massarrah:

Akkadian Word of the Week

ekallum "royal palace (as building and as authority), temple"

The Akkadian word for palace, ekallum, comes from the Sumerian compound logogram É.GAL, which are the first two signs in the cuneiform brick inscription in the top photo (cropped and zoomed in the bottom photo). The É represents the Sumerian word for “house”, and the GAL represents the Sumerian “great” or “large”. As is clear from the sound of the word, the Sumerian É.GAL was loaned into Akkadian as ekallum. Now housed in the British Museum, the clay brick pictured above bears an inscription of the Assyrian king Esarhaddon (r. 680-669 BCE) and lists his patronymic.

Sources: Chicago Assyrian Dictionary E, British Museum.

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laughingsquid:

Photograph of San Francisco Street in 1957 Shot at Virtually the Same Moment as a Scene From Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’

laughingsquid:

Photograph of San Francisco Street in 1957 Shot at Virtually the Same Moment as a Scene From Hitchcock’s ‘Vertigo’

70,000 year-old African settlement unearthed ⇢

archaeologicalnews:

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During ongoing excavations in northern Sudan, Polish archaeologists from the Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology in Poznań, have discovered the remains of a settlement estimated to 70,000 years old. This find, according to the researchers, seems to contradict the previously held belief that…

todayinhistory:

July 24th 1911: Bingham at Machu Picchu

On this day in 1911, American historian Hiram Bingham III with his Peruvian guides arrived at the Inca site of Machu Picchu in the mountains of Peru. Machu Picchu is a 15th Century Inca estate built for emperor Pachacuti which was abandoned as a result of the Spanish conquest. The site lay largely undisturbed for hundreds of years, with only locals knowing of its existence. However, with Bingham’s arrival at the site it became known to the wider world and was studied scientifically; he is thus attributed with ‘re-discovering’ the erroneously called ‘Lost City of the Incas’. Bingham took artefacts from the site to Yale University for examination and only recently has the university agreed to return them to Peru. In the years since Bingham’s expedition, his grandoise claims of how he trekked through wilderness to find the ‘lost city’ have been discredited and instead it has been stressed how the site was accessible and well known to locals. However he is still renowned as the man who introduced the world to this spectacular sight. Restoration work began soon after Bingham’s expedition and the site has since become a major tourist attraction.

archaeology:

A restoration made of light in the Forum of Augustus, Rome.

archaeology:

A restoration made of light in the Forum of Augustus, Rome.

lostsplendor:

Paris, Schedelsche Weltchronik (The Nuremberg Chronicle) by Hartmann Schedel, c. 1493 via Wikimedia Commons

lostsplendor:

Paris, Schedelsche Weltchronik (The Nuremberg Chronicle) by Hartmann Schedel, c. 1493 via Wikimedia Commons

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 22, 1933: Wiley Post completes first solo around-the-world flight in 7 Days
On this day in 1933, American aviator Wiley Post returned to New York after traveling 15,596 miles in the first solo around-the-world flight.  The flight lasted 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes, during which time Post made 11 stops for fuel and rest. 
Post’s plane, the Winnie Mae (named for his daughter), is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  In 1931, he completed an 8-day around-the-world trip on this plane along with navigator Harold Gatty.
Learn more about aviation milestones with this American Experience timeline.
Photo: “Winnie Mae” a Lockheed Vega aircraft of Wiley Post, when it was on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Wikimedia Commons.

pbsthisdayinhistory:

July 22, 1933: Wiley Post completes first solo around-the-world flight in 7 Days

On this day in 1933, American aviator Wiley Post returned to New York after traveling 15,596 miles in the first solo around-the-world flight.  The flight lasted 7 days, 18 hours, and 49 minutes, during which time Post made 11 stops for fuel and rest. 

Post’s plane, the Winnie Mae (named for his daughter), is now on display at the National Air and Space Museum in Washington, D.C.  In 1931, he completed an 8-day around-the-world trip on this plane along with navigator Harold Gatty.

Learn more about aviation milestones with this American Experience timeline.

Photo: “Winnie Mae” a Lockheed Vega aircraft of Wiley Post, when it was on display at the Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Wikimedia Commons.

The original Waldorf-Astoria at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street (ca. 1902).

The original Waldorf-Astoria at Fifth Avenue and 34th Street (ca. 1902).

Source: shorpy.com

laughingsquid:

‘Empty New York’, A Series of Photos of New York City in 1964 Taken When No One Was Around

laughingsquid:

‘Empty New York’, A Series of Photos of New York City in 1964 Taken When No One Was Around

todayinhistory:

July 21st 1969: Man walks on the Moon

On this day in 1969, American astronauts Neil Armstrong and Edwin ‘Buzz’ Aldrin became the first humans to walk on the Moon. The Apollo 11 mission landed on the Moon on July 20th at 20:18 UTC. and Armstrong’s boot hit the surface of the Moon at 02:56 UTC the next day. Aldrin soon joined Armstrong and the pair planted the flag of the United States on the lunar surface, and they received a brief phone call from US President Richard Nixon. The moon landing was broadcast live, reaching an estimated global audience of 450 million. The astronauts returned safely to Earth on July 24th where they were met by the President and celebrated globally. The landing was a major victory for the United States in the Cold War space race with Soviet Russia and fulfilled the goal put in place by the late President John F. Kennedy in 1961 to put a man on the moon before the end of the decade.

"That’s one small step for [a] man, one giant leap for mankind"

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