A strange story that is developing in Malaysia: The Malacca government has authorised a treasure hunt in Pulau Nangka, in search of gold thought to belong to the Malacca Sultanate. The rumours of treasure on the island seem to be more steeped in legend than fact, and according to Malaysia’s Heritage Commissioner, the state government does not have the authority to do authorise a hunt.
Antiquarian: Decipher scripts and symbols – and treasures will be found
The Star, 15 April 2014
Billion-ringgit treasure hunt in Malacca
The Star, 14 April 2014
Could the treasure be Sultan Mahmud’s riches?
The Star, 14 April 2014
Mysterious scripts and symbols reportedly written on the walls of a cave in Pulau Nangka hold the key to finding its hidden treasures.
According to a local antiquarian, those who had entered the cave had seen the strange writings. “But, they could not interpret them.”
Th antiquarian, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said people had also seen the same writings replicated on a palm leaf scroll, which could no longer be traced.
“The key to finding the treasures is to decipher the writings,” he said, adding that since the late 1970s, there had been several attempts to salvage the treasures. “However, all were futile.”
Full story here.
Chinese tourists to Angkor see a 10% increase compared to last year for the January-February period.
Chinese tourists to Cambodia’s Angkor world heritage site continue to grow
Xinhua, 13 April 2014
The number of Chinese visitors to Cambodia’s Angkor Wat temple, one of the World Heritage Sites, has continued to grow in the first two months of this year, a tourism official said Sunday.
Some 71,100 Chinese had visited the 12th century temple during the January-February period this year, up 10.5 percent compared with the same period last year, said Chhoeuy Chhorn, administration chief of the tourism department in Siem Reap province, where the temple is located.
“China is the second largest source of tourists to the temple after South Korea,” he told Xinhua by telephone.
Full story here.
PROVIDENCE, RHODE ISLAND—The Rhode Island State Home and School Project, led by E. Pierre Morenon of Rhode Island College, has collected oral histories, video, state records, and conducted excavations on the grounds of the state’s first orphanage, which operated from 1885 to 1979. Its last remaining wooden building, known as Yellow Cottage, and two other buildings still stand on the Rhode Island College campus. Morenon and his team uncovered a toy soldier, pieces of roller skates and toy guns, a toy tow truck, buttons, little purses, and many marbles. “For me, there’s a lot of meaning attached to objects. I tend as an archaeologist to think that they are not just functional things, but part of a child’s life,” Morenon told The Providence Journal.
Phil Redmond added that the panel was "particularly impressed with Hull's evidence of community and creative engagement, their links to the private sector and their focus on legacy, including a commitment to enhance funding beyond 2017".Hull's Council Leader, Stephen Brady was also quoted:
"It will give Hull a platform to tell the world what this great city has to offer, transform perceptions and accelerate our journey to make Hull a prime visitor destination."However, five months on, Hull City Council has decided that it will close the Hands on History Museum housed in the Old Grammar School with its associations with William Wilberforce (see Hull City Council website). The Hull Daily Mail has more details.
Боспорских исследований, 30, 2014 le sommaire
Археологический Сборник, 39, 2013 le sommaire
Pontica, 46, 2013
Il Mar Nero, 7 le sommaire
Il Mar Nero, 8, le sommaire
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA—New research suggests that contaminated water caused chronic arsenic poisoning among the Incas and the Chinchorro who lived in northern Chile between A.D. 500 and 1450. The skin, hair, clothes, and soil encrusting a naturally preserved mummy from the Tarapacá Valley of the Atacama Desert were examined by with nondestructive instruments by archaeological scientist Ioanna Kakoulli of the University of California Los Angeles and her colleagues. The condition of the mummy’s skin suggested arsenic ingestion, so the scientists imaged the hair samples with a very high resolution scanning electron microscope, and analyzed the distribution of elements and minerals in the hair sample with the synchrotron light source at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. They found that the arsenic had been uniformly distributed through the hair, and that the soil contained much lower concentrations of the toxic element. “The results are consistent with modern epidemiological studies of arsenic poisoning by ingestion,” Kakoulli told Live Science.
