The Rest Is History

Decapitated skeletons, a very old war memorial, and ancient beauty hacks.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, June 04, 2021

Marble statue of a togatus, Roman, first century. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, gift of John D. Crimmins, 1904.

• “A cluster of decapitated bodies discovered at a burial site were probably from victims of Roman military executions, archaeologists have said.” (BBC News)

• “This year, for the first time in history, an individual used Poland’s ‘Holocaust Law’ to sue in a civil court. This was also the first time that the law, which forbids blaming the Polish nation for the crimes of the Holocaust, was used against academics.” (Boston Review)

• “The Oddest Images from the Guinness World Records Photo Archives.” (Hyperallergic)

• Found: an eighteenth-century burial ground at a former sugar plantation in the Caribbean. (Associated Press)

• Meet Eunice Foote. (Nautilus)

• “A burial mound in northern Syria has been identified by researchers as perhaps the world’s oldest known war memorial.” (The Guardian)

• “For many medieval pilgrims, relics were extraordinarily powerful devotional objects, capable of turning an ordinary location into a place of pilgrimage.” (History Today

• “For the best post-pandemic glow up, consider some beauty hacks from ancient Rome.” (JSTOR Daily)

• This week in obituaries: Kentaro Miura, Josep Almudéver Mateu, Alix Dobkin, Dan Frank, Kay Tobin Lahusen, Wimar Witoelar, Jerome Hellman, B.J. Thomas, John Hodge, Bob Koester, Raimund Hoghe, Rusty Warren, Gavin MacLeod, Mark Eaton, Roy Scammell, Chi Modu, Ken Garland, John Latham, Denis Donoghue, Foster Friess, and Mike Marshall.