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  • Antiquities Robbers Caught Selling Rare Ancient Burial Chests

    03/31/2014 1:09:05 PM PDT · by BlueDragon · 9 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 3/31/2014 | Ari Yashar
    Some of the 11 Jewish ossuaries from Second Temple period still held bones, featured Hebrew script listing names of those interred. The Antiquities Authority and police cooperated last Friday to arrest suspects who allegedly stole ornate stone ossuary burial chests, which were used by Jews in Israel during the Second Temple period roughly 2,000 years ago. The suspects were caught while in possession of eleven ossuaries, some of them still containing skeletal remains. The suspected grave robbers, who were arrested and brought in for questioning, came from the Arab village of Abadiyah in Judea, located near Bethlehem, as well as...
  • Reports: Rouhani Home with US 'Gift' of Silver Griffin

    09/28/2013 12:34:59 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 64 replies ^ | 9/28/13 | afp
    Iranian President Hassan Rouhani on Saturday brought home a 2,700-year-old Persian artifact the US administration gave him as "a special gift" to Iranians, media reports said. "The Americans contacted us on Thursday and said 'we have a gift for you'," Rouhani told reporters upon arrival at the airport in Tehran, the ILNA news agency reported. "They gave it back as a special gift to the Iranian nation." Rouhani was speaking of a 7th century BC silver Persian drinking cup in the shape of a winged Griffin, a legendary creature with the head of an eagle and body of a lion....
  • Head of goddess Aphrodite statue unearthed in Turkey

    09/22/2013 7:48:13 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 18 replies
    NBC ^ | 23 hours ago | Megan Gannon,
    Buried under soil for hundreds of years, the goddess of love and beauty has some chipping on her nose and face. Researchers think her presence could shed light on the extent of the Roman Empire's wide cultural influence at the time of its peak. Archaeologists found the sculpture while working at a site called Antiochia ad Cragum (Antioch on the cliffs), on the Mediterranean coast. The researchers believe the region, which is dotted with hidden inlets and coves, would have been a haven for Cilician pirates — the same group who kidnapped Julius Caesar and held him for ransom around...
  • Preserved for millennia, Egypt's artifacts fall prey to Egypt's protests

    08/31/2013 10:58:40 AM PDT · by Innovative · 5 replies
    The Christian Science Monitor ^ | Aug 31, 2013 | Kristen Chick
    More than 1,000 Egyptian artifacts have been stolen from the Mallawi museum, which was ransacked the same day police violently dispersed Islamist sit-ins in Cairo. The museum was looted and ransacked on Aug. 14, when mobs across the country attacked churches, Christian homes and shops, police stations, and government institutions after police forcefully dispersed two Islamist protest camps. The devastated museum serves as a reminder of the toll that Egypt's two and a half years of upheaval – including the most recent episode – have taken not only on Egypt's people, but also on their history.
  • Forgery of The Century? Israel in Decade-Long War Over Biblical Artifacts

    08/22/2013 4:32:55 AM PDT · by lbryce · 13 replies
    Fox News ve=1 ^ | August 19, 2013 | Sasha Bogursky
    A 10-year legal battle is drawing to a close in the Holy Land over several astounding biblical relics, including a limestone box said to have held the bones of the purported brother of Jesus and the first-ever relic of biblical King Solomon's First Temple. But are they real or the greatest hoax in a hundred years? Last year, the Israel Antiquities Authority failed to prove in court that the items were forged by antiquities collector Oded Golan. Now the IAA seems to have changed its tune, and the two parties found themselves in court again in early August. Now Israel...
  • Iron Age II Hebrew-Inscribed Bowl Excavated in Jerusalem

    08/19/2013 7:33:20 PM PDT · by lbryce · 12 replies
    PaleoJudaica ^ | August 19., 2013 | Staff
    Archaeological excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority in the area of the Gihon Spring in the City of David, in the Walls around Jerusalem National Park, have unearthed a layer of rich finds including thousands of broken pottery shards, clay lamps and figurines. Most intriguing is the recent discovery of a ceramic bowl with a partially preserved inscription in ancient Hebrew. While not complete, the inscription presents us with the name of a seventh century BCE figure, which resembles other names known to us from both the Biblical and archaeological record (see examples below) and providing us with a...
  • 3,000-year-old palace in Israel linked to biblical King David

