This Week In History News, Oct. 3 – 9

Published October 8, 2021

Medieval burial vault unearthed in Belgium, trove of illegal Nazi memorabilia discovered in Brazil, secrets of Marie Antoinette's intimate correspondence unveiled.

Construction Workers In Belgium Happen Upon Intact Medieval Burial Vault With 50 Skeletons Inside

Excavation At Cathedral In Bruges

RaakvlakIn an effort to preserve the tomb from decay, archaeologists have made a complete 3D model of it and even plan to lift the entire burial vault straight up out of the ground and move it to a facility for safekeeping.

In early 2021, archaeologists in Belgium found two burial vaults dating to the medieval era underneath the Notre Dame de Bruges Cathedral. Now they’ve found a third, this one containing at least 50 700-year-old skeletons as well as wall paintings that have remained intact after centuries. Perhaps the only thing that’s decayed are the wooden boxes in which the dead were buried, having now vanished, leaving just the nails that once held them together behind.

See more from this incredible discovery here.

Brazil Police Find Over $3 Million Worth Of Nazi Memorabilia In Suspected Pedophile’s Home

Nazi Uniforms In Brazil Home

Policia Civil Rio de JaneiroLead detective Luis Armond estimated that just one of these uniforms could cost up to $289,115.

Police in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, arrested suspected pedophile Aylson Proenca Doyle Linhares on October 6. The disturbing allegations against him included child rape, leading authorities to file an official warrant for the 58-year-old. When they entered his home, however, they also discovered a $3.4 million trove of Nazi memorabilia inside.

Police were stunned at the haul of illegal World War II artifacts, as there were more than 1,000 in the residence. They ranged from Nazi uniforms draped over mannequins and swastika flags to Third Reich periodicals, medals, nine firearms and ammo — and images of Adolf Hitler himself.

Dig deeper in this report.

Scientists Just Revealed Censored Text In Marie Antoinette Letters To A Rumored Lover

Marie Antoinette Letters

French National Museum of Natural HistoryThe swirly black ink atop the text in Marie Antoinette’s letters had made them impossible to read until now.

For two centuries, a censor’s squiggly black ink made letters exchanged between French queen Marie Antoinette and the Swedish count Axel von Fersen impossible to read in full. Now, X-ray technology has helped reveal the redacted words — as well as the nature of the queen’s relationship with the count.

“The redacted passages are the most intimate passages of the correspondence,” explained Anne Michelin, an assistant professor at the French National Museum of Natural History and the lead author of a recent study on Marie Antoinette’s letters.

Read on here.

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