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Britain's peasant houses and the Black Death building boom

Phoenix Cottage in Warwickshire

Phoenix Cottage in Warwickshire, is a well-preserved cruck house of 1480-1482. Ceilings, upper storeys, and a chimney were added in the 17th century.
It used to be thought that only high-class houses had survived from the Medieval period. Radiocarbon and tree-ring dating has now revealed that thousands of ordinary Medieval homes are still standing in the English Midlands, many incorporated into des res village houses. Chris Catling reports on how some peasants lived very well in the Middle Ages.

The term 'peasant' suggests poverty, ignorance, missing teeth, and poor personal hygiene: Baldrick stuff, all threadbare rags, hunched shoulders, and a life shared with pigs in a squalid hovel barely adequate to keep out the bitter winter wind. In fact, all that 'peasant' really means is that you live mainly off the produce of your own labour. Many a modern allotment-holder leads a semi-peasant lifestyle, and there are plenty of contemporary peasants all over southern and eastern Europe - not to mention those living in hippy communes in west Wales. For peasant, read 'largely self-sufficient'.

Who are you calling a peasant?

Comment: As with most things in our world, what we've been taught is a far cry from the whole truth:

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Solzhenitsyn breaks last taboo of Russia's revolution: The Jewish role

Nobel laureate under fire for new book on the role of Jews in Soviet-era repression

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Solzhenitsyn, who first exposed the horrors of the Stalinist gulag, is now attempting to tackle one of the most sensitive topics of his writing career - the role of the Jews in the Bolshevik revolution and Soviet purges.

In his latest book Solzhenitsyn, 84, deals with one of the last taboos of the communist revolution: that Jews were as much perpetrators of the repression as its victims. Two Hundred Years Together - a reference to the 1772 partial annexation of Poland and Russia which greatly increased the Russian Jewish population - contains three chapters discussing the Jewish role in the revolutionary genocide and secret police purges of Soviet Russia.

But Jewish leaders and some historians have reacted furiously to the book, and questioned Solzhenitsyn's motives in writing it, accusing him of factual inaccuracies and of fanning the flames of anti-semitism in Russia.

Comment: In the end, it wasn't discussed.

Guardian reviews like this would never appear today.

Solzhenitsyn's book was effectively blacklisted. No Western publisher has published it to date.

A verity of English translations are available online, though it's unknown which if any are reliable.


Out of Europe, Not Africa? 5.2 Million years old pre-human footprint found in Greece

Grzegorz Niedzwiedzki
© Unknown
During a Greek holiday in 2002, a Polish paleontologist found what he thinks are the oldest human-like footprints in the world. Thus began a vicious fight over a discovery that raises new questions about our evolution.

Gerard Gierlinski's trip to the Greek island of Crete in 2002 was meant to be a romantic getaway for him and his girlfriend. But it ended up becoming considerably more momentous than that - leading to a discovery that could dramatically alter the story of the human race.

It was Gierlinski's first time on the island, a popular holiday destination for Poles like himself. He and his partner, Beata Piechik, were there to walk the sandy beaches, swim in the Mediterranean Sea and enjoy food and wine in the quiet tourist village of Trachilos, which is dotted with small houses and a handful of hotels.

"It's an amazing, beautiful area," Gierlinski recalled. But being a paleontologist at the Polish Geological Institute, Gierlinski was also prepared to record any discoveries he might make.

"I always carry - even on vacation - a hammer, a camera and a GPS," he said.

So when he spotted an odd imprint in a rock along the beach, he was ready.

Gierlinski has studied dinosaur tracks and recognized the indentation as a footprint. And there were others. It was around noon, and the sunlight was too harsh to enable him to see the full details of the impressions - but he could immediately tell that they weren't dinosaur tracks. He took a number of photographs of the imprints (including one with Piechik sitting on the rock). And, crucially, he captured the GPS co-ordinates, so he could find the place again.

They eventually headed back home from their idyllic holiday, but Gierlinski couldn't get those prints out of his head. For eight years, he wondered about them. In 2010, he found a good deal on an all-inclusive package and went back to Crete - and felt compelled to return to that spot. (By this time, he had broken up with Piechik.)

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Prolonging The Agony: Macgregor and Docherty Publish Volume Two of Hidden History of WW1

Comment: We don't normally publish material about books unless they're reviews and we've read them ourselves. However, we're making an exception in this case. Having read the ground-breaking first volume of this Hidden History of WW1 by Scottish authors Jim Macgregor and Gerry Docherty, we're sure readers will be glad to learn that - after a couple of years of posting updates of their research - they have now concluded volume two, and it has been published.

