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Vikings: life and legend - Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Vikings: life and legend - Archaeology News from Past Horizons | ancient history | Scoop.it

A mighty warship that sailed nearly 1,000 years ago during the reign of Cnut the Great, will stand at the centre of the British Museum’s Viking exhibition in 2014.

The Viking expansion from their Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural network with contacts from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean. The culture of the Scandinavians can be viewed in a global context which will highlight the multi-faceted influences arising from extensive cultural contacts. The exhibition will capitalise on new research and thousands of recent discoveries by both archaeologists and metal detectorists.

 


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Athena, Goddess of the Acropolis: An interactive application in education and culture

Athena, Goddess of the Acropolis: An interactive application in education and culture | ancient history | Scoop.it

A remarkable interactive application in culture stands out among the digital collections at NISRT (National Information System for Research and Technology). Athena, Goddess of the Acropolis? is the application that opens the virtual doors of the museum of Acropolis and offers its visitors a unique experience in the world of the museum.

 

In Greek mythology, Athena was the goddess of wisdom and heroic endeavor, courage, inspiration, civilization, strategy, and justice.


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the greeks worshiped manny gods, Athena was one of them.

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At the mouth of the Tiber

At the mouth of the Tiber | ancient history | Scoop.it

OSTIA In this port city of ancient Rome, SUKANYA RAMANUJAN finds the remains of a perfectly planned township with baths and dining rooms...

Located about 30 km west of Rome, it's a perfect destination for a day trip. A short walk from the railway station brings us to the archaeological site. Tombs line either side of the road leading to the old city gate — the lavishness of their decorations indicating the social status of the occupants. Further down, I’m surprised by the sudden appearance of wells in the middle of the road — apparently settlers have conveniently tapped the old underground Roman lead pipes supplying water from the aqueducts.

The roads aren’t the only things to be admired in Ostia. Once inside the city walls, we spot the relatively well-preserved insulae — structures similar to modern apartment blocks. The ground floors were often given over to shops and the floors above served as residential space.

This article takes us on a travellers tale around the port of Rome


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Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology

Cracking the code: the decipherment of Linear B 60 years on : Past Horizons Archaeology | ancient history | Scoop.it

A conference in Cambridge, southeast England, will mark the 60th anniversary of the decipherment by Michael Ventris of Linear B, a script used for an early form of ancient Greek. His stunning achievement pushed back the frontiers of knowledge about the ancient world.

 

When during the early 20th century archaeologists excavated some of the most famous sites of Ancient Greece – notably Knossos on the island of Crete and Mycenae and Pylos on the mainland – they found large numbers of clay tablets inscribed with a type of script that baffled them.


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they are finding out what this mysterious script will say

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Khai Tran's curator insight, January 21, 7:06 PM

It is very interesting how scientist are able to decipher Ancient codes and find out more facts about history. 

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National Geographic - Alexander the Great: The Man Behind the Legend 1/5

More than 2,000 years after he conquered the known world, Alexander the Great continues to fascinate. But what personal demons fueled Alexander's unquenchabl...

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tells about alexander the great and his life.

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John Hopper's curator insight, April 28, 2013 9:05 PM

To save you reading thousands and thousands of pages, this short ten minute video will give you a brief introduction to Alexander the Great and Macedonia's rise to power. We will go more into his legacy as we approach closer to the exam! :)

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Turning Points in History - Democracy in Greece

After numerous forms of government fail, including monarchy, oligarchy and tyranny, the Greeks form a representative democracy or republic

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Democracys roots are from ancient greece...

 

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Vikings: life and legend - Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Vikings: life and legend - Archaeology News from Past Horizons | ancient history | Scoop.it

A mighty warship that sailed nearly 1,000 years ago during the reign of Cnut the Great, will stand at the centre of the British Museum’s Viking exhibition in 2014.

The Viking expansion from their Scandinavian homelands during this era created a cultural network with contacts from the Caspian Sea to the North Atlantic and from the Arctic Circle to the Mediterranean. The culture of the Scandinavians can be viewed in a global context which will highlight the multi-faceted influences arising from extensive cultural contacts. The exhibition will capitalise on new research and thousands of recent discoveries by both archaeologists and metal detectorists.

