Researchers sequenced the genome of 442 Viking Age bone fragments from all over Europe. The Vikings may not have been quite as Nordic as we thought.
Sept. 17, 2020 • ~6 min
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The remains of Bronze Age warriors suggest lactose tolerance, or the ability to digest milk, spread rapidly throughout Central Europe.
Sept. 3, 2020 • ~5 min
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A major hypothesis holds that Christopher Columbus and his crew brought syphilis back to Europe. But new evidence suggests it was already there.
Aug. 19, 2020 • ~6 min
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An expert explains the history of how World War I gave the movement for women's suffrage more momentum and potentially paved the way for the 19th amendment.
Aug. 18, 2020 • ~6 min
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100 years after the 19th Amendment's passage, an expert digs into how the intersection of gender and racial justice inspired the women's suffrage movement.
Aug. 14, 2020 • ~11 min
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Hagia Sophia has been a cathedral, a mosque, a museum, and now again a mosque. But past conquests don't fully explain its legacy, a historian says.
Aug. 10, 2020 • ~10 min
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The US has a long history of anti-Asian hate crimes and "othering," say researchers, including the Chinese Exclusion Act, Japanese internment camps, and other events.
July 30, 2020 • ~5 min
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"We have found the oldest evidence of smallpox. Moreover, it seems to have been surprisingly common as early as in the Viking Age."
July 27, 2020 • ~6 min
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Indigenous people in Oconee Valley—now central Georgia—actively resisted European influence for nearly 150 years after the arrival of Hernando de Soto.
July 27, 2020 • ~8 min
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"...historical context makes it a lot harder to claim that these monuments and memorials are simply 'heritage,' innocent of any racial meaning."
July 17, 2020 • ~10 min
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