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Egypt's disappearing ancient artefacts

Egypt's disappearing ancient artefacts | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Barbed wire and rows of army tanks have replaced the once snaking queues of tourists outside the Egyptian Museum of Cairo who were eager to witness its massive collection of ancient artefacts.

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Art review: 'The Boxer: An Ancient Masterpiece' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - NorthJersey.com

Art review: 'The Boxer: An Ancient Masterpiece' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art - NorthJersey.com | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Art review: 'The Boxer: An Ancient Masterpiece' at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
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"Boxer at Rest" was excavated in Rome in 1885 near the ancient Baths of Constantine.
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This sculpture from Helenistic period  (331–23 B.C.) show the realistic expresions in the fase and the body scars of the boxer who is represented just at the moment that he turn his head when is called to be back to the arena from his rest time. This scupture normally resides at the Palazzo Massimo museum.

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 The Metropolitan Museum of Art is where you can find “The boxer” which is an ancient masterpiece that was found in the Hellenistic age (331-23B.C). The bronze sculpture is a image of a boxer who is sitting down resting, wearing only shorts meanwhile his face in turned to the side as if someone was calling his name.

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ART/ARCHITECTURE; The Grandeur That Was Roman Glass

ART/ARCHITECTURE; The Grandeur That Was Roman Glass | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
TO the ancient Romans, glass was magical, a commodity with star potential that was never fully realized by the Greeks. Awed by the transparency and fragility of glass, the Romans in the reign of Augustus (27 B.
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Emotional expressions in ancient funerary art served as therapy for the bereaved - Phys.Org

Emotional expressions in ancient funerary art served as therapy for the bereaved - Phys.Org | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Emotional expressions in ancient funerary art served as therapy for the bereaved
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Emotional expressions on Greek tombstones from the Hellenistic period (323-31 B.C.) help increase our understanding of social communication and cultural values.
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▶ New Light on the Ancient Maya - YouTube | Art...

▶ New Light on the Ancient Maya - YouTube | Art... | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
▶ New Light on the Ancient Maya - YouTube on Arte y cultura en Mesoamérica, México colonial y revolucionario curated by Ricardo E. Valenzuela Ruiz (▶ New Light on the Ancient Maya - YouTube | Art...
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Roman Boat

An ancient wreck tells the tale of Romans in France.
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The Romans needed millions of the curvy clay jars  amphoraes to ship wine, olive oil, and fish sauce around the empire, and often they didn’t recycle their empties.

The barge descovered was almost intact; most of it was still buried under the layers of mud and amphorae that had sheltered it for nearly 2,000 years.

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El oficio de vidriero desde la antiguedad hasta nuestros dias.

El oficio de vidriero desde la antiguedad hasta nuestros dias. | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P7nGR09nfO8&feature=player_embedded#t=47m04s”;

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Este video subido a Youtube por Historia y Ciencia esta muy interesante en su totalidad pero les recomiendo ver el fragmento que se muestra aquí sobre el oficio de vidriero cuyo modo de trabajar el vidrio ha permanecido casi igual desde la antigüedad. Les muestra paso a paso un resumen de la técnica de elaboración de los mismos narrando su evolución desde la antigüedad.

 

 

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The 4,500-Year-Old City of Mohenjo Daro Is Crumbling, And No One Is Stopping It

The 4,500-Year-Old City of Mohenjo Daro Is Crumbling, And No One Is Stopping It | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
The ruins had been preserved for thousands of years, but now they're fading fast
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The city of Mohenjo Daro as well as Harappa and Dolavira have so much to teach yet to all humankind that will be a shame to let them become crumbles, rest of what it was so advance ancient civilization.

To all the genius architects today, the Masons and the creators of amazing construction materials is addressed this pleading for help. Please create, do something that can stop to deterioration. To the governments please prepared and tech people and fund this projects while there is still time. It is a challenges to fight against the natural elements but the first step should be to try, to consciences care and don’t give out.  

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Treasures of Ancient Egypt The Birth of Art BBC Documentary 2014

In a visual treat taking in Egypt's greatest historical sites, Alastair Sooke tells the story of Ancient Egyptian art through 30 extraordinary masterpieces. ...
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This video show important aspect about how the Acient Egyptians created marvelous artifacts with religious purpouse but with remarkable quality, for which they are considered work of art today.Very well narrated by Alistair Sooke the almost one hour duration of the video elapse unnoticed because it is so entertaine and interesting. 

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Babylon Ancient Myths and Legends

Babylon Ancient Myths and Legends | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
New studies in the Mesopotamic region shed hope for better understanding the real history and evolution of the Babylonian city which was mistakenly considered the city of sin and tyranny.
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This post analize through a more accurately view the importance of the myth and legends to this ancient Babylonian people in their everyday life. They were incriminated through centuries by outsiders cultures with false perjuries, without having a solid knowledge of the subject and sifted with malicious prejudice a culture that had not chance to defend them self until now; that many important aspects to redeem their history are coming to light with the clay tablets discovered. Also offer a list of some of the so far known  important Myth and legends created by the Babylonian people to deal with their reality.

