Thursday, 22 November 2018


In Greek mythology, Talos was a giant automaton made of bronze to protect Europa in Crete from pirates and invaders. He circled the island's shores three times daily. Talos threw rocks at any approaching ship to protect his island.

The origin of Talos varies. Some accounts describe him as the last survivor of an ancient race of bronze men, but the more popular versions attribute his creation to Hephaestus, god of the forge.
Talos had one vein, which went from his neck to his ankle, bound shut by one bronze nail. The Argo, transporting Jason and the Argonauts, approached Crete after obtaining the Golden Fleece. Talos kept the Argo at bay by hurling great boulders.

Talos was slain when Medea the sorceress either drove him mad with drugs, or deceived him into believing that she would make him immortal by removing the nail. He dislodged the nail, and "the ichor ran out of him like molten lead", killing him.

5th-century BCE Greek vase depicts the death of Talos
Talos makes an appearance in the 1963 motion picture "Jason and the Argonauts" thanks to stop-motion wizardry. The film, however, cast Jason as the automaton's slayer instead of Medea.

Tuesday, 20 November 2018

Wolf-Rayet star found in our galaxy

A massive triple-star system surrounded by dust could be a Wolf-Rayet star, capable of unleashing the greatest release of energy known ... a sustained gamma ray burst.(GRB) Some 8,000 light years from earth, the star system is the first discovered in our own galaxy. Lasting between a few thousandths of a second to a few hours, gamma ray bursts can release as much energy as our sun will release over its lifetime. Long-duration GRBs – longer than 2 seconds – are thought to be caused by the supernova explosions of rapidly-rotating Wolf-Rayet stars.

Friday, 16 November 2018

The History of Humanity in 19 minutes

Since 200,000 BCE, humanity has spread around globe and enacted huge change upon the planet. This video shows every year of that story, right from the beginning.

Wednesday, 14 November 2018

Skeleton of pregnant woman found in Egypt

Archaeologists have found the remains of a woman who died towards the end of her pregnancy some 3500 years ago. The woman’s pelvis was fractured, and improper treatment likely killed her. Thought to be around 25 years old, the position of the fetus in her body suggested she had been due to give birth relatively soon. Researchers found beads made from the shells of ostrich eggs, as well as pottery and jars.

The find was in Kom Ombo, which lies about 30 miles north of the southern city of Aswan. Pottery in the tomb resembled pots from Nubia.
In 2005, Russian scientists unveiled the bones of a woman who died in childbirth 7,700 years ago. The grave was first discovered in 1997 in a Stone Age cemetery in Irkutsk.

Foetal bones revealed that the woman, who was between 20 and 25 years old, died while giving birth to twins - the earliest known evidence of twins in the archaeological record. Researchers believe that one of the twins may have been in the breech position and was only partially delivered. The second twin appears to have got trapped behind the first and died in the womb.

Duplicate foetal bones

Tuesday, 13 November 2018

Lost ancient city of Tenea found

Archaeologists have located the first tangible remains of a lost city that the ancient Greeks believed was first settled by Trojan captives of war after the sack of Troy. Finds included walls, marble or stone floors of buildings, household pottery, a bone gaming die and more than 200 coins dating to the 4th century B.C.

Archaeologists discovered nine burials this year, finding gold, copper and bone jewelry, pottery and coins
There are artifact rich cemeteries surrounding Tenea. In one, antiquities smugglers dug up two remarkable 6th century B.C. marble statues of young men in 2010 and tried to sell them for 10 million euros.

Tenea survived the Roman destruction of neighboring Corinth in 146 B.C., and flourished under Roman rule. It appears to have been abandoned in the late 4th century A.D.

Wednesday, 7 November 2018

Yemeni Police stop smugglers of statues in Marib

The Yemeni news agency reported that security forces seized gold statues and gemstones at a military checkpoints outside the capital. The gang confessed to selling the relics to Arab merchants who acted as brokers.

The investigation revealed that many antiquities and gold bullion were smuggled out, and several archaeological sites have been destroyed. The aim of the Houthi militia is to destroy all national capabilities, including cultural heritage, where artifacts are seized in the Yemeni museums and official stores of the state and sold.
The Houthi movement, officially called Ansar Allah (anṣār allāh أنصار الله "Supporters of God"), is an Islamic religious-political-armed movement that emerged from Sa'dah in northern Yemen in the 1990s. They are of the Zaidi sect.The ancient kingdom of Saba ruled over the lands of southern Arabia, centered in modern day Yemen. Saba is better known as Sheba, whose famous Queen was recounted as having visited Solomon. Biblical accounts speak of it's vast wealth.
Sabean bronze. Circa 6th Century BC.

Monday, 5 November 2018


Ashurbanipal was king of the Neo-Assyrian Empire from 668 BC to 627 BC. He is famed for amassing cuneiform documents for his palace at Nineveh. The Library of Ashurbanipal is now in the British Museum.
The British Museum also holds the Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal set of reliefs.

Ashurbanipal is considered by scholars as an archetypal academic librarian, in that his library set the course for how libraries of today operate.

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Greek police arrest antiquities looter

The Ionic-style capital is dated to either the Classical or Hellenistic age, anywhere from the 5th to the 2nd centuries BC.
A 51-year-old man was arrested in central Monastiraki Square in Athens for the illegal possession of a column capital. The recovered part of the Ionic column contains the volute — the spiral-shaped ornament characteristic of the Ionic and later styles — and the abacus — the weight-bearing flat slab at the top of the column.

Friday, 2 November 2018


In Greek mythology, Narcissus was a hunter from Thespiae who was known for his beauty. Narcissus is the origin of the term narcissism, a fixation with oneself and one's physical appearance or public perception. Nemesis lured him to a pool where he leaned upon the water and saw himself. Narcissus did not realize it was merely his own reflection and fell deeply in love with it, as if it was somebody else. Unable to leave the allure of his image, he realized that his love could not be reciprocated.

He eventually turned into a gold and white flower. Narcissus is a genus of perennial plants of the Amaryllidaceae (amaryllis) family. Various common names include the daffodil.

Thursday, 1 November 2018

Ancient Celtic error Gold Stater

A rare variety of a Celtic gold coin will be auctioned in England next month. It is one of just eight Celtic gold stater coins known with this mistake. The coin is supposed to read “RICON” or “RIGON” across the obverse, indicating one of the issuing ruler’s titles (“high king”).

Instead, the inscription is misspelled as the recognizable English word “COIN”