This Week In History News, Apr. 29 – May 5

Published May 4, 2018
Updated February 27, 2024

Roman skeletons unearthed, Danish king's treasure found, extinct predator on the verge of resurrection.

Construction Workers Find 75 Roman Skeletons Under Hotel Swimming Pool

Newington Hotel Skeleton

York Archeological Trust/SWNSDozens of skeletons found under the hotel’s swimming pool.

The Newington Hotel in York, England closed in 2016 and the property was set to be redeveloped into family residences. But the plans have hit a chilling snafu.

“The refurb has not been without its issues,” said John Reeves, the project’s developer. “To start with there were over 60 Roman skeletons found under the old swimming pool.”

As construction workers began to dig, they uncovered what turned out to be the skeletal remains of around 75 Romans dating as far back as 50 B.C.

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1,000-Year-Old Treasure Linked To Danish King Found By 13-Year-Old Boy

Danish Treasure Discovery

Stefan Sauer/AFPSchoenand and 13-year-old Malaschnichenko participating in the 4,300-square-foot northern Germany dig.

A recent discovery by a hobby archeologist and his 13-year-old pupil proved it doesn’t take a pro to uncover a hoard of treasure.

In January of 2018, Rene Schon and his student Luca Malaschnitschenko were using metal detectors on Rugen Island, a Baltic Sea island in northern Germany, when they came across something. At first, they believed it to be just a piece of aluminum. But upon further inspection, they realized it was actually a piece of silver.

The duo’s discovery led to a regional archaeological dig of the area, covering 4,300 square feet. What they found was a treasure trove linked to Danish king Harald Gormsson, better known as King Harald Bluetooth. Bluetooth reigned over what is currently Denmark, northern Germany, parts of Norway, and areas of Sweden from around 958 A.D. to 986 A.D.

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Scientists Are One Big Step Away From Bringing Back The Extinct Tasmanian Tiger

Preserved Thylacine

Museums VictoriaOne of the preserved Thylacine “Tasmanian tiger” pups.

The Tasmanian tiger, aka the thylacine, is still an iconic and symbolic animal in Tasmania. It is to Australia what the Loch Ness Monster is to Scotland. Now scientists are saying that with the use of gene editing and jars of preserved pups, the species may be coming back.

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