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
The remains of a man and lying close to him, women found Greek archaeologists in the legendary cave of Alepotrypa (Fox hole), which is a type of the Kingdom of Hades – the realm of the dead. The pair lay on its side, and the men’s skeleton held in the arms of a female.
Scientists have unraveled the mystery of the ancient graves of lovers
Unusual burial – lying in the arms of a man and a woman – was opened two years ago, but study finds, involving radiocarbon Dating, was completed only recently. Archaeologist Giorgos Papathanassopoulos, who leads the excavations in the cave of Alepotrypa since 1970, said that the death of these people some 6,000 years ago. They died young: the man for 25 years and the woman 20. These are the dead – the oldest found in Greece.
The experts, who were engaged in the study of unusual finds, there was a version that the couple died during sexual contact they were covered with fallen rock. George Papathanassopoulos does not exclude this theory, but stresses that it’s probably not true. Most likely, discovered the burial tomb. 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