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Ancient People Fought Demons and Disasters with Eggs

Ancient People Fought Demons and Disasters with Eggs | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Residents of Sardis, an ancient city in modern-day Turkey, spent decades rebuilding after a devastating earthquake struck one night in the year 17 A.D.
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The curious custom of ancient people who buried eggs in pottey containers to cometer evil spirits and ask the divine forces to protect them from earthquakes, show in the recently archeological site how important was the efects of this natural desasters in the personal life of mens since remotes times as well.

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Archaeologists found that ancient cities like Sardis, used pottery with eggshells and coins inside of them to warn off demons and future disasters. They also found that the people from Sardis made really small circles on the eggs to allow the egg to aspirate and to ensure no harm would be done to them. 

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Terracotta Warriors Inspired by Ancient Greek Art - Project Avalon

Terracotta Warriors Inspired by Ancient Greek Art - Project Avalon | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
http://i.livescience.com/images/i/000/060/162/original/terracotta-warriors-1.jpg?1386679314 About 8000 Terracotta Warriors were buried in three pits less than a mile to the northeast of the mausoleum of the First Emperor of ...
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Interesting post about the history of this sculptures and others giant scultures with helenistic techniques applied that not longer exist but were recorded in writting documents found and recently translated that show the influence of greek sculpture style in ancient China.

 

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Light projections set to recreate vibrant colours on ancient cathedrals - The Guardian

Light projections set to recreate vibrant colours on ancient cathedrals - The Guardian | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Light projections set to recreate vibrant colours on ancient cathedrals
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He said: "What people don't realise is that throughout the whole history of art, sculpture was painted. Before this summer, I was sceptical.
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Interesting project, I Knew that ancient scuptures were painted in many cultures and time and enviroment removes those pigments, what I could not imagine is that modern technology could provide this awesome results showing the orinally real look  as the ancient people could appreciated them before the damages set in just base in light projectors. 

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Canaanite cellar provides a taste of 3700 year old wine

Canaanite cellar provides a taste of 3700 year old wine | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Archaeologists have unearthed the oldest wine cellar in the Ancient Near East, a sunken room which contains forty ceramic jars capable of holding 50 litres of wine each
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This archeological cellar/store dicovered suggest the ingredients that were used to enhance the flavours in ancient wine-making, including honey, mint, cinnamon bark, juniper berries and resins.

The recipe is similar to medicinal wines used in ancient Egypt for two thousand years.

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Greece 3D_ Mycenae

A documentary about Ancient Mycenae in 3D stereoscopic type (you need red-cyan glasses). Mycenae (Greek Μυκῆναι Mykēnai or Μυκήνη Mykēnē) is an archaeologica...

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Did you know who were the Mycenae,? well ither your answer is yes or not this video could shed some light about this people who created a wealthy civilization until their demaise and further decay of Mycenae's  cities.

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Although in blurry 3D i enjoyed this video because it really goes in depth in the history of Mycenae, which is the topic we are and have been emphasizing on this week. I really like the images and graphics they show to illustrate Mycenae's founding as well as geography and architecture as well as pottery and weapons as well. Showing that this early Greek culture was actually quite advanced in their way of life.

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Herculaneum Uncovered ~ Watch the Full Episode | Secrets of the Dead | PBS

Herculaneum Uncovered ~ Watch the Full Episode | Secrets of the Dead | PBS | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Herculaneum Uncovered follows geo-archaeologists as they unearth what life was like before the eruption, and how the volcano devastated the town in a very different manner to Pompeii.
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You probably know about the fate of the city of Pompeii, but many do not know that the city of Herculaneum is preserve in much better shape and even organic materials as food , bones and a diverse sources of objects are there preserved inside entire buildings beautifully decorated. This Episode of Secret of the Dead from PBS is a must see.

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Fake Art and Forgeries On Display in the Surrey Museum | Inside ...

Fake Art and Forgeries On Display in the Surrey Museum | Inside ... | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Dozens of of forgeries – from ancient Greek statues to prehistoric fossils and fine Chinese porcelain – have been discovered in the Surrey Museum outside of Vancouver. But this isn't some embarrassing scandal in the ...
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Ancient Prescriptions From Tibet - New York Times

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Ancient Prescriptions From Tibet New York Times Instruction manuals and surgical tools from the last two millenniums have been gathered for “Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine,” an exhibition that opens on Saturday at the Rubin Museum...
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Women in the Roman World

Women in the Roman World | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
The exact role and status of women in the Roman world, and indeed in most ancient societies, has often been obscured by the biases of both ancient male writers and 19-20th century CE male scholars(...)

