Tuesday, 31 July 2018

Ancient Warrior Clutching Spear Found

A U.S. veteran discovered the grave of a sixth-century Saxon soldier buried with a sword, spear and knife. The Bronze Age burial was found at Salisbury Plain in England, not far from Stonehenge.

Monday, 30 July 2018

Ancient ‘gate of hell’ in Turkey to open to visitors

An ancient Roman “gate to hell,” believed to be a passage to the underworld in southwestern Turkey, will open to visitors. The gate, which was named “Plutonium” after the god of the underworld, Pluto or Hades, was unearthed at the site of Hierapolis-Pamukkale.
Hierapolis-Pamukkale was founded at the end of the second century B.C. Its thermal springs were believed to have great healing powers. Ceded to Rome in 133 B.C., Hierapolis flourished, reaching its peak of importance in the second and third centuries A.D. The gate was thought to belch the “breath of death,” killing all, except the divinely immune priests who led animals to sacrifice. Scientists have provided an explanation for the mystery.

Fissures in the earth’s surface, beneath the site, emits carbon dioxide at concentrations so high it can be deadly.
See ----->Roman “Gates of Hell”

Saturday, 28 July 2018

Heritage August Platinum Night® Auction

Heritage August Platinum Night® Auction is scheduled for August 17th. The sale features the crème-de la-crème of numismatics.
Croesus and later. AV stater. NGC Gem MS 5/5 - 5/5. Sardes, ca. 553-539 BC. Tied for the finest graded example.
PHOCIS. Delphi. Ca. 338-334 BC. AR stater. NGC AU ★ 5/5 - 5/5, Fine Style.
Syracuse. Time of Dionysius I (ca. 405-370 BC). AR decadrachm. NGC Choice AU.
Macedonian. Alexander III the Great (336-323 BC). AV distater. NGC Choice AU.

Friday, 27 July 2018

German farmer awarded $904,000 for Roman horse head

Authorities must pay a farmer 773,000 euros ($904,000) for a bronze horse’s head dating to Roman times that was found on his land in 2009. The head, part of a statue of the Roman emperor Augustus, was found by archeologists in Lahnau in western Germany. The state initially paid 48,000 euros.
Equestrian Statue of Marcus Aurelius in the Capitoline Museum, Rome 176-180 CE
Lugdunum (Lyon) mint. Struck 2 BC-AD 12.

13-14 AD. Laureate head of Augustus.
Augustus ruled from 16 January 27 BC until his death 19 August AD 14.

Tuesday, 24 July 2018

Highway Threatens Ancient Roman Site in Bulgaria

A new highway that will connect Sofia in Bulgaria with Thessaloniki in Greece threatens the ruins of the ancient Roman settlement of Skaptopara.

The ruins are standing in the way of a long-delayed highway running through the picturesque Kresna gorge in southwestern Bulgaria.
Finds include a well-preserved Roman tomb, ancient coins, figures and vessels.The future of the archaeological site is contested between state institutions, which rushed through excavations. Archeological works ended on July 20. Many believe the fate of yet another important site in Bulgaria is effectively sealed.

Monday, 23 July 2018

The Spanish galleon San José - Lawsuit blocks Colombia

One of the world’s most famous sunken galleons — San José, potentially worth billions — will remain on the ocean floor a little longer, Colombian President Juan Manuel Santos said today. Santos said a local court had challenged the “public-private partnership” contract, forcing him to suspend the process of choosing a salvage company.

Sea Search Armada, a Washington-based company, said it found the wreck in 1983 and that the coordinates it provided to the government at the time were crucial to the San José’s “rediscovery” in 2015. In 2007, Colombia’s Supreme Court ruled that Sea Search Armada had the right to half of any treasure at the site that wasn’t considered “national patrimony.” Santos has dismissed Sea Search as greedy “treasure hunters”. To complicate matters it will be up to incoming President Iván Duque, who will be sworn in on Aug. 7, to complete the deal.

