This Week In History News, Nov. 15 – 21

Published November 20, 2020

Centuries-old Florida shipwreck uncovered, ancient Egyptian temple restored, World War I carrier pigeon message found.

200-Year-Old Shipwreck Uncovered Beneath Eroding Sand On A Florida Beach

Shipwreck In Crescent Beach Florida

Lighthouse Archaeological Maritime ProgramExperts believe the ship was a 19th-century merchant vessel, but its origins remain unknown.

A Florida man out for his daily walk on Crescent Beach just stumbled upon a shipwreck that had been sitting right below the sand for 200 years.

Experts aren’t sure where it came from or how it got there, but they do know that it has to stay there, at least for now. It would cost millions to move and preserve the vessel, meaning it’ll just have to sit on the beach for the foreseeable future.

See more of this unbelievable discovery here.

Archaeologists Just Restored An Ancient Egyptian Temple To What It Looked Like 2,000 Years Ago

Esna Temple

University of TübingenThe ancient vestibule of Esna Temple on the west bank of the Nile River is located about 35 miles south of Luxor.

Rediscovered some 200 years ago, the ancient Egyptian temple of Esna has held 2,000-year-old secrets in its walls that are just now seeing the light of day. Thanks to an ambitious restoration project launched in 2018, hundreds of hidden inscriptions, paintings, and illustrated constellations have been found.

Dig deeper in this report.

Carrier Pigeon’s Secret WWI Message Uncovered A Century Later In French Field

Handwritten War Letter

Sébastien Bozon/AFP/Getty ImagesA tiny capsule containing correspondence from WWI was uncovered in France.

An elderly French couple was taking a walk through a field in September when they spotted a peculiar object. It turned out to be a tiny capsule with a spectacular message inside: a 100-year-old handwritten note from a World War I soldier.

The note was written in German by a Prussian soldier based in Ingersheim. The region is now part of France’s Grand Est but was then still part of Germany. The note had been sent by carrier pigeon to the soldier’s superior officer.

Read on here.

All That's Interesting
Established in 2010, All That's Interesting brings together a dedicated staff of digital publishing veterans and subject-level experts in history, true crime, and science. From the lesser-known byways of human history to the uncharted corners of the world, we seek out stories that bring our past, present, and future to life. Privately-owned since its founding, All That's Interesting maintains a commitment to unbiased reporting while taking great care in fact-checking and research to ensure that we meet the highest standards of accuracy.
John Kuroski
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.