This Week In History News, Mar. 1 – 7

Published March 6, 2020

"Medieval" sword found to be 5,000 years old, prehistoric giant armadillo remains unearthed, 15th-century etiquette book for kids brought to light.

Anatolian Sword Uncovered Inside Italian Monastery Found To Be 5,000 Years Old

Experts Posing With Anatolian Sword

Ph. Andrea Avezzù / Ca’ Foscari University of VeniceCa’ Foscari, the PhD student who identified the sword’s age, poses with the weapon alongside fellow researcher Father Serafino Jamourlian.

When experts found an antique sword inside a cabinet of curiosities within an Italian monastery, they thought they’d uncovered a medieval artifact. And while that would have been interesting enough, one observant PhD student found that they’d gotten it all wrong and that the sword was actually 5,000 years old.

Dating back to the Anatolians in present-day Turkey, this sword is likely among the oldest in the world.

Read more here.

Argentinian Farmer Finds Family Of 20,000-Year-Old Car-Sized Armadillos Huddled In His Yard

Four Glyptodon Fossils

INCUAPAThe farmer was shocked to find a family of ancient armadillos on his property.

An Argentinian farmer named Juan de Dios Sota was simply transporting his young cattle when he stumbled across something much older — a couple of 20,000-year-old giant armadillos.

Right beneath the farmer’s feet beside the dried riverbed of the Vallimanca stream were the fossilized remains of four gigantic armadillos also known as Glyptodon.

Dig deeper in this report.

15th-Century Etiquette Book Tells Kids Not To Be Greedy With The Cheese Or Pick Their Nose

Inside The Childrenes Lytil Boke

British LibraryThe manuscript was written in 1480 and aimed to help families refine their children’s social skills.

Nursery rhymes and fables have always aimed to teach children invaluable morals and life lessons, but this newly-unveiled 15th-century manuscript reveals just how similar the fundamental rules of children’s conduct 500 years ago are to today’s.

The British Library has just posted a digitized version of The Lytille Childrenes Lytil Boke online, revealing what was considered ill-behaved in the 15th century.

See more here.

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