    07/20/2013 10:54:27 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 18 replies
    NBC News ^ | 7-20-13 | Allen Boyle
    Israeli archaeologists say they have found the remains of a palace that they believe was a seat of power for the biblical King David — but other experts say that claim shouldn't be taken as the gospel truth. The discovery, announced on Thursday by the Israeli Antiquities Authority, revives a debate over one of the Bible's central stories as well as the origins of the ancient Jewish state. The debate focuses on an archaeological site known as Khirbet Qeiyafa, about 20 miles (30 kilometers) southwest of Jerusalem. Khirbet Qeiyafa has been associated with the ancient city of Sha'arayim, which is...
  • 2,750-year-old temple found near Jerusalem

    12/27/2012 9:47:49 AM PST · by Nachum · 41 replies
    Fox News ^ | 12/27/12 | Fox News
    Archaeologists have discovered a 2,750-year-old temple along with a cache of sacred artifacts, providing rare insight into religious practices at the time, the Israeli Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday. The temple was uncovered west of Jerusalem, at the Tel Motza archaeological site, in preparation for work on Highway 1. Among the finds are pottery figurines, fragments of chalices and decorated pedestals, which indicate the site was the stomping ground of a ritual cult. "The ritual building at Tel Motza is an unusual and striking find, in light of the fact that there are hardly any remains of ritual buildings of the...
  • Report: Waqf Continues to Destroy Jewish Antiquities

    12/25/2012 1:44:45 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 34 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 25/12/12 | Elad Benari
    The Muslim Waqf is continuing to destroy Jewish antiquities on the Temple Mount in a direct violation of a ruling by the Supreme Court, a new report released Monday finds. The author of the report, archaeologist Tzachi Zweig-Devira, told Arutz Sheva that his report is based on a personal visit he made to the Temple Mount. At the eastern part of the Temple Mount, said Zweig-Devira, there is a pile of dirt and antiquities, which he documented the Waqf moving without supervision of an official from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). This, he said, is a direct violation of a...
  • Authorities: vandals buried objects at Ohio mound (A real tin-foil alert)

    11/15/2012 5:52:16 AM PST · by xzins · 22 replies
    WKBN Radio ^ | 11/06 10:22 am
    Authorities are seeking people they say vandalized an ancient snake-shaped Serpent Mound by burying what may be hundreds of small muffin-like resin objects at the southern Ohio earthworks. The Columbus Dispatch reports that the objects buried at the 63-acre Native American site in Peebles were embedded with aluminum foil and quartz crystal. Three have been found so far. The Ohio Historical Society says a YouTube video posted by a group calling itself Unite the Collective shows people running across the earthworks. It includes comments by individuals describing themselves as "light warriors" who say they planted the objects to "help lift...
  • Massive Gold Trove Sparks Archeological Dispute

    06/21/2012 5:36:03 PM PDT · by Theoria · 24 replies
    Spiegel Online ^ | 21 June 2012 | Matthias Schulz
    A 3,300-year-old treasure trove of gold found in northern Germany has stumped German archeologists. One theory suggests that traders transported it thousands of miles from a mine in Central Asia, but other experts are skeptical. Archeologists in Germany have an unlikely new hero: former Chancellor Gerhard Schröder. They have nothing but praise for the cigar-smoking veteran Social Democratic politician. Why? Because it was Schröder who, together with Russian leader Vladimir Putin, pushed through a plan to pump Russian natural gas to Western Europe. For that purpose, an embankment 440 kilometers (275 miles) long and up to 30 meters (100 feet)...
  • Two cleared of faking Jesus-era box

    03/15/2012 3:52:46 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 6 replies
    Seven years of trial, evidence from dozens of experts and a 475-page verdict has come no nearer to discovering whether the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James is authentic or a fake. A Jerusalem judge, citing reasonable doubt, acquitted Israeli collector Oded Golan, who was charged with forging the inscription on the box once hailed as the first physical link to Christ.
  • Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown (Greek Mercenary Helmet, Circa 600 B.C.)

    02/28/2012 9:07:41 PM PST · by DogByte6RER · 24 replies · 2+ views
    Live Science ^ | 28 February 2012 | Owen Jarus, LiveScience Contributor
    Found: Ancient Warrior's Helmet, Owner Unknown A Greek bronze helmet, covered with gold leaf and decorated with snakes, lions and a peacock's tail (or palmette), has been discovered in the waters of Haifa Bay in Israel. But how this helmet ended up at the bottom of the bay is a mystery. The helmet dates back around 2,600 years and likely belonged to a wealthy Greek mercenary who took part in a series of wars, immortalized in the Bible, which ravaged the region at that time. Archaeologists believe that he likely fought for an Egyptian pharaoh named Necho II. Dredging discovery...
  • Armed robbery at ancient Olympia, minister quits

