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1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Used Nanotechnology. The Lycurgus Cup, as it is known due to its depiction of a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, is a 1,600-year-old jade green Roman chalice that changes colour depending on the direction of the light upon it.

1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Used Nanotechnology

It baffled scientists ever since the glass chalice was acquired by the British Museum in the 1950s. They could not work out why the cup appeared jade green when lit from the front but blood red when lit from behind. 70 metal books found in Jordan cave could change our view of Biblical history. By Fiona Macrae Updated: 19:36 GMT, 30 March 2011 For scholars of faith and history, it is a treasure trove too precious for price.

70 metal books found in Jordan cave could change our view of Biblical history

This ancient collection of 70 tiny books, their lead pages bound with wire, could unlock some of the secrets of the earliest days of Christianity. Academics are divided as to their authenticity but say that if verified, they could prove as pivotal as the discovery of the Dead Sea Scrolls in 1947. 2,000-year-old ritual bath found in Jerusalem. Archaeologists in Jerusalem say they've found a 2,000-year-old ritual bath with a sophisticated system to keep water pure, Israel's Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced.

2,000-year-old ritual bath found in Jerusalem

Palmyra. Palmyra /ˌpælˈmaɪərə/, (Aramaic: ܬܕܡܘܪܬܐ‎; Arabic: تدمر‎; Hebrew: תַּדְמוֹר‎; Ancient Greek: Παλμύρα), was an ancient Semitic city, located in Homs Governorate, Syria.


Pictish written language discovered in Scotland. A new language dating back to the Scottish Iron Age has been identified on carved stones.

Pictish written language discovered in Scotland

These inscriptions are believed to belong to the early Pict society living from ca 300 to 843 AD, in modern-day eastern and northern Scotland. The Picts, meaning “the Painted Ones”, were named by the Roman Eumenius in 297 AD and are renowned for having repeatedly repelled invasions from both Romans and Angles, creating a clear North-South division of the British Isles. Celtic tribes around Ireland, Wales and Scotland are known for their use of stylised stones as signs of ownership and to indicate their names. In the past, some two dozen Pictish Ogham inscriptions had been found in the north and north-west of Scotland. Oghams, also called Primitive Irish, compose an Early Medieval lexigraphic alphabet and the earliest inscriptions discovered date back to the 4th century AD. Mysterious Structure Discovered Beneath Sea of Galilee. A giant "monumental" stone structure discovered beneath the waters of the Sea of Galilee in Israel has archaeologists puzzled as to its purpose and even how long ago it was built.

Mysterious Structure Discovered Beneath Sea of Galilee

The mysterious structure is cone shaped, made of "unhewn basalt cobbles and boulders," and weighs an estimated 60,000 tons the researchers said. That makes it heavier than most modern-day warships. Ruins of Perperikon, ancient city of the Thracians. Today’s image of the ancient city of Perperikon comes from EarthSky Facebook friend Zlatan Merakov.

Ruins of Perperikon, ancient city of the Thracians

We asked Zlatan how he constructed this image. He said: In fact, it is very easy to do. All you need is a picture of a landscape with a relatively straight skyline. It is important to make sure if the horizon at the left and right edges is at the same level. Growing in a Foreign World: For a History of the "Meluha Villages" in Mesopotamia in the 3rd Millenium BC. Above: Impression of an Indus-style cylinder seal of unknown Near Eastern origin in the Musee du Louvre, Paris.

Growing in a Foreign World: For a History of the "Meluha Villages" in Mesopotamia in the 3rd Millenium BC

One of the two anthropomorphic figures carved on this seal wears the horns of water buffalo while sitting on a throne with hoofed legs, surrounded by snakes, fishes and water buffaloes. Copyrighted photo by M. Chuzeville for the Departement des antiquites orientales, Musee du Louvre. A fascinating article that gathers together all known facts about Indus settlements and trading with ancient Mesopotamia during around 2500 BCE and conjectures and implications of the facts we do know by an Italian archaeologist who is a pioneer in this kind of deep multidisciplinary analysis. The connections between these ancient Bronze age civilizations could one day help answer a lot of questions. Siberian princess reveals her 2,500 year old tattoos. She is to be kept in a special mausoleum at the Republican National Museum in capital Gorno-Altaisk, where eventually she will be displayed in a glass sarcophagus to tourists.

Siberian princess reveals her 2,500 year old tattoos

For the past 19 years, since her discovery, she was kept mainly at a scientific institute in Novosibirsk, apart from a period in Moscow when her remains were treated by the same scientists who preserve the body of Soviet founder Vladimir Lenin. To mark the move 'home', The Siberian Times has obtained intricate drawings of her remarkable tattoos, and those of two men, possibly warriors, buried near her on the remote Ukok Plateau, now a UNESCO world cultural and natural heritage site, some 2,500 metres up in the Altai Mountains in a border region close to frontiers of Russia with Mongolia, China and Kazakhstan.

