Ancient Monastic Site Destroyed by Islamists

Looters attempted to hack out this ancient architectural element in Ansana (Photo from Egypt’s Heritage Taskforce Facebook page)

Egypt’s Christian community continues to suffer attacks by Muslims, including destruction and looting of archaeological and historical sites dating to the first centuries of Christianity. From Daily News Egypt: The latest attack targeted Ansana, a historical Egyptian site believed to have been used as a Coptic monastery. Yet, information about it is scarce. “[The site] [Read More...]

Ancient Jerusalem’s Economy Powered by Animal Sacrifice

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The Journal of Archaeological Science had published a study of animal remains uncovered around the Temple complex in Jerusalem, suggesting that animals raised and traded for temple sacrifice drove a large portion of Jerusalem economy: An analysis of bones found in an ancient dump in the city dating back 2,000 years revealed that animals sacrificed at [Read More...]

LEGO Used to Restore Ancient Sarcophagus

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LEGO: is there anything it can’t do? A 3000 year old mummy case in the possession of the Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, has been restored to its former shape using LEGO. The conservation of the cartonnage [a kind of linen papier mache] mummy case was undertaken with the assistance of the Department of Engineering, who helped [Read More...]

Mysterious Structure Under the Sea of Galilee

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I filed this one away in Evernote this summer and forgot to blog it, but it’s too cool to let pass: A huge, cone-shaped monument has been discovered by a team of Israeli archaeologists conducting a geophysical survey on the southern Sea of Galilee. According to a paper published in the International Journal of Nautical [Read More...]

Pauline Site Excavated, Church Discovered

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“When an attempt was made by both Gentiles and Jews, with their rulers, to molest them and to stone them, they learned of it and fled to Lystra and Derbe, cities of Lycao’nia, and to the surrounding country; and there they preached the gospel.” Acts 14:5-7 Digging is going on now at one of the [Read More...]

Lost Techs of Ancient Rome and Renaissance England

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One of the more persistent myths is the idea of continual progression: man advances, building on the great wisdom of those who came before. This notion of movement towards an achievable ideal is one of the more charming delusions of liberalism. I really do wish it were true, and that mankind was advancing towards a [Read More...]

The Temple Mount: A Virtual Tour

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Courtesy of the Israeli Minister of Construction and Housing and a group called The Heart of the Nation comes this virtual tour of the Temple Mount, complete with 360-degree views of various locations. It’s was released to coincide with Tisha B’av, which commemorates the destruction of the First and Second Temples. A couple of caveats: [Read More...]

A Face From the Past

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You can be excused for thinking the face pictured above is a modern mugshot of some dude who just robbed a Piggly Wiggly. In fact, it’s an archer who died in the sinking of the Mary Rose,  a ship from the fleet of Henry VIII (spit). The Mary rose was sunk in 1545, discovered in [Read More...]


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