A blog wherein I link all the amazing things I read about on the net related to history. My favourite historical periods are 1150-1250AD, Late Byzantium, Song Dynasty China, pre-Columbus Silk Road, Ancient Egypt, and the Viking Rus/Varangian Guards. But what I post won't be limited to those. :)
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Archaeologists have discovered a 5,000-year-old skeleton which they believe may be the remains of a transgender person. The male skeleton was found in a suburb of Prague and is buried in a manner previously only seen for female burials.
Today, the city of Samarkand in Uzbekistan is relatively remote, known mostly for its magnificent medieval ruins. But over a millennium ago, it was one of the richest cities on the infamous trade route known as the Silk Road. Back in the 600s CE, that route was called simply “the road to Samarkand.”
Just a few miles south of the Silk Road in Gansu Province, lies one of the most spectacular artistic treasure of China&rsquo;s past &ndash; the Maijishan Grottoes, a series of 194 caves cut into the s