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When you need a skull, where do you go?

How do archaeologists know where to dig? [more inside]
posted by burnfirewalls on Aug 8, 2012 - 20 answers

The V&A just about killed me.

I'm fascinated by unusual jewelry with a history — medieval memento moris, ARP whistles from the Blitz, Victorian nude stanhopes, that sort of thing. I don't care at all about precious metals and gemstones (real or fake), but rather about the story behind them. Cheap, mass-produced mementos and handmade crafts seem to carry more history than high-end jewels, but they're difficult to search for. Boring, pretty things always swamp me when I search for "costume" or "antique" or "estate" jewelry. Other than Monica Laughlin's excellent series of Hairpin posts, where can I discover more history-through-jewelry? I'm hoping for book recommendations, websites, stories, articles, or online shops. [more inside]
posted by you're a kitty! on Aug 7, 2012 - 7 answers

She's full of seeeeeecrets

I've recently been watching Twin Peaks again, and I've been wondering... to people who actually watched it air in its original run, what was it like seeing something like this on TV? Did you have watching parties that I've heard so much about? Was the reveal of the killer and the twists and turns along the way surprising? Did you watch until the end of the second season, and were you disappointed when it got the plug pulled on it? [more inside]
posted by codacorolla on Aug 3, 2012 - 66 answers

Hundred-Year-Old Job Descriptions?

Where can I find job descriptions for jobs from the 1850s-1950s? [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 31, 2012 - 6 answers

Help us make an app for a history magazine.

I serve on the editorial board of a historical publication that walks the line between scholarly and popular articles. It is a magazine format publication, known for the high quality of its illustrations as well as articles. How do we create an iPad (and maybe Android) app for the magazine? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Jul 30, 2012 - 10 answers

What happened here? How do I research my hometown?

History/Librarian Filter: Inspired by all the interesting London history coming out here, I'd like to start researching my own backyard, but I have little idea where to begin. What resources are typically available if wanted to research an area (US)? [more inside]
posted by gofargogo on Jul 27, 2012 - 8 answers

Once there was a lady who lived in... um... Westeros?

I want to read about daily life in the Middle Ages. Particularly daily life in monasteries, but in other places too. [more inside]
posted by showbiz_liz on Jul 24, 2012 - 19 answers

Historical Fiction

I need some historical fiction book recommendations. [more inside]
posted by Sassyfras on Jul 23, 2012 - 37 answers

Pacific Northwest Frog (Toad?) ID needed

A poorly-maintained ex Ornamental Carp Pond in Kenmore, Washington has unexpectedly become home to three lovely amphibians, 3-4 inches long. Brownish bodies, greenish heads (the green could be due to algae and weeds.) The most distinguishing feature of these little guys is a sound I have never heard a frog make: a "yowp" or "yelp" noise, which they make when they are startled into jumping back into the pond. Any clues?
posted by dorgla on Jul 20, 2012 - 11 answers

What are these dear naked German gentleman doing?

Can any German history lovers tell we what these sweet old naked fat men are doing in this old postcard? [more inside]
posted by esereth on Jul 19, 2012 - 16 answers

Which History Documentaries are Accurate?

Please recommend good documentaries and TV programs about history that are accurate. [more inside]
posted by kristi on Jul 17, 2012 - 19 answers

copin' with readin'

Looking for any decent non-fiction books, in English, about Copenhagen. [more inside]
posted by threeants on Jul 16, 2012 - 3 answers

Upcoming lease issues

In one month I am moving out of my current living situation and moving into an apartment on my own. I'm stressing due to multiple issues, most importantly regarding my rental history, which is shaky, and a roommate that isn't paying rent. Will my rental history cause issues when I try to get a lease? [more inside]
posted by Mister Fabulous on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 answers

What was the feeding capacity of land in Feudal Japan?

I'm reading The Story of Civilization and I came across a quote that doesn't quite parse. [more inside]
posted by Algebra on Jul 12, 2012 - 10 answers

Does anybody want collected letters home, even from someplace/time interesting?

How to find out whether historic letters are of any interest to somebody researching the era? [more inside]
posted by acm on Jul 10, 2012 - 5 answers

Need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk.

