of scenery was depicted by members of the Group of Seven(see Group of Seven, Canadian Encyclopedia). And so was winter. Above is A. Y. Jackson’s Red Maple (1914), an early painting, but most of the paintings I am showing are winter landscapes depicting Quebec. Jackson was born in Montreal, and it would appear we all belong to the land of our youth.

The Red Maple by A. Y. Jackson, 1914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)The Red Maple by A. Y. Jackson, 1914 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Alexander Young Jackson

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  • Chicago
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Born and raised inMontréal, A.Y. Jackson CCCMG (October 3, 1882 – April 5, 1974) first apprenticed…

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