Shouldn’t Miss News of the Week

Here’s some news that I think you shouldn’t miss, enjoy!

Stolen documents return to the Maryland Historical Society: These documents were stolen by Barry Landau and his assistant, John Savedoff.  The two stole documents from institutions up and down the East Coast…more than 10,000 items.  The return of these documents is just part of the next step that the FBI and NARA are taking to get all of these documents (once evidence in the case against Landau and Savedoff) back to their rightful repositories.

Antique home reveals its past one shoe, or hoe or bowl at a time:  Okay, so this one is nearly two weeks old, but it was just sent to me, and I thought it such a fabulous historic preservation success story that I had to share.  Saved 2 weeks before it was set to be demolished back in 2002, this house from the mid-1700s is being restored for the Glocester Heritage Society in Rhode Island.  They hold a 99-year-lease on the property, which is owned by the Chepachet Cemetery Association, which owns a cemetery next door (another great layer of history if you ask me).  The restoration has revealed artifacts in the floors and walls of this house.  I definitely recommend you read the whole article for the rest of the story.

Amelia Earhart Plane Found? Sonar Image of Possible Wreckage May Suggest Earhart Died On Island:  I’m sure many of you have heard this news by now, but I enjoyed this article about the find and its accompanying videos over the many others.

Bronze Age boat reconstruction is altering archaeologists’ view of era:  This is a neat example of experimental archaeology, where archaeologist Robert Van de Noort teamed up with shipwright Brian Cumby and the National Maritime Museum in Falmouth to take a full-size replica of a Bronze Age boat out on the water.  They tested to see how it maneuvered and to gain an appreciation for those who lived and traveled this way in the Bronze Age.

‘World’s Oldest Torah’ scroll found in Italy:  This is an example of something “found in collections” also known as an FIC.  In this case, the Torah was known about, rather than something never accessioned, but it had been misidentified and as a result had been thought to be much newer than it actually was.  Just how old is it? Find out by reading the article.


For more, check out Bricks + Mortar’s This Week feature.

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