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42 Historical Objects, No. 14: the Gold Crown of Silla.

The object pictured above is one of the National Treasures of Korea, a gold crown that belonged to the royal family of the kingdom of Silla. There are several such … Continue reading

February 19, 2014 · 3 Comments

The Chronicle of Ireland: the lost mother lode of medieval Irish history.

Centuries ago, in the high Middle Ages, there was a massive book compiled that contained a more or less comprehensive history of Ireland for a 500-year period, from 432 to … Continue reading

January 21, 2014 · 4 Comments

Move over, St. Patrick: did Palladius Christianize Ireland first?

This is the second article in my Irish History Week series. St. Patrick is indelibly associated with Ireland. Famed in legend and a goodly number of historical accounts as the … Continue reading

January 20, 2014 · 1 Comment

42 Historical Objects, No. 8: Roman child’s rag doll.

Although it most likely didn’t belong to an emperor or some pivotal figure, in many ways this simple rag doll is every bit as amazing as the sword of Tiberius … Continue reading

January 13, 2014 · 1 Comment

Lost a hammer, found a treasure: the incredible story of the Hoxne Hoard.

On this date a little more than two decades ago, on November 16, 1992, Peter Whatling, a tenant farmer in Suffolk, England, lost a hammer somewhere in his fields. He … Continue reading

November 16, 2013 · 2 Comments
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