A collection of snapshots purchased on ebay gives us a peek into life in England around 1960.
Because they are in color they show us that the past was not drab and colorless, but as bright as life today. There are differences, however, and they hint at how our western culture has evolved in the past half century, not necessarily for the better.
The competition heats up: The government of the United Kingdom today outlined its intention to build its first spaceport by 2018.
The announcement listed eight potential sites, six of which were in Scotland, which is presently threatening to break away from the United Kingdom. This announcement I suspect is less a call for British space exploration and instead a political effort to encourage Scotland to remain in the UK.
The fall of western civilization: A man quotes Winston Churchill in England and is immediately arrested.
A museum holding the recovered remains of Henry the Eighth’s flagship the Mary Rose, which sank in 1545, has now opened.
The images show a quite spectacular collection of artifacts, including the ship itself.
Researchers have found that the best way to protect the Gothic cathedrals of Europe from air pollution might be to coat them with olive oil.
The uncertainty of science: Archeologists are disputing the age of a jawbone found in a cave in England.
Both sides of the debate agree that there is a lot riding on the outcome. “What is at stake is the entire [prehistory] of Neandertals and early modern humans in Europe,” Pettitt says. Apart from the Kents Cavern fossil and some 43,000- to 45,000-year-old teeth from Italy whose status as modern human or Neandertal is currently also debated, the oldest undisputed human fossils in Europe are about only 40,000 years old and come from a site in Romania. If modern humans really made it all the way to northwest Europe by 41,500 years ago or even earlier, it would mean that they entered Europe much earlier than once thought and also spread across the continent very rapidly. It would also increase the overlap between modern humans and the Neandertals, who already lived in Europe, and who went extinct sometime between 40,000 and 35,000 years ago. What’s more, such an overlap could make it more likely that Neandertals, who made sophisticated ornaments and tools in their last years, copied these techniques from modern humans rather than inventing them on their own.
A campaign by scientists in England to reform that country’s libel laws.
A Roman super-highway, built 1,900 years ago, has been uncovered in England.
An archeology dig on the grounds of Cambridge’s Newnham College has unexpectedly unearthed evidence of a large Roman settlement.