|In 1998, a man walking along the beach at Holme-next-the-Sea stumbled upon a Bronze Age timber circle that had emerged overnight from East Anglia’s shifting sands. The 55 posts circling an upside-down tree is a relic from 2050 BC. The centrepiece may have been a ceremonial altar from which bodies could travel to the afterlife.|
Sunday, 31 January 2021
Saturday, 30 January 2021
|The Bactrian Treasure is a gold hoard that lay under the 'Hill of Gold' in Afghanistan, known as Bactria when Alexander the Great conquered the country 2100 years ago. The hoard is a spectacular collection of 20,600 gold ornaments found in six burial mounds just beyond the oasis town of Sheberghan in northern Afghanistan.|
The treasure lay undisturbed until Soviet archeologists exposed it shortly before the 1979 invasion. Soon after the discovery, a guerrilla war against the Soviet occupation began, followed by civil war.
|Gold and turquoise crown from tomb six at Tillya Tepe, dating to 25-50 CE.||During those years the treasure was kept in the Kabul Museum, which has since been looted. The day before the Russians fled Kabul in February 1989, the treasure was moved to the presidential compound, the safest place in the capital.|
Gold stater of the Greco-Bactrian king Eucratides, Weight: 169.2 gm., Diam: 58 mm., the largest gold coin of antiquity.
On the Taliban's last night in power, as coalition forces pounded the country with bombs, the Taliban stuffed the central bank's cash reserves into tin trunks and arrived at the vault for the gold bars. They spent four hours trying to open the vault. Mr Askerzai watched. Unknown to them, five years earlier he had broken the key and left it in the lock. The Taliban gave up and fled Kabul as Northern Alliance forces edged closer. That saved the treasure.
Thursday, 28 January 2021
|An ancient beach in Herculaneum is being excavated for the first time in 40 years. Work will commence shortly at the Antica Spiaggia area, already partially excavated in the 1980s. Dozens of skeletons were found, including the famed 'Ring Lady,' named for the rings on her fingers.|
||Researchers uncovered the remains of almost 300 people who died from the intense heat while waiting for rescue.|
Monday, 25 January 2021
96 Greek and Roman sculptural pieces from the fifth century BCE to the fourth century CE have gone on display.|
Sunday, 24 January 2021
Friday, 22 January 2021
|The Crosby Garrett Helmet is a copper alloy Roman cavalry helmet dating from the late 2nd or early 3rd century AD. It was found by a metal detectorist near Crosby Garrett in Cumbria in May 2010. Later investigations found that a farming settlement had occupied the site where the helmet was discovered, which was a few miles away from a Roman road and Roman army fort.
It is thought to have been used for ceremonial occasions rather than combat. It's design may allude to the Trojans, whose exploits Romans re-enacted in cavalry tournaments. Only two other Roman cavalry parade helmets complete with masks have turned up in the UK.|
The Ribchester Helmet was found in 1796 and is held by the British Museum. The Newstead Helmet was found around 1905 and is kept at the Museum of Antiquities in Edinburgh.
|The headpiece is shaped like a Phrygian cap with a winged griffin standing with one raised foot resting on an amphora. The griffin was the companion of Nemesis, the goddess of vengeance and fate. ||They were agents of death and were often linked with gladiatorial combat.|
Statuette of Nemesis in the form of Female Griffin with Wheel of Fortune, 2nd century C.E
The helmet and visor were cast from an alloy of 82% copper, 10% zinc and 8% tin. On October 7 2010, the helmet was sold at Christie's for £2.3 million (US$3.6 million)|
Architectural panel with a griffin Roman, about A.D. 175–200.