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This Week In History News, Oct. 14 – 20

This Week In History News, Oct. 14 – 20

Iron Age chariot discovered with horse and rider, Neanderthal found to be eaten by giant bird, Vesuvius believed to have boiled the blood and brains of its victims.
Archaeologists In Iceland Uncover Ancient Hammer Of Thor — And It’s Adorable

Archaeologists In Iceland Uncover Ancient Hammer Of Thor — And It’s Adorable

The hammer is believed to be an amulet that ancient Vikings wore around their necks.
Da Vinci Was Such A Good Artist Because He Had A Wonky Eye, New Evidence Suggests

Da Vinci Was Such A Good Artist Because He Had A Wonky Eye, New Evidence Suggests

The study argues that da Vinci's misaligned eyes allowed him to literally see the world, and an art canvas, differently than those without the condition.
Roman Shine Preserved For 2,000 Years By Ash From Vesuvius Eruption Unearthed At Pompeii

Roman Shine Preserved For 2,000 Years By Ash From Vesuvius Eruption Unearthed At Pompeii

The shrine, known as a lararium, is surrounded by well-preserved paintings and murals depicting animals, deities, and more.
Graffiti Reveals When Mt. Vesuvius Really Erupted—And It’s Not When We Think

Graffiti Reveals When Mt. Vesuvius Really Erupted—And It’s Not When We Think

"The inscription appears in a room of the house which was undergoing refurbishment, while the rest of the rooms had already been completed; works must therefore have been ongoing at the time of the eruption."
A Massive Viking Ship Burial Was Just Discovered Via Radar In Norway

A Massive Viking Ship Burial Was Just Discovered Via Radar In Norway

Experts report that such burials were meant for Viking royalty and that the ship itself was meant to act as a sort of coffin.
Valak: The Story Behind The Fearsome Demon From ‘The Nun’

Valak: The Story Behind The Fearsome Demon From ‘The Nun’

Though Valak is well-known now thanks to "The Nun" and "The Conjuring," stories of this terrifying demon actually strech back centuries.
Ancient Roman Grave Site Shows Child Was Subjected To ‘Vampire Burial’ To Prevent Him From Rising From The Grave

Ancient Roman Grave Site Shows Child Was Subjected To ‘Vampire Burial’ To Prevent Him From Rising From The Grave

The Ancient Romans feared that "evils" would haunt them from the grave — and took drastic measures to keep that from happening.
This Week In History News, Oct. 7 – 13

This Week In History News, Oct. 7 – 13

Girl pulls ancient sword from lake, researchers uncover identity of New York mystery mummy, lasers reveal hidden Maya structures.
An Iron Age Chariot With Horse And Rider In Tow Was Discovered In England

An Iron Age Chariot With Horse And Rider In Tow Was Discovered In England

While the practice of burying chariots may not have been unusual for the time period, finding horses and a driver included in the burial is.
115,000-Year-Old Bones Found In Poland Reveal Neanderthal Child Eaten By Gigantic Prehistoric Bird

115,000-Year-Old Bones Found In Poland Reveal Neanderthal Child Eaten By Gigantic Prehistoric Bird

Researchers realized the bones were so porous because they'd passed through the digestive system of an enormous bird.