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Margaret Tudor. Ancient Cupping in Israel - Biblical Archaeology Society. Megan Sauter • 08/15/2016 The Olympic Games have a rich history, and so does an ancient medicinal treatment that seems to be resurfacing at this summer’s Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

Ancient Cupping in Israel - Biblical Archaeology Society

Ancient Combat Sports - Biblical Archaeology Society. Michael B.

Ancient Combat Sports - Biblical Archaeology Society

Poliakoff • 08/16/2016 Read Michael B. Poliakoff’s article “Ancient Combat Sports” as it originally appeared in Archaeology Odyssey, July/August 2004. —Ed. One of the three ancient Greek combat sports, wrestling was celebrated for its complexity, as it required not only strength but precise skills and cunning. “You know that the Olympic crown is olive, yet many have honored it above life,” wrote the Greek orator Dio Chrysostom (c. 40-110 C.E.).1 Indeed, the occasional philosopher or doctor may have condemned the brutality and danger of ancient athletics, but the Greek public nevertheless accepted a good deal of hazard, injury and death.2 This is particularly true of the three Greek combat events—wrestling, boxing and pancratium (a combination of boxing and wrestling that allowed such tactics as kicking and strangling). Hy-Brasil: The Legendary Phantom Island of Ireland.

Hy-Brasil was an island which appeared on ancient maps as early as 1325 and into the 1800s.

Hy-Brasil: The Legendary Phantom Island of Ireland

On most maps, it was located roughly 321km (200 miles) off the west coast of Ireland in the North Atlantic Ocean. One of the most distinctive geographical features of Hy-Brasil on those maps is that it often appears as a circle with a channel (or river) running east to west across the diameter. Stories about the island have circulated throughout Europe for centuries with tales that it was the promised land of saints or a paradise where an advanced civilization lived.

Living a Spiritual life — autumns-coziness: the coziest’ blog of them... Living a Spiritual life — Sky’s Anti-Negativity Shower Spell. Magdala 2016: Excavating the Hometown of Mary Magdalene - Biblical Archaeology Society. << Back to Digs 2016 The Magdala Stone bears one of the earliest images of the seven-branched menorah.

Magdala 2016: Excavating the Hometown of Mary Magdalene - Biblical Archaeology Society

Photo: Yael Yulowich, courtesy Israel Antiquities Authority. In preparation for the construction of a guesthouse in 2009 at Magdala on the western coastline of the Sea of Galilee, an archaeological test was conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA). A tractor came across what would be the most important archaeological discovery in Israel in the last 50 years less than a foot beneath the soil.

An Ancient Roman Gateway to Pan at Hippos-Sussita - Biblical Archaeology Society. David Malamud • 07/28/2016 The rare bronze Pan mask discovered near the ancient Roman gateway at Hippos-Sussita.

An Ancient Roman Gateway to Pan at Hippos-Sussita - Biblical Archaeology Society

Photo: Dr. Michael Eisenberg. Mrs. Mia Wallace: heyveronica: chasingdunamis: styleswhatever: ... WATCH A MOVING TRIBUTE FOR GEORGE MARTIN FROM HIS FINAL PROJECT 'SOUNDBREAKING' Silver Hoard from Abel Beth Maacah Illuminates Biblical Border Town - Biblical Archaeology Society. “It was one of those rare moments that every archaeologist dreams about,” write Abel Beth Maacah dig staff Nava Panitz-Cohen, Robert Mullins and Naama Yahalom-Mack and conservator Miriam Lavi in their Archaeological Views column “A Silver Lining at Abel Beth Maacah” in the July/August 2016 issue of Biblical Archaeology Review.

Silver Hoard from Abel Beth Maacah Illuminates Biblical Border Town - Biblical Archaeology Society

In the column, the authors describe the excitement around the discovery of a Late Bronze Age silver hoard, one of the earliest ever found in Canaan. The Late Bronze Age silver hoard discovered at Abel Beth Maacah contains, among other pieces, silver hoop earrings and an ingot in the shape of the continent of Africa.

Photo: Gabi Laron. The Great Fire of London. A few days after the fire’s end on September 5th, 1666, several plans for rebuilding the gutted City, with imaginative street layouts, were submitted to Charles II by figures including the architect Christopher Wren, the natural philosopher Robert Hooke and the surveyor Peter Mills.

The Great Fire of London

None was used, as they all proved impractical for various reasons, but in order for rebuilding to happen accurate plans were needed. The king ordered a survey and the results were drawn up on six plates by John Leake in March 1667. Strange Shape shifting object closes down airport in China. Margaret Tudor, A Tale of Two Queens, Lost Palace of Whitehall & more. Mysterious City Appears In Sky Above China. 9 Foot Alien Spotted In Space Shuttle Cargo Bay. Teleportation Alien Jinn Child Caught in Nepal CCTV. The Neolithic Toolkit. (Courtesy Rengert Elburg, Landesamt für Archäologie Sachsen)

The Neolithic Toolkit

Dozens of New York mobsters arrested by the FBI with names such as 'Muscles', 'Tony the Cripple', 'Mustache Pat' and 'Tugboat' Hayhurst and Co creates "hanging-basket roof" for artists' home and studio. Architecture studio Hayhurst and Co has built a home and studio for leading leather-design duo Whitaker Malem, featuring a steeply stepped roof covered in over 800 plants (+ slideshow).

Hayhurst and Co creates "hanging-basket roof" for artists' home and studio

Called Garden House, the two-storey residence is located in the De Beauvoir area of London's Hackney and is one of 20 houses vying for this year's RIBA House of the Year award. The building takes its name from its unusual roof. Described by London-based Hayhurst and Co as a "hanging-basket roof", this tiered structure is a pyramid-like tower of planters containing sedums and heathers.

This provides the clients with a garden they can easily maintain. Rio locals reflect on upcoming Olympics. Rio locals reflect on upcoming Olympics Before Rio de Janeiro host South America’s first Olympics, city residents expressed mixed feelings about the cost and security of the Games, while holding out hope they will bring joy to a nation facing economic and political crises.

Rio locals reflect on upcoming Olympics

The conflicted thoughts mirror a recent survey by the Datafolha polling group showing that half of Brazilians were opposed to holding the Games, while 63 percent think the costs of hosting the event will outweigh benefits. --By Pilar Olivares/Reuters. A Temporary Tattoo Could One Day Reveal How Drunk You Are. 0ShareNew Soon, you may be able to check your blood alcohol level just by looking at your phone. Engineers at the University of California San Diego have designed a temporary tattoo–style sensor that sticks on the skin and measures blood alcohol levels in sweat, as Broadly reports.

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CLICK HERE for video or scroll down to watch. Living a Spiritual life. Tropical Space uses perforated brickwork to build pottery studio. Vietnamese studio Tropical Space has completed a cube-shaped sculpture workshop for artist Le Duc Ha, which hides an elaborate bamboo shelving grid behind its perforated brick walls (+ slideshow). Named Terra Cotta Studio, the seven-metre-high building gives the artist a dedicated place for creating clay sculptures and pottery, as well as display spaces where he can show off his work. 17 Podcasts Everyone Should Listen To. Christian Pilgrimages Special Collection.

Generations after the reign of Constantine the Great, the first Christian Roman emperor, the Byzantine phenomenon of traveling to sites associated with Jesus, his apostles and Christian saints and martyrs grew into a popular practice. Followers traveled in increasing numbers from all over the Mediterranean to visit sites where major Biblical events were purported to have occurred and to witness holy relics.

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