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Dead sea scrolls go up for sale as family sells off fragments it secretly stashed in a Swiss safety deposit box

Dead sea scrolls go up for sale as family sells off fragments it secretly stashed in a Swiss safety deposit box | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions has revealed it has more fragments it kept hidden in a Swiss safe deposit box.
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New Views of Ancient Culture Suggest Brutal Violence

New Views of Ancient Culture Suggest Brutal Violence | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Archaeologists working at the ancient city of Harappa have uncovered evidence of immigration but also great violence.

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DNA of 33,000 year old domesticated dog revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

DNA of 33,000 year old domesticated dog revealed : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it

A remarkable find from 2011 of 33,000 year old dog from a cave in the Siberian Altai mountains showed evidence of dog domestication, the earliest ever found.


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A Mesolithic cemetery: Ireland's oldest burials | Irish Archaeology

A Mesolithic cemetery: Ireland's oldest burials | Irish Archaeology | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
A Mesolithic cemetery: Ireland's oldest burials. On the banks of the River Shannon a small band of hunter-gathers came to together nearly 9,500 years ago, to bury one of their own

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Babylon's hanging garden: ancient scripts give clue to missing wonder

Babylon's hanging garden: ancient scripts give clue to missing wonder | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
A British academic has gathered evidence suggesting garden was created at Nineveh, 300 miles from Babylon
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Rune stone rediscovered after 300 years : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Rune stone rediscovered after 300 years : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it

A nearly 1,000 year-old rune stone has been rediscovered at Bogesunds brygga west of Vaxholm in Sweden.

The rune stone was found during an excursion which was part of a course in landscape archaeology at Stockholm University. The stone has previously been known, but had been missing since the 17th century.


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Deanna Dahlsad's curator insight, May 3, 2013 4:14 PM

Hey, archaeologists of the 17th century, this is why we can't have nice things.

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Old Sana'a, an endangered UNESCO heritage site

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To see Sana'a’s Old City for the first time is like “a vision of a childhood dream world of fantasy castles,” a visitor once remarked, but official neglect and unruly construction are threatening to destroy that magic.

Yemen’s capital is one of the most ancient cities in the world, and entering its oldest quarter has been described “as perhaps the closest thing to time travel” we can experience.

Ancient “tower blocks,” some six stories high, some nine, look like gingerbread castles. With ground floors of black lava stone, their upper stories are of baked brick decorated with intricate geometric shapes and horizontal bands in gypsum whitewash.

Each quarter has a mosque, a hammam (Turkish bath) and a garden around which the houses were built.

In the past, water used for ablution in the mosque was then pooled to irrigate the gardens, used for growing vegetables, and waste was recycled to heat water in the hammams or for fertilizer.

That rich heritage is reflected in 103 mosques, some built more than a millennium ago, 14 hammams and more than 6,000 centuries-old houses, and the Old City was declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1986.

But preservationists are struggling against the ravages of the modern world. Randomly built concrete houses distort the Old City’s skyline, salt from the cement weakens its structure and the once-spacious gardens are disappearing.


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David Connolly's curator insight, April 28, 2013 3:52 PM

Of that I can confirm...   having been lucky enough to have lived there...   it has the wow factor!    but so needs protection!

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Did an Earthquake Destroy Ancient Greece?

Geologists investigate whether an earthquake ended Mycenaean culture.
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Uruk-Megacity - Exhibition

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Uruk-Megacity 24.04.2013 bis 25.09.2013 Pergamonmuseum, Museumsinsel, 10178 Berlin Eine Ausstellung des Vorderasiatischen Museums und des Reiss-Engelhorn-Museens Mannheim in enger Kooperation mit der Orient-Abteilung des Deutschen Archäologischen...
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Thracian Exhibit Opens in Sofia -

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The unique exhibit "The Sword of King Seuthes III" is opening Wednesday at the National History Museum, NIM, in the Bulgarian capital Sofia.

