A Mysterious Monolith in the Utah Desert Vanished Overnight

Editor’s Note, November 30, 2020: Earlier this month, surveyors in Utah’s Red Rock Country stumbled onto a 12-foot-tall metal monolith of unknown origin. At some point on Friday night, the structure vanished as suddenly as it had appeared, baffling local authorities and sparking a renewed round of speculation regarding its creation and ultimate fate. Read […]

Archaeologists Unearth Foundations of One of the Nation’s Oldest Black Churches

Editor’s Note, October 7, 2020: Excavations in Colonial Williamsburg have revealed the intact foundations of one of the United States’ oldest black churches, reports Alex Perry for theVirginia Gazette. In addition to unearthing the First Baptist Church’s 19th-century foundations, archaeologists found a smaller brick structure that predates the 1856 building. Read more about the dig—and […]

Historic Brooklyn Cemetery Appoints Its First Artist-in-Residence

Editor’s Note, October 5, 2020:The Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn has appointed ceramicist Heidi Lau as its first-ever artist in residence, according to a statement. “I am very excited about developing a project at Green-Wood because for the past few years, my work has been deeply engaged with mourning rituals, burial monuments, and belief systems regarding […]

Trove of 27 Sealed Sarcophagi Unearthed in Egypt

SmartNews Keeping you current Authorities say the 2,500-year-old coffins, found during excavations at the Saqqara necropolis, have likely remained unopened for millennia One of the 14 sealed coffins found at the Saqqara necropolis (Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities) smithsonianmag.com September 10, 2020 | Updated: 2 hours ago Editor’s Note, September 22, 2020: On Saturday, […]

Arsonist Confesses to Starting Nantes Cathedral Fire

Editor’s Note, July 28, 2020:A volunteer caretaker has confessed to starting a July 18 fire at Nantes Cathedral, reports Agence France-Presse. Authorities had previously questioned and released the 39-year-old Rwandan refugee, who was tasked with locking up the historic church on the day before the blaze. The arsonist’s motive is still unclear. He now faces […]

After Retiring Its Racist Name, D.C. Football Team Announces Temporary Moniker

Editor’s Note, July 23, 2020:The capital’s National Football League (NFL) franchise is rebranding as the “Washington Football Team,” reports Adam Schefter for ESPN. The announcement follows the team’s July 13 decision to retire its former name, which is widely considered to be a racial slur. “For updated brand clarity and consistency purposes, we will call […]