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  • Behold the Newly-Discovered Painting in Rome's Catacomb of Callixtus

    07/27/2015 9:41:13 AM PDT · by marshmallow · 5 replies
    Rome, Italy, Jul 21, 2015 / 12:03 am (CNA/EWTN News).- A recent discovery in the Catacomb of Saint Callixtus, an early Christian series of tombs beneath Rome which once held the bodies of 16 Popes, has been christened the “Orpheus cubicle” after the figure from Greek mythology. The small room, located in front of the Crypt of the Popes, was poorly conserved until a recent excavation by the Pontifical Commission for Sacred Archeology. The “Orpheus cubicle” is named for its painting of Orpheus with a lyre, surrounded by birds, sea monsters, and flowers, representing the whole of creation. Orpheus was...
  • Hundreds Of Jewish Tombs Damaged In Northern France [Mass Deportation of Islamic Dogs?]

    02/15/2015 3:57:12 PM PST · by Steelfish · 21 replies
    Telegraph(UK) ^ | February 15, 2015
    Feb. 15, 2015 Hundreds Of Jewish Tombs Damaged In Northern France Hundreds of graves have been vandalized at a Jewish cemetery in eastern France, in what the president called an "odious and barbaric" anti-Semitic act against French values. The vandalism comes at a time of growing insecurity among French Jews and amid general religious tensions in Europe, after Islamic radicals attacked a kosher market and a satirical newspaper in Paris last month and similar attacks hit Denmark this weekend. French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve said in a statement Sunday that a criminal investigation team is at the damaged cemetery in...
  • Ancient Tombs Discovered Along Silk Road

    02/08/2013 4:22:16 AM PST · by Renfield · 7 replies
    Live Science ^ | 2-6-2012 | Marc Lallanilla
    Along the ancient trade route known as the Silk Road, archaeologists have unearthed 102 tombs dating back some 1,300 years — and almost half of the tombs were for infants. The surprising discovery was made in remote western China, where construction workers digging for a hydroelectric project found the cluster of tombs. Each tomb contains wooden caskets covered in felt, inside of which are desiccated human remains, as well as copper trinkets, pottery and other items buried as sacrificial items, according to UPI. "The cluster covers an area of 1,500 square meters (1,794 square yards) on a 20-meter high (66...
  • Is Israel Giving Jewish Heritage Sites to PA?

    02/14/2012 1:37:14 AM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 6 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 14/2/12 | Tzvi Ben Gedalyahu
    The Palestinian Authority wants UNESCO to declare the Patriarchs’ Cave and Rachel’s Tomb as its heritage sites while Israel is excluding them from its own list. A government committee headed by Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu is meeting Tuesday morning to decide on adding 10 more sites to Israel’s official list of heritage sites, but the Bible-based Patriarchs’ Cave and Rachel’s Tomb are not among them Rabbi-Professor Daniel Hershkowitz, Science and Technology Minister and head of the Jewish Home party, issued an urgent appeal to Cabinet Secretary Tzvi Hauser that the two sites be included. The government committee on heritage sites...
  • Visit To Jewish Holy Sites in PA Controlled Awarta

    01/18/2012 12:36:00 PM PST · by Eleutheria5 · 4 replies
    Arutz Sheva ^ | 18/1/12
    Rabbi Shmuel Rabinovitch, the official rabbi of the Western Wall in Jerusalem visited the tombs of Eleazar and Itamar in Awarta on Wednesday. The graves of many Biblical figures are located in Awarta such as Eleazar and Itamar who are the sons of Aaron the High Priest as well as Pinchas, and the 70 Elders. Rabbi Rabinovitch reported finding the tombs vandalized and desecrated. Rabbi Rabinovitch's visit was conducted under the auspices of Civil Administration head Brigadier General Motti Almoz and other IDF personnel. The rabbi called upon the proper authorities to renovate the sites. Awarta is today an Arab...
  • Carthaginian temples found -- Azores

    07/10/2011 6:57:49 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 51 replies
    Portuguese American Journal ^ | Saturday, July 9, 2011 |
    Archaeologists from the Portuguese Association of Archeological Research (APIA) believe to have found in the Azores a significant number of Carthaginian temples, from the fourth century BC, dedicated to the goddess Tanit. The new archaeological sites were found in Monte Brasil, Angra Heroismo, Terceira island. According to APIA archaeologists Nuno Ribeiro and Anabela Joaquinito, "More than five hypogea type monuments (tombs excavated in rocks) and at least three 'sanctuaries' proto-historic, carved into the rock, were found." A monument located at "Monte do Facho" shows inbuilt sink shaped carvings linked to water conduits for libations. "There are 'chairs' carved into the...
  • Chaplain Is Found With Blades at City Jail (Muslim ex-convict)

