This Week In History News, Dec. 2 – 8

Published December 7, 2018

Half of Oklahoma may be returned to the Cherokee, archaeologists uncover two mummies in Egypt, murder map reveals the danger spots of medieval London.

Oklahoma Fears Collapse As Supreme Court Decides Whether To Return Half Its Land To The Cherokee

Oklahoma Indian Territories

Library of CongressA map outlining the various Native American territories within Oklahoma. 1892.

Anyone with even a rudimentary knowledge of American history knows that white settlers steadily seized Native American lands over the course of several centuries in order to build the United States. But what’s not so well-known is that a version of that same land grab continues to play out today.

However, the Supreme Court will soon have a chance to not only put an end to that, but also to return an enormous chunk of land — half of Oklahoma — to its Native American owners.

Discover why and learn the full history here.

A 4,000-Year-Old Tomb Containing Two Mummies In Incredible Condition Has Just Been Uncovered In Egypt

El Assasif Mummy

KHALED DESOUKI/AFP/Getty ImagesArchaeologists uncover a sarcophagus found at the El-Assasif necropolis.

An Ancient Egyptian tomb has just been uncovered by archaeologists in the southern city of Luxor — with several shockingly well-preserved mummies inside.

Although the contents of the tomb were found in great condition, researchers estimate that the tomb likely dates back nearly 4,000 years.

Inside the tomb, two sarcophagi were found to contain mummies in near-perfect condition, according to History.

Dig deeper in this report.

This Interactive “Murder Map” Will Tell You Where You’d Most Likely Get Killed In Medieval London

London Medieval Murder Map

University of CambridgeThe “London Medieval Murder Map” that was created by the University of Cambridge.

Life definitely wasn’t easy in the Middle Ages. It was a period of history characterized by mass population decline and a wealth of violence that ended around 1450 A.D., which marked the beginning of the Renaissance.

Also known as the “Dark Ages,” the devastating circumstances that yielded such a dreadful period of time in history varied from territory to territory.

In order to paint a better picture of just how gruesome the Middle Ages in London were, the University of Cambridge’s criminology department compiled the “London Medieval Murder Map” that points out where the most homicides occurred in Medieval London over the course of 40 years.

See more here.

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