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  • Incredible skeletal remains of 'Catholic saints' dug up, still dripping in gems and jewellery

    09/06/2013 7:15:37 AM PDT · by Alex Murphy · 505 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 6 September 2013 | Daily Mail Reporter
    A relic hunter dubbed 'Indiana Bones' has lifted the lid on a macabre collection of 400-year-old jewel-encrusted skeletons unearthed in churches across Europe. Art historian Paul Koudounaris hunted down and photographed dozens of gruesome skeletons in some of the world's most secretive religious establishments. Incredibly, some of the skeletons, said to be the remains of early Christian martyrs, were even found hidden away in lock-ups and containers. They are now the subject of a new book, which sheds light on the forgotten ornamented relics for the first time. Thousands of skeletons were dug up from Roman catacombs in the 16th...
  • Africa is Archaeologically Rich

    08/24/2013 10:41:32 AM PDT · by Jandy on Genesis · 6 replies
    http://jandyongenesis.blogspot.com ^ | August 24, 2013 | Alice C. Linsley
    The oldest human artifacts have been found in Africa. Two regions in particular have yielded archaeological riches: Sudan and southern Africa. Sudan has more pyramids than Egypt, in places like Nuri and Bijrawiyah, though they are smaller and not as old. In the town of Sedeinga in northern Sudan, 35 small pyramids have been excavated in the past few years. Twin pyramids and a sphinx have also been found in Niger, suggesting a pyramid building culture that extending from the Nile to the Niger River Basin at a time when the Saharan was wetter. Other important artifacts of Sudan include...
  • African Coins Found In Australia: 1,000-Year-Old Discovery May Rewrite Country's History

    05/22/2013 8:07:24 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies
    International Business Times ^ | 5-20-2013 | Zoe Mintz
    Australians may need to rewrite their history textbooks. A new archaeological expedition may prove that the continent may have been discovered earlier than previously thought. Ian McIntosh, professor of anthropology at Indiana University, says he plans on visiting the location where five African coins were found in Australia’s Northern Territory in 1944 that have proven to be 1,000 years old, AAP reports. “Multiple theses have been put forward by noted scholars, and the major goal is to piece together more of the puzzle. Is a shipwreck involved? Are there more coins? All options are on the table, but only the...
  • Stunning Byzantine Mosaic Uncovered in Israel

    05/13/2013 9:01:30 AM PDT · by EveningStar · 21 replies
    LiveScience ^ | May 13, 2013 | Jeanna Bryner
    Archaeologists have uncovered an "extraordinary" mosaic that would've been used as the floor of a public building during the Byzantine Period in what is today Israel, the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.
  • Famed Roman Shipwreck Could Be Two

    02/09/2013 4:57:18 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    LiveScience ^ | January 5, 2013 | Stephanie Pappas
    A dive to the undersea cliff where a famous Roman shipwreck rests has turned up either evidence that the wreck is enormous -- or a suggestion that, not one, but two sunken ships are resting off the Greek island of Antikythera... The Antikythera wreck is famed for the massive number of artifacts pulled from the site over the past century. First discovered in the early 1900s by local sponge divers, the wreck is most famous for the Antikythera mechanism, a complex bronze gear device used to calculate astronomical positions (and perhaps the timing of the Olympic games). Numerous bronze and...
  • Was there a church in Mecca? ... Christian figure discovered at holy site in Yemen

    12/29/2012 2:05:01 PM PST · by george76 · 32 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 December 2012
    Archaeologists have discovered the ruins of a buried Christian empire in the highlands of Yemen, leading to theories that there may have once been a church in Mecca. A stone carving of a Christian figure was found in Zafar, some 581 miles south of Mecca, and is thought to have been made in the era of the Prophet Muhammad. Paul Yule, an archaeologist from Heidelberg in Germany, has dated the 5feet 7inch tall relief which shows a man with chains of jewellery, curls and spherical eyes to around 530AD. ... The figure is barefoot, which was typical of Coptic saints....
  • Museums on high alert for ancient Egyptian loot

    02/02/2011 2:51:34 PM PST · by DeoVindiceSicSemperTyrannis · 7 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | January 2011 | Mohammed Abbas Mohammed Abbas
    LONDON (Reuters) – International museums are on high alert for looted Egyptian artifacts and some archaeologists have even offered to fly to the country to help safeguard its ancient treasures, museums said on Wednesday. Egypt has been rocked by an unprecedented nine days of demonstrations against President Hosni Mubarak's 30-year-rule, and fears are high for the country's priceless heritage after looters broke into the Egyptian Museum in Cairo last week...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Senator: Artifacts held by Yale belong to Peru

    06/09/2010 9:35:16 AM PDT · by JoeProBono · 24 replies · 56+ views
    hosted ^ | Jun 9 | JOHN CHRISTOFFERSEN
    NEW HAVEN, Connecticut (AP) -- Sen. Christopher Dodd says Inca artifacts removed from Machu Picchu nearly a century ago and held by Yale University belong to the people of Peru.....
  • Evangelists claim Noahs Ark Found

    04/27/2010 9:29:08 AM PDT · by marstegreg · 84 replies · 3,758+ views
    World Net Daily ^ | April 27, 2010 | Joe Kovacs
    This story contains much more information and additional photos than The Sun.
  • Noah's Ark found in Turkey