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We are lied to. We know that more than ever today, but the lies and misrepresentations about the first World War have been accepted as truth. Arm yourself with the awful facts.

At last, having spent ten years working together on the origins and management of the First World War, our second book, Prolonging the Agony, How the Anglo-American Establishment Deliberately Extended WW1 by Three-and-a Half Years, has been published, and is available to our readers from TrineDay in the U.S. and Amazon and other book sellers across the world.

It had never been our intention to divide the history into two parts, but our original publisher, Mainstream of Edinburgh, convinced us that it was the best way forward. Mainstream was sold to Random House shortly after Hidden History, The Secret Origins of the First World War was published, and this proved problematic for us. Random House declined to either promote the book or take up the option for our second book. However sales remained strong and Hidden History was translated and published in both German and French. A Swedish edition is also currently being considered. To our delight TrineDay in Oregon offered to publish Prolonging the Agony and we are indebted to Kris Milligan and his team for encouraging and supporting us. It is heartening that within weeks of the book's release, both the German and French publishers have indicated that they will also be publishing it.


Face of Pictish male, violently murdered 1400 years ago, reconstructed in detail

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© University of Dundee
Reconstructed face of the Pictish man.
A team of Archaeologists excavating a cave in the Highlands of Scotland, were amazed to discover a superbly preserved skeleton of a Pictish man at the entrance. With the help of technology, scientists managed to successfully reconstruct the face of the man, who was violently murdered in around 600 AD.

Skeleton was in Remarkable State of Preservation

A group of archaeologists excavating a cave in the Black Isle, Ross-shire in Scotland, couldn't believe their eyes when they discovered the ancient skeleton buried in a recess of the cave. A bone sample sent for radiocarbon dating showed that the man died between 430 and 630 AD during the Pictish period. His body had been positioned in an uncommon cross-legged position, with large stones holding down his legs and arms. Archaeologists from the Rosemarkie Caves Project found the skeleton while researching whether the cave might have been occupied.


The Hired "Jumping Jacks" of the Press and Their Corporate and Deep State Overlords

There are laws to protect the freedom of the press's speech, but none that are worth anything to protect the people from the press. ~ Mark Twain
Today's news cycle is such that we are bombarded with information, much of it fake news and most of it echo and spin. There are excellent journalists, bloggers and academics out there, but too often they go unheard in the electronic haze of hysteria that passes for 'news'. The mainstream media has few journalists worthy of the name on the payroll, but plenty of those willing to compromise themselves for 'the inside scoop'. The CIA's Operation Mockingbird exposed collusion between government and media decades ago. And today, when some journalists routinely submit their drafts to powerful interests before publication, getting 'the right people' who will 'stick to the script' into media is a relatively easy job.

Publicare et Propagare

Acta Diurna

The Acta Diurna Populi Romani: The "Daily Acts of the People of Rome"
Journalism is as old as civilization. Ptah-hotep, vizier to Egyptian pharaoh Djedkare Isesi, wrote sometime around 2,200 BCE of the need for "communicating truthfully, addressing audience interests, and acting in a manner consistent with what is being said."

Julius Caesar launched the Acta Diurna, a daily gazette "posted in prominent places in Rome and in the provinces with the intention of feeding the populace official information."

The Acta Diurna introduced the expression 'publicare et propagare', which means "make public and propagate," and was typically written as a footnote to texts published in the Diurna. The practice of recording Senate deliberations was kept up after Caesar, though his successor refused to publish them, and thereafter they were often only published in censored form.

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How the Brits sent Russian POWs and exiles to death and the gulag after WWII

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Note from RI Editor Charles Bausman: We recently stumbled across this remarkable article from 1988! in the journal Imprimis, and when we read it, we could scarcely believe our eyes. When we started asking people about it, we heard different things - one person said this has been disproven, others said it was true and that they knew eye-witnesses who were deported.

Apparently the British government sued Tolstoy when he made these charges in an attempt to shut him up. We don't know if the charges are true or not, but it makes for extraordinary reading, and I appeal to people who know something about this to please help us fill out our knowledge in the comments section below. It is situations like this where our commentors are simply invaluable.
Imprimis Editor's Preview: At the end of World War II, two million Russians - including White Russians, Cossacks, Slovenians, Croats and Serbs who were POWs or simply living in exile - were forcibly repatriated to the Soviet Union.