The exhibit is organized in partnership with the "Iskra" (Spark) History Museum in the central town of Kazanlak, the Italian Embassy, the Italian Cultural Institute in Sofia, and Unicredit Bulbank.

 

In 2004 Bulgarian archeologists made headlines all over the world after discovering the oldest and largest Thracian tomb unearthed on Bulgarian land from beneath the Golyamata Kosmatka mound.

 

The archaeological team was headed by late Georgi Kitov. The excavations revealed a 13-metre long passage and two halls walled up with stones behind the facade. One was used for the ritual symbolic burial of Sevt III (Seuthes) and the other for the ritual sacrifice of a horse.


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ARCHAEOLOGY - Hittite culture survives in Alacahöyük

ARCHAEOLOGY - Hittite culture survives in Alacahöyük | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it

Turkey’s well-known ancient site of Alacahöyük, which currently draws around 50,000 visitors a year, in the Central Anatolian province of Çorum, is set to be given new facilities reflecting traces of the Hittite civilization.

The head of the Alacahöyük excavations, Professor Aykut Çınaroğlu, said the reconstruction plan for the protection of Alacahöyük had been prepared by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, was in its final stage and was set to be implemented in a year.


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Shannon Bench's curator insight, November 1, 2013 12:33 AM

Wait... so they still practice the Hittite culture? I need to go there...

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Antiquities black market in Egypt has a new enemy - Young Egyptians on facebook

Antiquities black market in Egypt has a new enemy - Young Egyptians on facebook | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Abdel-Rahman Sherief |

 

Antiquity smuggling has witnessed an unprecedented surge in the two years since the 25 January Revolution since it is an easy way to make immediate money, even if it is on the account of Egypt’s heritage and history.

The fragile security situation in the country and the financial and economic ordeals the population is suffering from are considered the main reasons behind this phenomenon. Given that a small, wooden, carved Pharaonic statue or a marble bust can be sold for a large sum of US dollars, there are many who take advantage of this immediate influx of cash that can immediately improve their standard of living.

 

This situation provoked a few young Egyptians to start a public effort to try to stop this loss of historical artefacts by launching the independent “Stop the heritage drain” movement, which posts and publicises photos of the missing pieces on the internet on their Facebook page. “The Ministry of Antiquities must declare the theft of antiquities to stop the smugglers from being able to market the stolen pieces internationally,” Yasmin El-Dorghamy, movement cofounder, said.

 


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Temple of Jupiter And Caesar’s Last House Unearthed On The Palatine Hill |

Temple of Jupiter And Caesar’s Last House Unearthed On The Palatine Hill | | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it

Excavations at the Palatine Hill in Rome have unearthed the first Temple of Jupiter Stator, or Jupiter the Stayer and the remains of a prestigious dwelling near the sacred area in front of the Porta Mugonia, dating to the second and first century BC. Experts suggest it may have been House of Caesar

 

Romulus supposedly built the temple after a battle at the Roman Forum against the Sabines during which the Romans had to retreat uphill on the Via Sacra.


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Boys Killed Pets to Become Warriors in Early Russia

Archaeologists have dug up evidence that boys in Bronze Age Russia had to slay their own dogs to prove their readiness to become warriors.
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Dublin, the prehistoric city | Irish Archaeology

Dublin, the prehistoric city | Irish Archaeology | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
The prehistoric archaeology of Dublin city

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So, what did the Romans do for us? New digs reveal truth about Hadrian's Wall

So, what did the Romans do for us? New digs reveal truth about Hadrian's Wall | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Stretching the breadth of northern England, Hadrian's Wall is a majestic reminder of the ambition and might of the Roman Empire's conquest in Britain.

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Bronzezeit: Ein Kalender von Weltrang

Bronzezeit: Ein Kalender von Weltrang | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Auf einem Gefäß aus der Bronzezeit entdecken Forscher seltsame Zeichen. Sie haben sie jetzt entschlüsselt. Von der kommenden Woche an ist das Bronzegefäß wieder im Landesmuseum in der Stadt Brandenburg/Havel zu sehen.
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Roman gold found in treasure hoard

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A hoard of Roman gold and silver coins, described by an expert as a "lucky" find and likened to the Hoxne treasure, are found in Norfolk.