AustrianArtHistory/NovelResearch–Filter: I need to know the name of the wife of Austrian sculptor Johannes Benk (1844–1914). [more inside]
posted by scody on Jul 9, 2012 - 2 answers

Help me overthink a song from Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson.

Some very specific questions about three different lines from the song "The Corrupt Bargain" from the musical Bloody, Bloody Andrew Jackson [more inside]
posted by absalom on Jul 6, 2012 - 1 answer

Can you recommend some good books about the Civil War to me?

I'm doing some research on the nineteenth century in the U.S. and I've realized I need to understand the Civil War better. Can you help me? [more inside]
posted by colfax on Jun 26, 2012 - 15 answers

Looking for examples of strong, athletic women that inspire you.

Looking for examples of strong, athletic women that inspire you. [more inside]
posted by MaryDellamorte on Jun 25, 2012 - 45 answers

Nonfiction books for 9 year olds

Great non-fiction books for a smart 9 year old search: my kindle owning niece is embarking on summer vacation. I'd like to gift her some good books to fill up her summer days... she reads a huge amount, and I'd really like to encourage this. She's nine but has a roughly 9th grade reading level, so she's definitely capable of handling somewhat advanced books, and she's curious about a wide range of things. Really I'm looking for pretty much anything non-fiction & interesting. [more inside]
posted by lyra4 on Jun 24, 2012 - 27 answers

Memories of '69, '70, & '71

Help me review the front pages of US national newspapers for 1969 through 1971. [more inside]
posted by KneeDeep on Jun 22, 2012 - 7 answers

What Did The Office Workers Of The 1600s Eat?

I always hear that the traditionally heavy US diet ( or any " traditional" cuisine, really ) was developed for people working long hard hours of manual labor, farm work, etc., so what did the people who had sedentary, less active jobs eat? What were the historical diets of people who didn't haul lumber through the woods or dig ditches, but recorded numbers or did accounting or translated documents?
posted by The Whelk on Jun 22, 2012 - 37 answers

Two steps forward, one step backwards

I'm looking for examples that illustrate a particular concept: that a technological / social advance is often accompanied by a kind of regression to earlier practices, until people work out how to exploit the benefits of that advance. Help me nail down this rather nebulous idea! [more inside]
posted by Paragon on Jun 20, 2012 - 9 answers

What Was Homosexuality Like Back Then?

What was the gay lifestyle like in past times (say, pre 1970s)? How was being gay perceived? [more inside]
posted by amicamentis on Jun 19, 2012 - 46 answers

The NLP Wall

What are some good references (papers or books) that address the difficulty of computers to understand natural language? [more inside]
posted by iconjack on Jun 12, 2012 - 5 answers

What are some things that most scientists once suspected to be true that most scientists today know to be false?

What are some things that most scientists once suspected to be true that most scientists today know to be false? [more inside]
posted by Lownotes on Jun 9, 2012 - 32 answers

Movie theaters can show any movie they want.

I'm trying to find information on a half remembered law about movie theaters and the movies they're allowed to show. [more inside]
posted by zoo on Jun 3, 2012 - 1 answer

Of course, sir. I'll take care of it.

Help me find historical fiction starring the kinds of people described in this awesome comment. [more inside]
posted by The demon that lives in the air on Jun 1, 2012 - 8 answers

The best books on the history of Brazil

I just got back from Brazil and want to read about its history. What are the best books in English? I'm particularly interested in the period from the arrival of the monarchy in 1808 to the founding of the republic in 1889.
posted by ocherdraco on Jun 1, 2012 - 4 answers

Looking for magazines with a local cultural focus

What are the best small local-history/culture magazines or publications in North America? [more inside]
posted by Shepherd on Jun 1, 2012 - 11 answers

Serially posted historical journals?

Tomorrow, Pepys' Diary, which I've been following as it's been posted serially for the better part of a decade, will post its last entry. Are there any similar serially posted historical diaries that I can I follow in its absence? [more inside]
posted by sciapod on May 30, 2012 - 9 answers

The taste of yesteryear

What foodstuffs taste the same today as they did millenia ago? [more inside]
posted by 5imon on May 24, 2012 - 32 answers

Looking for books on WWII that could be read aloud to an elderly, ex-Marine who served in the war.

