Archive for: September 2014

Top 10 Toilets Through Time

Reconstruction of the toilets at Housesteads Roman Fort by Philip Corke
Posted:
30 September 2014
Posted By:
English Heritage
Categories:
History Uncovered

It’s not glamorous, but everybody needs to do it. From Romans gossiping on the loo to medieval royal bottom-wiping, to the invention of our modern flushing toilet, here are 2,000 years of toilet history! 1. Housesteads Roman Fort, Hadrian’s Wall: All together now… The best preserved Roman l...

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Stamford Bridge: The Other Battle of 1066

Battle of Stamford Bridge © Nigel Wallace
Posted:
23 September 2014
Posted By:
Katy Carter
Categories:
History Uncovered

Ask people what they know about 1066, and most will mention the Battle of Hastings. It’s probably the best-known date in English history, thanks to William the Conqueror’s triumph over King Harold of England on 14 October 1066. But much less well known is that on 25 September – 19 days before...

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Making Scarves from Stonehenge

A scarf design created from a close-up view of Stonehenge (Weston Earth)
Posted:
9 September 2014
Posted By:
Professor Richard Weston
Categories:
Historical How Tos

Making a silk purse from a sow’s ear is one thing. Making silk scarves from ancient rock is quite another, but at Weston Earth that’s what we set ourselves the challenge of doing for Stonehenge with the help of the latest digital technology....

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5 Ways to Party like Elizabeth I

A reconstruction drawing by Ivan Lapper of Queen Elizabeth I being welcomed by Robert Dudley in July 1575
Posted:
5 September 2014
Posted By:
Amy Hulyer
Categories:
Historical How Tos

Do you dream of holding history’s greatest get-together? Or being the host with the most? Take some tips for how to throw the perfect party from Robert Dudley, Earl of Leicester, who produced the ‘Princely Pleasures’ at Kenilworth Castle, a nineteen-day celebration put on for the delight of Q...

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Featured Object: The ‘Grape Cup’

The 'Grape Cup', on display in the exhibition at Stonehenge (English Heritage).
Posted:
3 September 2014
Posted By:
Susan Greaney
Categories:
Behind the Scenes

This pottery cup was found buried among other precious grave goods with a person buried in a round barrow near Stonehenge. Probably a woman, she was buried nearly 3,000 years ago in the early Bronze Age. The pot is stuck all over with clay nodules and pierced with holes in between the nodules. But w...

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