HISTORY IN THE NEWS
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.