I am looking for book recommendations that might be suitable to read aloud to an elderly man who served six years in WWII as a Marine, he has dementia, but has some very alert periods of time. He loves war movies (and MASH), and is still very much interested in the war.
posted by nanook on May 18, 2012 - 24 answers

History of Games 101

History of Games 101. I need to learn more about the history of gaming. Ideally getting a solid overview of the continuum of ancient games such as dice, chess and Go, all the way up through present day video games. Please recommend some books for me. [more inside]
posted by gnutron on May 18, 2012 - 8 answers

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto?

Can you help me find football match reports from between the two World Wars in Esperanto? Specifically I'm looking for any match report featuring the Austrian national team of the era (1918-1937) but anything even remotely connected would be of help. [more inside]
posted by Kattullus on May 15, 2012 - 8 answers

How do soldiers in wartime talk about death?

I'm looking for quantitative studies or other accounts of how often, and in what ways, soldiers in dangerous wartime situations discuss the possibility of death. [more inside]
posted by inkfish on May 11, 2012 - 1 answer

History Research After College

I am graduating this weekend with a BA in History. I wrote a senior honors thesis and really loved the process of conducting research. Is there a way I can continue researching next year, while I'm not in school? [more inside]
posted by sockysocksock on May 11, 2012 - 15 answers

Looks different but actually the same

New species or larval stage of known species? [more inside]
posted by ch1x0r on May 10, 2012 - 6 answers

Writer researching ancient Egypt looking for assistance

I'm researching ancient Egypt for a Middle Grade book, and I'd love to find an expert or two whose brains I can pick. [more inside]
posted by Guy_Inamonkeysuit on May 10, 2012 - 2 answers

Recommendation for a history of the Spanish Civil War

Recommend a good history on the Spanish Civil War? [more inside]
posted by molecicco on May 10, 2012 - 14 answers

A Concise AP Euro Outline?

Where can I find good study materials for the AP European History Exam? [more inside]
posted by Flood on May 9, 2012 - 14 answers

Which Malekith came first?

Who came first: Malekith the Accursed, foe of Thor in the Marvel comics, or Malekith the Witch-King of Naggaroth, ruler of the Warhammer Dark Elves? Was one definitely swiped from the other? Has legal action ever ensued?
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot on May 4, 2012 - 4 answers

I'd like to know about the logistics of colonization.

I'd like to know about the logistics of colonization, from the point of view of the colonists. In general, but primarily I'm interested in 16th or 17th century European colonization - for example, the people who founded what is now New York City. [more inside]
posted by Flunkie on May 4, 2012 - 6 answers

Fiction that's like Game of Thrones

I'm looking for something like game of thrones, but real. Epic, sweeping historical fiction with complex stories, political intrigue, backstabbing, and moral ambiguity. [more inside]
posted by Green Winnebago on May 3, 2012 - 53 answers

When did the American "Business Reply Mail" concept begin?

What is the general history of the US postal "business reply mail" ? When did it begin? [more inside]
posted by Quarter Pincher on May 3, 2012 - 2 answers

How to properly organize work history?

Need assistance with resume chronological order of work history. [more inside]
posted by delasoull on May 1, 2012 - 7 answers

Do the Feds give a Salary boost for honors societies?

Will membership in the college honor society Phi Alpha Theta really boost your federal government salary? [more inside]
posted by LarryC on Apr 30, 2012 - 6 answers

I can haz sauce?

Help me find sources on German military technology during WW2! [more inside]
posted by Angel of Khaos on Apr 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Help me find my lost 1860s social history book

Bookfilter: Help me find a particular social history of America in the 1860s. [more inside]
posted by Concordia on Apr 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Helloooooo, Phineas

I love "discoveries" that add to seemingly-cold stories. Misfiled negatives unearthed, unlabeled photos finally identified, new connections made. Stuff like the identification of the first photo of Phineas Gage, or the recently-uncovered Lincoln inauguration photos, or to a much lesser extent (because it's "soft"), this TED talk about finding the face of Leonardo da Vinci. What other incidents/discoveries/ideas like this will enthrall me? And can you point me to a book (or at least a Wikipedia page) about it? [more inside]
posted by peachfuzz on Apr 23, 2012 - 9 answers

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