    02/03/2010 9:53:50 PM PST · by Second Amendment First · 35 replies · 1,119+ views
    New York Times ^ | February 3, 2010 | AL BAKER
    A Muslim chaplain for the city’s Department of Correction showed up for work on Wednesday as he routinely does — entering the city jail in Lower Manhattan to minister to some of the roughly 900 male inmates there. But when the chaplain, Imam Zulqarnain Abu-Shahid, flung his shoulder bag onto an X-ray machine at the entrance of the Manhattan Detention Complex, at 125 White Street, officers were alerted to the presence of metal. They found a pair of scissors and three metal blades, the kind used in box cutters, in the bag’s outer flap, the authorities said. Imam Abu-Shahid was...
  • 1,000 Ancient Tombs, Unique Remains Found (Venezuela)

    05/10/2008 10:55:01 AM PDT · by blam · 8 replies · 120+ views
    National Geographic News ^ | 5-9-2008 | ColombiaJosé Orozco
    1,000 Ancient Tombs, Unique Remains Found ColombiaJosé Orozco in Caracas, Venezuela for National Geographic NewsMay 9, 2008 Builders clearing land for a housing project in Colombia have uncovered an ancient burial site containing nearly a thousand tombs linked to two little-known civilizations. The site covers some 12 acres (5 hectares) in the impoverished Usme district in southeast Bogotá (see map) and includes one set of remains that some researchers believe could be a victim of human sacrifice. The possible victim is a young woman who seems to have been buried alive, said Ana Maria Groot, one of the lead anthropologists...
  • Italian Builders Uncover (27) 2,000 year Old Tombs (Etruscans)

    05/08/2008 1:51:25 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 118+ views
    The Scotsman ^ | 5-7-2008
    Italian builders uncover 2,000-year-old tombs ARCHAEOLOGISTS were yesterday celebrating the discovery of 27 2,000-year-old tombs in Italy's "Valley of the Dead". The tombs, some dating back to the 7th century BC, were found by chance while builders carried out work. The whole area was sealed off yesterday and put under police guard to prevent anyone from trying to steal artefacts inside the burial chambers. Grave robbers, or tombaroli as they are known in Italy, make a lucrative living from selling such objects to museums or private collectors. Archaeologists say there is also a "good chance" that there may well be...
  • Japanese Royal Tomb Opened To Scholars For First Time

    04/28/2008 2:33:40 PM PDT · by blam · 12 replies · 602+ views
    Japanese Royal Tomb Opened to Scholars for First TimeTony McNicol in Tokyo for National Geographic NewsApril 28, 2008 A rare visit by archaeologists to a fifth-century imperial tomb offers hope that other closely guarded graves in Japan might soon be open to independent study. This month a group of 16 experts led by the Japanese Archaeological Association released results from their February visit inside Gosashi tomb. The event marked the first time that scholars had been allowed inside a royal tomb outside of an official excavation led by Japan's Imperial Household Agency. Archaeologists have been requesting access to Gosashi tomb...
  • 10 Most Fascinating Tombs in the World

    10/03/2007 2:44:57 PM PDT · by Renfield · 16 replies · 424+ views ^ | 10-1-07
    Throughout the history of human civilization, different cultures mourn and treat the dead differently. Some, like Tibetan Buddhists, have no use for burials as they dispose the dead by feeding corpses to vultures or by burning them in funeral pyres. Most cultures, however, show their respect by burying the dead, sometimes in complex and ornate tombs, crypts, and catacombs. This article takes a look at ten of the most fascinating final resting places around the world, from the largest prehistoric burial mound in Europe to the the tombs of pharaohs to the most beautiful mausoleum in the world:....
  • Archaeologists Granted Access To Japan's Sacred Tombs

