Friday, 21 September 2018

German exhibit - ancient battles, religion, migration

The exhibition showcases more than 1,000 major archaeological finds from the past 20 years and reveals how Germany has been at the heart of European trade, migration, and conflict since the Stone Age. The exhibit is at the Martin-Gropius-Bau museum in Berlin.Skull unearthed in the Tollense Valley
A river God mask from Roman-era in CologneThe Nebra sky disk is dated to around 1600 B.C. It is a plate-size object of gold and bronze, depicting the sun, moon phases and the Pleiades star cluster. It is considered one of the first astronomical depictions in history.
Three spectacular hats made from sheet gold believed to have been worn by early Celtic priests.
Perfectly preserved gravestone of a trader named Sextus Haparonius Iustinus, who sold cosmetics and perfumes.
A stone memorial of a deceased Roman cavalryman.
See ----->Secrets of Europe's most ancient battlefield - Tollense Valley

Thursday, 20 September 2018

Mystery Mummy found in Aswan

Archaeologists have discovered new mummies in Aswan, southern Egypt. One well-preserved example has intrigued archaeologists. Carefully wrapped in linen bandages for its burial, it was placed inside of an unmarked sandstone sarcophagus. Because there was no writing on the sarcophagus, the individual is a mystery.
Researchers have tentatively concluded that the Aswan mummies most likely belonged to the Late Period of Egypt which dates from 712 to 332 BC.

It's hoped artifacts found inside of the tombs as well as the hieroglyphic texts from nearby communal burials may shed light on the mystery. All the tombs contained the remains of amulets made of faience (glazed pottery).

Wednesday, 19 September 2018

El Dorado comes to S. Korea

An exhibition titled "El Dorado: the Spirits, Gold and the Shaman" is at the National Museum of Korea.

Pre-Colombians saw the golden objects not as material wealth but as a bridge to their gods. Gold was sacred, a metal used in religious offerings.
Pre-Hispanic goldsmiths of Colombia crafted some of the most elaborate objects in ancient South America.

Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Aquila - SPQR

An aquila, or eagle, was a prominent symbol used in ancient Rome, especially as the standard of a Roman legion. A legionary known as an aquilifer, or eagle-bearer, carried this standard. Each legion carried one eagle.

The eagle was extremely important to the Roman military, beyond merely being a symbol of a legion. A lost standard was considered an extremely grave event. The Roman military often went to great lengths to protect a standard and to recover it if lost. In the aftermath of the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest the Romans spent decades trying to recover the lost standards of the three destroyed legions.

SPQR stood for Senatus Populusque Romanus. The meaning was "The Senate and People of Rome". No legionary eagles are known to have survived.

Monday, 17 September 2018

Baiae - Las Vegas of ancient Rome

Baiae was a mineral springs and coastal resort on the northwest shore of the Gulf of Naples in ancient Italy. It was fashionable for centuries during antiquity for the super-rich. It was notorious for its hedonism, corruption and scandal. It later formed part of Port Julius, the base of the western fleet of the Imperial Roman Navy.

Its ruins were submerged by volcanic activity by the time of the Renaissance.
Baiae was built on the Cumaean Peninsula in the Phlegraean Fields, an active volcanic area.
The bathhouses of Baiae were filled with warm mineral water directed to its pools from underground sulfur springs.

Roman engineers constructed a complex system of chambers that channeled underground heat into facilities that acted as saunas.
'Rome’s Sunken Secrets' follows a series of dives involving historians and scientists from across the world. They revealed vast villas, priceless statues and breathtaking mosaics, as well as heated spas, cobbled streets and even a nymphaeum – a grotto of pleasure.

The chambers of volcanic molten rock that lay beneath Baiae, providing the hot water that served the spas, were eventually its undoing. The chambers emptied as the lava found a way to escape, causing the resort to sink beneath the waves.

Sunday, 16 September 2018

Ancient sphinx discovered in Egypt

Archaeologists have discovered a statue of a lion’s body and a human head in the city of Aswan. The sandstone sphinx was found in the Temple of Kom Ombo during work to protect the site from groundwater. The statue likely dates to the Ptolemaic Dynasty — from around 320BC to about 30BC.
The statue was found near two sandstone reliefs of King Ptolemy V. Sphinx statues typically depict a king and are often found guarding the entrances to temples.
Egypt hopes such discoveries, and the opening of the Grand Egyption Museum, will spur tourism, which was hit hard by political turmoil following the 2011 uprising.

Saturday, 15 September 2018

Titanic artifact up for grabs: Scandalous Gold cigarette case

A gold cigarette case that once belonged to a controversial wealthy couple that survived the Titanic disaster is up for auction. The rare artifact belonged to Sir Cosmo and Lady Duff-Gordon. The couple were accused of bribing their way off the doomed liner.

Sir Cosmo Duff-Gordon, his fashion designer wife, and her secretary, were among 12 people who escaped the sinking ship on Titanic’s Lifeboat Number 1. The lifeboat, dubbed the "millionaires’ boat," had a capacity of 40. The cigarette case has an estimate of $50k to $75k.


In Greek mythology, a Gorgon is a female creature. The name derives from the ancient Greek word gorgós, which means "dreadful". The term commonly refers to any of three sisters who had hair made of living, venomous snakes. They turned those who beheld them to stone. Traditionally, while two of the Gorgons were immortal, Stheno and Euryale, their sister Medusa was not, and she was slain by Perseus.

The concept of the Gorgon is at least as old in classical Greek mythology as Perseus and Zeus. Gorgons were a popular image in Greek mythology, images of the Gorgons were put on objects and buildings for protection.
One of the earliest representations on coins is on an electrum stater from Parium. Going even further back, there is a similar image from the Knossos palace, dating to the fifteenth century BC.

Friday, 14 September 2018

Collectors go bananas over $ 25 US Palladium coin

There was a rush by dealers and collectors to dial or get online for the US Mint’s latest “must have” coin. The hubbub was over the 2018 $25 Proof Palladium Eagle. This is the first time in which a US palladium coin was being struck as a Proof. It was limited to a mintage of just 15,000 and there was a strict limit of one coin per address.
The 15,000-mintage issue was sold out in about 4 minutes. There is already a significant premium over the Mint's offering price if you want one today.

Thursday, 13 September 2018

50,000 yo mummified wolf and cariboo unveiled

Specimens of this quality are extremely rare.An ancient predator and its prey is being put on display as the mummified ice-age remains of a caribou calf and a wolf pup are unveiled in the Yukon. The specimens were unearthed southeast of Dawson City. Both have been radiocarbon dated to more than 50,000 years.
The remains were found in Tr’ondëk Hwëch’in traditional territory. The animals hold special significance. 

"Wolf and caribou are very important and interconnected. The caribou has fed and clothed our people for thousands of years. The wolf maintains balance within the natural world, keeping the caribou healthy."

China make arrests in Tang Dynasty relic thefts

Chinese police have arrested 26 people suspected of stealing relics from the Dulan Tombs, which lie on the ancient Silk Road in northwest China. The gang stole almost 650 objects, including gold and silver cutlery and jewellery. The stolen items date to the 7th century.