Ancient Monastery Discovered In Israel

Photo: Israel Antiquities Authority

They haven’t found a church yet, but the size, construction, and layout of a compound in the hills south of Beit Shemesh suggests a Byzantine-era monastery of the 6th century. The discovery was made a few weeks ago during surveys conducted in advance of a construction project. “Blocked cisterns, a cave opening and the tops of [Read More...]

Ancient Christian Text “Charm” Found

papyrus

A 1500 year old fragment of papyrus was discovered University of Manchester’s John Rylands Library. One side is a piece of “scrap paper”: a receipt for payment of a grain tax. On the other side of the receipt someone had written Biblical passages from the Psalms and Matthew, including a passage from the last supper. The paper [Read More...]

The Tunics of St. Ambrose

140902093212-large

The Basilica of Sant’Ambrogio in Milan, first consecrated in 379, was built by St. Ambrose at a site where Christians had been executed. For at least a thousand years (and almost certainly longer) the church has held several silk tunics which tradition associates with the great saint and Father. Now, a team of archaeologists from [Read More...]

Richard III Was A Heavy Drinker

richardskull

Not only do we now know that Richard III did, indeed, have a twisted spine, but a study of his remains indicates that the last years of his life showed a marked increase in consumption of wine and exotics foods such as “swan, crane, heron and egret.” The study appears in The Journal of Archaeological [Read More...]

Richard III’s 3D Spine

richard-iii-spine-702x336

Because nothing is really real until it’s modeled in 3D, a team at the University of Leicester created a 3-D model of King Richard III’s spine. Here it is (hold down the left mouse button and move the cursor left or right to rotate): The bones have been subjected to more detailed analysis since their discovery, [Read More...]

Bones of the Irish Viking King

bones

Okay, so I’m covering this story partly because it lets me use a headline that sounds like a Robert E. Howard story, and Robert E. Howard was The Greatest Writer Ever Yes Even Better Than Shakespeare. Did Shakespeare ever do anything that could be illustrated like this by Frank Frazetta? Game, set, match, Mr. Shakespeare. [Read More...]

Islamists Destroy Ancient Assyrian Artifacts

aajajah 2

APSA2011: Project Syria Heritage has a new report detailing the wholesale destruction of Assyrian antiquities at the hands of the radical Muslim terrorist group ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) in Syria. Believed to be 3000 years old, the Assyrian statues and artifacts were plundered from Tell Ajaja. [Read more...]

An Ancient Fetal Mummy

Image: Swansea University Egypt Centre

There’s a popular misconception that high mortality rates made life cheap in the ancient world, particularly where children, infants, and the unborn were concerned. The evidence, however, doesn’t support this. Mummified fetuses have been discovered before, most notably in the tomb of Tutankhamen. Ancient Egyptians clearly regarded the unborn as human life to be mourned, [Read More...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X