This Week In History News, Aug. 12 – 18

Published August 17, 2018

Hidden World War II message uncovered, link between walruses and Vikings' demise found, oldest Egyptian embalming recipe unearthed.

Wildfires In Ireland Uncover World War II Message Hidden For 70 Years

Eire Wildfire

Garda Air Support Unit/Irish Air CorpsThe Éire 8 sign in Bray Head.

A buried piece of World War II history has been rediscovered thanks to a wildfire that recently burned across Ireland’s eastern coast.

The Air Support Unit of the Irish national police (Garda) was flying over Bray Head in County Wicklow in order to assess the damage from the wildfire when they came across the word “ÉIRE” etched into the ground in enormous letters.

Find out more here.

Why Walruses May Be Responsible For The Vikings Baffling Demise In Greenland

Walrus Ivory

Musées Du MansThe upper jaw bone of a Walrus with tusks.

The debate surrounding the Norse’s decision to settle on icy and treacherous Greenland, as well as their prosperous existence on such rough terrain has raged for decades. But, a new report may hold some long awaited answers.

The Norse relied on farming, fishing, and trading to survive, but a new study published in the Proceedings of the Royal Society B confirmed a specific trade item that could have led to their prosperity and downfall: walrus ivory.

See more in this report.

5,600-Year-Old Mummy Reveals Oldest Egyptian Embalming Recipe Ever Found

Turin Mummy

Museo EgizioFred, the Turin mummy.

One incredibly well-preserved 5,600-year-old mummy is now upending much of what we thought we knew about Ancient Egyptian embalming.

A new study published in the Journal of Archaeological Science shows strong evidence that embalming practices in Ancient Egypt were in place more than 1,500 years earlier than previously believed.

Read on here.

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