Storage Jar with Sisyphus and the Uninitiated, about 525 BC
|Orpheus emerges as a central figure. Orpheus traveled to the underworld to retrieve his wife, Eurydice. The quest did not turn out well for Orpheus, but he returned from the Underworld, a feat that made him a hero of the afterlife.|
Weeping Siren, about 350 - 325 B.C.
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
Tuesday, 30 October 2018
|Belief in werewolves developed in parallel to the belief in witches. Most modern fiction describes werewolves as vulnerable to silver and highly resistant to injury. These features appeared in German folklore of the 19th century.|
Saturday, 27 October 2018
Thursday, 25 October 2018
|Due to the record low level of the Danube River, a treasure trove has been exposed, including hundreds of gold and silver coins and ancient weapons.|
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Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Tuesday, 23 October 2018
Monday, 22 October 2018
|Other discoveries were made in the Regio V area of the site — mosaics and frescoes.|
Saturday, 20 October 2018
|A 12-pound (5.5 kilogram) meteorite discovered in Northwest Africa in 2017 has been sold at auction for US$612,500. Boston-based RR Auction announced the winning bid for the meteorite, composed of six fragments that fit together like a puzzle.|
It is considered one of the most significant lunar meteorites ever found because of its large size and because it has “partial fusion crust” caused by the tremendous heat that sears the rock as it falls to Earth.
|The creature, found in South Germany, lived about 150 million years ago and had the distinctive teeth of modern-day piranhas.|
The Jurassic marauders used their razor teeth to tear chunks of flesh and fins off other fish ... a renewable resource as the fins grew back.
Friday, 19 October 2018
|A stash of gold coins found in January is the latest piece of evidence that a shipwreck 40-plus miles off the North Carolina coast is that of the steamship Pulaski, which exploded and took half its wealthy passengers to the bottom of the Atlantic in 1838.
Divers found 14 gold coins and 24 silver coins in a spot “no bigger than a cigar box.” All predate the ship’s sinking.|
Those involved have one particular passenger in mind: Charles Ridge, a man who survived but lost $20,000 in the disaster, all of it in gold coins. So far, divers have found 51 U.S., Spanish and Mexican coins during a half dozen visits.
Thursday, 18 October 2018
|Four-goat Square Zun. Height: 58.3cm Weight: around 34.5kg. Bronze. Late Shang Dynasty (1600-1046 BC)
The zun is a vase-like vessel used as a ritual container to hold wine in ancient China. |
This vessel is the largest square zun from the Shang Dynasty known. It is displayed in the National Museum of China in Beijing.
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
|A Greek-U.S. team of marine archaeologists has located three ancient shipwrecks with pottery cargoes, including 1,900-year-old branded designer lamps, in a rich graveyard of ships in the eastern Aegean. The wrecks were found off Fourni island in notoriously treacherous waters between the larger islands of Ikaria and Samos.|
Two of its 13 islets bear the ominous name Anthropofas, or Man-eater, in reference to the seamen who drowned off them.
Tuesday, 16 October 2018
|There are no plans to physically excavate the grounds, yet. |
The Oseberg ship burial mound was excavated in 1905. It contained numerous grave goods and two female skeletons. The ship dates to around AD 800.
|The Oseberg Viking ship burial|
Saturday, 13 October 2018
|Archaeologists have discovered the skeleton of a 10-year-old at an ancient Roman site in Italy with a rock carefully placed in its mouth. This suggests those who buried the child—who probably died of malaria during a deadly fifth century outbreak—feared it might rise from the dead and spread the disease to those who survived.|
Virtually every culture has some version of a vampire (or proto-vampire) myth.
Locals are calling it the "Vampire of Lugnano."