During the battle, the powder magazines of San José detonated, sending the ship to the bottom.
The San José was a 60-gun galleon of the Spanish Navy. It was launched in 1696 and sunk off the coast of Cartagena, Colombia in 1708. San José was part of a Treasure fleet during the War of the Spanish Succession, under General José Fernández Santillán.

On 8 June 1708, the fleet encountered a British squadron near Barú.
All but 11 of the 600 people on board perished, either incinerated in the explosion or drowned at sea. The San José was located by an international team led by Colombia’s Institute of Anthropology and History on Nov. 27, 2015 nearly 1,000 feet deep about 16 miles from Cartagena.

Speculation says it likely had 7 to 10 million Spanish pesos on board at the time of its sinking, similar to its surviving sister ship, the San Joaquín. The San José has long been called the "Holy Grail of Shipwrecks".

Colombian president Juan Manuel Santos announces the discovery of the San Jose
The San Jose was carrying one of the largest treasures ever lost at sea. Estimates place the value of the cargo to at least $1bn.
A seafloor image of the shipwreck that the Colombian government has identified as the San Jose. The wreck has yet to undergo an archaeological exploration, leaving questions about what riches might be found. The type and number of bronze cannons found at the site leaves no doubt that the ship is the San Jose.

Ancient noblewoman buried with her golden jewellery found

Greek archaeologists have discovered a virtually intact grave of an ancient noblewoman buried with her golden jewellery at a Roman burial monument in the island of Sikinos. Her name, according to a burial inscription, was Neko. Golden wristbands, rings, a long golden necklace, a female figure carved cameo buckle, glass and metal vases and even fragments of the dead woman's clothes were found in the grave.
The grave was found in the vault of the Episkopi monument, a burial memorial of the Roman era, which was later turned into a Byzantine church and a monastery. Despite attacks by grave robbers in ancient times, Neko's grave was found intact mainly because it was well hidden in a blind spot between two walls in the basement of the building.

Saturday, 21 July 2018

Stack’s Bowers Galleries August 2018 ANA Sale

Macedon. Alexander III (the Great), 336-323 B.C. AV Distater, Aegeae Mint, ca. 336-323 B.C.The Ancient and World Coin sale will be offered on two days, starting on August 14. The event will be held at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia.Syria. Seleukid Kingdom. Diodotus Tryphon, 142-138 B.C. AR Tetradrachm.

Septimus Severus, A.D. 193-211. AV Aureus (7.26 gms), Rome Mint, ca. A.D. 202.
Una and the Lion 5 Pound. Great Britain, 1839.
France. Ecu d’Or du Dauphine, ND (1542-47). Romans Mint. Francois I (1515-47). NGC MS-62.

Thursday, 19 July 2018

99m year old baby snake fossil found in amber - first known

The snake skeleton is almost complete except for the skull. Entombed in a chunk of amber, it includes 97 tiny vertebrae, most with their feathery ribs still attached. The unique sample comes from Myanmar.

Wednesday, 18 July 2018

Fine Ancient and Ethnographic Art at Ancient Resource Auctions

Roman marble head of Lucius Aelius Caesar. Early 2nd Century AD. Over life size in veristic style. Est $45,000 - $60,000
Ancient Resource Auctions will be hosting an exquisite collection of sculptures and other rare items in Glendale, CA on July 22.

Incredibly rare set of 9 linen fragments bearing texts and illustrations from the Book of the Dead. Est $10,000 - $15,000
Ancient to Renaissance marble bust, 'Emperor Vitellius'. Est $30,000 - $50,000

Egyptian bronze, Harpokrates. c. 500 BC. Est $10k
Teotihuacan jadeite figure. C. AD 250 - 600. Est $9,000 - $12,000Greek terracotta yarn-making relief scene c. 5th Century BC. Est $8,000 - $15,000Michelangelo "Pieta” (1/2 life size) Lost Wax Bronze Sculpture.Limited Edition of 50. Signed and numbered. Comes with a certificate of authenticity. Sculpted from 1498–1500. Est $60,000 - $65,000