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
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
Construction work in Eastern Mexico exposed an ancient settlement, including 30 skeletons and the ruins of the pyramid, which is thought to have been up to 2,000 years old, archaeology officials announced.
On the site of the graves in the city Jaltipan, to the Southeast of Veracruz, archaeologists also found clay figurines, jade beads, mirrors and animal remains, according to the National Institute of Anthropology and History or INAH.
Researchers believe that the settlement was occupied from approximately the first century BC to ad 600 or 700. Little is known about the people who lived there. The skeletons are going to be analyzed so that researchers could learn about how they were treated from the funeral. [In Photos: Ancient Egyptian Skeletons Unearthed]
“All that is known so far, is that these 30 funeral, two at least belong to infants,” explained archaeologist Alfredo Delgado in a statement from INAH.
Deer antlers and bones that may belong to dogs, American wolves, deer, fish and birds were buried with the bodies, perhaps as beloved Pets to the underworld, the researchers said. There is also evidence that the inhabitants of the place were fossil collectors; among the numerous prehistoric remains were facilityname teeth long shark extinct Megalodon-type. Continue reading