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Roman women had a very limited role in public life. They could not attend, speak in, or vote at political assemblies and they could not hold any position of political responsibility. In many cases Roman women were closely identified with their perceived role in society - the duty of looking after the home and to nurture a family .

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Can Computers Decipher a 5,000-Year-Old Language?

Can Computers Decipher a 5,000-Year-Old Language? | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
A computer scientist is helping to uncover the secrets of the inscribed symbols of the Indus
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Understand a 5,000 year old civilization languages using the few and short remains discovered so far it is a challenge, and unfortunately not a large manuscript associated with other know language have been found yet.

Hopefully this new approach trough the computer sciences concept of conditional entropy helps somehow. But much important should be now that the factions claiming those scriptures’ belong to their ancestors stop the ferocity of the accusations and attacks against the computer sciences specialist and let them work.

It those not matter whose direct ancestors were, what is important it is to know that the heritage of India and the whole humankind would be considerably enriched if we were able to understand the Indus civilization history legacy regardless of geographic regions, religious belief or blood heritages.

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More than just gold

More than just gold | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Elisenda Vila Llonch, curator, British Museum Gold glitters in our exhibition, Beyond El Dorado, power and gold in ancient Colombia. To our modern eye those pieces convey ideas of richness, wealth ...
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Exquisite works of art, seen in this exhibition, were the result of incredible knowledge, care and time invested in their making..Objects that seem at first glance made of gold are much more complex and are in fact made of metal alloys.  In most instances they combine, in different degrees, gold, some natural occurring silver, and copper, a combination known as tumbaga. Ancient Colombian artist even created hollow objects following the lost wax technique and much more remarkable metal pieces maked using other techniques.

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Lion Gate, Mycenae, c. 1300-1250 B.C.E.

 limestone, relief panel 9' 6" highSpeakers: Dr. Steven Zucker and Dr. Beth Harris (Lion Gate, Mycenae, c. 1300-1250 B.C.E.:  limestone, relief panel 9' 6" high
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Was the ark round? A Babylonian description discovered

Was the ark round? A Babylonian description discovered | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
Irving Finkel, curator, British Museum I've just come from the press conference launching my new book, The Ark Before Noah. As I told the journalists, it all started with a fairly normal event for ...
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Mr. Douglas Simmonds a visitor to the press conferences offered by the British curator Inving Finkel present a rare ancient tablet in cuneiforme writting to be identify resulting to be his tablet one in a million, written in about 1750 BC.  The tablet explain how the Atra-hasis’s Ark (similar to the bible history of Noel Ark), was round and  also describes the materials and the measurements to build it. A waterproofed coracle would never sink and being round isn’t a problem – it never had to go anywhere: all it had to do was float and keep the contents safe.

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Aztec Art -- Ancient History Encyclopedia

Aztec Art -- Ancient History Encyclopedia | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it
These diverse influences and the Aztecs' own eclectic tastes and admiration of ancient art made their art one of the most varied of all ancient cultures anywhere. Sculptures of gruesome gods with abstract imagery could come ...
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Interesting post about the Aztec Empire, centred at the capital of Tenochtitlan, they dominated most of Mesoamerica in the 15th and 16th centuries CE.and develop amazing artistic objects and employed art as a tool to reinforce their military and cultural dominance. Imposing buildings, frescoes, metalwork, sculpture and even manuscripts.

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Modular Origami: The Ancient Art of Kusudama Evolved

Modular Origami: The Ancient Art of Kusudama Evolved | Ancient Art History Summary | Scoop.it

Kusudama is a traditional Japanese art form which has evolved in to what is now generally referred to as modular origami.  With some remarkable examples, here is the basic difference between the two.


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Beatiful photos of modular origami and the characteristic of this ancient technique in modern days.

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The Mystery of the Hanging Garden of Babylon

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The legendary 'Hanging Garden of Babylon' has since ancient times been recognised as one of the Seven Wonders of the World – but no trace of it has ever been found
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New teory urgue about the real location of the famous garden. The studies suggests that the gardens were not ever done in Babylon, this University of Oxfor specialist signaly  that after Assyria conquered Babylon in 689BC, the Assyrian capital Nineveh may have been seen as the ‘New Babylon’, which could have created the confusion. And added that Babylon land was to flat to conduct the water needed in the terraces.

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Glassmaking technique: Roman mold-blown glass

Mold-blown glass is forced against the inner surfaces of a mold and assumes its shape. Watch this ancient process (footage courtesy of Mark Taylor and David Hill-the Roman Glassmakers). Love art?
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This video reveals in less that 2.00 minutes this ancient art of glass making process.

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