King Rollo

Digital vector art by Charles Cranston. By Susan Abernethy As I wrote in an earlier post about testing my family DNA, it was revealed that on the patrimonial side, my ancestry was about ninety percent Nordic Viking. This was a bit of a shock as the family history always stressed our ancestors were from Ireland and… Read More


Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor   |   May 15, 2013 02:49pm ET   Sparta is a city in Laconia, on the Peloponnese in Greece. In antiquity, it was a powerful city-state with a famous martial tradition. Ancient writers sometimes referred to it as Lacedaemon and its people as Lacedaemonians. Sparta reached the height of its power in… Read More

Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria

By Zachary Fagenson Reuters 7:33 p.m. CDT, May 13, 2014 MIAMI (Reuters) – A shipwreck found off the north coast of Haiti could be the 500-year-old remains of the Santa Maria, which led Christopher Columbus’€™ famed voyage to the New World, according to a team of marine explorers. “All the geographical, underwater topography and archaeological… Read More