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  • Botosani Archaeological Treasures Come to Light

    on Dec 20, 12 • in Bronze age, Cultural heritage, Eneolithic, Middle Ages, Neolithic, News, Prehistory, Romania • with Comments Off on Botosani Archaeological Treasures Come to Light

    Aiming to study the evolution of proto and prehistoric human habitat in the middle of the Prut basin, in the northeast part of Romania, researchers came across one of the richest areas of archaeological heritage in the country. The Ripiceni-Holm archeological site is located in the village with the same name, in Botosani county and plays host to an amazing series of historical treasures that prove the continuity of life in the area. Most notable discoveries consist of traces of houses from different periods including Neolithic, Eneolithic, Bronze Age and Middle Ages. The investigations are

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  • Mummy Brain: Gray Matter-Removal Tool Found In Ancient Egyptian Skull

    on Dec 19, 12 • in Archaeology, Croatia, Cultural heritage, News • with Comments Off on Mummy Brain: Gray Matter-Removal Tool Found In Ancient Egyptian Skull

    A brain-removal tool used by ancient Egyptian embalmers has been discovered lodged in the skull of a female mummy that dates back around 2,400 years. Removal of the brain was an Egyptian mummification procedure that became popular around 3,500 years ago and remained in use in later periods. Identifying the ancient tools embalmers used for brain removal is difficult, and researchers note this is only the second time that such a tool has been reported within a mummy’s skull. The discovery Located between the left parietal bone and the back of the skull, which had been filled

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  • Greek Antiquities Found On Mentor Shipwreck

    on Dec 18, 12 • in Antiquty, Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Cultural heritage, Greece, History, News • with Comments Off on Greek Antiquities Found On Mentor Shipwreck

    The underwater shipwreck excavation of the wreck of the ship Mentor, that sank off the island of Kythera in 1802 while carrying goods plundered from the Parthenon by British diplomat Lord Elgin has proved to be a treasure trove of personal items from the passengers and crew. A greater number of coins were also found, at least two ancient silver coins which were antiquities acquired by Elgin, passengers or the crew,along with two gold coins, used as currency at the time, from the late 1700’s. Other coins were also recovered but require conservation before they

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  • Mosaic Floor Unearthed in Didymoteicho

    on Dec 17, 12 • in Archaeology, Architecture, Art, Greece, News, Roman period • with Comments Off on Mosaic Floor Unearthed in Didymoteicho

    A series of well-preserved archaeological finds have been discovered during this year’s excavations at what has been identified as the ancient Plotinopolis, situated in the outskirts of modern-day Didymoteicho, northeastern Greece. Plotinopolis was a Roman city founded by the Roman Emperor Traianus, who named it after his wife Plotini. The hill of Aghia Petra, just outside Didymoteicho, has been the focus of archaeological interest since before World War II, while in 1965 a golden forged bust of Roman Emperor Septimius Severus was found there. From 1965 onward, the 19th Ephorate of Prehistoric and Classical Antiquities

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  • Temple of Poseidon found in Bulgaria’s Sozopol

    on Dec 16, 12 • in Archaeology, Bulgaria, Christianity, Middle Ages, News, Religion, Roman period • with Comments Off on Temple of Poseidon found in Bulgaria’s Sozopol

    One of the buildings excavated in the Bulgarian Black Sea town of Sozopol appears to have been a temple to Poseidon, going by the discovery of a large and relatively well-preserved altar to the Greek god. This is according to Bozhidar Dimitrov, director of Bulgaria’s National History Museum. Archaeologists found the building in front of the medieval fortified wall of the seaside town, Dimitrov said. He said that the numerous pieces of marble found during excavations indicate that after the declaration of Christianity as the office religion of the Roman empire in 330 CE, the

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  • Romanian media: Thousands of valuable stamps stolen from Romanian heritage

    on Dec 15, 12 • in Anthropology, Cultural heritage, Media, News, Romania • with Comments Off on Romanian media: Thousands of valuable stamps stolen from Romanian heritage

    Romania owns an impressive collection of 12 million stamps which is worth EUR 500 million, but when the officials from the Romanian Post, which manages the collection, tried to take an inventory, they discovered that some of the stamps were missing or replaced with fakes, according to the Romanian media. The audit results showed that more than two hundred “Cap de Bour 1858″ stamps, the first and most expensive of the famous series, had been replaced by other fake stamps. The value of the stamps strictly speaking comes to RON 12 million. During a a

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