This Week In History News, Apr. 4 – 10

Published April 9, 2021
Updated October 31, 2022

Lost Egyptian city unearthed, oldest 3D map of Europe found, Confederate monument stolen.

Archaeologists Uncover Preserved 3,500-Year-Old City They’re Calling The ‘Egyptian Pompeii’

Lost City Of Luxor

FacebookThe newly-uncovered “lost golden city of Luxor” found in central Egypt.

For decades, the 1922 discovery of King Tut’s tomb has reigned as the most important find in all of Egyptology. But now, researchers have found something that rivals it. Archaeologists digging in Luxor recently found the stunningly-preserved remains of a 3,500-year-old city that’s the largest of its kind ever found. The city is so pristine, it’s “as if it were yesterday” — when Tut himself lived there.

See more of this historic find here.

Bronze Age Slab Unearthed In France Is The Oldest 3D Map In Europe

Saint Belec Slab From Above

National Institute of Preventive Archaeological ResearchFound in 1900, the Saint-Bélec Slab was never properly analyzed until now.

In 1900, archaeologist Paul du Chatellier was excavating a prehistoric burial ground in northwestern France when he made the discovery of a lifetime: the Saint-Bélec Slab. The Bronze Age piece of rock was covered with odd markings that have only now been revealed as Europe’s oldest 3D map.

See more here.

Civil Rights Group Steals $500,000 Confederate Monument In Selma — And Threatens To Turn It Into A Toilet

Jefferson Davis Chair

White Lies MatterThe Jefferson Davis chair was presented to the Alabama town of Selma in 1893.

Since 1893, a three-foot stone chair memorializing the Confederacy has stood at Confederate Circle in Selma, Alabama’s Old Live Oak Cemetery. Last month, however, it disappeared.

The stone chair, dedicated to former Confederacy President Jefferson Davis, was first discovered missing sometime between midnight and 3 a.m. during the 44th annual Selma Pilgrimage on March 19. The pilgrimage is a yearly festival that celebrates Selma’s antebellum architecture and features tours led by white women in hoop skirts.

Now, an anti-racist action group known as “White Lies Matter” has taken responsibility for the theft.

Read on here.

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