    02/17/2012 5:14:43 AM PST · by nuconvert · 10 replies · 1+ views
    Greek Culture Minister Pavlos Geroulanos resigned on Friday after masked armed robbers stole more than 60 objects of "incalculable" value, including a gold ring, from a museum in ancient Olympia. Sixty-eight objects were whisked from a museum dedicated to the ancient Olympic Games after two masked men immobilised the museum's sole female guard as she arrived for her early morning shift, officials said.
  • Why Dr Hawass Resigned [ Egyptian Minister For Antiquities !!! ]

    07/17/2011 7:03:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 55 replies
    Dr. Hawass' weblog ^ | Sunday, July 17, 2011
    "I am leaving because of a variety of important reasons. The first reason is that, during the Revolution of January 25th, the Egyptian Army protected our heritage sites and the Egyptian Museum in Cairo. However, in the last 10 days the army has left these posts because it has other tasks to do. The group now in charge of the protection of these sites is the Tourist Police, but there are no Tourist Police to do this either. Therefore, what happens? Egyptian criminals, thieves (you know, in every revolution bad people always appear…), have begun to destroy tombs. They damaged...
  • Unemployed Archaeologists Mob Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities

    02/17/2011 11:00:09 AM PST · by JoeProBono · 21 replies
    nationalgeographic ^ | February 15, 2011
    News organizations report that more than a hundred demonstrators gathered outside the Cairo office of Zahi Hawass, Egypt's Minister of Antiquities, demanding jobs. "Not since Indiana Jones have archaeologists seemed quite so belligerent," Sky News reported on its website. A protester, center-left, and an army soldier policing the protest, center-right, gesture to about 150 graduates of archaeology schools as they demonstrate outside the office of Antiquities Minister Zahi Hawass, seeking jobs and accusing the minister of corruption, in Cairo, Egypt Monday, Feb. 14, 2011. The graduates argued that Egypt's tourism industry is a major foreign currency earner yet it was...
  • King Tut statue among missing Egypt treasures, minister says

    02/13/2011 8:28:09 PM PST · by Red Badger · 43 replies
    CNN NEWS WIRE ^ | 13 Feb 2011 | Staff
    Cairo, Egypt (CNN) -- At least 17 artifacts from the Egyptian Museum of Cairo are missing following a break-in, the country's minister of antiquities said Sunday. The missing objects include a gilded wood statue of King Tutankhamun being carried by a goddess; parts of a gilded wood statue of Tutankhamun harpooning; a limestone statue of Akhenaten; a statue of Nefertiti making offerings; a sandstone head of an Amarna princess; a stone statuette of a scribe from Amarna; 1 wooden shabti statuettes of Yuya; and a heart scarab of Yuya. The discovery that the ancient treasures are missing came after museum...
  • Ancient Treasures Looted, Destroyed in Egypt's Chaos (Zahi Hawass interview)

    01/30/2011 10:42:21 PM PST · by pillut48 · 45 replies
    NatGeo ^ | January 30, 2011 | David Braun
    Archaeologist Zahi Hawass, Secretary General of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, reports that several of the country's museums have been attacked by looters taking advantage of the political turmoil in the country. In the Egyptian Museum in Cairo, looters stole jewelry from the museum shop and smashed a statue of Tutankhamun and other artifacts. In a Sinai store containing antiquities from the Port Said Museum, "a large group, armed with guns and a truck, entered the store, opened the boxes in the magazine and took the precious objects. Other groups attempted to enter the Coptic Museum, Royal Jewellery Museum, National...
  • Looters Destroy Mummies in Egyptian Museum: Official

    01/29/2011 1:34:02 PM PST · by lbryce · 49 replies
    Reuters ^ | january 29, 2011 | Staff
    Looters broke into the Egyptian Museum during anti-government protests late Friday and destroyed two Pharaonic mummies, Egypt's top archaeologist told state television. The museum in central Cairo, which has the world's biggest collection of Pharaonic antiquities, is adjacent to the headquarters of the ruling National Democratic Party that protesters had earlier set ablaze. Flames were seen still pouring out of the party headquarters early Saturday. "I felt deeply sorry today when I came this morning to the Egyptian Museum and found that some had tried to raid the museum by force last night," Zahi Hawass, chairman of the Supreme Council...
  • Egypt Threatens Removal of Ancient Central Park Obelisk

