The Rest Is History

Reunited Vikings, moon quarantine, and library fires.

By Jaime Fuller

Friday, June 11, 2021

Round box brooch, Viking, c. 700. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Pfeiffer Fund, 1992.

• Reunited at last: “the skeletons of two Viking-age men who were related but died on opposite sides of the North Sea.” (The Guardian)

• The history of gender-neutral pronouns. (

• An oral history of the Pentagon Papers. (New York Times)

• Meet Eve Adams. (Jewish Currents)

• “Library Fires Have Always Been Tragedies. Just Ask Galen.” (JSTOR Daily)

• “Analysis of residues preserved in pottery has, for the first time, revealed important insight into cuisine in medieval Islamic Sicily.” (

• “There’s a Dickinson for each season and almost every point of view.” (The New York Review of Books)

• A historian testifies at a murder trial: “Imagine my surprise, then, when two minutes into my deposition the prosecutor asked me, ‘What are the archives?’ ” (Zócalo Public Square)

• “The Incredible True Adventure of Five Gay Activists in Search of the Black Panther Party.” (Harper’s Bazaar)

• On the changing identities of post–World War II Germans. (Aeon)

• Remembering moon quarantine. (Science News)

• This week in obituaries: Robert Hollander, Yoshi Wada, Friederike Mayröcker, Richard Rubenstein, Carla Fracci, Ali Akbar Mohtashamipour, Gottfried Böhm, Stuart Silver, Richard Robinson, David Dushman, T.B. Joshua, Cornelia Hahn Oberlander, Edward de Bono, Helen Murray Free, Sophie Rivera, Clarence Williams III, Ganga Stone, F. Lee Bailey, John Patterson, Graeme Ferguson, Violetta Elvin, Ron Hill, and Arthur Staats.