A se­lec­tion of sto­ries hit­ting the history head­lines

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The Mo­nop­oly-style Se­cond World War board game Oc­cu­pa­tion; Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral’s Mir­a­cle win­dows s; the Egyp­tian mummy dat­ing from 3,700– 3,500 BC; the bla aze at the Na­tional Mu­seum of Br razil

Stained glass dis­cov­ery

Re­searchers analysing stained glass pan­els from the Mir­a­cle win­dows of Can­ter­bury Cathe­dral’s Trin­ity Chapel have found them to be 700 years older than thought. Pre­vi­ously be­lieved to be the work of Vic­to­rian re­stor­ers, the two pan­els have now been dated to the 1180s.

WWII board game dis­cov­ered in Jersey

A Mo­nop­oly-style board game played dur­ing the Se­cond World War has been found in a Jersey loft. Printed ex­clu­sively on the is­land, the game – called Oc­cu­pa­tion – refers to chal­lenges faced by is­lan­ders dur­ing the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion of 1940– 45, such as food rationing.

An­cient Egyp­tian em­balm­ing recipe re­vealed

Tests car­ried out on a mummy dat­ing from 3,700-3,500 BC have re­vealed the ingredients used to em­balm it. The list fea­tures plant oil, conifer tree resin, a plant-based gum and a bal­sam-type plant or root ex­tract, pos­si­bly from bul­rushes.

Fire rav­ages the Brazil Na­tional Mu­seum

As much as 90 per cent of the col­lec­tion of Brazil’s Na­tional Mu­seum has been de­stroyed by fire. Most of its 20 mil­lion items are be­lieved to have per­ished, in­clud­ing its en­tire Egyp­tol­ogy col­lec­tion.

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