Thursday, December 31, 2009
Sunday, December 27, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
Thursday, December 24, 2009
Wednesday, December 23, 2009
Archaeologists working in the biblical town of Nazareth have discovered a home from the area which Jesus grew up as a boy. Pottery shards confirm the era of the structure which may have contained an extended family.
Archaeologists also found a nearby hidden grotto where the family may have hidden from Roman soldiers though the settlement of Nazareth was not attacked by the Romans as the settlement was not strategically placed and too small to bother with.
Sunday, December 20, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Studies have found that the document kept in the library of the University of Chicago known as the Archaic Mark is a late 19th early 20th century forgery. Though the actual parchment is ancient the text and illustrations including pigments and artistic style are modern and not Byzantine in age.
Tuesday, December 15, 2009
Monday, December 14, 2009
It is 2:10 on the morning of April 15 1912 and left on board RMS Titanic are hundreds of men and women who have let women and children in the lifeboats before them.
The stern began to rise revealing the great ships propellers while the Atlantic ocean flooded the electrical generators, everything not secured falling into the ocean including one of the ships great funnels as the band played "Nearer my God to thee".
Suddenly the generators shut down leaving the terrified crowed in darkness as the ships stern continued to rise till finally the ships back broke sending her and all with her to the ocean floor more than 2 miles down.
Scattered on the ocean floor lay hundreds of heroes both men and women many of whom could have escaped except that they followed the noble unwritten law of chivalry "Women and children first".
Back on land nightmares would haunt many of the passengers including male survivors of the sinking who lived with survivors guilt and were viewed as cowards for having survived with rumors circulating that the men had escaped by dressing up as women. The surviving women and children were pitied for their losses with some of the surviving women being turned into heroins.
Just one result of mass media on a tragic historical event!
Saturday, December 12, 2009
Cuneiform tablets have been discovered in the remains of an Assyrian building which when a new hydro electric dam is built will be submerge under water. The tablets are administrative in nature and give the names of more than 100 women who appear by their names to be foreign.
Tuesday, December 8, 2009
1. My favorite story of the year was about the excavation of statues and material early last century in Syria and the destruction of the excavation material including the shattering of the statues in the second world war and their restoration 60 years later.
2. At the beginning of February a large beautiful pagan mosaic was uncovered under a church in Italy.
3. Early in March an archaeologist claims to have found Vampire in a mass burial of plague victims from 1576!
4. In June a wonderful and unique carved chalk cave was and of course is in need of preservation.
5. A painting long suspected to be by the great painter Rembrandt has been found after the removal of dark varnish it was found to be signed and dated by Rembrandt.
6. Two newly discovered works by Mozart were played on a piano once owned by the composer.
7. Very interesting article on what might have been the last battle of the ruling royal family at the top of a huge pyramid called El Tigre.
8. From this past summer came a mass grave in Dorset of people who had been decapitated with their heads placed in a separate pile next to the bodies of these people.
9. In November it was revealed that lost pieces of astronomer Galileo had been discovered at auction being auctioned off as unknown relics in 17th century box.
10. Climbers have made some recent discovery of sacred Buddhist caves filled with art and manuscripts.
Here is National Geographic's top ten archaeological stories of the year 2009.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
The Italian government has returned a small fragment from the Parthenon to Greece where it has been joined to the freeze now on display in Athens new museum.
The presidents of Italy and Greece toured the acropolis museum in a publicity stunt to shame the British museum into handing back the remaining and most important of the surviving marbles.