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The roots of culture; history and pre-history.
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The Incredible Discovery Of The Oldest Depiction Of The Universe Was Almost Lost To The Black Market

The Incredible Discovery Of The Oldest Depiction Of The Universe Was Almost Lost To The Black Market | Cultural History | Scoop.it
It revolutionized how we think of the Bronze Age.

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Portolan Charts 'Too Accurate' to be Medieval

Portolan Charts 'Too Accurate' to be Medieval | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Portolan charts, it was always assumed, were compiled by medieval European mapmakers from contemporary sources. A Dutch doctoral dissertation now disproves this: these nautical charts are impossibly accurate, not just for medieval Europe, also for other likely sources, the Byzantines and the Arabs ...

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Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Home Deciphered

Ancient Egyptian Soldier's Letter Home Deciphered | Cultural History | Scoop.it
In the 1,800-year-old letter, written mainly in Greek, the soldier serving in a Roman legion in Europe tells his family he is desperate to hear from them and that he is going to request leave to make the long journey home to see them.

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50 Years In Italy: Stolen Treasures Return to Italy

50 Years In Italy: Stolen Treasures Return to Italy | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Ever since the 1770s when William Hamilton collected and exported Greek vases found in the excavations of Pompeii , ancient artifacts and tomb robbers ( tombaroli ) have been part of the Italian scene.
According to the Carabinieri, the theft of Italy’s art and archeological patrimony is fourth on the list of crime in Italy, after arms, drugs and financial crime.
Many of these objects have been looted from tombs and necropoli in Etruria, in central Italy or from the Puglia region.
On show until mid-March I Tesori : La Memoria Ritrovata at Palazzo Qurinale in Rome, an exhibit of over 100 objects found and returned to Italy by the Carabinieri. [...]

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Pyramid-Age Love Revealed in Vivid Color in Egyptian Tomb

Pyramid-Age Love Revealed in Vivid Color in Egyptian Tomb | Cultural History | Scoop.it
She was a priestess named Meretites, and he a singer named Kahai, who performed at the pharaoh's palace. They lived in an age when pyramids were being built in Egypt, and their love is reflected in a highly unusual scene in their tomb.
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Such a display of affection was extraordinary for Egypt during this time -- and the work of art, along with other finding in the tomb, suggest that women in Egypt's Pyramid Age enjoyed a greater level of equality than previously thought.

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Such a display of affection was extraordinary for Egypt during this time -- and the work of art, along with other finding in the tomb, suggest that women in Egypt's Pyramid Age enjoyed a greater level of equality than previously thought.

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7,500 Years Old "Toy Car" -- The Earliest Evidence Of The Wheel | Humans Are Free

7,500 Years Old "Toy Car" -- The Earliest Evidence Of The Wheel | Humans Are Free | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Author Cliff Dunning: "Historians tell us the oldest civilized cultures who developed the wheel are around 5,000 years old, and yet, new discoveries are continually pushing this date further back – WITHOUT our history books reflecting on the new information. Generations of people still believe that the oldest organized civilizations are those that lived in the Middle East, parts of China and groups scattered throughout the world. Before 3,000 years – we are told that man lived in caves. Here is an example of the wheel, attached to a small toy car of some type that was found to be 7,500 years old. - See more at: http://humansarefree.com/2013/09/7500-years-old-toy-car-earliest.html#sthash.lgBLBDoq.dpuf

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Irtiqa: Bubonic plague, inbreeding Neanderthals and shipwrecked marble for a Roman-era temple

Irtiqa: Bubonic plague, inbreeding Neanderthals and shipwrecked marble for a Roman-era temple | Cultural History | Scoop.it

A trio of historical and cultural updates.

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Secrets deciphered as ancient Maya script meets the modern Internet

Secrets deciphered as ancient Maya script meets the modern Internet | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the Internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of the enigmatic Mesoamerican civilization.

For centuries, scholars understood little about Maya script beyond its elegant astronomical calculations and calendar. The Maya dominated much of Central America and southern Mexico for 1,000 years before their civilization collapsed about 600 years before the Spaniards reached the New World.

The Maya script began to give up its secrets in the 1950s and ’60s, and progress accelerated in the 1970s. But much remains to be puzzled out from the immense body of carvings and inscriptions that has languished for centuries in jungle ruins and museum closets.

Enter University of Texas archaeologist David Stuart, one of the world’s leading experts on Maya script.

“I had all these boxes of notes and papers in my office, and I was never going to publish every little observation,” he said. “But I thought that if I had a blog, I could talk about new things and bring out some old stuff from my dusty files.”

So five years ago, Stuart started up Maya Decipherment, a blog for scholars and amateurs to post new inscriptions, refine translations and debate the subtleties of Maya language, all in an effort to fill out the history of the civilization.

The work will take years, but with the help of the Internet, the pace is quicker than it has ever been


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Its is amazing how the internet can help us solve ancient history. if we in the modern day are able to learn whto read Maya language then we would be able to identify some of there struggles and find out about there successe.

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Dead Sea Scroll fragments up for sale

Dead Sea Scroll fragments up for sale | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale - in tiny pieces. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world's oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers - fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years.

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Newly-discovered 12th century recipes to be recreated : Archaeology News from Past Horizons

Newly-discovered 12th century recipes to be recreated : Archaeology News from Past Horizons | Cultural History | Scoop.it

Newly-discovered food recipes from a 12th century Durham Priory manuscript have been found to pre-date the earliest known ones by 150 years. The recipes are to be recreated at a Durham University event later in the month.

 

The Latin manuscript mainly consists of recipes for medical ointments and cures and was compiled and written at Durham Cathedral’s priory around 1140. The work was recently been re-examined and found to contain the food recipes, which experts believe are amongst the oldest in the western medieval culinary tradition, preceding the previously known examples from circa 1290. The manuscript is now held at Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge University.

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British Museum reunites Roman marble panels split for 2,000 years

British Museum reunites Roman marble panels split for 2,000 years | Cultural History | Scoop.it
Panels from a seaside mansion at Herculaneum, which like Pompeii was overwhelmed by Vesuvius in AD79, go on display
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An opinionated woman obsessed with objects, entertained by ephemera, intrigued by researching, fascinated by culture & addicted to writing. The wind says my name; doesn't put an @ in front of it, so maybe you don't notice. http://www.kitsch-slapped.com
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