    01/08/2011 3:58:28 PM PST · by JoeProBono · 44 replies
    livescience ^ | 06 January 2011 | Andrea Leontiou
    Since 1881, the obelisk known as Cleopatra's Needle has stood in New York's Central Park, but a letter from the secretary general of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities indicates that this may change if the monument is not taken better care of. Recently, Zahi Hawass, the aforementioned secretary general and archaeologist, wrote to the Central Park Conservancy and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg to inform them that if steps are not taken to protect the obelisk, it would be removed. "I am glad that this monument has become such an integral part of New York City, but I am...
  • Mesopotamia Between Yesterday & Today! (Eastern Liberty)

    10/24/2010 11:50:19 AM PDT · by Mister Ghost · 1 replies
    Eastern Liberty ^ | Friday, October 22, 2010 | Freedom
    I had the opportunity to visit the Iraqi museum in Baghdad before fallen at 2003 & it was days before the war! And every time when I see our ancient monuments in other countries, I don't feel happy about it, but in same time I feel that they are more safe than here because I know if those were here in Iraq they would be destroyed or disappeared. This glory for mesopotamia gave us different picture of Iraq, it isn't the picture of bombing cars, or seeing blood in streets, or "terrorism"...etc, [...] Iraq has a rich civilization through history,...
  • Discovery of ancient cave paintings in Petra stuns art scholars

    08/21/2010 11:41:07 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 35 replies ^ | 22 Aug 2010 | Dalya Alberge
    Spectacular 2,000-year-old Hellenistic-style wall paintings have been revealed at the world heritage site of Petra through the expertise of British conservation specialists. The paintings, in a cave complex, had been obscured by centuries of black soot, smoke and greasy substances, as well as graffiti. Experts from the Courtauld Institute in London have now removed the black grime, uncovering paintings whose "exceptional" artistic quality and sheer beauty are said to be superior even to some of the better Roman paintings at Herculaneum that were inspired by Hellenistic art. Virtually no Hellenistic paintings survive today, and fragments only hint at antiquity's lost...
  • Letter to President Over Potential Plans to Lock-Up Millions of Acres of Western Land

    02/19/2010 10:58:51 PM PST · by marsh2 · 33 replies · 862+ views
    Natural Resources Committee - Republicans ^ | Feb. 18, 2010 | Jill Strait or Spencer Pederson (Doc Hastings) Hastings, Bishop Send Letter to President Over Potential Plans to Lock-Up Millions of Acres of Western Land Internal Document Reveals Administration Looking to Designate over a Dozen New National Monuments in the West WASHINGTON, D.C., Feb 18 - A recently obtained internal document from the U.S. Department of the Interior shows the Obama Administration is covertly considering designating up to 17 new National Monuments under the Antiquities Act. In addition, it shows that the Administration is also targeting thousands of acres of private land for potential acquisition by the federal government. The proposed designations and acquisitions would lock-up at...
  • Archeologist finds 3,000-year old Hebrew text

    10/30/2008 6:37:54 PM PDT · by george76 · 46 replies · 1,644+ views
    CNN ^ | October 30, 2008
    An Israeli archaeologist has discovered what he says is the earliest-known Hebrew text, found on a shard of pottery that dates to the time of King David from the Old Testament, about 3,000 years ago. Professor Yosef Garfinkel of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem says the inscribed pottery shard -- known as an ostracon -- was found during excavations of a fortress from the 10th century BC. Carbon dating of the ostracon, along with pottery analysis, dates the inscription to time of King David, about a millennium earlier than the famous Dead Sea Scrolls, the university said. The shard contains...
  • '2,000-year-old Jesus box' may not be a fake, as Jerusalem forgery trial nears collapses

    10/29/2008 7:42:25 PM PDT · by BGHater · 66 replies · 2,150+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | 30 Oct 2008 | Daily Mail
    A judge is set to throw out charges against experts accused of faking a stone box that claimed to offer the first physical proof of the existence of Christ - raising the possibility once again that it could be genuine. The discovery of the 2,000-year-old ossuary, or bone box, bearing the words, 'James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus', was regarded as one of the greatest archaeological discoveries when it emerged nearly a decade ago. Fake or genuine: Men accused of forging an inscription of the 'Jesus Box' could be released The disputed inscription on the 'Jesus Box' But other...
  • Greece welcomes home Parthenon marble from Italy

    09/26/2008 6:02:19 PM PDT · by eleni121 · 20 replies · 637+ views
    Reuters ^ | Sept. 24, 2008 | Daniel Flynn and Renee Maltezou
    ATHENS (Reuters Life!) - Greece welcomed home a small fragment of the Parthenon marbles on Wednesday and expressed hope the gesture by the Italian government would prompt Britain to return its own prized collection of Greek sculpture
  • Japanese team finds ancient Egyptian coffins (from the Middle Kingdom, 2 are ~4000 years old)

