Category Archives: Material Culture

Making Scents of the Past

The history of perfumes, fragrances, food, and medicines in the early modern period are closely intertwined. Early modern Europeans crafted “recipes” by experimenting with different ingredients from plants, animals, minerals, and other sources. The DURARE research team questions: “Is it … Continue reading

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Gruyère: The Latest Round in the Food Culture Wars

Food is Culture! This proclamation is a both a popular idea and a serious anthropological approach to food, cuisine, and agricultural production. Food historians take the cultural dimensions of food production and consumption seriously as revealing important social dynamics. Food … Continue reading

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Digital Humanities and Renaissance Letter-Writing

Renaissance letter-writing is being re-examined using Digital Humanities tools to explore letterlocking techniques of securing correspondence. The New York Times explains: “To safeguard the most important royal correspondence against snoops and spies in the 16th century, writers employed a complicated … Continue reading

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NEH Summer Seminar on Reformation Printing

The Ohio State University will be hosting a NEH Summer Seminar on Printing and the Book during the Reformation: 1450-1650, during Summer 2022. This seminar is a great opportunity for university professors and independent researchers interested in the Reformation, print … Continue reading

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Teaching the Early Modern Book

The Center for Renaissance Studies at the Newberry Library is hosting a research methods workshop on Teaching the Early Modern Book: Ways of Seeing, Ways of Thinking. This is a great opportunity for graduate students interested in the history of … Continue reading

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New Research at Cahokia Mounds Site in Illinois

New archaeological excavations at Cahokia, Illinois, have been investigating evidence of deforestation and flooding at the site of a major indigenous urban center. The New York Times reports that “A thousand years ago, a city rose on the banks of … Continue reading

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Rescuing Sacred Music of the Renaissance

Renaissance music is being studied in new ways at the Medici Archive Project in Florence, Italy. A news magazine piece on “Rescuing Sacred Music of the Renaissance” from CBS Sunday Morning features Music and the Medici, a research program of … Continue reading

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“Lost Golden City” Discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered the remains of an important ancient Egyptian city near the modern city of Luxor. The archaeological excavations began in September 2020 and seem to be revealing the “lost golden city” of Akhenaten. National Geographic reports: “Three thousand … Continue reading

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NIU Undergraduate Researcher Publishes Research

I want to highlight the accomplishments of one of our undergraduate students in the Department of History at Northern Illinois University, whose research experiences reminded me of my own experiences conducting research as an undergraduate History Major at the University … Continue reading

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Italian Renaissance Armor Restored to the Louvre

Two magnificent pieces of Italian Renaissance armor have been restored to the Musée du Louvre in Paris, after being recovered by French police. The prestige armor had originally been donated to the Museée du Louvre by the Rothschild family in … Continue reading

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