The Horncastle boar's head is an Anglo-Saxon ornament, silver and 40 mm
(1.6 in) long, that probably was once attached to the crest of a
helmet. Dating to the first half of the seventh century, it was
discovered in 2002 by a metal detectorist searching in the town of
Horncastle, Lincolnshire. It was reported as found treasure and
purchased for £15,000 by the City and County Museum, now known as The
Collection, in Lincoln. Its elongated head is semi-naturalistic,
depicting a crouching quadruped on either side of the skull. Garnets
form the boar's eyes, and its eyebrows, skull, mouth, tusks, and snout
are gilded. The space underneath the hollow head has three rivets that
would have affixed the fragment to a larger object. The fragment
probably adorned the crest of a helmet similar to those in use in
Northern Europe during the sixth through eleventh centuries. As of 2019
the museum has the fragment on display.
Read more: <https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Horncastle_boar%27s_head>
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Miguel Hidalgo y Costilla, an early leader of the Mexican War
of Independence, was executed by Spanish authorities.
Four striking workers were shot dead by the Gendarmerie in
Belgium at the height of the political crisis known as the Royal
Lebanon War: The Israeli Air Force attacked a three-story
building near the Southern Lebanese village of Qana, killing at least 28
civilians, including 16 children.
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Wiktionary's word of the day:
1. (cooking) An earthenware cooking pot of North African origin,
consisting of a shallow, round dish without handles and a tall, conical
or dome-shaped lid.
2. (by extension) A stew, originally from Morocco, the ingredients of
which are traditionally cooked slowly in such a pot; the dish is
normally served with couscous.
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