New History: Six Cities in One

mik122 / 123RF Stock Photo China In the Chinese city of Kaifeng a series of ruins were discovered which reveal how the site had been used continually for creating new cities. As the article elaborates when the old countries were destroyed cities were also typically destroyed. Kaifeng benefited from the fact that the Yellow River…

Days in History Dec 16

belchonock / 123RF Stock Photo December 16 714: Pepin of Herstal, mayor of the Merovingian palace (essentially prime minister but under the Pippinids de facto king) dies leaving his wife Plectrude, politically powerful in her own right, to be regent until his grandson comes of age to rule. 755: An Lushan revolts against the Tang…

From Persia to Nihon

  A piece of wood, discovered in the 1960’s, had until now carried an indecipherable inscription but with infrared imagining they were revealed to contain the name of a Persian lecturer. The archaeological fragment carried Japanese characters but this find stands out in a shocking way since during this period Japan was still forming a…

Roman Currency, In Japan!?!?!?!?!

Archaeologists have discovered Roman coins in the ruins of the 12th century Okinawa castle, Katsuren Castle. Analysis of the coins found them to bear the portrait of Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor from the early 4th century AD who mandated that Rome accept Christianity as the official religion. This is also the first discovery…