jonathancarey's User Profile - Atlas Obscura
Join us on an Atlas Obscura Trip in 2019 »
story
trains

Found: York’s First Railway Station

Workers uncovered evidence from a pivotal moment in the city's modern history.
March 22, 2019
story
artifacts

Found: A Ship Once Described By Herodotus

A wreck discovered in the Nile suggests the ancient Greek historian's description was spot on.
March 19, 2019
story
lakes

Found: A Lake in Death Valley, the Hottest and Driest of the U.S. National Parks

It was not a mirage.
March 15, 2019
story
waterfalls

Waterfalls Can Just Spontaneously Happen

A new study suggests that creating these natural wonders doesn't require external forces.
March 15, 2019
story
agriculture

The Life of a Historic Los Angeles Tree Comes to an End

For 144 years, it lived at El Pueblo de Los Angeles, the site where the city was founded in the 18th century.
March 12, 2019
story
sailors

Found: Inscriptions by American Whalers, Carved Over Indigenous Australian Petroglyphs

Researchers believe the sailors were commemorating their voyages.
March 08, 2019
story
boats

An Artist, a Shantyboat, and the Lost History of American River Communities

Wes Modes is documenting life along America's waterways.
March 07, 2019
story
farms

In Search of Opium, Parrots Are Wreaking Havoc on India's Poppy Fields

Farmers in Madhya Pradesh are struggling to combat the avian theft.
March 05, 2019
story
ancient

The Fall of Angkor Was More Than a Century in the Making

New research suggests that the city’s demise wasn’t related to a sudden catastrophe, but rather, a choice.
February 28, 2019
story
church

Czechia’s ‘Bone Church’ Is Getting a Good, Thorough Cleaning

A team of experts will be restoring four decorative pyramids, made of human remains.
February 26, 2019
story
buildings

For Rent: Indiana's Iconic, But Languishing, House of Tomorrow

There's a catch: You have to be willing to restore the futuristic structure.
February 22, 2019
story
siberia

Why 3 Cities in Siberia Are Covered in Black Snow

The toxic flurries are a product of Russia's coal pits.
February 19, 2019
story
manuscripts

How a 14th-Century Nun Faked Her Own Death

Her escape was documented in the margins of a medieval manuscript.
February 18, 2019
story
breakup week

What Happens When Sister Cities Break Up?

In October 2018, the Japanese city of Osaka broke off its 60-year relationship with San Francisco, California.
February 15, 2019
story
greenland

The Vikings Got Lucky and Hit Greenland During a Warm Spell

But it didn’t go well for them when things got cold again.
February 07, 2019
story
botanical illustration

A Forgotten Botanist’s Stunning 19th-Century Manuscript Is Now Online

It is considered one of the most comprehensive works on Cuba’s flora during the colonial period.
February 05, 2019
story
portugal

Scientists Discovered a New Family of Fungi on an 800-Year-Old Cathedral in Portugal

This miniature foe is munching through the stone walls of Sé Velha.
January 31, 2019
story
manuscripts

For Sale: Letters and Illustrations From Dr. Seuss

The collection comes from a time when the author was just becoming a household name.
January 29, 2019
story
north carolina

The Extraordinary Autobiography of an Enslaved Muslim Man Is Now Online

The Library of Congress has digitized the works of Omar ibn Said in both Arabic and English.
January 25, 2019
story
new england

There’s a Crowdsourcing Effort to Map the Stone Walls of New Hampshire

Part of the goal is to inspire greater appreciation for these mossy structures.
January 24, 2019
story
denmark

Found: A 400-Year-Old Skeleton, Buried in a Swedish Basement

The remains may be from the Kalmar War between Denmark-Norway and Sweden.
January 22, 2019
story
endangered animals

The Last Wild Caribou in the Contiguous U.S. Is No Longer Wild

After a brief stint in captivity, she will be released, but even then, her future is uncertain.
January 18, 2019
story
europe

5 Objects That Illuminate the Medieval Exchange Between Africa and Europe

A new exhibit explores the impact trade had on both cultures through artwork and artifacts.
January 16, 2019
story
asia

What Life Was Like for Ancient Mongolians

Researchers studied the remains of 25 individuals for clues.
January 14, 2019