This Week In History News, June 24 – 30

Published June 29, 2018

Human sacrifice at Germany's Stonehenge, unearthed WWI POW's romantic engraving, found footage of FDR walking.

Evidence Of Mass Human Sacrifice Found At Germany’s Stonehenge

Pommelte Site

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Archaeologists have unearthed the grisly remains of women and children who may have been ritualistically sacrificed at Germany’s Stonehenge. Their bones were broken, their skulls were crushed, and their bodies were left in a pit alongside axes at the Pömmelte site in northern Germany.

Like Stonehenge, Pömmelte is a circular, Bronze Age religious site featuring the particular kind of architecture we associate with the former. In fact, the researchers behind this new discovery suggest that the two sites may even be linked.

Read more at Science.

World War I POW’s Romantic Engraving Found After Nearly A Century

Engraved Canteen

Dawid Kobiałka/Antiquity

One new study has made it abundantly clear that while the artifacts left behind after war are often tragic, they can also be heartbreakingly beautiful.

Researchers writing in the journal Antiquity detailed a number of World War I artifacts uncovered in Poland, including a Russian POW’s romantic engraving on a canteen (above). As the researchers wrote, this canteen found inside the prison camp’s walls “succeeds in testifying to emotion and human creativity behind barbed wire.”

Read more at Antiquity.

Uncovered Footage Reveals FDR Walking

Images of Franklin D. Roosevelt walking are hard to find. After he became a paraplegic due to polio, Roosevelt could only succeed in walking awkwardly over short distances and with great difficulty — something he and his staff weren’t keen on having any cameramen capture.

All of which makes it remarkable that the FDR Presidential Library & Museum has now announced the discovery of previously unseen footage from 1935 that shows Roosevelt walking (above).

Read more at Smithsonian.

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