To many observers, it is startling how similar they are to modern-day tattoos. Reconstruction of Princess Ukok's tattoos, made by Siberian scientists. Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered in Mesopotamia. The tokens, in this instance, had air bubbles around them, suggesting they were wrapped in cloth before being put in the ball, the cloth disintegrating over time.

Clues to Lost Prehistoric Code Discovered in Mesopotamia

In addition, it appears that a liquid, likely liquid bitumen, was poured over the tokens after they were inserted into the balls. What someone was trying to communicate by creating such tokens is unknown. "That's a mystery," Woods told LiveScience in an interview. THE ENORMOUS MEGALITHIC SITE OF CHOKAHATU ~ Megaliths of India: The official website of Subhahsis Das. Australian Original Astronomical Rock Engravings Will Re-Write World History. 9th April 2013 By Steven Strong Contributing Writer for Wake Up World Original Australian archaeology serving astronomical purposes found in the Central Coast of NSW (Australia) is both so numerous in number (>2000 star markers) and diverse in applications (star markers, constellation alignments, solstices, plasma events and possibility of binary star system and polar shifts) and the implications of this call into question many mistaken assumptions of Original prehistory.

We propose that this complex is a unique star map of global significance exhibiting sophistication previously unknown. Australian Original Astronomical Rock Engravings Will Re-Write World History. Ancient Shiva Temple at Ambernath. The Shiva temple at Ambarnath is one of its kind in this region. This temple is a fine example of the Vesara style that was predominant in the central parts of India.

Vesara style is essentially a tasteful blend of two schools of architecture, the Dravidian style and the Nagara style, in simple words, a mix of the north Indian and south Indian styles of temple making. There were many regional versions of Vesara styles. Mysterious Structure Discovered Beneath Sea of Galilee. AIN GHAZAL. Considered among the most important pre-pottery Neolithic sites in the whole of the ancient Near East, the 9,000-year-old farming settlement of ‘Ain Ghazal (Spring of the Gazelles) first came to light during road construction on the outskirts of Amman in 1974.

In the decade that followed, numerous finds were recovered from the 30-acre site, the most extraordinary of which were a suite of large, lime-plaster statues and funerary masks found in two caches beneath the floor of an abandoned building. Some 30 in all, the statues had faces tinted with red ochre and eyes inlaid with bitumen; the funerary masks had been modeled on human skulls.

Today, the site, which straddles a seasonal river, suffers from erosion. However, its most pressing threat has been damage wrought by urban development. Faravahar, Zoroastrianism and the winged disk. Faravahar is one of the best-known symbols of Zoroastrianism, the state religion of ancient Iran. Tiwanaku - Wikipedia. Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre.

Géographie[modifier | modifier le code] Carte de l'extension des peuples Tiwanaku et Huari. Piri Reis map - Wikipedia. Un article de Wikipédia, l'encyclopédie libre. La carte de Piri Reis. La carte de Piri Reis restaurée. La carte de Piri Reis est une carte ancienne, découverte en 1929 lors de la restauration du Palais de Topkapı à Istanbul. Elle est attribuée à l'amiral et cartographe ottoman Piri Reis qui l'aurait tracée en 1513. Dessinée sur une peau de gazelle, elle détaille les côtes occidentales de l'Afrique et les côtes orientales de l'Amérique du Sud. Principales caractéristiques de la carte[modifier | modifier le code] La carte de Piri Reis n'est que le fragment d'une carte plus grande représentant le monde connu à l'époque où elle a été réalisée, et dont le reste est aujourd'hui perdu.

L'une des caractéristiques de cette carte est la figuration détaillée d'une côte connectée à la zone australe de l'Amérique du Sud, dont certains disent qu'elle ressemble à la côte de l'Antarctique, continent qui n'a été découvert officiellement qu'en 1818. Göbekli Tepe. The function of the structures is not yet clear. The most common opinion, shared by excavator Klaus Schmidt, is that they are early neolithic sanctuaries. Discovery[edit] Göbekli Tepe, Turkey: a new wonder of the ancient world. Two years ago a bare trickle of visitors found their way to this remote hilltop revelation. A Passage To India - Location-Notes, Photos, and Maps of the Barabar Caves near Gaya, Bihar. The road to Nagarjuna Hill got bumpier and bumpier - at times I thought that the Ambassador motor car could not cope with such punishment, and that it would be better if we walk.

Area of archaeological potential. Areas of Archaeological Potential and other terms such as Area of High Archaeological Potential or Urban Archaeological Zone are terms used to identify parts of the country where it is known that buried archaeology is likely to survive. They are primarily created and used in the planning process at act as triggers that can alert planning officers to possible archaeological disturbance caused by proposed new development. They are often marked out on GIS databases and any application for development within them is likely to be referred to the County Archaeologist for comment and advice.

Lost city. Lost city is a term that can be used to a human settlement that which fell into terminal decline, became extensively or completely uninhabited. 30 abandoned places that look truly beautiful. 1.