It's no tall tale—the first complete ancient skeleton of a person with gigantism has been discovered near Rome, a new study says.
At 6 feet, 8 inches (202 centimeters) tall, the man would have been a giant in third-century A.D. Rome, where men averaged about 5 and a half feet (167 centimeters) tall. By contrast, today's tallest man measures 8 feet, 3 inches (251 centimeters).
Finding such skeletons is rare, because gigantism itself is extremely rare, today affecting about three people in a million worldwide. The condition begins in childhood, when a malfunctioning pituitary gland causes abnormally growth.
The Museum of Ancient Cultures offers Education Programs for years 7, 11 and 12 in Ancient History in line with the NSW junior and senior Ancient History syllabuses. Other secondary school years can be accommodated if teachers are offering their students special programs in school. Schools attend our education programs from all over NSW and the ACT.
The programs are conducted by the Museum's Education Officers who are trained educators. Their skills, talents and subject specialties are matched to suit the requirements of the programs on offer.
The program is offered either In-House or as an Away Program.
The content of these programs can be tailor-made to suit the needs of the individual schools or can be organised along more general lines to meet school requirements.
Information about the education programs available at the Museum of Ancient Cultures...
Bulgarian archaeologists have discovered bracelets with snake heads, a tiara with animal motifs and a horse-head piece in a hoard of ancient golden artefacts unearthed during excavations at a Thracian tomb in the north of country. The artefacts have been dated to the end of the fourth or the beginning of the third century BC. They were found in the biggest of 150 ancient tombs of the Getae people, a Thracian tribe that was in contact with the Hellenistic world. The hoard also yielded a golden ring, 44 female figure depictions and 100 golden buttons.
French archaeologists have uncovered a rare, near-complete skeleton of a mammoth in the countryside near Paris, alongside tiny fragments of flint tools suggesting the carcass may have been cut into by prehistoric hunters.
The suggestion is this is clear evidence of interation between neanderthals and this large animal, which rather than being hunted and killed has been butchered after death. They feel the cause of death is drowning.
A number of the many Trojan artifacts carried out of Turkey illegally many years ago have recently made their way home as a result of the efforts of the Ministry of Culture and Tourism.
At the same time, though, the vast majority of Troy’s treasure still remains outside of Turkey. In fact, items taken out of Turkey in the 19th century by German archeologist Heinrich Schliemann are scattered among 47 collections around the world, though many have been located in Russia.
New analyses reveal the mini human species to be even stranger than previously thought and hint that major tenets of human evolution need revision...
In 2004 a team of Australian and Indonesian scientists who had been excavating a cave called Liang Bua on the Indonesian island of Flores announced that they had unearthed something extraordinary: a partial skeleton of an adult human female who would have stood just over a meter tall and who had a brain a third as large as our own. The specimen, known to scientists as LB1, quickly received a fanciful nickname—the hobbit, after writer J.R.R. Tolkien’s fictional creatures. The team proposed that LB1 and the other fragmentary remains they recovered represent a previously unknown human species, Homo floresiensis. Their best guess was that H. floresiensis was a descendant of H. erectus—the first species known to have colonized outside of Africa. The creature evolved its small size, they surmised, as a response to the limited resources available on its island home—a phenomenon that had previously been documented in other mammals, but never humans.
Carefully reconstructed portrait of Herodotos, without anachronisms, respecting contemporary style, and based on historical sources; part of the Reportret gallery. Great for background information on historical people and historians like Herodotus. You could also get students who are good at drawing (by hand or on computer) to do their own historical reconstructions.
This is the education program I started in 1993 and it's still going strong.
A range of options are available, from general introductory tours of the collection for Year 7 groups to specialised HSC tours. We also offer tours of the Quadrangle on the University of Sydney’s Camperdown campus and provide a glimpse of university life for students. Tours can be organised to coincide with other on-campus activities such as Science Alliance and Marketing and Student Recruitment tours.
For Stages 4-5 students we can provide introductory sessions to help get students interested in history, culture and art. The focus is on discovery, with an emphasis on an awareness of context and developing skills to read material culture. A range of worksheets are available upon request. Stage 6 students are given intensive sessions on subjects related to HSC courses, with a focus on analysis and interpretation of evidence.
Archaeology Press Releases and Archaeological News : Recent excavations carried out by Canadian archaeologist Patricia Sutherland may have further complimented our knowledge of Norse exploration into the New World.
On exhibition 2 November 2012 until 31 July 2013 at the Australian War Memorial
The small French village of Vignacourt was always behind the front lines. For much of the First World War it was a staging point, casualty clearing station and recreation area for troops of all nationalities moving up to and then back from the battlefields on the Somme. Remember me: the lost diggers of Vignacourt tells the story of how one enterprising photographer took the opportunity of this passing traffic to establish a business taking portrait photographs.
The mission of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology is "to fill in the gaps of history and provide answers to challenging historical questions through the study and examination of the vessels that have traveled the world's waterways for millennia, carrying people and cargo, and making possible the widespread exchange of ideas, innovation and invention."
Lot to explore here, with projects ranging from Mongol Fleets to Pirate Ships.
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The Aegean Minoan 3D GIS Project was initiated in 2007 to produce a three-dimensional (3D) full-color mapping of the archaeological sites of the Minoans in the Aegean Sea area using Google Earth. It is intended to be a definitive geographical reference available to everyone. While this is an ongoing project and we are always looking to improve it, thanks to the many contributing scholars and volunteers it is by far the most comprehensive and accurate mapping of its kind ever made and includes the sites and geographical features listed below.
The Virtual Tour of the Acropolis is an interactive website that allows various aspects of the historical site to be explored in a unique way. It consists of high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramas of the four main monuments - the Parthenon, the Propylaia, the Erechtheion and the Temple of Athena Nike - as well as a detailed photographic representation of the inner and outer ancient walls surrounding the hill, all accompanied by historical information and a descriptive map.
From exhibition 'Doctors, Dissection and Resurrection Men' at Museum of London. Informative video demonstrations of how 18th and 19th century surgeons amputated limbs and performed trepanations. Not for the faint-hearted!
W.F. Keegan and J.D. Diamond were the first to realize the full potential of a biogeographical methodology in the archaeological and historical study of islands, although some island archaeologists were already using ...
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