    09/20/2007 11:59:40 AM PDT · by blam · 10 replies · 83+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-20-2007 | Justin McCurry
    Archaeologists granted access to Japan's sacred tombs The divine origins of Japan's imperial family come under scrutiny as it allows limited access to two burial sites. Justin McCurry in Tokyo Thursday September 20, 2007 Guardian Unlimited (UK) Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko attend the opening ceremony of the World Athletics Championships in Osaka last month. Photograph: Michael Steele/Getty Images Japan's imperial household agency is to open the doors to some of the country's mysterious imperial tombs early next year after decades of pressure from archaeologists, in a move expected to anger ultra-conservatives. Experts have long been denied access to the...
  • Bodies To Be Stacked Double In Old Graveyards (UK)

    06/05/2007 7:24:27 PM PDT · by blam · 49 replies · 1,028+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-6-2007 | Jonathan Petre
    Bodies to be stacked double in old graves By Jonathan Petre, Religion Correspondent Last Updated: 2:33am BST 06/06/2007 Graves are to be reopened to allow bodies to be stacked one on top of another in a controversial move announced by the Government yesterday. A consultation last year found that most people would accept 'double-decker' graves Bodies buried for as little as 75 years could be dug up and re-buried in deeper ground to allow another coffin to be interred above. The name of the newly-buried person could even be added to the headstone. This follows Government research which found that...
  • U.S. writer follows varied path around globe to tombs of apostles

    05/08/2007 1:46:44 PM PDT · by NYer · 7 replies · 415+ views
    Catholic News Service ^ | May 8, 2007 | John Thavis
    ROME (CNS) -- As a Peace Corps volunteer, Tom Bissell was hiking through a village in Kyrgyzstan one day, and an old Russian woman offered to take him to see the tomb of St. Matthew. "I remember thinking: 'The tomb of Matthew? I thought he was buried in Jerusalem or Italy or somewhere like that,'" Bissell recalled in an interview with Catholic News Service. But Kyrgyzstan, he soon learned, also had a claim on the apostle's final resting place. The woman led Bissell to the ruins of a monastery next to Lake Issyk Kul, where according to local legend...
  • Archaeologists Excavate Past Glories From Tombs (China)

    04/09/2007 2:27:20 PM PDT · by blam · 2 replies · 321+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 4-9-2007 | China View - Chen Yongzhi
    Archaeologists excavate past glories from tombs 2007-04-09 16:16:05 HOHHOT, April 9 (Xinhua) -- Archaeologists have unearthed more than 5,000 items dating back 2,000 years from a complex of 385 tombs uncovered at a construction site in north China's Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region. The local cultural relics and archaeology authorities estimate the tombs cover an area of 50,000 sq m and must have been constructed sometime from the Warring States period (475 to 221 B.C.) to the Yuan Dynasty (1271 to 1368). They believe 285 of the tombs belong to the Warring States period, 43 belong to dynasties of the...
  • 800-Year-Old Tombs Unearthed In North China Province

    03/30/2007 1:25:49 PM PDT · by blam · 20 replies · 220+ views
    Xinhuanet ^ | 3-30-2007 | Chinaview
    800-year-old tombs unearthed in N.China province 2007-03-30 16:32:54 SHIJIAZHUANG, March 30 (Xinhua) -- Chinese archaeologists working in Shexian county in north China's Hebei province have discovered a group of 800-year-old tombs from the Song Dynasty (960-1279) and Jin Dynasty (1115-1234). Archaeologists with the Hebei provincial cultural relic research institute say that the tomb group, which covers an area of 2,600 square meters, comprises 17 tombs. The archaeologists have unearthed 146 historical artifacts from the tombs, including 126 copper coins, 15 china utensils, one silver earring, one copper ring, one crystal bead and a brick bearing a man's portrait. Initial...
  • Builders Discover 46 Ancient Tombs In Colombia

    03/05/2007 10:09:23 AM PST · by blam · 15 replies · 719+ views
    CRI ^ | 2-22-2007 | Xinhua
    Builders Discover 46 Ancient Tombs in Colombia 2007-02-22 11:06:18 Xinhua A group of construction workers stumbled upon 46 ancient tombs, between 1,500 and 2,500 years old while digging to build a new soccer stadium in Deportivo Cali in southwestern Colombia, an archaeologist team said on Wednesday. The tombs were found in Malagana, on the basin of the Cauca River. Anthropologist Jose Rodriguez, who headed a team from Colombia's National University, said that the tombs showed evidence of cannibalism and warrior activities. On the building site, experts found human bones, primarily radius and ulna bones. Rodriguez said that this indicates ritual...
  • The "Jesus Family Tomb” story: Old News, No News

