Posts Tagged ‘Byzantine’

  • In Photos: 8 Byzantine Empire Era Shipwrecks Excavated in Turkey

    on Jan 3, 15 • in Archaeology, Byzantine, Excavation, News, Turkey • with Comments Off

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    Archeologists in Turkey uncovered a large group of Byzantine-era shipwrecks in an ongoing excavation in Istanbul’s Yenikapi district. Researchers recovered six round ships and naval galleys in addition to fishing boats, coasters and one large merchant ship. “Never before has such a large number and types of well-preserved vessels been found at a single location,” study author Cemal Pulak, of the Institute of Nautical Archaeology at Texas A&M University, said in a press statement, adding, “Even more fascinating is the fact that we can now trace how ship construction and ship design changed over the course of

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  • Byzantine lady’s face revealed, given name of Maria

    on Feb 4, 14 • in Anthropology, Archaeology, Byzantine, News, Turkey • with Comments Off

    The 1,000-year-old skeleton was restructured and named Maria.

      The face of a 1,000-year-old skeleton, which was unearthed during the Marmaray project excavations in Istanbul’s Yenikapı, was restructured by the Yıldız Technical University Istanbul Historic Peninsula Application and Research Center Biological Material Inspection Commission. The skeleton was named Maria by the commission president Mehmet Görgülü because it was the most popular name in that era. This ancient lady is estimated to have been 30 years old when she died, had red hair and was a member of one of the noble Byzantium families. Görgülü, who is a general surgery and medical sciences specialist,

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  • Excavation unearths evidence of Thessaloniki’s urban life between 4th and 9th centuries AD

    on May 11, 13 • in Archaeology, Byzantine, Greece, Late antique, Middle Ages, News • with Comments Off

    Thessaloniki Greece

      Archaeologists in Greece’s northern metropolis Thessaloniki were already overjoyed in 2006 when a 2,300-year-old avenue was found during construction work on the city’s new underground rail network. But a decision to keep in situ the superbly preserved ancient neighbourhood described as “Thessaloniki’s Pompeii” has been hailed as a major win for preservationists in the cash-strapped country that has been forced to make unprecedented cuts to cultural spending. “This is a great victory,” says Aristotelis Mentzos, a professor of Byzantine Archaeology at the city’s Aristotelio University. “Such finds exist in other Roman cities but what

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  • Byzantine History of the World to be Studied and Made Accessible

    on Nov 23, 12 • in Byzantine, History, News • with Comments Off

    Iustinian I - San Vitale Ravenna

    The University of Tübingen is to host a third long-term research project backed by the Heidelberg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the field of Ancient History. Tübingen historian Professor Mischa Meier is to head a comprehensive 12-year investigation into the Chronographia of the Byzantine historiographer Ioannes Malalas (born around 490 AD), providing a modern commentary and making the text accessible to researchers and the public. The project begins on January 1, 2013, and will receive around €220,000 annually. The Academies of Sciences and Humanities are Germany’s biggest sponsors of Humanities projects, with a total

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