Wednesday 7 October 2020

59 ancient sarcophagi revealed in Egypt - update

Archeologists unsealed the first of 59 sarcophagi, which contain the bodies of ancient Egyptian priests who were buried some 2,500 years ago.

The first wooden sarcophagus contained a mummy wrapped in an ornate burial cloth, which had been decorated to resemble the deceased priest’s face.
At least 59 sealed sarcophagi, with mummies inside most, were found. The coffins had been buried in three wells more than 2,600 years ago at Saqqara. The coffins are in a good state of preservation and maintain their original colors. The sarcophagi will be transferred to the Grand Egyptian Museum in Giza.

Sunday 4 October 2020

Remains of ancient Wales forest uncovered by storms

More of an ancient forest off the west coast of Wales was uncovered by extreme weather. This summer the UK has experienced a series of storms, including Storm Francis. When Francis hit Wales it uncovered more of the ancient forest that was buried by sand some 4,500 years ago. Carbon dating of the remains has placed the forest as having lived around 1,500 BC.

Saturday 3 October 2020

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Ca. 100-300 AD. Roman Gold pendant with head of Medusa

Ca. 900-1000 AD. Viking gold pendant with symmetrical composition forming a cross, with granulation.

Ca. 100-300 AD. Roman gold pendant in the form of the club of Hercules.
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Friday 2 October 2020

Bronze age women in Southern Spain textile workers

Textile related work tasks were only carried out by women during the Bronze Age (1900-1600 BC) in southern Spain, a new study of dental records shows. Researchers analysed teeth of 106 individuals buried in Granada, southern Spain, who were part of the 'Argaric' culture 4,000 years ago.

Dental wear including notches, flakes and grooves on the enamel, resulted from the manipulation of plant and animal fibres used to produce textiles and baskets.

Thursday 1 October 2020

Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal

The royal Lion Hunt of Ashurbanipal is shown on a famous group of Assyrian palace reliefs from the North Palace of Nineveh. They are widely regarded as "the supreme masterpieces of Assyrian art". They show a formalized ritual "hunt" by King Ashurbanipal. They were made about 645–635 BC.
By 612, perhaps as little as 25 years after they were made, the empire had fallen apart and Nineveh was sacked. There are some two dozen sets of scenes of lion hunting in recorded Assyrian palace reliefs.