    Every Easter season the anti-Jesus crowd comes out of the woodwork creating some "controversy" about Jesus. This latest one, like many, is years old and was dusted off for the latest round of baseless attacks on Jesus' historicity. Historian Paul L. Maier explains further: Thanks for the profusion of e-mails I’ve received over the last two days regarding the Talpiot tombs discovery in Jerusalem, a.k.a., “the Jesus Family Tomb” story. Some of you also suggested that “life seemed to be following art” so far as my A Skeleton in God’s Closet was concerned. Believe me, this is not the way...
  • French Archaeologists Says Ur Tomb Artifacts Came From Burnt City

    12/15/2006 10:46:47 AM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 1,455+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 12-15-2006
    French archaeologist says Ur royal tomb artifacts came from Burnt City TEHRAN, Dec. 14 (MNA) -- French archaeologist Michèle Casanova said that the artifacts unearthed from the royal tombs in the ancient Sumerian city of Ur came from Iran’s 5200-year-old Burnt City, the Persian service of CHN reported on Friday. “Now, we are almost certain that the beautiful artifacts discovered in the city of Ur had been brought from the Burnt City, Jiroft, and Central Asia. This fact raises many questions, including why trade relations were established between the regions,” Casanova said. Casanova, who is also an expert on ornamental...
  • Peruvian archaeologists excavate tombs

    11/22/2006 10:09:04 AM PST · by Pharmboy · 22 replies · 675+ views
    Associated Press via Yahoo ^ | Wed Nov 22, 2006 | MARTIN MEJIA
    Peruvian workers clean graves containing a trove of pre-Inca artifacts in Ferrenafe, Peru, Tuesday, Nov. 21, 2006. Archaeologists in northern Peru said Tuesday they have unearthed 22 artifact-rich graves containing a trove of pre-Inca artifacts, including the first 'tumi' ceremonial knives ever excavated scientifically. The more than 900-year-old tombs were found next to a pyramid in the Pomac Forest Historical Sanctuary, about 680 kilometers (420 miles) northwest of the capital, Lima. They are from the Sican culture, which flourished on Peru's northern desert coast from A.D. 750 to 1375. (AP Photo/Martin Mejia) Archaeologists said Tuesday they have unearthed 22...
  • Thieves lead to discovery of Egypt tombs (Royal dentists)

    10/22/2006 7:23:40 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 893+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 10/22/06 | Sierra Millman - ap
    SAQQARA, Egypt - The arrest of tomb robbers led archaeologists to the graves of three royal dentists, protected by a curse and hidden in the desert sands for thousands of years in the shadow of Egypt's most ancient pyramid, officials announced Sunday. The thieves launched their own dig one summer night two months ago but were apprehended, Zahi Hawass, chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, told reporters. That led archaeologists to the three tombs, one of which included an inscription warning that anyone who violated the sanctity of the grave would be eaten by a crocodile and a snake,...
  • Phoenician Tombs Found In Sicily

    08/23/2006 6:12:18 PM PDT · by blam · 22 replies · 827+ views
    ANSA ^ | 8-23-2006
    Phoenician tombs found in Sicily 40 sarcophagi unearthed at necropolis near ancient colony (ANSA) - Marsala (Trapani), August 23 - Archaeologists have unearthed 40 sarcophagi in what was once the sacred Phoenician burial grounds of Birgi, near the ancient colony of Motya . The tombs were discovered by chance by a group of construction workers excavating the foundations of a house close to the westernmost tip of Sicily near Marsala, culture officials said . Archaeologists said the sarcophagi were made of simple stone slabs and resembled those found on display outside the museum on the neighbouring island of Motya (present-day...
  • Tombs Of Roman Foes Discovered

    06/09/2006 3:13:28 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 738+ views
    ANSA ^ | 6-7-2006
    Tombs of Roman foes discoveredTerracotta, daggers and jewelry in Abruzzo necropolis (ANSA) - L'Aquila, June 7 - Fresh tombs of one of Rome's most implacable foes have been discovered in Italy's mountainous Abruzzo region . Some of the tombs have been dated to the Second Century BC, when Rome was still trying to subdue the warlike peoples that lived in the region . Others date as far back as the 8th century BC, before Rome was founded . A particularly interesting find was a 2nd-Century BC chamber tomb containing terracotta ware, jewelry and a dagger . "It's fascinating to see...
  • Over 4,200 Cliff Tombs Found In W. China City

