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  • Mystery black sarcophagus opened in Egypt

    07/19/2018 7:30:12 PM PDT · by BBell · 62 replies
    Two weeks ago, archaeologists in Egypt found a massive black granite sarcophagus in Alexandria, untouched for 2,000 years - and fleet-footed rumour quickly got to work. Could it contain the remains of ancient Greek leader Alexander the Great, or (less appealingly) a deadly curse? According to experts who have now unsealed it, it's a no to both. Instead, it revealed three skeletons and red-brown sewage water, which gave off an unbearable stench.Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities had appointed a committee of archaeologists to open the relic, which was unearthed at a construction site. According to Egyptian news outlet El-Watan, they initially...
  • Wealthy liberal plunders refuge to furnish estate

    05/25/2008 8:52:52 AM PDT · by docbnj · 24 replies · 1,424+ views
    Vineyard Gazette ^ | 23 May 2008 | Mike Seccombe
    [Martha's Vineyard] The Sheriff’s Meadow Foundation this week issued a public apology and launched an overhaul of its land management practices following the revelation that large numbers of trees and other plants had been dug up from two of its preserves and used to landscape an exclusive private property on the North Shore. *** The two foundation properties, the Caroline Tuthill Preserve in Edgartown and the Priscilla Hancock Meadow in Chilmark, were left damaged by heavy earth moving equipment brought in by contractors hired to landscape the 30-acre property of Dirk Ziff near Lambert’s Cove in West Tisbury.
  • Amazon Jungle Once Home to Millions More Than Previously Thought

    03/28/2018 6:20:07 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 13 replies
    nationalgeographic.com ^ | By Erin Blakemore | By Erin Blakemore
    Forget small nomadic tribes and pristine jungle: the southern Amazon was likely covered in a network of large villages and ceremonial centers before Columbus. Geoglyphs in the southern Amazon are evidence of a once-thriving population. Photograph courtesy of University of Exeter ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Before Spanish invaders conquered South America, sparse groups of nomadic people clustered around the Amazon River, leaving the surrounding rain forest pristine and untouched. Or did they? New research suggests a very different story—an Amazonian region peppered with rain forest villages, ceremonial earthworks, and a much larger population than previously thought. The research, funded in part by the...
  • 'Pit bull' Lawyer and Former Marine Hunts Down World's Stolen Treasures

    11/25/2017 10:48:09 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 5 replies
    The National ^ | November 25, 2017 | Rob Crilly
    Assistant Manhattan district attorney Matthew Bogdanos has recovered antiquities from looters, museums, auction houses and the homes of wealthyThe ancient marble sculpture had made its way from Lebanon to New York, via a well-trodden path of dealers and collectors. And there it might have remained if it were not for a tenacious Manhattan prosecutor who spotted it in an old copy of House & Garden magazine dating from 1998 which featured homes built to show off art collections. The caption described how the master bathroom was decorated with a “breathtakingly beautiful” marble torso. A search warrant issued last month describes...
  • 3,000 years ago, it ruled the Mideast, now blown to pieces

    12/31/2016 9:21:11 AM PST · by rktman · 47 replies
    hosted.ap.org ^ | 12/31/2016 | LORI HINNANT
    The chilly December wind whipped rain across the strewn wreckage of a city that, nearly 3,000 years ago, ruled almost the entire Middle East. Rivulets of water ran through the dirt, washing away chunks of ancient stone. The city of Nimrud in northern Iraq is in pieces, victim of the Islamic State group's fervor to erase history. The remains of its palaces and temples, once lined in brilliant reliefs of gods and kings, have been blown up. The statues of winged bulls that once guarded the site are hacked to bits. Its towering ziggurat, or step pyramid, has been bulldozed.
  • Replica of Syrian arch destroyed by Isis unveiled in New York City [Baal]

    09/25/2016 3:29:24 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 17 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | 20 September 2016 | Raya Jalabi
    Model of Palmyra’s Arch of Triumph, an 1,800-year-old Roman arch blown up by the extremist group last year, was made using 3D printing technology The arch historically served as the entrance to the 2,000 Temple of Baal, which was then converted to a Christian church and finally, a mosque. First put on display in Trafalgar Square in London last April, it will stay at City Hall park for one week, before moving to its next destination, Dubai. The 11-tonne arch was placed in the small park directly outside of New York’s city hall, in the heart of the financial district....
  • ISIS barbarians destroy 2,000-year-old 'Gate of God' close to their Iraqi stronghold

