The University of Cambridge will conduct a two-year academic study of how much it benefited from the Atlantic slave trade and whether its scholarship reinforced race-based thinking during Britain’s colonial era.
SOURCE: The Daily Mail
The Daily Mail is highlighting claims by a Cambridge don that teachers are helping to foster resentment by presenting history as the struggle of minority groups
Robert Tombs, Professor of French History at St John’s College, is the co-author of Politeia’s new publication "The State, National Identity and Schools."
SOURCE: The Cambridge Student
A history student doing research on a landscape artist in the Renaissance turned up evidence suggesting he was a spy (sort of) for the Medici.
SOURCE: Science Daily
A combination of historical and genetic research reveals the error and hype that led to the coining of the term 'Patient Zero' and the blaming of one man for the spread of HIV across North America.
SOURCE: Huffington Post
The burials date mostly from the 13th through the 15th centuries, when a hospital stood opposite the graveyard.
SOURCE: Cambridge News
David Abulafia, a professor of Mediterranean history, says schools are “papering over” past disunity on the continent to further integration under the European Union.
Television historian and Cambridge professor Mary Beard has forced a Twitter troll to apologise after publicly naming and shaming him.The male Twitter user had sent an obscene message to Professor Beard that she then retweeted to her 42,000 followers, saying she was "not going to be terrorised."...
SOURCE: Telegraph (UK)
A fleet of eight prehistoric boats deliberately sunk thousands of years ago has been discovered in a Cambridgeshire quarry.The vessels, including one which is almost nine metres long, are the largest group of Bronze Age boats ever found in one site in the UK.Many are still well-preserved and one is even able to float after 3,000 years buried in the site on the outskirts of Peterborough.Others display intricate carvings and have handles carved from oak tree trunks for lifting them out of the water. Traces of a fire lit on the surface of one boat to cook the day's catch were also found....
SOURCE: BBC News
An archaeological dig in Cambridge has revealed the site's history from the Bronze Age to its role in World War II.Excavation of the site in the north-west of the city began in October, ahead of a large-scale University of Cambridge development. Roman roads and World War II practice trenches were amongst the discoveries. Christopher Evans of Cambridge Archaeological Unit said: "Something that is going to be vibrant in the future was also vibrant in the past."...
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