An archaeological dig at a Ministry of Defence site near Lulworth in Dorset has uncovered evidence of a German Messerschmitt Bf 110 heavy fighter that was downed by RAF fighters during the Battle of Britain in August 1940.
Large quantities of material including fragments of propeller, Daimler Benz engines, ammunition, parts of the perspex canopy and other elements were uncovered by a team working at the Lulworth Ranges as part of Operation Nightingale, a ground-breaking initiative that uses field archaeology to aid the recovery and of service personnel injured in conflict. Read more.
A German museum said Thursday it is examining a request from a Native American tribe for the return of a scalp claimed as an ancestral artifact.
Scientists from the Karl May Museum in the eastern town of Radebeul near Dresden will soon begin an investigation to shed light on the provenance of one of 17 scalps in its collections, a museum spokeswoman said.
The work will be conducted “in close cooperation” with members of the Sault Ste. Marie Tribe of Chippewa Indians, who say the scalp is the ancestral remains of a mid-19th century Ojibwa. Read more.
Six brick and concrete buildings, nine drain junction boxes, five concrete paths and a road were found at the site known as Camp 22, Temple Camp, Auchinleck Camp and Pennylands Camp since 1942.
The grounds were originally built as training facilities for the Tank Corps, but went on to become a transit camp for German and Italian captives during the Second World War before becoming a repatriation centre for Polish soldiers.
“A series of 24 concrete-surrounded postholes on the north side of the road almost certainly relate to what would have been a fairly substantial fence dating to the POW camp phase of use,” says Christine Rennie, who oversaw a watching brief while topsoil and overburden were dug up in the Dumfries House area. Read more.
In the same century that Michelangelo painted the Sistine Chapel and Shakespeare wrote “Richard III,” German artillery experts were trying to master the art of strapping bombs to cats.
A 16th-century treatise on warfare and weapons includes illustrations of cats and doves wearing what look like early jetpacks. The idea was that these animal bombers could set fire to cities or castles that were otherwise inaccessible to human soldiers.
Mitch Fraas, a researcher at the University of Pennsylvania Libraries, compiled these images, which derive from a text called “Buch von den probierten Künsten” by a German artillery master named Franz Helm of Cologne. Read more.
A dispute over an ancient gold tablet pitting a Holocaust survivor’s heirs against the German museum that lost the Assyrian relic in World War II will be argued Tuesday in New York’s highest court.
The 9.5-gram (.34-ounce) tablet, about the size of a credit card, was excavated a century ago by German archaeologists from the Ishtar Temple in what is now northern Iraq. It went on display in Berlin in 1934, was put in storage as the war began and later disappeared.
Riven Flamenbaum, who died in 2003, brought it to the U.S. after surviving the Auschwitz concentration camp and settling on Long Island. Family lore says he had traded two packs of cigarettes to a Russian soldier for the tablet after he was rescued from Auschwitz. Read more.
OSLO — The wreck of a German World War II submarine that was sunk with 48 people on board has been found off Norway’s coast during work on an oil pipe, a maritime museum official said Monday.
The “U-486” was torpedoed and broken in two by a British submarine in April 1945 shortly after leaving the western Norwegian town of Bergen, according to Arild Maroey Hansen of the Bergen maritime museum.
There were no survivors.
Lying at a depth of some 250 metres (820 feet), the wreck was found when Norwegian oil company Statoil was scouting the area as a possible location to lay down an oil pipe. Read more.
BERLIN (Reuters) - Wolfgang von Schwarzenfeld's sculptures in a Berlin park were meant to promote world peace, but the 79-year-old German now finds himself at war with a Venezuelan tribe which accuses him of stealing a sacred pink stone known to them as “Grandmother”.
The Venezuelan government is championing the Pemon Indians of the “Gran Sabana” region by demanding the return of the polished stone from Berlin's Tiergarten park - putting the German government in something of a dilemma.
With Caracas calling it robbery, and the sculptor arguing that the stone was a legal gift, the monolith is emitting more negative energy than its esoteric fans in Berlin are used to. Read more.
THE FIRST anchor was brought above water just before noon from the seabed where it had lain attached to the wreck of the most famous gun-running ship in Irish history.
Yesterday, a team of marine archeologists and divers recovered the two anchors of the much-storied Aud.
The German ship was scuttled in Cork Harbour in 1916 with 20,000 Russian rifles, 10 machine guns and five million rounds of ammunition that were bound for the Irish Volunteers still on board.
The second anchor was recovered just before 1pm, off the coast of Cobh in Co Cork.
It was the culmination of over two years work by the team that will now begin a three-year conservation of the anchors ahead of the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising. Read more.