    04/17/2016 6:22:45 PM PDT · by DeathBeforeDishonor1 · 24 replies
    Mirror UK ^ | 4/17/16 | JEREMY ARMSTRONG
    ISIS barbarians have destroyed a 2,000-year-old gate close to their Iraqi stronghold of Mosul. The breathtaking structure is known as the Gate of God, and used to guard the ancient Assyrian city Nineveh. The destruction of the ancient structure, also called the Mashki Gate, has been confirmed by the British Institute for the Study of Iraq, and the Antiquities Department in Baghdad has not denied the demolition. The terrorists demolished the ancient gate using military equipment, according to activists in Mosul. ISIS thugs have destroyed many of Iraqi historic sites and monuments, including the Assyrian city of Nimrud, the Winged...
  • Palmyra is retaken from ISIS, but we may never know how much the world has lost

    03/28/2016 4:32:20 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 8 replies
    Hotair ^ | 03/28/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    In a season filled with far too much tragedy there was at least a small bit of good news this week. Syrian forces claim to have retaken the ancient city of Palmyra from ISIS. Given the historical significance of the site, this a welcome development indeed, but there are now new questions to be answered about how much destruction the terrorists inflicted on the region and what the intentions are of those who now control it. (NPR) State media are reporting that Syrian government forces are now in full control of the historic city of Palmyra, which has been...
  • Can someone tell me if they ever heard of the Enoch Tablets or the two stelae?

    01/11/2016 3:12:40 PM PST · by cradle of freedom · 19 replies
    I have heard something about two tablets that were supposedly written by Enoch or Seth. Have you heard about this? They were supposed to have been written before the flood. I read about this some years ago and have forgotten the details.
  • 'Rhodesgate': Campaign To Remove Rhodes statue 'Is Like Isil's Destruction of Antiques', Says..

    12/22/2015 10:07:53 PM PST · by Steelfish · 10 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | December 22, 2015 | Javier Espinoza, and Gordon Rayner
    'Rhodesgate': Campaign To Remove Rhodes statue 'Is Like Isil's Destruction of Antiques', Says Oxford Don The campaign to remove a Cecil Rhodes statue from Oriel College is like Isil’s destruction of antiquities because it is showing no respect for history, a prominent Oxford emeritus fellow has said By Javier Espinoza, 22 Dec 2015 The campaign to remove a Cecil Rhodes statue from Oriel College is like Isil’s destruction of antiquities, a prominent Rhodes scholar has said. “I am comparing what the [Rhodes Must Fall] movement are doing with what Al Qaeda and Isis are doing in places like Mali when...
  • Three Ways ISIS Gets Its Money

    11/19/2015 2:14:11 PM PST · by afraidfortherepublic · 12 replies
    Fox Nation ^ | 11-19-15 | Caroline Nyce, National Journal
    Kidnappings, antiquities trafficking, and private donations. Those are three, though certainly not the only three, of the ways that the Islamic State, or “ISIS,” the terrorist organization responsible for the attacks in Paris, funds its violent operation. While much of its funding comes from oil sales, the group has also resorted to capturing individuals in an attempt to extract payment for their safe return. The group has kidnapped Americans and others, and in cases when payment was not made, gruesomely murdered them and released the videos on the Internet. ISIS has kidnapped “multihundreds, if not thousands of victims,” John Cassara,...
  • Ancient winery discovered in central Israel region during storm

    10/27/2015 1:29:46 PM PDT · by Lera · 14 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 10/26/2015 | DANIEL K. EISENBUD
    Large 1,500-year-old winepress unearthed in area once known for wine production. A large, well-preserved 1,500-year-old winery has been exposed during a violent storm in the Sharon Plain region, located between the Mediterranean Sea and Samarian Hills, the Antiquities Authority announced Monday. According to IAA archeologist Alla Nagorski, the discovery was made off the Eyal Interchange several weeks ago when flooding and hail disrupted an excavation at the site, where natural gas lines are scheduled to be embedded. The northern part of the Sharon Plain is considered the most historical wine region in Israel, and is where the first roots of...
  • Exclusive: Feds Investigate Hobby Lobby Boss for Illicit Artifacts

    10/27/2015 6:37:21 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 56 replies
    thedailybeast.com ^ | October 26, 2015 | Candida Moss Joel Baden
    One of America’s most famously Christian businesses is amassing a vast collection of Biblical antiquities. The problem is some of them may have been looted from the Middle East. In 2011, a shipment of somewhere between 200 to 300 small clay tablets on their way to Oklahoma City from Israel was seized by U.S. Customs agents in Memphis. The tablets were inscribed in cuneiform—the script of ancient Assyria and Babylonia, present-day Iraq—and were thousands of years old. Their destination was the compound of the Hobby Lobby corporation, which became famous last year for winning a landmark Supreme Court case on...
  • ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years -

