Ancient Viking Thing Discovered

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No, I’m not being vague or cutesy. An honest-to-Odin ancient Viking Thing was discovered under a parking lot in Scotland. A “Thing” is what the Norse called their parliament. One more reason to love the Vikings: Excavations at the Cromartie Memorial car park in Dingwall uncovered evidence of a mound that archaeologists believe was established [Read More...]

Stunning Jeweled Saints

Saint Deodatus in Rheinau, Switzerland, by Paul Koudounaris (Thames and Hudson)

Smithsonian has a long, heavily-illustrated piece on photographer Paul Koudounaris and his amazing work cataloging the heavily bejeweled skeletons and corpses of saints. He’s gathered them in a book called Heavenly Bodies: Cult Treasures and Spectacular Saints from the Catacombs (Thames and Hudson), and they are simply astonishing. Here’s a taste: You should read the entire [Read More...]

Defleshing Rituals and Boiled Brains

Ancient brain (Halic University Istanbul)

It’s Monday morning, and we all know what that means: stories about ancient defleshing rituals and 4000-year-old brains. Let’s start with the defleshing, since it’s a word I just don’t get to use enough any more: Archaeologists have recently published in the International Journal of Osteoarcheology, a full report on the discovery of early Holocene [Read More...]

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

Sonar image of structure on the floor of the Sea of Galilee

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...]


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