The bust is executed by an unknown sculptor given the stylistic and aesthetic norms of ancient Roman portrait sculpture and so often and so widely copied that it’s now impossible to separate the image of the Roman dictator from his fake image. How to actually could look like a great commander, now contemporaries may not learn never.
The Portland vase, considered the original and until recently was considered one of the most valuable Roman finds, kept in the British Museum. Now its ancient origins questioned. Dr. Jerome Eisenberg, one of the greatest connoisseurs of ancient art, said that it is convinced that the Portland vase was created in the Renaissance.
The fruit of the pomegranate tree, ivory – one of the main exhibits of the Museum of the history of Israel, dated to VIII century BC, about two years ago also turned out to be fake. First it was thought that a unique product of the ancient masters served as a attribute of religious rituals in the Jerusalem temple of king Solomon, destroyed the Assyrian armies in 586 BC. Continue reading
Beliefs about the evil eye – some of the oldest in the middle East. Mesopotamian texts Dating back to 2500 BC, refers to “the evil eye”. These traditions are still preserved: the famous blue eyes – one of the most popular Souvenirs brought from Turkey. But there are also green – they probably have more ancient roots.
The first farmers were defending themselves and their crops by using green magic amulets. The importance of amulets was so great that they were made of special minerals, specially brought from afar.
The results of archaeological excavations of settlements from the Neolithic period on the territory of modern Israel was published in the journal PNAS.
Jewelry is as old as the world itself. For example, we already wrote about the oldest known artifacts, also found in the middle East – their age is estimated at up to 135 thousand years.
At different times of the jewelry carried a variety of meanings, but originally probably served primarily a sacral function.
The basic material from which were made beads, green or brown Apatite
Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer (Daniella Bar-Yosef Mayer ) at the University of Haifa (Universityof Haifa ) and Naomi Porat (Porat Naomi ) from the Israeli geological Institute (Geological Survey of Israel ) believe that the fashion for all things green appeared during the Neolithic revolution, which was accompanied by adaptation of primitive beliefs. Continue reading
The megalosaur (1676), the first dinosaur found. When part of his thigh was discovered in the UK in 1676, Professor at Oxford University, took her for part of the leg of a giant. Only 150 years later in 1824, William Buckland named the creature the “megalosaur”. The term “dinosaurs” appeared 20 years later in 1842.
Mosasaur (1764). Bones of mosasaurs found for hundreds of years, but could not understand who they belong to. Mosasaur notable for the fact that it was first considered to be the most ancient extinct species. It was made by the French naturalist Georges Cuvier, he first suggested that some creatures could live for millions of years before humans.
Iguanodon (1820) was the second creature, which was given the definition of “dinosaur”. The teeth of the iguanodon were discovered by British geologist Gideon Mantell. He showed them various scientist, but they considered that the teeth belong to the fish or rhinos. Only a couple of years from the remains iguanaman saw a giant creature.
Archaeopteryx (1860-1862). In 1859 Charles Darwin published his famous book “Origin of species” which described the theory of evolution. Soon was found a perfectly preserved skeleton of Archaeopteryx, which razosanas in “missing link” between dinosaurs and birds. Later found a much more convincing transitional forms, Archaeopteryx but remember all. Continue reading