    02/10/2007 11:37:43 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 33 replies · 1,607+ views
    AFP on Yahoo ^ | 2/10/07 | AFP
    CAIRO (AFP) - A Japanese archeological team has discovered three painted wooden coffins in Egypt, including two from the little-known Middle Kingdom period dating back more than 4,000 years. The sarcophagi were found in tomb shafts in the vast Saqqara necropolis south of Cairo, Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said on Saturday. "It is significant because of the discovery of two sarcophagi from the Middle Kingdom," said Japanese team leader Sakuji Yoshimori. The Saqqara burial grounds which date back to 2,700 BC and are dominated by the massive bulk of King Zoser's step pyramid --...
  • Rare Greek antiquities go on display

    12/05/2006 4:33:38 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 10 replies · 440+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 12/5/06 | David Minthorn - ap
    NEW YORK - Warned that the barrage of Persian arrows would hide the sun at Thermopylae, the Spartan hero Dienekes replied with cool bravado, It will be pleasant to fight in the shade. Known for their terse, unflinching way of speaking, these consummate warriors from the Lakonia region of Greece were known as laconic, or sparing of words. The term also applies to their art. "Athens-Sparta," opening Wednesday at the Onassis Cultural Center, presents 289 archaeological artifacts from the paramount city states of ancient Greece to illustrate their very different social and artistic legacies. Athens lavishly encouraged artistic creativity, which...
  • Marine to return ancient signature seals to Iraq

    02/15/2005 2:17:41 AM PST · by ATOMIC_PUNK · 2 replies · 659+ views ^ | feb 15 2005 | PHILADELPHIA
    Marine to return ancient signature seals to Iraq PHILADELPHIA A U-S Marine who brought home seemingly cheap souvenirs from Iraq has turned them over to authorities after learning they are ancient stone seals used as signature stamps.The Marine paid a vendor a few hundred dollars for the eight seals, and had them examined by a university archaeologist upon his return. The seals were looted from an archaeological site near Babylon. They are about five-thousand years old and valued at two-thousand to five-thousand dollars each. U-S soldiers are allowed to bring back souvenirs and trinkets, but Assistant U-S Attorney Bob Goldman...
  • Iraq Antiquities Find Sparks Controversy

    04/11/2006 1:23:44 PM PDT · by blam · 16 replies · 879+ views
    Science Now ^ | 4-10-2006 | Sue Biggin - Andrew Lawler
    Iraq Antiquities Find Sparks Controversy By Sue Biggin and Andrew Lawler ScienceNOW Daily News 10 April 2006 TRIESTE, ITALY--Italian researchers in Iraq claim to have stumbled upon an important cache of ancient clay tablets in one of the world's oldest cities. But others dispute the claim, and Iraqi authorities say the scientists have been acting illegally. No archaeologist has been given permission to do excavations since the U.S. invasion in March 2003 toppled Saddam Hussein. But last month, Italy's National Research Council announced that it had discovered some 500 rare tablets on the surface of Eridu, a desert site in...
  • Ancient Synagogue Discovered in Ramallah Area

    02/07/2006 5:15:26 AM PST · by SJackson · 21 replies · 1,039+ views
    Arutz Sheva ^ | Feb 07, '06 | Scott Shiloh
    Three weeks ago, Israeli police found a mosaic floor in an Arab car. The Antiquities Authority has confirmed that the floor be belongs to a previously undiscovered synagogue in the Ramallah area. Researchers from the Israeli Antiquities Authority believe that the mosaic formed part of an ancient synagogue floor because it contained depictions of Jewish symbols, such as the base of a menorah (a seven branched candelabrum), a lulav (palm branch), and dates. Another, no less interesting feature of the mosaic, are the words “Shalom (peace) on Israel” which are inscribed on it. At first, researchers thought the thieves had...
  • Malaysian plan to cover Great Pyramid with Muslim nation flags hits snag

    12/29/2005 2:38:03 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 31 replies · 1,799+ views
    Associated Press | December 28, 2005
    KUALA LUMPUR, Malaysia -- Malaysian authorities suffered a setback Wednesday in their plan to send a 35-member team to drape Egypt's Great Pyramid at Giza with the flags of the world's 57 Muslim countries. The chairman of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, the body responsible for the Giza site, said in Cairo that he would not allow it to be draped. "This cannot take place," chairman Zahi Hawass said. "The pyramid cannot be draped by any person in this world. Nobody is allowed to do this." Malaysia's Defense Minister Najib Razak announced the project during a ceremony Tuesday, when...
  • U.S. terror victims want Iran antiquities

