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A remarkably preserved Roman coffin, and a child’s shoe found within it. Excavated by Wessex Archaeology at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire, England.
This burial is the earliest in its cemetery, and dates to around 220 AD. Later burials are clustered around it.
When the archaeologists lifted the lid of this stone coffin, they were surprised to find that it had not been filled with soil. Instead was the skeleton of a woman cradling in her arms a young child. Check out this video if you’re interested in seeing part of the excavation.
Of the items in the coffin, the child’s leather shoe (pictured) survived. Laces that strapped the shoe can be clearly seen, as well as the holes for stitching the shoe together. The woman’s deer skin slippers also survived.
"The preservation of the shoes is remarkable. Because the processes of decay were quite slow we also have traces of cloth that have been preserved by a chemical reaction with the metal bangle. We even have traces of the puparia from which the coffin flies that infested the body hatched. Squeamish but fascinating!"
-Dr Andrew Fitzpatrick of Wessex Archaeology
Photos courtesy Wessex Archaeology.
Union soldiers from a New York regiment, possibly the 7th New York Militia, pose making a human pyramid in front of a house, c. 1861.
The Egyptian Temple of Esna, south of Luxor.
Erected in the Ptolemaic Period, this temple was the last Egyptian temple to be decorated with hieroglyphic texts.
The site was an important cultural center in the Ptolemaic Period, although archaeological evidence dates from as early as the Middle Kingdom. […] It was erected in the Ptolemaic Period and enlarged with a hypostyle hall, decorated mainly in Roman times. The temple was dedicated to an androgynous, nameless, omnipotent creator god, which manifested itself as both the male god Khnum/ Khnum-Ra and the female deity Neith.
Nothing more than the hypostyle hall has survived from the temple. Its walls are decorated with some unique ritual scenes, such as the dance of the pharaoh before the gods, and the catching of fishes and birds with a clap net. The temple’s columns, decorated mainly with inscriptions, display the only temple ritual known from ancient Egypt that is preserved in its entirety. The inscriptions are written in Middle Egyptian with some Demotic influence.
[…] The existing temple of Esna was built during the reign of Ptolemy V (205-180 BCE) and decorated by his successor, Ptolemy VI (180-145 BCE), during that ruler’s coregency with Ptolemy VIII and Cleopatra II (170-163 BCE).
The shown relief in the fourth photo is from the north side of the temple, and shows Roman emperor Trajan subduing the enemies of Egypt -a traditional Pharaonic image in Egyptian art.
Photos taken by Brian Ritchie.
Mary Read 1690- 1721
Mary Read was a pirate who was active in the early 18th Century. Mary was born to the widow of a sea captain. Her mother dressed her as a boy in order to get more money from Mary’s grandmother. Mary took the role of “boy” into her adult life, she liked the freedom and adventure.
Mary became a soldier and a sailor. When working for the British in Holland, she fell in love with a flemish soldier. She revealed to him that she was a woman and they married. Her husband met an early death, so Mary decided to hitch a ride to the West Indies. The ship Mary was on was attacked by pirates and she made the decision to align herself with the criminals. She went from pirate ship to pirate ship, and then worked for the British government for a while. Mary mutinied the government ship to become a pirate again and eventually found herself on board with Anne Bonny.
Mary had yet to reveal her womanhood to Anne when Anne first tried to seduce her. After Mary revealed herself, the seduction continued and the two became an inseparable duo. They were the toughest on the ship and had a reputation throughout the high seas. Bounty hunters were sent out to find the ship and in October of 1720 they were attacked. Mary Read and her lover were the only two in the crew who were sober enough to fight. They held their ground for a while but were no match for the bounty hunters, especially when their only back up was a bunch of drunken criminals.
At their trial, Bonny and Read pled the belly. Since a pregnant woman could not be hung, both women were spared that fate. The men of the crew were all swiftly sentenced to execution. Mary was never free again, she died in prison from a fever.
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A mysterious mummy that languished in German collections for more than a century is that of an Incan woman killed by blunt-force trauma to the head, new research reveals.
A new analysis shows that the mummy was once an Incan woman who also suffered from a parasitic disease that thickens the…