This page from the Library of Congress allows you to hear in their own words the voices of those who were enslaved, who the confederacy fought to keep enslaved. It’s surreal to me to listen to Fountain Hughes talk about how his grandfather was owned by Thomas Jefferson. I’m so glad that slavery no longer exists but we still have a long way to go to remove the stain of hate from such a legacy. Removing monuments & plaques which seek to honor those who fought to preserve such an oppressive existence is just the beginning.
The Voices from the Days of Slavery Collection provides sound recordings of former slaves describing their lives. The former slaves discuss how they felt about slavery, slaveholders, how slaves were coerced, their families, and freedom. Those interviewed spoke sixty or more years after the end of their enslavement, and it is their full lives, rather than their lives during slavery, that are reflected in these audio interviews.
Source: Voices from the Days of Slavery – Faces and Voices from the Presentation (American Memory from the Library of Congress)
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Secret Chambers Found In Tutankhamun's Tomb
The story of ancient Egypt’s iconic Queen Nefertiti is a source of ongoing intrigue and speculation. Renowned for her beauty, she was the chief wife of Pharaoh Akhenaten, formerly Amenhotep IV, during the 14th century B.C.E. Though her husband’s decision to part with traditional religion and establish the Aten, a cult of the Sun disc, was extremely controversial, she supported him.
Tablet that contains both a cuneiform inscription and a unique map of the Mesopotamian world.
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This tablet contains both a cuneiform inscription and a unique map of the Mesopotamian world. Babylon is shown in the center (the rectangle in the top half of the circle), and Assyria, Elam and other places are also named. The central area is ringed by a circular waterway labelled ‘Salt-Sea’. The outer rim of the sea is surrounded by what were probably originally eight regions, each indicated by a triangle, labelled ‘Region’ or ‘Island’, and marked with the distance in between. The cuneiform text describes these regions, and it seems that strange and mythical beasts as well as great heroes lived there, although the text is far from complete. Babylonian, about 700-500 BCE, probably from Sippar, Mesopotamia, Iraq.
Gotta try this
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This ancient poem dedicated to Ninkasi, the goddess of beer and brewing, turned out to be more than just a flowery ode to the people’s go-to drink. It is also an actual recipe for ancient beer, just like the Sumerians drank it in 1800 B.C. when the poem was written. http://buff.ly/1V6ggsT
The Conflict Myth & the Biblical Tradition traces conflict myth as an ideological tool for legitimization, or de-legitimization, of political entities throughout ancient West Asia. An assistant professor at Rutgers University in the Department of Religion, author Debra Scoggins Ballentine specializes in the Hebrew Bible and ancient Near Eastern religions.
New dating of the Shigir Idol. It’s a lot older than previously thought. Great article. Thanks to my amazing wife Angel for sharing it. You rock.
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Hey Mark this is pretty neat.
That is one big fuckin’ rock.
Nothing highlights the economic disparity between Germany and Egypt more than the opulent setting of the Nefertiti bust in Berlin versus the dusty lampshade under which its copy was erected in Samalut.
Very touching 1,800 year old letter
Ancient Origins originally shared:
1,800 years ago, a young soldier from Egypt serving in the Roman army wrote six letters home to his family but without response. Finally, he sent a desperate plea for them to reply and to not forget about him. The ancient letter brings to life the hopes and fears of people from our distant past.