Firefighters trying to extinguish a fire in the Jagger Library, at the University of Cape Town.
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Losing archives has significant implications in a country like South Africa with a fraught and contested history because voices from the past, which may carry alternative histories, are lost.
An engraving of the sabbath from Pierre de Lancre’s
Tableau de l'inconstance des mauvais anges.
A historian reviews Pablo Agüere’s award-winning Netflix film Akelarre and explains why it is one of the best films around on the early modern witch-hunt.
Marilyn Monroe famously wore “just a few drops of No. 5″ to bed. 100 years after Coco Chanel launched her perfume, it is as popular as ever.
Andalusi communal dining bowls known as ‘ataifores’ in El Legado Andalusí, Museum of the Alhambra, Granada.
Practicing Islam was banned in Spain after the Catholic conquest but recent discoveries prove that Muslims continued eating traditions in secret.
New analysis suggests lawyers used sheepskin parchment to aid fraud detection.
We studied hundreds of British legal documents and found most were made from sheepskin, which is harder to tamper with than other animal skins.
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Eagerly anticipated every year, the sakura season in Japan is a time to appreciate change.
A guard outside the National Convention Center in Hanoi, January 26, 2021.
In a new book, Hiên Do Benoit looks at Vietnam’s society, culture and political and economic history, and provides us with the keys to understanding this state unlike any other..
Armistice Day celebrations on Nov. 11, 1918, worried public health experts as people crowded together in cities across the U.S.
Americans were tired of social distancing and mask-wearing. At the first hint the virus was receding, people pushed to get life back to normal. Unfortunately another surge of the disease followed.
Although a product of the current cultural environment, QAnon also reproduces trends and dynamics from the earliest history of Christianity.
A revisionist reading of reality, in which social and political events are only understood by a chosen few, is the basis of the QAnon gospel.
An aerial shot of The Grand Ethiopian Renaissance Dam reservoir filling up. Taken in 2020.
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Nile communities carefully monitored and recorded the river’s flow. Centuries later these records are still being used by water resource managers around the world to analyse unpredictable river flows.
In our current context of rapidly improving technology, archives and museums must constantly make tough decisions about what to keep, what to refuse or even remove.
Media coverage of the recent Dr. Seuss controversy are rooted in both a lack of awareness of the challenges and realities of maintaining collections and a false understanding of history.
When it comes to anniversaries we should not just celebrate the good but also take stock of the bad.
Remnants of ancient Greenland tundra were preserved in soil beneath the ice sheet.
Andrew Christ and Dorothy Peteet
This ancient ecosystem showed that the ice sheet had melted to the ground
in northern Greenland within the past million years.
The Viking hoard being excavated.
A Viking hoard of silver coins and jewellery expands our understanding of French history.
Huntsville reveres hometown hero Sam Houston. And he did not revere the Confederacy.
Texas' most famous statesman, Sam Houston, was a slave owner who opposed the Confederacy. But white Texans tend to omit his dissent in current debates over removing Confederate markers.
Women protested outside the White House in 1917, seeking the right to vote.
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Despite harsh, discriminatory conditions, low pay and lack of appreciation, deaf women have fought with brilliance and dedication for personal and professional recognition, including the right to vote.
Inspiration for a mob of angry white men?
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Long overlooked in the West, the Byzantine Empire has recently picked up interest among far-right and conspiracist circles. A historian of medieval culture explains what white supremacists get wrong.
Trumpeting the past? The Bible has conflicting narratives over the conquest of Canaan.
The New York Times' 1619 project and Donald Trump's 1776 Commission had very different interpretations of US history. Similarly, the Bible has more than one narrative.
Rihanna at the Met Gala in 2018 in a gender-bending pope outfit.
Did Pope Joan exist? Probably not. But the legend had important resonances for the Catholic Church.
Muslim-based schools have retained the same racial and cultural exclusivity that was enforced during apartheid.
Pupils who aren't exposed to different perspectives won't be equipped to participate in and contribute to a democratic society.