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History Revealed

History Revealed

January 2020

History Revealed brings the past to life for everyone. It’s an action-packed, image-rich magazine with zero stuffiness. Each issue has a central section that takes a closer look at one of history’s big stories, such as the Wild West or Ancient Rome, telling everything you need to know. We also explore the lives of the truly famous, follow the great adventures of the past, taste the blood and thunder of battles, and look at how closely Hollywood blockbusters have told history. Plus, we answer questions about some of the more surprising and strange aspects of the past. If you want to get into history, subscribe today.

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wonder wall

The Great Wall of China is widely considered one of the wonders of the modern world, attracting more than 10 million visitors every year. But despite its lure, there is still a multitude of myths that surround its creation. In this month’s cover feature, we examine the truths of the wall’s history. How long is it? Why was it built? And can it really be seen from space? Find out on page 26. Also this month, as the world marks 75 years since the liberation of Auschwitz, we’ll be looking at 300 child survivors of the Holocaust who were brought to the Lake District in August 1945 to recover from their horrific experiences and begin new lives (p48). Elsewhere in the issue, we’ll be exploring the stories of the men, women…

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1990 TROUBLE ON THE STREETS On 31 March, a peaceful protest against the Community Charge, or Poll Tax, in London swiftly turned into the worst riot the city had seen in a century. The local government tax was deemed unfair by protestors as everyone paid a flat fee regardless of their means. More than 100 people were injured in the protests, 400 rioters were arrested and an estimated £400,000 of damage was done. Underground stations had to be closed and areas around Trafalgar Square were cordoned off. The riot symbolised the end of a political era – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher resigned eight months later, after 11 years in power, and poll tax was abandoned the following year. 1981 SAVED BY THE BELL Former heavyweight champion Muhammad Ali successfully talks down a man…

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dogs sniff out iron age tombs in croatia

Our canine companions are more than just pets – they’re also service dogs, assistance dogs and now tomb raiders. At the 8th-century hilltop fort of Drvišica in Croatia, archaeologists decided to call in some unusual helpers to find burial tombs. A dog trainer brought along some Belgian Malinois and German Shepherds –normally used for criminal investigations. The dogs found burial chests containing human bones as well as other artefacts. Dogs have an extremely strong sense of smell and can detect graves even when the remains have been removed. Another benefit of canine assistance is that as well as being extremely accurate, it is a non-destructive method and may work where ground-penetrating radar does not. It’s believed the remains found at the site belonged to relatively poor people due to the harsh climate and…

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soldier fixed watches to survive world war ii

A captured British soldier survived his World War II imprisonment by mending the watches of his guards. The family of Albert Norman spotted him a photograph as part of an appeal by Ely Museum. The museum was trying to match names with the faces of the Ely Company, part of the Cambridgeshire Regiment’s territorial first battalion. After Norman’s family recognised him, his story came to light. The battalion was captured in 1942 at Singapore, and for three years the prisoners of war suffered horrific conditions and treatment. Norman had been a watchmaker in his family’s Ely-based business and his granddaughter Vicki Slaughter commented that Norman used to repair the watches of his guards in exchange for extra food. Norman, who was nicknamed Tick-Tock, reportedly set the watches that he fixed to…

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prehistoric mammoth hunting pits found

Mammoth traps have been discovered in Mexico, indicating that prehistoric people directly hunted these animals. Archaeologists working at Tultepec, north of Mexico City, uncovered more than 800 bones from at least 14 mammoths in the so-called hunting pits. It’s thought that flaming torches were used to frighten the animals into the traps – marks made by spears were also found. Previously it was thought that hunters scared mammoths into swamps and waited for them to die, but the discovery of traps now suggests they were directly hunted.…