 


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Neolithic engraved stone discovered at the Ness of Brodgar

Neolithic engraved stone discovered at the Ness of Brodgar | ancient history | Scoop.it

Throughout the excavations at the Ness of Brodgar on the Scottish island of Orkney, numerous examples of Neolithic “art” have been uncovered. In fact, by 2010 around 80 “decorated” items had emerged from the site.


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Art found from excavations from the neolithic period. they held engrave picture from simple to more complexed.

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Shannon Bench's curator insight, October 4, 2013 12:35 PM

All I've got to say is... Damn they had skill!

Sarah Kerr's curator insight, November 13, 2013 11:06 PM

This scoop is about the discovery of a Neolithic dated engraved stone at the Ness of Brodgar on the Scottish island of Orkney

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Alexander the Great (king of Macedonia) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia

Alexander the Great (king of Macedonia) -- Britannica Online Encyclopedia | ancient history | Scoop.it
King of Macedonia (336–323 bce). He overthrew the Persian empire, carried Macedonian arms to India, and laid the foundations for the Hellenistic world of territorial kingdoms. Already in his lifetime the...

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information and insight of alexander the great which overthrew many empires and had a great amount of territory.

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joseph mora's curator insight, November 14, 2013 8:27 PM

insight on Alexander the great and him being a king

 

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BBC - History: Egyptians

BBC - History: Egyptians | ancient history | Scoop.it
Enter the world of the ancient Egyptians. Find out why their mysterious civilisation, gods, godesses and pyramids capture the imagination.

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egyptian monuments, beliefs, godsand godesses. 

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Cassandra Folkerth's curator insight, October 7, 2013 11:39 AM

Reading about the religious beliefs was so interesting. I didn't know they mummified pets to preserve them for eternity. 

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After reading this article it has become clear to me that the fall of the old kingdom did more good for egypt than bad. Although many people died during the short lived 8th and 9th dynasties due to famine and drought, the decentralization of government that resulted from it produced social change once the the government was re-established.

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Hephaestus or Vulcan: Artisan of the Greek and ...

Hephaestus or Vulcan: Artisan of the Greek and ... | ancient history | Scoop.it
Metalworker, blacksmith, and artisan, Hephaestus was the only Greek god that worked.

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FPV Roman Aqueduct

FPV flight over ancient roman aqueduct in south of Rome. T-rex 250 helicopter with GoPro camera. Pilot: Stefano

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the amazing roman Aqueduct used for water

 

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Mali's ancient treasures are too valuable to be buried again

Mali's ancient treasures are too valuable to be buried again | ancient history | Scoop.it

Michael Mumisa: The ancient manuscripts of Timbuktu are a door into Africa's golden age. We must not let this crisis threaten their survival...

 

Most of the manuscripts predate the arrival of Europeans on the African continent and are in classical Arabic, which at that time was to west Africa what Latin was to Europe, the lingua franca of the educated elite. This is significant because western philosophers such as David Hume in a footnote to his 1748 essay Of National Characters and Immanuel Kant in Observations on the Feeling of the Beautiful and Sublime, published in 1764, had tried to argue that black people were inferior to white people because they possessed no literary culture and that their history was transmitted only through oral means. Even modern scholars obsessed with the need to substantiate Milman Parry's assertion in the first half of the 20th century that Homer's Iliad and Odyssey were oral compositions try to do so by looking for examples of "improvised oral composition" from so-called "illiterate oral cultures" in Africa and other regions. Thanks to the rediscovery of ancient African manuscripts in Mali, Ghana, Nigeria and some parts of Africa we can now prove that African societies indeed had thriving literary cultures that enabled them to transmit their histories through both written and oral mnemonic systems.