"Betrayal of Cossacks at Lienz, Austria June 1945" Painting by S.G. Korolkoff
Men, women and children were turned over to the Russian secret police at gunpoint. Non-Soviet citizens were supposedly exempt, but historian Count Nikolai Tolstoy charges that they were secretly betrayed by a few key military officials, a future British prime minister among them.

This tragedy, although nearly a half-century old, ought not be forgotten. What happened in 1944-47 was more than a sinister episode. Even in this era of "glasnost," the Soviet Union still denies freedom of emigration, one of the most fundamental human rights, to its people.

Our thanks to the U.S. Business and Industrial Council who co-sponsored this Shavano Institute for National Leadership lecture on the Hillsdale campus in the fall of 1987.
The last world war was a long time ago, and for many of us, even those with first-hand experience, it does indeed seem to have become a distant memory. Yet some images remain vivid. Only a child at the time, I remember the London bombing raids as if they happened yesterday.

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Tibet: An 18th Century anatomical dictionary offers evidence of the legendary Yeti

Himalaya Mts Yeti
© FREEYORK/Tibetan Anatomica Dictionary
It is well known that among Native Americans, long legendary traditions exist which document the existence of the creature known today as Sasquatch. Although many different names have been attributed to the creature, mostly throughout parts of the Pacific Northwest, similarities remain present throughout the various cultural traditions pertaining to the creature.

The indigenous peoples of the American Northwest aren't the only representation of cultural beliefs pertaining to large, mysterious hominids that have existed for centuries. In fact, an unusual discovery made in 1959 provides a glimpse at similar traditions that have long existed elsewhere in the world, in relation to the alleged existence of large, manlike beasts; more specifically, the famous Yeti of Tibet and Nepal.

The discovery in question was made in 1959 by Emanuel Vlcek, a Czech paleoanthropologist, and professor at the Anatomical Institute of the First Medical Faculty of Charles University in Prague, Czech Republic. Vlcek had been part of an anthropological expedition sent by what was then still the Czechoslovakian Academy of Sciences to Mongolia to study the memorial of Prince Kulteghine, and in a more general sense, to "establish conditions for anthropological research in Mongolia."


Stone Age calendar knowledge revealed on mammoth bone bracelet?

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© Encyclopedia of Ukraine
Bracelet from Mizyn
In Sivershchina, close to the village of Mizyn in Ukraine is one of the oldest and most unique settlements of humans - and it was discovered in a parking lot. The now well-known archaeological site, known plainly as the Mizyn parking lot, dates back 18-20 thousand years. In this spot two intricately carved bracelets made from mammoth bone were found, which led to the unraveling of a fantastic Stone Age discovery.

Investigating the settlement

The beginning of the research at this site dates back to the early twentieth century, in the summer of 1908, in the neighboring village of Psarivka (today about Desniansk). Archaeologist Fedir Vovk with his disciple Sergii Rudenko hired a farmstead for a summer holiday. In the nearby forest he found a small flint of obviously deliberate splitting. It prompted the scientist to investigate the situation on the spot and he was able to identify the find as from "the Paleolithic station of the late Paleolithic of the Madeline era".

Vovk presented a report of the findings during the congress of archaeologists later that year. In addition, as part of the exhibit he displayed 72 animal bones and several small showcases of flint tools. With these clues pointing towards ancient activity in the area, the excavations that he had begun in 1908 were continued under the direction of Vovk, and in 1909, his students P. Efimenko and V. Sakharov.


2,000yo mummies discovered at major Egyptian tombs is "just the beginning" (VIDEO)

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© Mohamed Abd El Ghany / Reuters
Ancient tombs filled with coffins, mummies, and artifacts have been discovered in Egypt. Archaeologists say this is just the beginning of the discovery, as the site is expected to take five years to excavate.

The large necropolis (or cemetery) was uncovered south of Cairo, near the Tuna al-Gabal archaeological site that's home to a range of tombs. It's believed to be from the late Pharaonic to the early Ptolemaic period.

"It's only the beginning of new discovery," Egyptian Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani said on Saturday. "I think we will need at least five years to work on the necropolis."

Archaeologists began excavating the area last year. They have since found tombs of the priests of Thoth, the god of moon and wisdom.

Comment: Comment: Reuters reports:
Minya, Egypt - Egyptian archaeologists have discovered an ancient necropolis containing 40 stone sarcophagi, about 1,000 small statues and a necklace charm bearing the hieroglyphic inscription "happy new year".

Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said the scarab charm with the new year greeting had been unearthed last New Year's Eve in a "wonderful coincidence". "This is a message sent to us from the afterlife," he said.
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