The ancient settlements of the Mayan Xunantunich (Xunantunich) and Cahal Pech (Kahal Pech) in Belize.
Once a part of the Legionnaires of our diving club, went home to snow-covered trees, the most persistent continue to explore the Mayan pyramids. Today we are going to Xunantunich…

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Now they fake everything, even the monuments
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…

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Odessa Archaeological Museum

Odessa archaeological Museum is one of the oldest in Ukraine. It is located in a magnificent building built in the country style in the middle of the XIX century, in the heart of Odessa. Thanks to the incredibly rich collection of unique antiquities archaeological Museum is a real treasure, a priceless cultural heritage, and is among the top ten most visited sights of South Palmyra.

It began its history in 1825 as the city Museum of antiquities. The core of its collection became a private collection of ancient books and archaeological objects, which the city passed local philanthropist Ivan Blaramberh, who actively participated in the creation of the Museum. Further development required archaeological Museum of the Odessa society of history and antiquities, through which its funds have been considerably increased original artifacts of the past.

The Museum’s collection, numbering about 170 thousand exhibits, is set in ten themed rooms, located on two floors. It consists of valuable monuments of history and culture of the Northern black sea, ancient Greece and Ancient Rome, as well as antiquities from Cyprus and Egypt. The exposition is built in chronological order from the stone age to the middle Ages and introduces the culture and life of different Nations. Continue reading

The Israelis dug up the history of the green

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

Israeli archaeologists have discovered Christian monastery complex of the V century

Archaeologists have found in Rosh ha’ayin in the Central district of Israel ancient manor house and the Byzantine Church. Researchers estimate the age of the estate is approximately 2700 years old, the age of the Church in 1500 years. About the findings the scientists reported in a press release from the Israel antiquities authority.

The detected size of the estate — 30 x 50 meters, its walls are preserved to a height of over two meters. The house had 24 rooms gathered around a Central courtyard. In the courtyard scientists found a large compartment for the storage of grain, which, according to archeologists, suggest that in ancient times in the area the grain is grown in large quantities. This is also confirmed by the earlier findings in the excavations millstones. Along with other artifacts found on the estate, the researchers found two silver coins with the image of the Greek goddess Athena and her owl. Scientists have dated the coins to the fourth century BC. Also, there was found a stone press for olive oil.

According to the head of the excavations Amide of Shadman, this farm and others like it worked for centuries, until, until they were abandoned in the Hellenistic period (after 323 BC). The revival of the territory began in the Byzantine Empire in the V century came a new wave of settlers-Christians.

On one of the nearby hills, the researchers discovered a monastery from the Byzantine period. In the monastery complex, archaeologists have found a Church, an olive press, living quarters and stables with original mangers and troughs. The floor of the Abbey Church was covered with colorful mosaics. On one of the mosaics survived the inscription: “This place was built under the supervision of a priest Theodosius. Peace be with you, when you came, peace be with you, when you go away, Amen.” Continue reading

In the catacombs of Rome discovered the remains of the first Christians
More than a thousand skeletons in "elegant gowns" were found in Roman catacombs of Saint Peter and Marcellinus. Roman archaeologists from the French School and the French University of Bordeaux…

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