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Anglo-Saxon sculpture

Museum of Somerset in Taunton buys £150,000 Anglo-Saxon sculpture MUSEUM visitors will be able to inspect a unique Anglo-Saxon sculpture that had been used as a tombstone on a cat’s grave. A builder had the artefact in his garden at Dowlish Wake, near Ilminster, until it was realised how important it was. It has now […]

RepiTitiationes ~ 12/28/14

This is a very nice way to set up a field school page if you're looking for a model — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 28, 2014 Bull plays security guard for archaeological hoard – The Scotsman More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 12/27/14

Philostratos, Heroicus 43.1: Addicted To Listening to (You Talk About) Homer | Sententiae Antiquae — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 27, 2014 Cardboard warriors of Boxwars re-imagine the fall of Rome...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 12/26/14

The Edithorial: What Baby Jesus did Next — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 26, 2014 Ovid, Heroides IX,26-34: Deianeira to Herakles: Pick an Equal Spouse | Sententiae Antiquae More Summary

Repititiationes 12/25/14

Catching up in the wake of a nasty flu bug … Meet the hero who killed Medusa by @CarlyASilver — (@aboutdotcom) December 25, 2014 Buon Natale! Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad! Joyeux...Show More Summary

42 mastodon bones found in Michigan backyard

Contractor Daniel LaPoint Jr. was digging a poind with an excavator on his neighbor Eric Witzke’s property in Bellevue Township, southern Michigan, last November when he noticed a large bone jutting out of the pile of displaced soil. He pulled it out of the pile and saw it was a curved bone four feet long. [...]

Canada museum buys world’s oldest hockey stick

The Canadian Museum of History has acquired the oldest known hockey stick for $300,000. The seller was social worker Mark Presley who saw it mounted on the wall of a barbershop and bought it from barber George Ferneyhough in 2008 for $1,000. Fascinated by the small, clearly old hockey stick, Presley traced its ownership history [...]

The Mauritshuis at a movie theater near you

When the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague, Netherlands, closed for two years so the 17th century palace that houses the exceptional collection of Dutch Golden Age masterpieces could be restored and expanded, a selection of the museum’s most famous pieces went on tour. The Girl with a Pearl Earring: Dutch Paintings from the Mauritshuis exhibition [...]

Toledo Museum of Art scores Napoleon’s brother’s spiral chandelier

Ohio’s Toledo Museum of Art was looking for a Neoclassical chandelier to adorn Gallery 31, a room in which paintings from the period, like Napoleon on the Battlefield of Eylau made by Antoine-Jean Gros in 1807 or a smaller 1786 version of Jacques-Louis David’s famous Oath of the Horatii, one of the works that launched [...]

China chariot horse burial

Archaeologists excavating a tomb complex in Zaoyang in the central Chinese province of Hubei have unearthed 28 chariots and 49 pairs of horses dating to the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.). The chariots and horses were buried separately. The chariot pit, an impressive 33 meters (108 feet) long and four meters (13 feet) wide, [...]

2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog. Here's an excerpt: The Louvre Museum has 8.5 million visitors per year. This blog was viewed about 270,000 times in 2014. If it were an exhibit at the Louvre Museum, it would take about 12 days for that many people to see […]

Boston time capsule from 1795 (and 1855) opened

The time capsule excavated out of the cornerstone of the Massachusetts Statehouse in Boston last month was opened on Tuesday in front of dignitaries and press at the Museum of Fine Arts. Before the assembled audience including members of the press, Governor Deval Patrick and Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin, MFA conservator Pam Hatchfield [...]

Mark Twain plaque stolen from his grave

A bronze plaque bearing a profile of Mark Twain has been stolen from a monument on his grave at Woodlawn Cemetery in Elmira, upstate New York. The missing plaque was reported to cemetery authorities by a visitor to the grave over the holidays. It’s not clear when exactly it was stolen, but it was sometime [...]

Letters reveal mysterious final illness of Oscar Wilde’s wife

Constance Lloyd, wife of Oscar Wilde and mother of his two sons, was just 39 years old when she died. It was a botched gynecological operation that claimed her life, but for ten years before that she had suffered from a neurological disorder that hasn’t been identified. Now Merlin Holland, son of Constance and Oscar’s [...]

Review: The Iron Hand of Mars by Lindsey Davis

A historical fiction review by Mary Harrsch © 2015 I first listened to an unabridged version of Lindsey Davis' "Iron Hand of Mars" back in 2005 and wrote an article about the historical context then. But, I've incorporated and rewritten...Show More Summary

Oliver Cromwell’s burial plate sells for $116,719

A gilt copper plate that was placed over Oliver Cromwell’s chest when he was laid to rest in his coffin sold at a Sotheby’s auction last month for £74,500 ($116,719), six times its pre-sale estimate of £8,000 – £12,000. Bidding started at the low estimate and rapidly increased in increments of thousands. The hammer price [...]

Digitized Freer|Sackler collections up and running

As promised, the Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery’s digitized collections went live on January 1st, 2015. The new website is called Open F|S and is populated with high resolution images of the museums’ 40,000 works of Asian art. You can search by keyword or browse by object type, topic, name, culture, [...]

New year of hoards begins with Anglo-Saxon coins

Barely did the year turn before news broke of a new hoard of coins unearthed by metal detectorists in an English field. The finder, Paul Coleman, was scanning farmland near Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire, as part of the Weekend Wanderers Detecting Club‘s yearly Christmas rally when he discovered a piece of lead and a silver coin. When [...]

Ancient amulet with 59-letter palindrome found

A 1,500-year-old amulet inscribed with a 59-letter Greek phrase that reads the same backwards and forwards has been found in Cyprus. Archaeologists from the Paphos Agora Project discovered it in 2011 during the first season of excavations of the ancient agora of Neo Paphos. Neo Paphos, a harbour city on the southwest coast, was the [...]

224th anniversary of Aztec Sun Stone’s rediscovery

On Wednesday, December 17th, Mexico City celebrated the 224th anniversary of the rediscovery of the Aztec Sun Stone, the basalt monolith carved under the reign of Moctezuma II just a few years before the Spanish conquest. The circular stone, 12 feet in diameter and weighing more than 24 tons, was originally painted in brilliant red, [...]

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