HISTORY/EDUCATION

Austrian art to revert to Jewish owners

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The Austrian Culture Ministry has recommended that seven paintings contained in a prestigious Vienna art collection be returned because they were either seized by the Nazis or given up against the will of their Jewish owners. The seven works by Austrian artists – five by Egon Schiele of the 20th century and two by Anton…

Hitler planned to invade UK with UFOs

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Adolf Hitler with his chief architect Albert Speer. As Germany’s position became desperate twoards the end of the war, the Fuhrer put his faith in far-fetched plans to turn the tide in his favour / Supplied AS Hitler’s armies began to crumble he turned in increasing desperation to his scientists to create a war-winning super-weapon.…

Copper load of this! Company digging mine in Afghanistan unearths 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery

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A Chinese company digging an unexploited copper mine in Afghanistan has unearthed ancient statues of Buddha in a sprawling 2,600-year-old Buddhist monastery. Archaeologists are rushing to salvage what they can from a major seventh century B.C. religious site along the famed Silk Road connecting Asia and the Middle East. The ruins, including the monastery and…

Chinese vase fetches record $69 million in UK auction

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A Chinese vase discovered during a routine house clearance in a London suburb sold for 43 million pounds ($69 million) Thursday, 40 times its estimate and an auction record for any work of art from Asia, the auctioneer that sold it said. “It’s a world record for a piece of Asian art,” Helen Porter of…

Could a rusty coin re-write Chinese-African history?

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By Peter GresteBBC East Africa correspondent, Mambrui, Kenya Click to play Click to play Professor Qin Dashu shows off some of his finds It is not much to look at – a small pitted brass coin with a square hole in the centre – but this relatively innocuous piece of metal is revolutionising our understanding…

Kids name Buzz Lightyear as first man on moon

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A large number of British children believe Buzz Lightyear was the first person to walk on the moon and that Darth Vader’s Deathstar from Star Wars is the furthest planet from Earth. A survey of 2000 children aged 6-12 years in the UK revealed most youngsters have trouble distinguishing between fact and fiction, and lacked…

SAHARAN VIBE: DINKA OF SUDAN

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Location: The Dinka are a group of several closely related peoples living in southern Sudan along both sides of the White Nile. They cover a wide area along the many streams and small rivers, concentrated in the Upper Nile province in southeast Sudan and across into southwest Ethiopia. Identity: The Dinka are one of the…

Ancient Babylonian poems online: Readings heard for first time in 2000 years

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Scholars have rediscovered how to speak the language of the King Of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar The ancient language of Babylonian can be heard for the first time in almost 2,000 years after Cambridge University scholars posted readings and poems online. Babylonian, one of the chief languages of Ancient Mesopotamia, dates back as far as the second…