Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Archaeologists weren’t the first to enter the store’s ancient walls. Looters previously tunneled into the store and in their search for treasure pushed the victims’ remains against a wall.
|The four skeletons, believed to have belonged to young people, were found in the back of the shop.|
The victims, including an adolescent girl, are thought to have sought refuge inside the store before they were overtaken by the volcano.
|Excavations at the shop, as well as a second in the area, started in May.|
A third of the ancient city remains buried beneath volcanic debris.
Monday, 30 January 2017
|In 2016 archaeologists found a mass grave near Athens, Greece, containing more than 80 skeletons. The wrists of the skeletons were all bound in iron shackles.|
Archaeologists believe they were part of a mass execution.
|The skeletons were found in the Falyron Delta necropolis, between Athens and the port of Piraeus. It’s believed that the victims may have been part of a failed coup plot, supporters of Cylon, who attempted to take over Athens. Cylon was an Athenian noble who attempted to seize power in the city in 632 BCE, where his father-in-law, Theagenes, was tyrant.
The coup was opposed, and Cylon and his supporters took refuge in Athena's temple on the Acropolis. Cylon and his brother escaped, but his followers were cornered by Athens' nine archons and killed.
Saturday, 28 January 2017
|An Iron Age tomb brimming with treasures fashioned out of gold, bronze and amber was recently uncovered after lying undisturbed by the Danube River for nearly 2,600 years.
|Heuneburg is a prehistoric hill fort near the Danube River. The Celtic city-state was likely founded in the sixth century B.C.|
Friday, 27 January 2017
Thursday, 26 January 2017
Wednesday, 25 January 2017
|In November 192, Commodus held Plebeian Games, in which he shot hundreds of animals with arrows and javelins every morning, and fought as a gladiator every afternoon, winning all of his bouts easily as his opponents always submitted. For each appearance in the arena, he charged the city of Rome a million sesterces, a vast sum that strained the Roman economy. He announced his intention to inaugurate the year 193 as both consul and gladiator.|
His foes had had enough. They poisoned his food but he vomited up the poison; so the conspirators sent his wrestling partner Narcissus to strangle him in his bath in 192. Upon his death, the Senate declared him a public enemy. (a de facto damnatio memoriae)
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
|Ancient coins saw great results. An Akragas Tetradrachm featuring two massive sea eagles and the fearsome Scylla brought $22,325. A scarce Naxos Hemidrachm realized $3,995.|
|A rare Bar Kochba Revolt “Large Bronze” nearly quadrupled estimate by realizing nearly $20,000. A Titus as Caesar “Judaea Capta” AE Sestertius, brought $18,800|
|A Belgian 100 Franc from 1853 brought $21,737, more than doubling the high estimate. A Half Pound of Elizabeth I brought $11,750.|
Monday, 23 January 2017
|A team of experts shipped a 4-ton, 3,500-year-old statue of King Amenhotep seated next to the falcon-headed Egyptian god Ra. The pink granite piece, which had lain hidden in the sands of southern Egypt until it was rediscovered in 2009, was packed in a purpose-built box and carried in a heavy truck on special air bags over 400 miles.|
The statue will welcome visitors to the Grand Egyptian Museum (GEM) when it opens in 2018. Some 50,000 pieces will be on display — 30,000 of which have never before been seen by the public.