    12/13/2005 9:54:26 PM PST · by F14 Pilot · 3 replies · 402+ views
    CHICAGO, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- A group of U.S. victims of a Jerusalem terror bombing wants to seize Iranian antiquities at the University of Chicago for their pain and suffering. Two years ago, the group won a $71 million judgment against Iran for injuries in a 1997 Iranian-linked suicide bombing in Jerusalem. Iran has ignored the ruling, and the victims are now going after ancient clay tablets dating from about 500 B.C., held by the university's Oriental Institute. However, the institute is fighting the group, saying that setting a precedent by turning over the antiquities to the victims could endanger...
  • Art dealer sentenced to 20 months

    11/01/2005 2:20:39 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies · 704+ views
    Milwaukee Journal Sentinel ^ | Nov. 1, 2005 | GRAEME ZIELINSKI
    Before sentencing a Whitefish Bay art dealer on her second conviction stemming from an initial crime, a federal judge said Monday he hadn't really seen a "clear portrait" of the defendant and that what he did see was "impressionistic." But U.S. District Judge Charles N. Clevert Jr. said he had enough perspective to throw the book at Marilyn Karos, concluding that she had once more thumbed her nose at the law in the case that comprised a Libyan businessman, Renaissance-era astronomical devices, a hidden-camera videotape made at the Pfister Hotel and a Mob-style beat-down in the North Shore. Clevert sentenced...
  • Thracian Gold Found At Tatul Temple

    07/02/2005 4:24:31 PM PDT · by blam · 11 replies · 1,155+ views
    Thracian Gold Found at Tatul Temple 23-carat Thracian gold has emerged from the Tatul sanctuary in the Rhodopes. Photo by Lifestyle: 2 July 2005, Saturday. Archeologists have found a piece of 23-carat Thracian gold in south Bulgaria. The team was examining the Tatul sanctuary near Kardzhali when they picked the precious find. It was discovered in a layer from the Late Bronze Age. Experts believe that the piece was a part of a gold-trimmed stone mask. Tatul, an extremely rich archeological site, is expected to bring to the surface sensational finds, specialists say. They have already discovered a thin...
  • UNESCO worried about pillage of Iraqi archaeological sites

    06/29/2005 8:14:27 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 8 replies · 407+ views
    Middle East Times ^ | June 23, 2005
    PARIS -- UNESCO expressed concern on Wednesday about the pillage of archaeological sites in Iraq, part of the ancient region of Mesopotamia described as the cradle of civilization. "Illegal digs on archaeological sites unfortunately are continuing to destroy Iraq's heritage", said UNESCO director-general Koichiro Matsuura at a meeting of an international committee for the protection of Iraq's cultural heritage. "It is totally impossible to evaluate the number of objects illegally removed from archaeological sites, it is an inestimable loss for Iraq and for all of humanity," he said. Matsuura also warned that the installation of military bases on or near...
  • Ancient Egyptian Princess Head from 14th Century B.C. Listed on eBay

    06/25/2005 11:59:09 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 22 replies · 980+ views
    Business Wire ^ | June 25, 2005 | GazinAuctions
    Amazing Ancient Egyptian Princess Head from 14th Century B.C. to be Listed on eBay; Head is That of King Tut's Sister - First Time on the Market in More Than 50 Years LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 23, 2005--A rare Mansoor portrait sculpture of an 18th dynasty Amarna Princess (ca 1363-1364 B.C.) goes live on eBay, the world's largest online marketplace, June 23rd at 10 AM P.S.T. Previews of the piece are now viewable at . The beautiful, delicately carved pink limestone head was last sold more than 50 years ago by the legendary M.A. Mansoor, to a private collector, who...
  • Zoroastrianism - The World of the Wise Lord [Religion of the Persian Empire]

    05/31/2005 9:59:31 PM PDT · by freedom44 · 30 replies · 1,443+ views
    Persian Journal ^ | May 21, 2005 | Nazar Khan
    While browsing through the ancient Persian history, I was struck and fascinated by another subject Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism has not only made a major contribution to the ancient philosophical thought but has also had a deep imprint on the Persian history and culture. Since ages, man has been striving to search for the meaning and purpose of life. Two ancient philosophies threw up answers to this eternal quest. One came out of the Vedic thought of re-incarnation (samsara) which believed in perpetual cycles of life, death and re-birth. It believed that soul (atma) finally got liberated (moksha) based on man's good...
  • Digs at Archontiko, Pella uncover more gold-clad warriors

