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Edible Archaeology: The Sleeping Lady of Malta — World Archaeology

Edible Archaeology: The Sleeping Lady of Malta — World Archaeology | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it

Every year I make a cake for 3D Archaeological Society’s Christmas Dinner themed on a place we have visited during our long weekend away during the summer. Last year’s cake was of Skara Brae following our fabulous trip to Orkney and this year, after many requests from those that went to Malta with me on this years tour, I have made a replica of the ‘Sleeping Lady’ of the Ħal Saflieni Hypogeum Temple.


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David Connolly's curator insight, December 15, 2012 2:40 AM

I love these cake related features

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Japanese archaeologists find 1,400 year old Kofun-period warrior still in armor

Japanese archaeologists find 1,400 year old Kofun-period warrior still in armor | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it

A 1,400 year old Kofun-period warrior, still dressed in his lamellar suit of armor, was unearthed at the Harunayama Futatsudake excavation site. The warrior, together with an infant, were probably ...


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David Connolly's curator insight, December 19, 2012 5:41 AM

More on the amazing find

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Animal Mummies Discovered at Ancient Egyptian Site : Discovery News

Animal Mummies Discovered at Ancient Egyptian Site : Discovery News | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it
An ancient holy place in Egypt once known as the "Terrace of the Great God" reveals a wealth of new discoveries, from animal mummiesand human remains to a...

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MODERN FORENSICS PROVES ANCIENT EGYPTIAN KING WAS MURDERED

MODERN FORENSICS PROVES ANCIENT EGYPTIAN KING WAS MURDERED | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it

Chalk up another crime solved to modern forensics.

Ancient documents say that in 1155BC members of his harem attempted to kill him as part of a palace coup but it was never clear whether the assassination was successful. Some say it was, while other accounts at the time imply the ancient Pharaoh survived the attack, at least for a short while.

Scans of Ramesses III revealed a deep, 2.7 inch (7cm) wide wound to the throat just under the larynx.

Medical scientists say it was probably caused by a sharp blade and could have caused immediate death.


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Charlie Wittke's curator insight, January 28, 2014 4:23 PM

It is unsure whether the assasination was sucsessful immediately. They say he may have survived for a short while.

Christine Barron's curator insight, January 31, 2014 3:20 PM

According to this article, he had a deep wide wound to the throat. I think that the Ancient Egyptian King was assassinated/ slit on the throat by a royal coup.

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3D imaging helps understand the role of birds in ancient Egypt

3D imaging helps understand the role of birds in ancient Egypt | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it

Entering the exhibition “Between Heaven & Earth: Birds In Ancient Egypt” at the Oriental Institute Museum, University of Chicago, you will immediately feel transported into the ancient Nile delta marshlands with its lush green flora.

The combination of colours, video footage, bird song and ancient artefacts gives the impression of travel through time and space. At the start of the exhibition, you will find one of their most impressive artefacts, an empty shell of an ostrich egg from 3100 BC. Ostrich eggs have not only been used in ancient Egypt as containers for liquids and raw material for bead carving, but also symbolize the deep integration of avian life into ancient Egypt’s spirituality. All life is at times described as entering and leaving the world through the egg as a vessel, and that birds are messengers that can travel between the realms of men and their gods. Many of the Egyptian gods are portrayed as birds, and even their people have been symbolized by different bird species.


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David Connolly's curator insight, December 11, 2012 9:10 AM

This article opens up the world of birds in the every day life of ancient Egyptians

Sara Ebright's curator insight, February 19, 2013 2:24 PM

3D Scanning and Imaging is an amazing new tool in the archaeologist's toolbox.

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Archaeology: ‘Temple of Poseidon’ found in Bulgaria’s Sozopol

Archaeology: ‘Temple of Poseidon’ found in Bulgaria’s Sozopol | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it

One of the buildings excavated in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol appears to have been a temple to Poseidon, going by the discovery of a large and relatively well-preserved altar to the Greek god.

This is according to Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of Bulgaria’s National History Museum.

Archaeologists found the building in front of the medieval fortified wall of the seaside town, Dimitrov said.

He said that the numerous pieces of marble found during excavations indicate that after the declaration of Christianity as the office religion of the Roman empire in 330 CE, the emperor’s order to destroy the temples of other religions was carried out, followed by the building of houses of worship dedicated to Christian saints, with iconography with features similar to that of the ancient gods.

Dimitrov said that in Sozopol, there was an example of how a temple to the Thracian horseman in the centre of the old town was converted into a church dedicated to Saint George.


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Medieval Blue Boar Inn rebuilt virtually : Past Horizons Archaeology

Medieval Blue Boar Inn rebuilt virtually : Past Horizons Archaeology | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it

The Blue Boar Inn was medieval Leicester’s ‘Grand Hotel’ and is believed to be where King Richard III stayed the night before the Battle of Bosworth in 1485. With the aid of detailed drawings, produced shortly before the Blue Boar was demolished, Richard Buckley has overseen a project to produce a detailed scale model of the building.


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Fake Toes Found In Ancient Egyptian Tombs Could Be The World's Oldest Prostheses

Fake Toes Found In Ancient Egyptian Tombs Could Be The World's Oldest Prostheses | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it
There is a documented history of ancient Egyptians creating fake body parts to augment bodies headed for burial, but...

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Tutankhamun's replica tomb unveiled - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online

Tutankhamun's replica tomb unveiled - Ancient Egypt - Heritage - Ahram Online | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it
An exact replica tomb of the golden King Tutankhamun, a gift from Madrid- and Zurich-based organisations, is revealed at the opening of the EU Task Force Conference on Tourism and Flexible Investment in Egypt

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Troy pottery holds a key to the great Bronze Age collapse : Past Horizons Archaeology

Troy pottery holds a key to the great Bronze Age collapse : Past Horizons Archaeology | Ancient History and Archaeology | Scoop.it

The end of the Bronze Age heralds the gradual decline of Eastern Mediterranean trade networks and the resulting collapse of major Late Bronze Age cities in the Levantine coast, Anatolia and the Aegean.


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David Connolly's curator insight, December 20, 2012 5:32 PM

Power and Power vacuums...  don't last long