    01/09/2006 10:37:28 AM PST · by blam · 6 replies · 527+ views
    Over 4,200 Cliff Tombs Found in W. China City 2006-1-10 1:06:53 More than 4,220 cliff tombs have been spotted at 680 sites in Shangluo, a city in western China's Shaanxi Province, local archaeologists said Monday. The cliff tombs have large spaces and various conformations and are scattered at a 160-km-long belt joining DanJiang Valley in the east and the Qianyou River in the west, said scientists with the provincial archeological research institute. According to Yang Yachang, a researcher with the institute, most of the single-room tombs are erect stone caves in rectangle shapes and are three meters deep, while...
  • Chinese Archaeologists Find Ancient Tombs (1,700 YO)

    10/18/2005 10:57:32 AM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 721+ views
    Yahoo/AP ^ | 10-18-2005
    Chinese Archaeologists Find Ancient Tombs Mon Oct 17,11:31 PM ET BEIJING - Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,700-year-old complex of tombs in eastern China that contain bronze mirrors, porcelains and ancient money, a news report said Tuesday. ADVERTISEMENT The tombs near the port city of Ningbo were uncovered by a forklift operator working at a construction site, the official Xinhua News Agency reported. The report didn't say who was buried in the tombs or how many bodies had been found. Inscriptions in the tombs indicate they were built in 256 A.D., the report said, citing Ding Youfu, a member of the...
  • Mysteries Of The Xiaohe Tombs In Xinjiang, China

    06/11/2005 12:02:21 PM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 863+ views
    Epoch Times ^ | 6-10-2005
    Mysteries of the Xiaohe Tombs in Xinjiang, China The Epoch Times Jun 10, 2005 A bird's-eye view of the Xiaohe Tombs. (Zhang Hongchi) On April 17, 2004, the Xiaohe ("Small River") Tombs in Xinjiang Province, discovered in 1939 by Swedish archaeologist Folke Bergman, were said to be among China's top 10 archaeological discoveries. According to a Guangming Daily report from April 23, public interest in the tombs was first sparked when Bergman published a detailed introduction to the Xiaohe basin archaeology called the Archaeological Researches in Xinjiang in Stockholm in 1939. However, when the tombs' landmark Xiaohe River dried up,...
  • Excavation Of Ancient Desert Tombs Ends, Riddles Waiting For Answers (Urumchi)

    05/22/2005 11:08:59 AM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 525+ views
    Xinhuanet/China View ^ | 3-20-2005 | Xinhuanet
    Excavation of ancient desert tombs ends, riddles waiting to answer 2005-03-20 15:33:59 URUMQI, March 20 (Xinhuanet) -- Chinese archaeologists finished the excavation of an ancient tomb complex in the Lop Nur Desert, northwest China, but researchers say the finds are puzzling and need more time to be understood. By mid March, archaeologists in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region unearthed 163 tombs of the Xiaohe Tomb complex, which sprawls on a 2,500-square-meter oval-shaped dune, 174 km from the ruins of the Loulan Kingdom, an ancient civilization that vanished 1,500 years ago. The complex contains about 330 tombs, but about 160 of...
  • Ancient Tombs Of Unknown Ethnic Group Discovered In Mazandaran (Iran)

    05/10/2005 1:34:45 PM PDT · by blam · 27 replies · 2,098+ views
    Mehr News ^ | 5-10-2005
    Ancient tombs of unknown ethnic group discovered in Mazandaran TEHRAN, May 10 (MNA) -- Archaeologists working at the Laforak Cemetery in Savadkuh of Mazandaran Province recently discovered the remains of three skeletons with dolichocephalic skulls, anthropologist Farzad Foruzanfar announced on Tuesday. Of the fifteen graves excavated in the 2800-year old cemetery, three were different, in that they contained three skeletons with dolichocephalic (long-headed) skulls which were covered with a layer of earthenware, and their walls were reinforced by earthenware, too, he added. Experts have surmised that the three people belonged to a non-indigenous nation, since the inhabitants of Mazandaran at...
  • Ancient Curse, Modern War Hide Arabian Desert Tombs