    04/27/2010 8:28:30 AM PDT · by evets · 267 replies · 7,497+ views
    THE SUN ^ | TODAY | STAFF REPORTER
    The remains of Noah's Ark have been discovered 13,000ft up a Turkish mountain, it has been claimed. A group of Chinese and Turkish evangelical explorers say they have found wooden remains on Mount Ararat in eastern Turkey. They claim carbon dating proves the relics are 4,800 years old — around the same time the ark was said to be afloat. Yeung Wing-Cheung, from the Noah's Ark Ministries International research team, said: "It's not 100 per cent that it is Noah's Ark, but we think it is 99.9 per cent that this is it." He said the structure contained several compartments,...
  • King David Era Pottery Shard Supports Biblical Narrative

    01/08/2010 10:11:01 AM PST · by Nachum · 9 replies · 1,143+ views
    INN ^ | 1/8/10 | Avi Yellin
    (IsraelNN.com) A breakthrough in the research of the Hebrew Scriptures has shed new light on the period in which the Bible books of the Prophets were written. Professor Gershon Galil of the Department of Biblical Studies at the University of Haifa has deciphered an inscription dating from the 10th century BCE (the period of King David’s reign) and has proven the inscription to be ancient Hebrew, thus making it the earliest known example of Hebrew writing. The significance of this breakthrough relates to the fact that at least some of the Biblical scriptures are now proven to have been composed...
  • From Ur's Royal Tombs

    12/30/2009 9:01:56 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies · 659+ views
    Wall St Journal ^ | December 28, 2009 | Julia M. Klein
    Crammed into a single large gallery, the Penn Museum show -- filled with delicate cylinder seals and alabaster pots, and glittering strings of gold, carnelian and lapis lazuli beads -- is at once frustratingly old-fashioned and deliberately retro in its design. Musical selections from the expedition's record collection play in the background. The texts are well-written but long and somewhat dense. They are supplemented by archival and contemporary images of the site and computer terminals displaying the exhibition's Web site and other Web resources and offering visitors a chance to "live blog" about the show.
  • Near Army construction site in Germany, a trove of ancient Roman artifacts

    09/24/2009 10:15:27 PM PDT · by Jet Jaguar · 14 replies · 828+ views
    Stars and Stripes ^ | September 24, 2009 | By Mark Patton
    WIESBADEN, Germany — A team of archaeology students and experts believe they have unearthed remnants of a Roman settlement from the second or third century near the construction site of an Army housing project, but the discovery isn’t expected to affect the project. The team, from nearby Mainz University, discovered a Roman coin, pieces of pottery, roof tiles, decorated bricks and 23 pieces of raw lead. The students also believe they have found the wall outlines of a building. "We think it’s from the first to third century after Christ," said Dr. Guntram Schwitalla, a district archaeologist in Hessen. "If...
  • EPA Says It Will Toss Artifacts from Historic 18th Century Fort into a Landfill

    08/18/2009 10:33:27 AM PDT · by Nachum · 28 replies · 1,584+ views
    CNSNews.com ^ | 8/18/09 | Adam Brickley
    (CNSNews.com) – Less than a week after the Environmental Protection Agency restarted a controversial dredging project on the Hudson River, dredgers operated by the General Electric Company dislodged wooden beams that are the last remnants of one of the largest British forts in the American colonies. The EPA now says that the beams are contaminated with potential carcinogens known as PCBs and therefore must be buried in a landfill
  • Meth linked to western Colorado artifact raids

    06/19/2009 1:28:21 PM PDT · by GSWarrior · 24 replies · 1,579+ views
    Grand Junction Sentinel ^ | June 18 | Gary Harmon
    Easy money, sleepless nights lure users, cultural expert says Western Colorado is far from immune to the looting such as that alleged by federal agents after the arrests last week of 24 people in southeastern Utah and southwestern Colorado. There’s a modern twist, however, to the looting that western Colorado and other officials have noted of late: methamphetamine. Law enforcement officials declined to elaborate on incidents in which they have noted the connection between looted sites and meth use, but archaeologists and law enforcement officials said they are aware of the connections. Looting and methamphetamine use have more in common...
  • Chinese pottery may be earliest discovered

    06/08/2009 6:15:20 PM PDT · by mnehring · 11 replies · 447+ views
    WASHINGTON – Bits of pottery discovered in a cave in southern China may be evidence of the earliest development of ceramics by ancient people. The find in Yuchanyan Cave dates to as much as 18,000 years ago, researchers report in Tuesday's edition of Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
  • Oldest known pottery found in China: 18,000 years old

    06/06/2009 2:05:09 AM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 24 replies · 1,683+ views
    The Los Angeles Times ^ | June 6, 2009 | Thomas H. Maugh II
    Chinese and Israeli archaeologists have discovered the oldest known pottery, remains of an 18,000-year-old cone-shaped vase excavated from a cave in southern China. The shards are about 1,000 years older than the previous record-holder, found in Japan. After flint tools, pottery is one of the oldest human-made materials, and tracing its development provides insight into the evolution of culture. The shards were discovered four years ago in Yuchanyan Cave in the Yangzi River basin by a team led by Elisabetto Boaretto of the Weizmann Institute of Science in Rehovot, Israel. The cave shows signs of human occupation from about 21,000...
  • FBI Returns Medallions Plundered From 18th-Century Shipwreck

    06/05/2009 8:26:15 PM PDT · by STARWISE · 6 replies · 797+ views
    Art Info ^ | 6-3-09 | Mitchell Martin
    The problem with stolen art is that once you start to sell it, word gets out. When the art involved is a hundred or more bronze religious medallions, each worth perhaps $1,000, eventually somebody will notice, call the FBI, and there go the profits. Which is apparently what happened with a haul of bronze medallions that took a 237-year journey from Spain to Anguilla to Vermont and then back to the Caribbean. Shortly after midnight on June 8, 1772, the Spanish vessel El Buen Consejo smashed into Anguilla in the Leeward Islands, stranding passengers and crew on a voyage to...