How a Racist Statue in Iceland Ended up Inside a Rocket Ship

Bryndís Björnsdóttir and Steinunn Gunnlaugsdóttir, “Carry On: The First White Mother in Outer Space” (2022), detail view (all photos by and courtesy the artists unless otherwise noted) Guðríður Þorbjarnardóttir, born around 980 in Iceland, traveled to what is now called America (most likely close to New York) around the year 1000. While there, she gave … Read more

Sunken Antarctic Ship Found Largely Intact After 106 Years

If you need a conversation starter at social gatherings this weekend, be sure to mention the exciting discovery of a long-lost ship that wrecked off the coast of Antarctica in 1915. Talk about an icebreaker! The remains of the wooden ship Endurance, which carried polar explorer Ernest Shackleton and his crew on a doomed attempt … Read more

The Search for Artifacts Aboard Clotilda, the Last American Slave Ship

More than 160 years ago, 110 West African captives were smuggled up Alabama’s Mobile River aboard the Clotilda, the last slave ship on record carrying enslaved people to America. After extensive fieldwork and historical research conducted between 2018 and 2020, archaeologists have located the wreck site of the ship and discovered that it has been … Read more