    12/31/2004 12:11:54 AM PST · by BlackVeil · 9 replies · 769+ views
    Yahoo News ^ | 2 Dec 2004 | By Dominic Evans
    MEDA'IN SALEH, Saudi Arabia (Reuters) - Sheltered from the world by an ancient religious curse and modern Middle East conflict, a spectacular ruined city lies almost hidden in the northern deserts of Saudi Arabia. More than 100 tombs and burial chambers are carved elaborately into rocky outcrops across the sands of this city, still bearing names and ornate religious symbols chipped into the sandstone 2,000 years ago. Nearby volcanic mountains, decorated with the 10,000-year-old art of prehistoric hunters, tower over a palm-filled oasis and an abandoned mud house village. Through them all snake the remains of an Ottoman railway, built...
  • Tomb's Hexagonal Shape Supports Theories

    12/07/2004 1:55:55 PM PST · by blam · 3 replies · 558+ views
    Yomiuri Daily ^ | 12-7-2004 | Yomiuri Shimbun
    Tomb's hexagonal shape supports theories Yomiuri Shimbun The mausoleum in Marukoyama in Asukamura, Nara Prefecture, is hexagonal, giving support to theories that have suggested the tomb belonged to a high-ranking prince, according to the municipal board of education. The mausoleum is the first hexagonal tomb to be found in the Asuka area, where there are many tombs of Imperial and aristocratic family members that date back to the late sixth and early seventh centuries, when Empress Suiko (554-628) ruled the region. Mausoleums were built in various shapes, but only a few hexagonal chambers have been discovered in the nation. Emperors,...
  • China Unearths Ancient Caucasian Tombs

    10/24/2004 12:43:53 PM PDT · by blam · 125 replies · 8,832+ views
    China unearths ancient Caucasian tombs AFP October 25, 2004 BEIJING: Chinese archaeologists have started unearthing hundreds of tombs in an arid north-western region once home to a mysterious civilization that most likely was Caucasian, state media said Sunday. The researchers have begun work at Xiaohe, near the Lop Nur desert in Xinjiang region, where an estimated 1000 tombs await excavation, according to Xinhua news agency. Their findings could help shed light on one of the greatest current archaeological riddles and answer the question of how this isolated culture ended up thousands of kilometres from the nearest Caucasian community. The tombs,...
  • Archaeologists Unearth 3,000-Year-Old Tombs In Northwest China

    10/20/2004 1:55:02 PM PDT · by blam · 17 replies · 550+ views
    AFP/Yahoo ^ | 10-19-2004
    Archaeologists unearth 3,000-year-old tombs in northwest China Tue Oct 19, 1:19 PM ET Science - AFP BEIJING (AFP) - Chinese archaeologists are unearthing a group of tombs believed to be the family cemetery of the Duke of Zhou, a de facto imperial ruler who lived about 3,000 years ago, state media said. Big Screen Action The season's hottest new games, cool arcade classics, and handhelds you've got to have. Archaeologists discovered the group of 22 tombs in February at Qi Mountain in the northwestern province of Shaanxi. They cover an area of about 80,000 square meters (860,800 square feet), the...
  • Exploring The Mysteries Of Xi'an's Imperial Tombs

    09/03/2004 4:47:29 PM PDT · by blam · 7 replies · 543+ views
    China Daily ^ | 9-3-2004 | David Fullbrook
    Exploring the mysteries of Xi'an's imperial tombs By David Fullbrook (That's Beijing) Updated: 2004-09-03 13:49 Dynasties and empires rose and fell along the Wei He River valley, where Xi'an lies. While the emperors are gone, their legacy awaits the spades and brushes of archaeologists exploring this crucible of Chinese history and culture. Terra-Cotta Warriors in the surburb of Xi'an [file photo] The terracotta warriors, one of archaeology's greatest accidental finds, hint at what else could lie under the barely scratched fields where emperors and aristocrats lie interred beneath 500 burial mounds. These tombs rise out of a fertile plain where...
  • 2,500-Year-Old Hidden Tomb Found in Egypt

