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Repititiationes ~ 12/19/15

The whole "safe haven" for antiquities idea isn't new. Also, it was always imperialistic, xenophobic, and racist. — Donna Yates (@DrDonnaYates) December 19, 2015 Gold armband (200BCE) More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 12/18/15

Our favs: at the tip of Sirmio survives ruin of a large Roman villa: Grotte di Catullo; but not likely Catullus' — BrockU Classics (@brockuclassics) December 18, 2015 Also in the Pergamon museum in Berlin: the propylaea (gateway) to the temple of Athena on Acropolis of Pergamon. Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 12/17/15

Gold openwork hairnet with medallion (200–150BCE) Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York — Ancient Greek Hero (@AncGreekHero) December 17, 2015 This mosaic from a Pergamon palace c. 2nd BC has beautiful garland and above a parrot – note the shadow below bird. Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 12/16/15

Graces and Venus dancing before Mars Antonio Canova, 1797 Museo Canova, Rossagno ?@Asamsakti @emanuelaneri14 — Lucia Tassan Mangina (@LuciaTassan) December 15, 2015 this askos c1500BC ???? #mycenaean #greece #aegean...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 12/15/15

Caestus also on 2 Roman coin types – triens (Umbria) & denarius of Cestianus (as a pun) @SarahEBond @carolemadge — Edward Zarrow (@drzarrow) December 15, 2015 Parthenon (447-432 BC) east pediment, depicting the birth of Athena. Show More Summary

Civil War-era cedar log “corduroy road” found in Virgina

A county construction crew in Fairfax County, Virginia, has unearthed a section of a rare Civil War-era cedar log highway. A crew from the Fairfax County Utilities Design and Construction Division (UDCD) was digging for a new road shoulder and sidewalk on Ox Road when workers found a layer of old macadam (a small stone [...]

Iron Age settlement unearthed in Norway

A unique opportunity to excavate an undeveloped field on Norway’s Ørland peninsula has revealed the remains of a large and wealthy Iron Age settlement. The site is adjacent to Norway’s Main Air Station which is expanding to make room for 52 new F-35 fighter jets the government recently purchased. By Norwegian law, the property must [...]

Austin Reed’s prison memoir published

The earliest known prison memoir by an African American author will be available for sale next month. The original manuscript was discovered by a rare books dealer at an estate sale in Rochester, New York, a few years ago and acquired by Yale University’s Beinecke Rare Book & Manuscript Library in 2009. Yale English professor [...]

Alexander Hamilton powder horn for sale

A powder horn engraved with Alexander Hamilton’s name that most likely belonged to the Founding Father himself is going up for auction next month. The seller is dentist Dr. Warren Richman who bought it from a patient in 1990. He has spent decades documenting the artifact, trying to find conclusive evidence that it belonged to [...]

Five homes, one laundry reopened at Pompeii

Five dwellings and one laundry facility at the ancient site of Pompeii have been reopened to the public after an extensive program of restoration: the House of the Cryptoporticus, the House of Paquius Proculus, the House of Sacerdos Amandus, the House of Fabius Amandio, the House of the Ephebus and the Fullonica (laundry) of Stephanus. [...]

Santa Claus enters the fray on the side of the Union

The great 29th century political cartoonist Thomas Nast is widely credited with having created the look of Santa Claus as we know him today. Inspired by Clement Moore’s description of the “jolly old elf” in his 1823 poem A Visit from St. Nicholas, aka The Night Before Christmas, Nast first depicted Santa in the January [...]

Review: Daughters of Rome by Kate Quinn

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2015 The momentous Year of the Four Emperors, 69 CE, has attracted a number of historical fiction authors. This year alone I have read three different novels using the events preceding the rise of the Flavian dynasty as a framework for their stories, with Kate Quinn's "Daughters of Rome" being the latest. Show More Summary

Thames mudlarks find tiny gold Tudor accessories

A group of tiny gold objects from the early 16th century may be all that’s left of an extremely snazzy hat. Twelve small gold artifacts have been found in the Thames mud by eight different people over the past few years. When treasure hunters and licensed Thames mudlarks find artifacts of note in the tidal [...]

Beethoven composition found in Connecticut home

An autograph sketchbook page of a composition by Ludwig van Beethoven discovered in a Greenwich, Connecticut, home has sold at auction for $120,000 including buyer’s premium. The sketchleaf was previously unknown to Beethoven scholars and is a rare intact page to survive the dismemberment and sale of Beethoven’s sketchbooks after his death. It was found [...]

Otzi has the world’s oldest known tattoos

Otzi the Iceman, the exceptionally well-preserved 5,300-year-old mummy discovered by hikers in the Otzal Alps on September 19th, 1991, is officially the world’s oldest known tattooed person. You might have assumed that to be the case considering he died around 3,250 B.C., but there was another candidate for the title: a South America mummy of [...]

Tomb of Tutankhamun’s wet nurse, maybe sister, opens

The tomb of Pharoah Tutankhamun’s wet nurse Maia was opened to journalists Sunday for the first time since it was discovered in 1996. It will be opened to the public next month. The rock-cut tomb is in the necropolis of Saqqara, about 13 miles south of Cairo, and was discovered by French archaeologist Alain Zivie [...]

A look inside a crocodile mummy

The British Museum has performed a new study of a 2,500-year old crocodile mummy which is now on display for the first time in 75 years. Scanning Sobek: Mummy of the Crocodile God, is one of The Asahi Shimbun Displays, a series of short exhibitions that explore objects in a new light. In this case, [...]

Hitler really did only have one ball

The popular World War II song deriding the testicular constitution of top Nazi officials appears to have hit at least one nail on the head: Hitler really did only have one ball. The song, believed to have been written by a clever propagandist for the British Council in 1939, sung to the tune of the [...]

Site of first multi-year European settlement in the U.S. found

Archaeologists from the University of West Florida have identified the site of the first multi-year settlement in the United States in Pensacola, Florida. The settlement of Santa Maria de Ochuse was established by Don Tristán de Luna y Arellano in August of 1559, six years before Pedro Menéndez founded the St. Augustine colony in and [...]

Tutankhamun’s restored gold mask back on display

The gold funerary mask of Tutankhamun has gone back on display at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo after two months of restoration to repair a botched reattachment of its false beard. The beard fell off last summer when the mask was returned to the display case after workers replaced a burned out light bulb. Anxious [...]

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