The academic discipline is invaluable in detecting and debunking myths about the past and future, say Jo Guldi and David Armitage. Big data has frequently been used to suggest we are locked into our history, our path dependent on larger structures that arrived before we got here. Historians once told arching stories of scale. From […]


Over 21,000 medieval objects were discovered in England and Wales in 2013, according to the latest release of the The Portable Antiquities Scheme Annual Report. Since its inception in 1997, over one million historical objects have been recorded by the scheme. Some of the medieval objects highlighted in 2013 report include a lead Papal bulla of […]


The discovery of an enormous tomb in northern Greece, dating to the time of Alexander the Great of Macedonia, has enthused Greeks, distracting them from a dire economic crisis. Who, they are asking, is buried within. In early August, a team of Greek archaeologists led by Katerina Peristeri unearthed what officials say is the largest burial […]


101 years after it began with a letter to The Times calling for volunteer helpers, a truly definitive Latin dictionary project has ended – with a beer. A project to record the medieval British Latin lexicon closes in Oxford this month after 101 years. What began with a letter in The Times calling for volunteer […]


Between 1709 and the mid-19th century the East India Company helped expand international trade, nurtured the City of London and propelled the Industrial Revolution and British prosperity. Yet the Company has come to represent the exploitation and plunder of both the human and economic resources of the Indian subcontinent. Riddled with crony capitalism, the Company […]


After being stolen from a monastery over fifty years ago, a 12th-century Byzantine manuscript has been returned to Greece by the J. Paul Getty Museum. This richly illustrated codex of the four gospels was created in Constantinople by the scribe Theoktistos in 1133. In 1960 the manuscript was stolen from the Holy Monastery of Dionysiou […]


Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski has delivered an address to the German Bundestag in commemoration of the Nazi invasion of Poland 75 years ago. Polish relations with Germany have developed at an extraordinary pace following the fall of the Iron Curtain, and certainly serves as a model for historical reconciliation among fellow European nations. Let us […]