Interesting archaeological finds made on the Taman Peninsula in the past year
Unusual coin with ant, one of the rarest vases in the world, the oldest temple in the territory of Russia - this is only a small part of the findings…

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Smolensk state Museum-reserve
The historical Museum is the oldest in the system of the Smolensk Museum-preserve: in 1888, Smolensk ethnographer S. D. Pisarev in the building of the city Duma was opened the…

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Staraya Ladoga historical-architectural and archaeological Museum-reserve

Ladoga – the ancient city of Northern Russia, founded not later than in 753. Ladoga was the first port city on the paths to riches the Arabian East and Byzantium. Ladoga – the first residence of Prince Rurik, designed in 862. Here You will see Russia in the time of Rurik and Oleg prophetic; Rus Prince Alexander Nevsky, Russia under Peter I. the Vain world shall depart to another dimension, and Your eyes gaze at the magnificent panorama of pre-Christian burial hills, the pre-Mongolian churches, monastery complexes and fortifications of XII-XVI centuries in the temple of St. George the XII century. you can see the fresco of “St. George and the dragon” in its early recension: Holy prayer tames the dragon. Unique aura of lake Ladoga, its energy charge and eternal throughout history – that the emotions and images, which we hope You will share with us.

The idea of creating the Museum in Staraya Ladoga arose in the early twentieth century was Intended to establish a cultural and educational institution, which will include a Museum, a theatre and a library-reading room. 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

Paestum (Paestum): an ancient city of Magna Grecia.

Paestum is an ancient city of Magna Grecia in Italy. The Greeks called him Poseidon. All the churches of the city were grouped around a square. Discovered this place in the beginning of XX century and it became the greatest archaeological discovery of the great Greece of the last century. The exact date of Foundation of Paestum are unknown. Archaeologists call about VII century BC the city was built by the inhabitants of the city of Sybaris, located on the Eastern side of the Italian Peninsula (modern Calabria), who founded several colonies on the Tyrrhenian coast commercial purposes. They wanted to use the new city as a “transit” point for goods imported by sea, and then from Paestum goods could travel overland, which saved time and relieved from the dangerous sea voyage along the “Italian toe”. But in 510 BC, sybaris was completely destroyed. It has shaken the position of Paestum . But the town survived. In the days of Ancient Rome. Paestum remained faithful to him, although most of the Greek cities supported Hannibal. Then the Greek Poseidon was called Paestum . But the city’s harbour overgrown with grass, Paestum mentioned Continue reading