Islamists Destroy Ancient Assyrian Artifacts

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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

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...]

Egypt 3D-Prints an Exact Replica of Tut’s Tomb

One of the great threats to archaeological treasures is popularity. The more popular something is, the more tourists it gets. The more tourists, the faster it decays. Vibration, traffic, moisture, light, and human respiration all can degrade certain ancient artifacts. The tomb and treasures of King Tutankhamen are quite possibly the most famous treasures of [Read More...]

St. Francis on Kickstarter

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A group of monks is using Kickstarter to raise money for the restoration of a cell where St. Francis stayed four times from 1209 and 1223, when he traveled to Rome to get recognition for his new order from Pope Innocent III. The location is the church of San Francesco a Ripa in the Trastevere [Read More...]

13th Century Monk Bones Revealed By Erosion

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The Telegraph’s headline was more colorful–800-year-old monk found poking out of cliff face: The legs of an 800-year-old medieval monk have been discovered, poking out of a cliff face in Wales. Although badly damaged and missing their knees, shins and feet, the thigh bones were found after the fierce recent storms caused severe coastal erosion. [Read More...]

Ancient Settlement Uncovered in Israel

A 2,300 year old village dating to the Seleucid Dynasty (or perhaps earlier) has been uncovered during work on a natural gas pipeline. The settlement reached its peak in the 3rd century BC, and by the time of Herod (1st Century BC) was abandoned. The settlement was found not far from Mitzpe Harel in the [Read More...]

The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis in 3D

Here’s a terrific video (Italian with subtitles) of the The Necropolis of the Via Triumphalis, using slick animation to peel away the layers and provide a good view of the site. The area had been closed for a time for additional excavation and restoration, but is now open to public with even more sites to see. [Read More...]

Pagan Temple Found Under Cathedral

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The people working on excavations in Milan have found a secret under the giant gothic Duomo di Milano: it’s built on top of an ancient temple dedicated to Minerva. The location shouldn’t come as a surprise, since the Cathedral (begun in the 14th century and finished 600 years later) was constructed at the most prominent [Read More...]


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