This Week In History News, Apr. 5 – 11

Published April 10, 2020

Mysteries of ancient humans' love for ostrich eggs unlocked, history of Nazi camp on British soil revealed, remains of prehistoric rainforest in Antarctica discovered.

Bronze Age Humans Risked Death To Steal And Decorate Giant Ostrich Eggs

Two Ostrich Eggs On Display

British MuseumTwo ancient ostrich eggs on display at the British Museum in London.

Thousands of years before Easter, humans decorated giant ostrich eggs and shipped them all over the ancient world. Our Bronze Age ancestors created ornate designs featuring images like chariots and soldiers, then used ivory attachments as the finishing touches.

And they did it all despite ostriches being dangerous enough to kill a human with their kick. Nevertheless, ancient humans swiped these eggs right out of their nests.

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New Study Reveals Shocking History Of The Only Nazi Concentration Camp Built On British Soil

Aerial Footage Of Sylt

Centre of Archaeology/Staffordshire University/FlyThruAerial view of the Sylt concentration camp site in 2017. A memorial plaque can be seen at bottom center.

During World War II, on Alderney, a small piece of land in the British Channel Islands, stood the Nazi concentration camp known as Sylt. It is the only known Nazi concentration camp to ever stand on British soil.

The camp’s history has not been scientifically examined in the last 75 years since the end of the war. But a group of archaeologists recently changed that.

Dig deeper in this report.

Remains Of 90-Million-Year-Old Rainforest Discovered In Antarctica

Luscious Rainforest In Antarctica

Alfred Wegener InstituteThe new study was based on sediment core samples taken in 2017 near the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers.

Though the Earth was much warmer when dinosaurs roamed 90 million years ago, it’s hard to imagine the South Pole as a luscious, vibrant environment. However, new evidence suggests that Antarctica was once a swampy rainforest.

Between February and March 2017, researchers drilled into the seafloor near West Antarctica’s Amundsen Sea. More precisely, the sediment core sample was taken near the Pine Island and Thwaites glaciers. The results of the subsequent CT scans came as an utter shock.

The scans revealed samples of forest soil, pollen, spores, and root systems. These were so well preserved that Alfred Wegener Institute experts could identify cell structures, including pollen from the first flourishing plants found this close to the South Pole.

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John Kuroski is the editorial director of All That's Interesting. He graduated from New York University with a degree in history, earning a place in the Phi Alpha Theta honor society for history students. An editor at All That's Interesting since 2015, his areas of interest include modern history and true crime.