This Week In History, July 2 – 8

Published July 7, 2017

Photo shows Amelia Earhart alive after crash, tattooed mummy recreated, Aztec skull tower discovered, Emmett Till memorial destroyed, Congressman films promo in Nazi gas chamber.

Newly Uncovered Photo Appears To Show Amelia Earhart Alive After Crash

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National ArchivesThe newly uncovered photo that may depict Amelia Earhart (seated, back to camera) and her navigator, Fred Noonan (far left of dock), in the Marshall Islands after their suspected crash landing.

The fate of famed aviator Amelia Earhart remains one of the great unsolved mysteries of the 20th century. But now, one recently discovered photo may finally shed new light on the matter.

NBC News reports that a photo appearing to depict Amelia Earhart and her navigator, Fred Noonan, in the Marshall Islands after their disappearance has been discovered in a forgotten file in the U.S. National Archives and will now be the subject of a History Channel documentary.

Delve deeper here.

Remarkable Tattooed Mummy Brought Back To Life In Stunning Realistic Recreation

Mummy Recreation

Ira Block/National Geographic; Fundación Augusto N Wiese

No one knows what killed the Señora of Cao nearly 1,600 years ago.

But whatever the cause, her untimely passing must have been upsetting to her people, the Moche, who lived on the north coast of Peru between approximately and 100 and 700 C.E., at least seven centuries before the more well-known Inca.

After the Señora of Cao died, the Moche took the young woman’s body to the top of a temple, carefully wrapped her tattooed corpse in 20 layers of fabric, and buried her, alongside four V-shaped crowns and other treasures, in an ornate tomb — where she would stay until she was discovered by archaeologists in 2005.

Discover how they brought her back to her life, in a manner of speaking, here.

Aztec Tower Of Human Skulls Not An Invention Of Terrified Spaniards, Archaeologists Say

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More than 650 skulls have been uncovered beneath a newly-excavated Aztec temple in the heart of Mexico City.

The tower of human heads is thought to have been part of the Huey Tzompantli, a massive structure of skulls that supposedly terrified Spanish soldiers when they followed Hernan Cortes to conquer the region in the early 16th century.

Until now, the tower was nothing more than a myth.

Read more here.

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