    02/23/2005 10:30:15 AM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 15 replies · 945+ views
    KATHIMERINI English Edition ^ | 2-23-05 | Iota Myrtsioti
    Finds in 141 tombs add to picture of ancient Macedonia Bronze helmet with gold decoration from a mid-sixth-century-BC warrior’s grave. Many Macedonian officers were buried in full armor, together with swords, spears and knives. By Iota Myrtsioti - Kathimerini The gold of the ancient Macedonians still gleams on the soldiers’ uniforms being unearthed by excavations in the ancient necropolis of Archontiko in Pella. Fully armed Macedonian aristocrats, gold-bedecked women in elaborate jewelry, faience idols and clay vases of exceptional beauty had lain concealed for centuries in 141 simple rectangular trench graves that were discovered recently in the ancient settlement. For...
  • New FBI Art Unit Recovers Looted Seals from Iraq

    02/16/2005 7:39:15 PM PST · by wagglebee · 23 replies · 827+ views
    Reuters ^ | 2/16/05 | Jon Hurdle
    PHILADELPHIA (Reuters) - The Federal Bureau of Investigation unveiled a new unit on Wednesday to tackle the multi-billion dollar market in stolen art and announced the FBI's first recovery of artifacts looted from Iraq after the U.S. invasion. The objects, eight Mesopotamian stone seals about 5,000 years old, were purchased in Iraq by a U.S. marine as a souvenir of his tour of duty. He handed them to the FBI in Philadelphia after an archeologist confirmed their authenticity and said they had been stolen from one of Iraq's many archeological sites. The soldier paid a trinket salesman about $300 for...
  • Forgery: Museums urged to take a new look at Bible-era relics

    01/01/2005 3:03:32 PM PST · by wagglebee · 14 replies · 847+ views
    Experts advised world museums to re-examine their Bible-era relics after Israel indicted four collectors and dealers on charges of forging items thought to be some of the most important artifacts discovered in recent decades. The indictments issued Wednesday labeled many such "finds" as fakes, including two that had been presented as the biggest biblical discoveries in the Holy Land - the purported burial box of Jesus' brother James and a stone tablet with written instructions by King Yoash on maintenance work at the ancient Jewish Temple. Shuka Dorfman, the head of the Israel Antiquities Authority, said that the scope of...
  • NYT: Israel Indicts 4 in 'Brother of Jesus' Hoax and Other Forgeries

    12/30/2004 10:01:34 AM PST · by OESY · 24 replies · 937+ views
    New York Times ^ | December 30, 2004 | GREG MYRE
    JERUSALEM, Dec. 29 - The Israeli police filed criminal indictments on Wednesday against four antiquities collectors, accusing them of forging biblical artifacts, many so skillfully that they fooled experts. Some were even celebrated briefly as being among the most significant Christian and Jewish relics ever unearthed. The police and the Israel Antiquities Authority said their investigation had focused on several major forgeries, including a limestone burial box, or ossuary, bearing an inscription that suggested that it held the remains of Jesus' brother James. The Antiquities Authority declared the ossuary a forgery last year. The authorities also described as counterfeit a...
  • Burial box of Jesus's brother is hoax, say experts

    12/24/2004 10:43:34 AM PST · by flitton · 14 replies · 851+ views
    timesonline ^ | 24/12/04 | Ian MacKinnon
    AN ISRAELI collector of antiquities who stunned the world with a find that he said was the burial container of Jesus’ “brother”, James, is to be charged with forgery. Justice Ministry officials said last night that Oded Golan would be indicted next week on a range of charges that would include forgery over an inscription on the stone container that carried the script in Aramaic reading: “James, son of Joseph, brother of Jesus”. Six others are also to be charged. The discovery of the ossuary in October 2002 was hailed as one of the great archaeological discoveries of the age...
  • Mother of Media Myths (Undoubtedly written by Paul Greenberg so you know it's great!)