"As this horde finishes with the coins of Tiberius, it could date to either the Roman invasion of Britain in AD 43, or possibly the Boudicca revolt in AD 61, it's difficult to say either way," said Mr Marsden.

"It's likely it was buried to have come from a Roman soldier or perhaps settlers trying to hide their hoard from the Iceni invasion. We tend not to see many of this type of Roman silver coins, so to have 59 is really quite unusual.

"Coins this size have a spending power of about £30-£40 in today's money - it'd certain buy a solider a few jugs of wine."

A medieval gold pendant found in Foxley and a medieval silver seal matrix unearthed in Sustead, near Cromer, were also declared treasure.

Erica Darch, from Norfolk Historic Environment Services and the Portable Antiquities Scheme (PAS), said: "It's important to record all archaeological finds, treasure or not, because when studied as an assemblage they add enormously to our understanding of Norfolk's past.


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Archaeologists make last ditch attempt to rescue remains of pre-historic tombs in RAK - The National

Archaeologists make last ditch attempt to rescue remains of pre-historic tombs in RAK  - The National | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Archaeologists will comb through the 4,000-year-old tombs before road works in Ras Al Khaimah destroy some of them.

 

Archaeologists are in the final days of a three-month rescue excavation of the Qarn Al Harf tombs built by prehistoric date farmers.

Four megalithic, communal tombs are being excavated by archaeologists from the University of Durham in the UK and the Ras Al Khaimah Antiquities Department, ordered by the Ruler of RAK, Sheikh Saud bin Saqr.

Three tombs will be destroyed by the 32-kilometre RAK Ring Road that will bypass the city to connect the quarries and factories of the north coast with the 311 motorway.

The tombs date to the Wadi Suq period, from 2000 to 1600BC.


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David Connolly's curator insight, April 30, 2013 2:27 AM

good luck there.  

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Italian Bureaucracy Threatens Pompeii

Italian Bureaucracy Threatens Pompeii | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Conservationists warn that the city is dangerously exposed to the elements and poorly served by the red tape, lack of strategic planning and limited personnel of the site’s troubled management.
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Uruk – die älteste Megacity der Menschheit

Uruk – die älteste Megacity der Menschheit | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it
Sie war personifizierte Gottheit, Ursprung menschlicher Zivilisation und prägte Jahrtausende. Die Stadt Uruk im Südirak war die erste Metropole der Menschheit. Es ist die Stadt, in der alles begann.
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Cyber archaeology examines ancient cultures : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Cyber archaeology examines ancient cultures : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it

Maurizio Forte a professor at Duke University, uses satellite photos and high-tech imaging technology to look at the remains of a Roman villa hidden below ground. Using this remote data, his students are creating a virtual replica of the building.


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Jennifer Turner's curator insight, June 13, 2013 4:58 PM

Students will love this!

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La Tène warriors unearthed in France : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

La Tène warriors unearthed in France : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it

A team of Inrap archaeologists recently uncovered an exceptionally preserved necropolis dating to the 4th – 3rd centuries BC in Buchères, north central France.

 The team uncovered fifteen spectacular funerary enclosures, quadrangular, circular and horseshoe, dating from the Bronze Age to the Iron Age.


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Italy: Anti-mafia officials and police inspect Pompeii excavations - Adnkronos CultureAndMedia

Italy: Anti-mafia officials and police inspect Pompeii excavations - Adnkronos CultureAndMedia | Hot Spot Antike-Woman | Scoop.it

The Italian government's anti-mafia directorate and police on Tuesday carried out raids at the world-famous archaeological site of Pompeii, which Rome and the European Union has granted 105 million euros to restore.

 

The checks were ordered by the government's top representative in nearby Naples, Francesco Musolino, to inspect progress on restoration of the House of the Guilt Cupids, the House of the Great Fountain and the Fullonica of Stephanus laundry.

 


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