In 2013, archaeologists made a morbid discovery in an ancient Maya city in Mexico - a mass grave of dismembered and decapitated skeletons. The mass grave was estimated to be approximately 1,400 years old and contained the remains of 24 people. Hatchet marks were discovered on the cervical vertebrae and most limbs had been severed. Out of the 24 bodies, just two were women. It was noted that some of the skulls contained jade tooth decorations which indicated high social status.

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INCA INGENUITY IN THE ANDES:

NESTLED deep in the Andes, the former Inca capital city of Cusco stands at 11,152 feet (3,399 m) above sea level. It is a destination for tourists from around the world who ascend the treacherous mountainside roads to make their pilgrimage to one of the modern wonders of the world, Machu Picchu. While it is best known for its proximity to the ancient city, there is a wealth of other sites in and around Cusco that still have intact remnants of the region’s Inca past.

The Inca Empire, known to themselves as Tiwantinsuyo, began in the early 15th century and lasted until the Spanish conquest. It was centered on the capital, Cusco, which continues to be an important city in Peru.

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That is not the slick teaser poster for the new Capone biopic starring Liam Neeson. That is an actual mugshot, as used by the police department of New South Wales to document the appearance of a typical criminal in 1925. This one features one Mr. William Stanley Moore, whose chief infraction was apparently bringing sexy back without a permit. Oh, and drug dealing. Fake drug dealing. Yes, this was what the bottom-rung, sell-gullible-teenagers-bags-of-oregano drug dealers looked like in the Roaring ‘20s. And it wasn’t just a matter of Moore having more style than you can stuff into a three-piece suit. Every criminal who passed through the New South Wales Police Department between 1910 and 1930 got the full glamor shot treatment.

15 Old Photographs That Prove the World Used to Be Insane

Under many houses, people screamed for help, but no one helped; in general, survivors that day assisted only their relatives or immediate neighbors, for they could not comprehend or tolerate a wider circle of misery.
—  John Hersey, “Hiroshima.” Seventy years ago today we published John Hersey’s story about six survivors of the atomic bomb in Hiroshima, Japan. Read the full story here.

Today in Haitian History - August 23, 1791 - Saint-Domingue’s slaves revolt against their masters 

The French Revolution sent waves throughout the Atlantic. While disturbance began in the island shortly after the calling of the Third Estate between (and within) competing groups (grands blancs, elite gens de couleur libres and petits blancs) – and thus, by August 1791, Saint-Domingue was already the theatre of much violence – it was the slave uprising during the night of August 22nd to August 23rd that most historians today recognize as the starting point of the Haitian Revolution. Against such volatile backdrop, Saint-Domingue’s slaves lunched a massive attack against their masters in hopes of freeing themselves. 

Back in Europe, reports regarding the situation in Saint-Domignue triggered various debates and made it clear that the question of slavery had now become too explosive to be silenced. The slave uprising pushed the logic of Rights of Man to its fullest and dared to suggest the humanity of slaves.

In would take another  thirteen years with many twists and turns (including a failed abolition of slavery in 1794 by the Convention, a civil war and a formal removal of French authority) for Haiti to emerge as an independent nation late in 1803. 

Original Painting: Courtesy of Wikimedia Commons. / For more sources of the Haitian Revolution, see here.

Historical documentaries like Game Of Thrones and Lord Of The Rings have taught us that medieval warfare was a sprawling, terrifying spectacle. Rows of mounted cavalry as far as the eye can see, ranks of men with colorful shields and pikes with an ocean of (CGI) armored troops behind them. You know, like in Kingdom Of Heaven.

Now, we’re not saying that shit never happened – the battle you see above certainly did. We’re saying that (for instance) famed conqueror Richard the Lionheart fought a whopping three battles in his entire Lionhearting career. Henry II, one of France’s most famous leaders, fought one. Even the most famous medieval battles, like the historic English victories at Crecy and Agincourt, only served as prologues to a whole lot of sieging – the much more common warfare tactic in which armies simply camped out around a castle or town for months or years until the people inside ran out of food and (usually) surrendered. The truth is that large, pitched battles went down in the history books specifically because they were so unusual.

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25 Years Ago the SNES Hit North America

The Super Nintendo Entertainment System, (officially abbreviated the Super NES or SNES and commonly shortened to Super Nintendo) is a 16-bit video game console developed by Nintendo that was released in 1990 in Japan & South Korea, on August 23, 1991 in North America, 1992 in Europe and Australasia, and 1993 in South America. 

The SNES was a global success, becoming the best-selling console of the 16-bit era despite its relatively late start and the fierce competition it faced in North America & Europe from Sega’s Mega Drive/Genesis console. The SNES remained popular well into the 32-bit era, and continues to be popular among fans, collectors, retro gamers, and emulation enthusiasts, some of whom still make homebrew ROM images.