 

At about the same time that the oldest universities in the English-speaking world, Oxford and Cambridge, were established, Timbuktu was a thriving intellectual city of more than 20,000 scholars, a "university" or two, and hundreds of libraries. Timbuktu represents one of the "golden ages" in Africa's history. Its surviving manuscripts are our door into that golden past. Leo Africanus (also known as al-Hasan ibn Muhammad al-Wazzan) visited Timbuktu at the beginning of the 16th century and wrote about its abundant gold wealth and many libraries in his famous bookDescription of Africa. The book was originally written in Arabic and it was Pope Leo X who commissioned the Italian version. It immediately became a bestseller in Europe – some think it was a 17th-century translation of this book that may have inspired Shakespeare's construction of Othello.


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"the invasion of Timbuktu by marauding Moroccan armies who deported and killed its scholars and destroyed some of its libraries in 1591 brought Timbuktu's golden age to an abrupt end. Surviving scholars and residents managed to hide some of the city's precious manuscripts in cow or goat skins underground. They were then passed on within families from one generation to another. When Mali came under French colonial rule the manuscripts were presented with yet another threat. It was only decades after Mali's independence in 1960 that some families in Timbuktu began to allow outsiders access to their treasured manuscripts." (Michael Mumisa)

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Africa Mali manuscripts value

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China unearths ancient palace ruins: state media

China unearths ancient palace ruins: state media | ancient history | Scoop.it

China has unearthed the ruins of an ancient palace near the tomb of the country's first emperor that was already famed for its terracotta soldiers, state media said on Saturday.

The discovery is the latest at the mausoleum, which dates back more than two millennia and became one of the greatest modern archaeological finds after a peasant digging a well stumbled upon the life-size warriors in 1974.

The palace "is the largest complex ever found at the cemetery", the Xinhua news agency said, citing Sun Weigang, a researcher at the archaeology institute of northern Shaanxi province where the site is located.


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emperor Qin Shihuang's tomb with guard /statues....

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Greek and Roman Armies: The Athenian Navy

Greek and Roman Armies: The Athenian Navy | ancient history | Scoop.it
The Athenian Navy. With Sparta controlling the ground power in Ancient Greece, Athens had to figure out a way to use what they had to gain a thresh-hold on some power. They did this by using the largest thing avaible to ...

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The Greek Philosophers on Cosmology, Religion, and Myth

The Greek Philosophers on Cosmology, Religion, and Myth | ancient history | Scoop.it
What the Greek philosophers thought about religion, cosmology, creation, the myths and the gods.

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this article gives insight about greek beliefs such as philosophie religion and their myths.

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Myth is a false story narrating the Truth. (said the ancients ... )
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Neolithic ruins shed light on dawn of Chinese civilization

Neolithic ruins shed light on dawn of Chinese civilization | ancient history | Scoop.it
The neolithic Shimao Ruins are believed to be the biggest prehistoric city ruins found in China. The find has had a significant impact in changing historical studies about Chinese civilisation.
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shows, that the shimao runs are one of the bigest of the neolithic ruins/cities found. 

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THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY, Exploring Mythology & the Greek Gods in Classical Literature & Art

THEOI GREEK MYTHOLOGY, Exploring Mythology & the Greek Gods in Classical Literature & Art | ancient history | Scoop.it
Greek Mythology, the Greek Gods, Heroes & Fabulous Creatures : Illustrated biographies of characters from Greek mythology & religion, with quotes from classical texts and pictures from ancient art.

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this shows text and gallery of ancient greece mythology..

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Kristine Rapisura's curator insight, January 31, 11:47 PM

In depth details on greek mythology and what ancient citizens believed in. My favorite was the sea and sky gods and their stories on how they helped humans.

Khai Tran's curator insight, February 17, 9:21 PM

Learning about the Ancient greek is fascinating

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Reason why the Roman Empire fell

Reason why the Roman Empire fell | ancient history | Scoop.it
Reason why the Roman Empire fell. Visit the Romans site for interesting history, facts and information about the causes and Reason why the Roman Empire fell. History, facts and information about the Reason why the Roman Empire fell.

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there were many reason why it fell, political, war, even morals...

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, September 15, 2013 6:55 PM

There is no one reason why Rome fell.  Rather a combination of bad leadership, bad economy, and a series of invasions led to the collapse of the Western Roman Empire. The Eastern Empire carried on for many more centuries.