    06/13/2003 5:58:15 PM PDT · by Durmundstrang · 15 replies · 516+ views
    The Arkansas Democrat-Gazette ^ | June 11, 2003 | Editorial
    What’s THE biggest media myth to come out of the Iraq? War and its messy aftermath? Forget Maureen Dowd’s attempt to trash George W. Bush by altering the president’s words. That kind of "journalism" has become just standard operating procedure at the New York Times. (" All the News Fit to Distort") No, for sheer, long-lasting stamina, we nominate the urban legend about the pillaging of Baghdad’s archaeological museum. Remember how it was supposed to have been emptied by looters? It was THE RAPE OF CIVILIZATION! The anguished comments from distinguished archaeologists sounded more like tabloid headlines. The Death of...
  • Archaeoligists: Iraqi Dam Threatens City

    02/05/2003 6:34:50 AM PST · by vannrox · 8 replies · 593+ views
    ABC News via AP ^ | Feb. 3 2003 | AP Editorial Staff
    Feb. 3 — An Iraqi dam under construction on the Tigris River threatens to submerge the remains of the spiritual capital of the ancient Assyrian empire in an act archaeologists liken to flooding the Vatican.Much of the city of Ashur, which thrived for more than 1,000 years until the Babylonians razed it in 614 B.C., could vanish under a lake to be created by the Makhoul dam, U.S. and European archaeologists said.More than 60 outlying historical sites are also threatened.Ashur, or Assur, was of such importance that it lent its name to the Assyrian civilization itself."Losing it would be...
  • In The Company of Grave Robbers

    08/03/2004 5:58:56 AM PDT · by sinanju · 1 replies · 560+ views
    Jerusalem Post ^ | July 29, 2004 | Lauren Gelfond Feldinger
    Ransacked West Bank antiquities turn into black-market gold On a small stone patio, surrounded by 2,000-year-old olive trees and piles of ancient pottery, Ahmed takes a deep breath as the smell of freshly slaughtered goat baked with okra and tomatoes wafts from his window. The ritual of sharing a homemade meal from an animal reared in his yard is nothing new for the herder-turned-grave-robber on days when his friends come to visit. To his left sits a once-affluent and significant Palestinian antiquities dealer in a pin-striped shirt, and to his right an Israeli antiquities hunter, who has ventured beyond the...
  • Mission to recover lost legacy in Kabul (Afghanistan) museum

    07/18/2004 12:19:26 AM PDT · by FairOpinion · 6 replies · 561+ views
    MSNBC ^ | July 15, 2004 | By Kiko Itasaka
    KABUL, Afghanistan - The Kabul Museum has been closed for some time, but the museum is on the road to recovery. It now has a roof, electricity, running water, and some precious works of art. The Taliban destroyed over 2,000 sculptures, leaving centuries of cultural heritage in fragments. A small portion of the museum's treasures were recently rediscovered in a bank vault located under the presidential palace in Kabul. The pieces, known as the Bactrin gold -- over 20,000 pieces of gold jewelry and ornaments over 2,000 years old -– were hidden by museum staff and sympathetic bank workers.
  • Calculating Christmas: The Story Behind December 25

    12/13/2003 4:59:44 AM PST · by rhema · 34 replies · 2,631+ views
    Touchstone ^ | 12/03 | William J. Tighe
    Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th because the church fathers appropriated the date of a pagan festival. Almost no one minds, except for a few groups on the fringes of American Evangelicalism, who seem to think that this makes Christmas itself a pagan festival. But it is perhaps interesting to know that the choice of December 25th is the result of attempts among the earliest Christians to figure out the date of Jesus’ birth based on calendrical calculations that had nothing to do with pagan festivals. Rather, the pagan festival of the “Birth of the...
  • Precious Iraq relics found in cesspool

    11/07/2003 8:09:11 AM PST · by presidio9 · 11 replies · 136+ views
    Reuters ^ | Friday, November 7, 2003
    <p>Two priceless pieces of Iraq's ancient heritage, looted from Baghdad's main museum in the chaotic days after Saddam Hussein's fall, have been recovered from a Baghdad cesspool, U.S. officials said.</p> <p>The Akkadian Bassetki, a copper statue of a seated man dating from 2300 BC, and an ancient Assyrian firebox that a king would have used to keep himself warm were recovered by police investigators, the authorities said Thursday.</p>
  • Egyptian Busted for Trying to Sell Mummy

    10/31/2003 12:18:16 PM PST · by JohnHuang2 · 25 replies · 275+ views
    Associated Press | Friday, October 31, 2003
    Egyptian Busted for Trying to Sell Mummy .c The Associated Press CAIRO, Egypt (AP) - A senior Egyptian official and six other government employees have been arrested for trying to sell a mummy to an undercover officer, police said Friday. The seven, all employed at the Agriculture Ministry, were arrested Thursday while negotiating with an officer posing as an antiquities dealer. They are believed to have excavated the mummy recently in an illegal dig in Beni Suef, 60 miles south of Cairo, and had hidden it in a government-owned truck, police said. Most sales of Egyptian antiquities are illegal under...