Literary and Archaeological Evidence for Ancient Greek Burial Practices

A “prothesis” scene, the lying-in-state of the deceased on a bed, surrounded by his family members, some of whom tear their hair in mourning. / Walters Art Museum, Wikimedia Commons A discussion of  the literary and archaeological evidence for ancient Greek burial practices that can be associated with the English expression ‘to be disposed of like[…]

How Did the Vikings Change East Anglia?

Although the Vikings’ time in East Anglia was relatively brief, they made many contributions to the area’s culture. Their legacies include contributions to language, laws, place names, churches – and even England’s own saint. By Dr. Robert Harding Affiliated Researcher in Indian Languages and Cultures University of Cambridge East Anglia had a special relationship with[…]

Weapons in the Viking Age

Viking swords / Wikimedia Commons Historians have used written accounts and archaeological records to determine that Vikings fought – on foot and on horseback – with swords, shields, spears and axes. Historians also think the Vikings wore defensive armour and helmets (without horns), but archaeological proof has been harder to find. By Dr. Rob Howell Director, Language[…]

An Overview of the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade

Slaves being branded / Public Domain The trans-Atlantic slave trade was the largest long-distance coerced movement of people in history. By Dr. David Eltis Robert W. Woodruff Professor Emeritus of History Emory University Introduction Diagram of a slave ship from the Atlantic slave trade / Wikimedia Commons The trans-Atlantic slave trade was the largest long-distance[…]

The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of Jerusalem Following the First Crusade, 1099-1291

Medieval map of Jerusalem by Konrad Grünenberg / Wikimedia Commons The Kingdom of Israel was created after the capture of the city of Jerusalem by the Crusaders in 1099.  06.30.2018 Creation of the Kingdom The Kingdom was created after the capture of the city of Jerusalem by the Crusaders in 1099. One of the leaders Gottfried[…]