    08/19/2015 4:52:42 AM PDT · by nuconvert · 35 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | August 18, 2015
    ISIS beheads Palmyra antiquities expert in the ancient city where he had worked for 50 years - then hangs his body from a column Islamic State militants have beheaded an antiquities scholar in an ancient Syrian city and hung his body on a column in a main square. The family of Khaled Asaad are said to have been told that the 82-year-old scholar who worked for more than 50 years as head of antiquities in Palmyra was executed by ISIS yesterday. Mr Asaad had been detained and interrogated for over a month by the ultra-radical Sunni Muslim militants, according to...
  • ISIL advances on Syria's ancient city of Palmyra

    05/16/2015 2:30:23 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 13 replies
    Al Jazeera ^ | May 16, 2015 | Various
    Governor of Homs province, where city is located, says army has sent reinforcements and is bombing fighters from air.Fighters belonging to the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) have advanced on Syria's ancient city of Palmyra, one of the Middle East's most famous UNESCO heritage sites, with fierce clashes taking place close to the city's historic citadel. Photos circulating on social media sites on Saturday appeared to show intense clashes near the 13th century citadel of Fakhr-al-Din al-Ma'ani as ISIL fighters engaged the Syrian military. Talal Barazi, the governor of central Homs province, where the city is located,...
  • Fears for Palmyra, the archaeological jewel of the Middle East which Islamists want to [tr]

    05/15/2015 6:30:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 8 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 15, 2015 | Ted Thornhill
    Islamic State terrorists advanced to the gates of ancient Palmyra on Thursday, raising fears the Syrian world heritage site could face destruction of the kind the jihadists have already wreaked in Iraq. As it overran nearby villages, IS executed 26 civilians - 10 of whom were beheaded - for 'collaborating with the regime,' the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said. Irina Bokova, head of the UN's cultural body UNESCO, called on Syrian troops and extremists to spare Palmyra, saying it 'represents an irreplaceable treasure for the Syrian people, and the world.'
  • The men who uncovered Assyria

    03/23/2015 7:27:08 PM PDT · by Lorianne · 5 replies
    BBC ^ | 22 March 2015 | Daniel Silas Adamson
    Two of the ancient cities now being destroyed by Islamic State lay buried for 2,500 years, it was only 170 years ago that they began to be dug up and stripped of their treasures. The excavations arguably paved the way for IS to smash what remained - but also ensured that some of the riches of a lost civilisation were saved. In 1872, in a backroom of the British Museum, a man called George Smith spent the darkening days of November bent over a broken clay tablet. It was one of thousands of fragments from recent excavations in northern Iraq,...
  • What happened to Jewish Holy Sites, places of worship in Jerusalem in 1948?

    03/20/2004 3:10:40 PM PST · by dennisw · 13 replies · 504+ views
      What happened to Jewish Holy Sites and places of worship in lands controlled by the Arabs? On May 28, 1948 the Arab Legion completed the capture of the Jewish Quarter of the Old City of Jerusalem, the site of numerous ancient synagogues and the Western Wall of the Temple, destroyed by the Romans in the year 70 AD. These were and remain the holiest sites in the Jewish religion.After the Jewish Quarter of Jerusalem was captured, the destruction, desecration and systematic looting of Jewish sites began and continued. 57 ancient synagogues (the oldest dated to the 13th century), libraries...
  • Watch: ISIS fighters destroy ancient sculptures in sledgehammer rampage

    02/26/2015 5:49:21 AM PST · by Wiz-Nerd · 29 replies
    Jerusalem Post ^ | 02/26/2015 | Reuters
    BAGHDAD - Islamic State militants in northern Iraq have destroyed a collection of statues and sculptures dating back thousands of years, according to a video published online in the name of the radical Islamist group. The video showed the statues, some identified as antiquities from Iraq's 7th century BC Assyrian era, being toppled, smashed and broken up by sledgehammer. A man shown in the video said they were being destroyed because they promoted idolatry. "The Prophet ordered us to get rid of statues and relics, and his companions did the same when they conquered countries after him," the unidentified man...
  • Italy seizes more than 5,000 looted antiquities in record haul

    01/25/2015 1:33:45 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    France24 ^ | 22 January 2015 | AFP
    The Italian government on Wednesday said police had seized more than 5,000 ancient artefacts in a record 45-million-euro haul after dismantling a Swiss-Italian trafficking ring. Culture Minister Dario Franceschini said it was the country's "largest discovery yet" of looted works and consisted of 5,361 pieces, including vases, jewellery, frescoes and bronze statues, all dating from the 8th century BC to the 3rd century AD. The archaeological treasures came from illegal digs across Italy and "will be returned to where they were found", the minister told reporters. Police said the items were worth around 45 million euros ($52 million) and were...