This Week In History News, Feb. 17 – 23

Published February 22, 2019
Published February 22, 2019

Medieval sword found in sewer, secrets of Stonehenge's construction revealed, WWII American shipwreck uncovered.

Medieval Sword Pulled Out Of Danish Sewer With Blade Still Intact

Medieval Sword Found In Denmark

The Historical Museum of Northern JutlandJannick Vestergaard and Henning Nøhr proudly holding the medieval sword they pulled out of a Danish sewer.

As pipe layers and engineers, Jannick Vestergaard and Henning Nøhr are likely accustomed to their day-to-day operations in Denmark’s fourth-largest city, Aalborg. So, pulling a medieval sword out of a sewer earlier this month was quite a surprise.

Aalborg has a substantial history of findings dating back to the 1300s. Some experts are convinced, however, that this particular sword dates back even further, to the 12th century.

Whatever its age, the sword was discovered with its blade still intact, making the find all the more remarkable.

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Stonehenge Design May Have Been Brought Over By Prehistoric Sailors From Northwestern France

Stonehenge

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Stonehenge is undoubtedly iconic, though as it turns out, it’s far from unique. There are, in fact, thousands of similar sites that feature gargantuan rocks spread across Europe — and a new study suggests that this may be because this sort of thing was simply fashionable.

A new study (a decade in the making) published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences posits that the building of megaliths like those found in the approximately 5,000-year-old Stonehenge may have begun in France some 7,000 years ago and then spread across the continent thanks to prehistoric sailors.

Dig deeper here.

US Navy Shipwreck Of World War II-Era USS Hornet Found 17,500 Feet Underwater After 76 Years

Uss Hornet 1941

Wikimedia CommonsThe USS Hornet leaving Hampton Roads in October 1941.

The search for the wreckage of the USS Hornet, an American aircraft carrier used during the Tokyo air raid in World War II, has finally come to an end. After 76 years, explorers located the crumbling Navy ship’s remains 17,500 feet underwater in the South Pacific.

The Hornet was a renowned ship at the time as it launched the first airstrike to hit the Japanese mainland during World War II.

Next, discover more about the USS Hornet.

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