The Grand Alliances of Early Modern Europe

The Battle of Malplaquet, 1709: The Duke of Marlborough and Prince Eugene Entering the French Entrenchments, by Louis Laguerre, early 18th century / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Andrew Thompson / 01.22.2013 Chief Executive Arts & Humanities Research Council Abstract European politics in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries were dominated by warfare. This article considers[…]

Stone Vessels of the Inka

Miniature gold llama figurine, c. 1500 C.E., Inka, gold, 6.3 x 1 cm, Peru © Trustees of the British Museum By The British Museum / 03.01.2017 A huge empire From their capital, Cuzco, in the central Peruvian Andes, the Inka created a huge empire reaching over 2,400 miles along the length of the Andes. The[…]

Native American Art and Architecture before 1300 CE

Basketry bowl with checkerboard and arrow head motif / Mint Museum Edited by Matthew A. McIntosh / 04.25.2018 Historian Brewminate Editor-in-Chief 1 – The New World 1.1 – Introduction Indigenous visual arts traditions in the Americas span thousands of years, representing cultures from Mesoamerica to the Arctic. The New World refers to the western hemisphere,[…]

Ancients, Medievals, and Motion in the Heavens

Celestial map from 1670, by the Dutch cartographer Frederik de Wit / Wikimedia Commons By Dr. Michael Fowler / 07.23.2015 Maxine S. and Jesse W. Beams Professor of Physics , Physics Education,Theoretical Condensed Matter Physics University of Virginia Introduction The purpose of this lecture is just to review the various motions observed in the heavens in the simplest,[…]

Santorini Eruption: Did Pyroclastic Flows Cause Devastating Bronze Age Tsunamis?

All one volcano. Steve Jurvetson, CC BY The nine metre-high waves that smashed into Minoan civilisation on Crete weren’t caused by the volcano collapsing. By Dr. Matthew Pound / 11.08.2016 Lecturer in Physical Geography Northumbria University, Newcastle Take the ferry to the beautiful Greek islands of Santorini and you will sail into a truly unique landscape forged by a[…]