Tuesday, 20 October 2009

The making of animal mummies and the birth of the discotheque: 20th October: today's top history news

The Making of Animal Mummies
On the website of Heritage Key Dr Salima Ikram, Professor of Egyptology at Cairo's American University, explains how animal mummies were made.

Reopening of Berlin Neues Museum
The Berlin Neues Museum had been closed for the past 70 years since the beginning of the Second World War. Situated in former East Germany, it was not reopened in the aftermath of the war due to a lack of funding. It was officially reopened by Angela Merkel last Friday. A highlight of the new display is a 3,400-year-old bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti. Read the full article on the website of Der Spiegel.

Birth of the discotheque in the German city of Aachen 50 years ago this month
Interview with the world’s first disc jockey, Heinrich, on the website of Der Spiegel.

‘Renovation fiasco’ may cause pyramid in Bolivian Andes to lose its U.N. World Heritage Site status
Eduardo Garcia reports in an article published on the Reuters website.

100 years of personal histories and relationships in Britain
The Guardian reports on a new research project called Timescapes, launched by Leeds University, to record the relationships and personal lives of people in Britain from 1900 to the present.

Ego Krenz, the last leader of the GDR, reflects on his East German legacy in an article published in The Times.

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