This Week In History News, Nov. 7 – 13

Published November 12, 2021

Tudor paintings found behind English estate's walls, ancient "slave room" uncovered at Pompeii, meat-eating habits of giant prehistoric sloths uncovered.

Incredible Tudor-Era Paintings Discovered Behind The Walls Of A Country Estate In Yorkshire

Tudor Wall Paintings At Calverley Old Hall

Tom Burrows/Landmark TrustThe restoration workers were simply checking the timber behind the plaster to see that its joints were still sound when they were “gobsmacked” by an entire wall of ornate Tudor paintings that they had no idea were there.

Restorers working on a 14th-century country estate in Yorkshire just happened upon Tudor-era wall paintings that had long been hiding just beneath the plaster. They were merely checking the structural integrity of the wall’s timber when they saw some flecks of color that caught their eyes.

Now, experts are working quickly to preserve these 500-year-old paintings that no one had any idea were there. Discover the full story behind this once-in-a-lifetime find here.

Archeologists Just Uncovered A Remarkably Well-Preserved “Slave Room” At Pompeii

Pompeii Slave Room

Pompeii Archeological Park/Ministry of Cultural Heritage and Activities and TourismThe room measures only 172 square feet and doubled as a storage room for fine wines and spices.

In 79 AD, Mount Vesuvius erupted in Pompeii. Its fiery rage spared no one — neither rich nor poor. Now, a recently discovered “slave room” on the outskirts of town is shedding light on how the impoverished and enslaved people in Pompeii lived.

“This new important discovery enriches our understanding of the everyday life of the ancient Pompeians.”

Dig deeper in this report.

Scientists Just Discovered The First Direct Evidence Of Any Ancient Giant Sloth Species Eating Meat

Mylodon Darwinii

Jorge Blanco/American Museum of Natural HistoryLong thought to be vegetarians, new evidence suggests that giant sloths were meat-eating scavengers as well.

Today’s sloths are small and slow-moving. They are obligate herbivores and stick primarily to eating leaves and fruit, although some have been known to ingest the occasional bird egg when they can get it. But their ancient ancestors were veritable giants — and, according to a new study, actively ate meat.

Read on here.

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