    09/02/2004 10:02:25 PM PDT · by FairOpinion · 32 replies · 1,144+ views
    AP/Yahoo News ^ | PAUL GARWOOD
    CAIRO, Egypt - Egypt's antiquities chief on Thursday revealed a 2,500-year-old hidden tomb under the shadow of one of Giza's three giant pyramids, containing 400 pinkie-finger-sized statues and six coffin-sized niches carved into granite rock. Zahi Hawass, the director of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, said archaeologists had been working for three months to clear sand from a granite shaft found between the pyramid of Khafre — also known by its Greek name of Chephren — Giza's second-largest tomb of a pharaoh, and the Sphinx. Under blaring sun Thursday, Hawass said Giza's latest ancient discovery came to light after archaeologists...
  • 50 Ancient Tombs Uncovered (1400BC, Crete)

    07/18/2004 1:17:56 PM PDT · by blam · 54 replies · 2,126+ views
    The Australian ^ | 7-18-2004
    50 ancient tombs uncovered From correspondents in Athens July 18, 2004 ARCHEOLOGISTS have discovered 50 tombs dating back to the late Minoan period, around 1400 BC, and containing a number of artifacts on the Greek island of Crete, ANA news agency reported today. The tombs were part of the once powerful ancient city of Kydonia, which was destroyed at the time but later rebuilt. The oldest among them contained bronze weapons, jewellery and vases and are similar to the tombs of fallen soldiers of the Mycenaean type from mainland Greece, said the head of the excavations, Maria Vlazaki. The more...
  • 14 Warring States (464-222BC) Tombs Discovered In Sichuan

    07/15/2004 8:56:02 AM PDT · by blam · 9 replies · 1,886+ views
    Peoples Daily ^ | 7-15-2004
    UPDATED: 08:09, July 15, 200414 Warring States tombs discovered in Sichuan After over one month's excavation, the archeologists in Sichuan discovered 14 tombs of the Warring States Period in Yonghe Township, Shimian County, Ya'an City, which is known as "Ancient Corridor of Ethnic Culture" in China. There unearthed over 200 rarely seen funerary objects such as Bashu style iron and bronze swords. According to the associate-research fellow Leiyu with Sichuan Provincial Cultural Relics Research Institute, The Warring States tombs in Yonghe were located on the terrace of the south bank of the Dadu River. With one side backed by the...
  • China: Cemetery dig yields clues 3000 years ago (more on Western Zhou Dynasty)

    05/28/2004 7:05:35 AM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 14 replies · 1,596+ views
    China Daily ^ | 05/28/04 | Ma Lie
    Cemetery dig yields clues 3000 years ago By Ma Lie (China Daily) Updated: 2004-05-28 08:53 XI'AN: A new discovery has created a great stir in Chinese archaeological circles, raising questions that will require further excavations before any kind of definitive answer might be given. Researchers use white lines to mark the boundaries of the cemetery. [newsphoto] After two months of sleuthing, a group of Chinese archaeologists have found what they believe to be a large group of tombs of China's Western Zhou Dynasty (1046-771 BC) in Qishan County, in Northwest China's Shaanxi Province. But are these actually tombs of the...
  • Ancient Tomb Findings Stun Archaeologists (China)

    12/22/2003 9:49:44 AM PST · by blam · 24 replies · 225+ views
    Ancient tomb findings stun archaeologists 2003-12-22 11:06:24 BEIJING, Dec. 22 (Xinhuanet) -- The finding of ancient tombs which may take up a total area of 1 million square metres in southern Beijing has surprised many archaeologists. Exploration of the first group of the graves, covering an area of around 200,000 square kilometres, has already started, with that into the rest five to six groups not yet scheduled, source with the Beijing Municipal Cultural Relics Bureau was yesterday quoted by the Beijing-based Star Daily. "Our preliminary prospecting indicates there are 40 to 50 ancient graves in the designated Group One,...
  • Ancient Tombs Reveal Bronze Age Civilization

    10/07/2003 4:32:25 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 893+ views
    Discovery News ^ | 10-6-2003 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Ancient Tombs Reveal Bronze Age Civilization Rossella Lorenzi, Discovery News Cinerary Vase And Tomb Oct. 6, 2003 — Archaeologists could soon unveil the social structure of a mysterious Bronze Age civilization from northern Italy, according to ongoing anthropological and archaeological research. The study centers on a large necropolis discovered in the Casinalbo village near Modena. Dating between 1500 and 1200 B.C., it consisted of more than 2,000 tombs belonging to the people of the "terramare" — prehistoric flat-topped mounds left by a Bronze Age pile-dwelling settlement built on dry land. "No necropolis of this size and age has been found...