Tag: History

The Original Rollarcoaster

One of the very first roller coasters in history came about by accident. It was originally designed to transport coal down a hill. But, after people found that it could reach speeds up to 50 mph, they asked to ride on it for a few cents.

Ancient people were 2,000 years more advanced than we thought

The world’s most ancient known boat-making site lies submerged off the coast of the Isle of Wight. 8,000 years ago it was used by Stone age shipbuilders to explore the British coastline. This week, a new discovery has been made there. It is a wooden platform that, to the discerning eye, shows signs of advanced woodworking that archaeologists once believed were not invented for another 2,000 years. It shows that these ancient people were far more technologically advanced than we believed.

This Medieval Battlefield

In 1361 the Battle of Visby was fought between the army of Gotland and the Danish army. It’s also one of the most incredibly well-preserved battle sites in history. Below is a peasant who put his chainmail on for war, not knowing he’d be wearing it for almost 700 years.

A Sunken Lion

This Lion monument is from Heracleion, a sunken Egyptian city. Before the 2nd Century BC it was the primary port of Egypt. But after a catastrophic flood, its soil liquified and the entire city gradually sunk into the Mediterranean sea.