Posts Tagged ‘archaeology’

Museum of Lost Objects Podcast

May 24, 2016

One year ago a man took a pneumatic drill to

Lamassu, Assyrian winged creature and protective spirit that guarded a gate along Ninevah's city walls before it was vandalized by ISIS.

Lamassu, Assyrian winged creature and protective spirit that guarded a gate along Ninevah’s city walls before it was vandalized by ISIS.  

the statue of a winged bull at the gates of the ancient city of Nineveh, near Mosul in modern Iraq. It’s one of countless treasures destroyed by vandals, militants or military action in the region in the past 15 years.” So begins the first in a series of stories about lost ancient art from Iraq and Syria.

These stories comprise the Museum of Lost Objects, a 10-part series and podcast produced by the BBC. Museum of Lost Objects follows looted, lost and destroyed antiquities or ancient sites, tracing the local histories, legends, personal stories surrounding Syrian and Iraqi antiquities from their creation to their demise.

Episode 1: Winged-bull of Nineveh
Episode 2: Palmyra: Temple of Bel
Episode 3: Tell Qarqur, Hama Province
Episode 4: Minaret of the Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo
Episode 5: The Lion of al-Lat
Episode 6: Mar Elian Monastery
Episode 7: Al-Ma’arri the Poet
Episode 8: The Genie of Nimrud
Episode 9: Armenian Martyr’s Memorial, Der Zor
Episode 10: Looted Sumerian Seal, Baghdad

Take a virtual tour of ancient Athens

November 4, 2014

Culturplay, a gaming software studio devoted to promoting cultural heritage through playfuVTA-erecthionl learning, has collaborated with the Acropolis Restoration Service (YSMA) to develop the Virtual Tour of the Acropolis and Athens 5th Century. The Virtual Tour of the Acropolis is composed of high-resolution gigapixel images and panoramas of the Athenian monuments. In addition to detailed photographs, you will find descriptive information and maps helping you orient yourself on the acropolis. Athens 5th Century is a “political and philosophical strategy game that builds upon an intuitive simulation of ancient Greece.” Learn more about the game here.

Explore Roman ruins with new iPad app

December 4, 2013

The travel RRcompany Historvius has just released a new iPad app that allows users to explore Roman ruins without leaving the comfort of home. Sure, it would be nice to explore Rome’s ruins from Rome but sometimes that’s just not possible. If you can’t get to Rome in peRR 2rson, Roman Ruins HD makes it possible for you to explore over 100 Roman sites through 1500 plus images and Google street view.   Roman Ruins can be browsed by site name, country, period, a map or by curated galleries and collections.

The app is available from iTunes

Mayan temple bulldozed

June 5, 2013

A construction company in Belize, looking for crushed rock, took their backhoes and bulldozers to the Nohmo-MAYAN-PYRAMID-DESTROYED-570ul pyramid complex near the Mexico border in Belize. The Mayan Nohmul complex is approximately 2,300 years old and located in the middle of a privately owned sugar cane field. Because the pyramid mound is (was) about 100 feet high and situated in a naturally flat landscape, Jaime Awe of the Belize Institute of Archaeology concludes that the destruction was a result of “bloody laziness.”  All that remains of the pyramid is a stump about 65 feet tall.

To read more, go here and here.

Subway project unearths ancient road

June 28, 2012

The Associated Press recently announced that archaeologists in Greece have uncovered a marble-paved ancient Roman road during excavations for a new subway project.  As construction crews worked in Thessaloniki, they unearthed a 230-foot section of what was the city’s main travel artery nearly 2,000 years ago.  Tools, lamps and column bases were discovered at the site and many of the paving stones contained relief carvings. Archaeologist also found the remains on another road built by the Greek 500 years earlier beneath the Roman road. To read the entire article, go here.

World Wonders Project

June 12, 2012

Google has teamed up with UNESCO, CyArk and the World Monuments Fund to introduce an exciting new resource that allows users to virtually explore and navigate world heritage sites through panoramic street-level images. The World Wonders Project uses Google’s Street View, Panoramio and Youtube to make sites like Pompeii, ancient Kyoto and the Palace of Versailles accessible to a global audience. Users can browse by location or by themes.

Ancient building excavated in Meroë

August 16, 2011

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Archaeologist are excavating what appears to be the remains of the oldest known building in Meroë, Sudan. Meroë, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, was the capitol and center of the Kush Kingdom during the Meroitic period (ca. 350 BCE to 300 CE). Radiocarbon dating indicates that this building, possibly an early palace or administrative center buried beneath a royal palace, dates to 900 BCE.  According to archaeologists, the presence of this ancient building indicates that an early temple dedicated to the Egyptian god Amun also may have existed on this site.  (source: LiveScience, August 5, 2011)

Prehistoric cave paintings discovered in Spain

May 11, 2011

Archaeologists, looking for ancient settlements, chanced upon 25,000 year old cave paintings a few weeks ago in a northern Spain. The seriously deteriorated paintings depict horses and human hands. Exploration of the site continues. (source: Reuters, May 4, 2011)

Buddhist relics in danger in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan

April 7, 2011

According to Art Newspaper, the world’s largest archaeological excavation is underway as archaeologist attempt to rescue ancient Buddhist monasteries in Mes Aynak, Afghanistan before the site is turned into an open-cast mine.  The site, a former training camp for Osama bin Laden, is now leased to a mining company in China and, at $3 billion, is the largest business opportunity in Afghanistan’s history.  The Buddhist monasteries date from the 3rd to 7th centuries. Archaeologists have uncovered a 260 foot walled complex with a stupa, a 25 foot reclining Buddha and wall paintings. Recovered artifacts are being moved to the National Museum in Kabul for conservation. Mining is scheduled for 2014.
For additional information on the excavations at Mes Aynak, visit Penn Museum Blog.

Collection spotlight: Unreported Heritage News

February 2, 2011

In my effort to keep up with events in Egypt, I ran into Unreported Heritage News: Reporting on the heritage stories that are not in the media — yet. Owen Jarus, a correspondent for Heritage Key, a multimedia website that publishes history and archaeology articles, uses his blog to report on unreported or breaking world heritage news. A sample of his reportage includes his conversation with Dr. Gerry Scott from the American Research Center in Egypt on the crisis in Egypt and its impact on conserving Egypt’s cultural heritage; the discovery of a Greek coin from 210 BCE marking an eclipse in ancient Syria; and a study of a 3800-year old tablet from Larsa, Iraq revealing the business dealings of a tycoon.
A big thanks to my friends at UCSB’s Image Center for directing me to this great blog.