Originating from Mesopotamia, beryl was worshipped as a magic stone. It is said to protect marital feelings and love and will help the one who possesses it reach high positions.
It is a very gentle healer, helping with homesickness and anxiety caused by traveling. Beryl aids in treating eye problems, placing the stone on the closed eye in the evening. It can alleviate mild stomach and bowel disorders and detoxify the body. Beryl is used in the treatment of angina and can relieve the effects of long-term stress when placed on the neck. When worn with morganite, it can enhance the physical appeal and erotic feelings of the wearer.
Beryl is a protective stone, especially when travel over water as that is its corresponding element.
It should always be placed in a bowl of hematite stones overnight and cleansed under warm running water while rubbing lightly.
Via: The Whimsical Pixie on Facebook.
We are proud to announce that Rodopis (rodopis.org) has just signed a Cooperation Agreement with the EAGLE Best Practice Network. This cooperation will hopefully lead to the involvement of Rodopis members in the project’s User Engagement activities (via its network of members and friends). It may also facilitate a significant contribution to our Wikimedia Commons contents through the addition of links to EAGLE databases. Rodopis will also cooperate with EAGLE in organising intensive workshops on Digital Humanities and the digitalisation of texts in Italy. The aim of such activities will be the training of young students and researchers, especially in TEI-EpiDoc, one of the standards adopted by the EAGLE consortium for the publication of inscriptions online.
Rodopis is a cultural association of students, researchers and people interested in Ancient History. In recent years, Rodopis members have carried out several initiatives for promoting the study of Ancient History, both in and outside the academic world.
Many of the events organised by Rodopis are tightly linked to research. The most important among these are the cycles of graduate and postgraduate seminars “Ricerche a Confronto”, which were held in many Italian universities (Bologna, Trento, Roma Tre, Torino, Cagliari). In addition to this, the association has organised international Postgraduate Conferences in Classics.
Rodopis also focuses on the divulgation of Classics-related themes. To this end, several initiatives have been organised, including educational seminars and annual trips to important sites to the study of ancient culture.
All members of Rodopis look forward to this cooperation and are very glad to be part of this international effort to bring top quality epigraphic contents and data to the public for use and reuse. This is the mission we share!
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Sandstone statue of king Montuhotep II
Statue of the king shows him in his Heb-sed (jubilee) costume. This feast was meant to renew the king’s youth and demonstrate his strength as king, so as to be show to be fit to rule Egypt.
Egyptian, Middle Kingdom, 11th dynasty, 2051 - 2000 BC.
Found in Thebes, Deir el-Bahri, temple of Montuhotep II
Source: Metropolitan Museum
Seated divinity. Maya Culture, Rio Bec (?) or Chenes region, Mexico, Classic period. Made of polychrome stucco, dates to between circa 550 and circa 950.
Former collection of Jean Lions, 1970s; former collection of H. Law; auctioned by Binoche & Giquello on 21 March 2011. Photo taken by Marie-Lan Nguyen.
LINCOLN, NEBRASKA—A multidisciplinary team of researchers is dissecting a section of wall removed from a sod house in the Great Plains to learn about the lives of nineteenth-century homesteaders. Weighing in at nearly two tons, the wall was carried to The University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where the “autopsy” is taking place. The wall itself comes apart easily, but the bricks, composed of dirt held together with the roots of prairie grasses, are very sturdy. “It’s a laboratory that we can kind of look to see over the course of a hundred years, what happened as people dealt with changing economic situations and as droughts came and affected them,” archaeologist LuAnn Wandsnider told NET Nebraska.
Pegsus and Swastika, Silver Stater of Corinth c. 550-500 BC
Coin shows Pegasos (Pegasus), with curved wing, flying to left, a koppa below. On the reverse, an incuse in the form of a swastika.
Very rare. This is one of the finest of all archaic Corinthian staters known. Instead of walking, as on the earliest examples of this type, Pegasos is clearly flying here since all his hooves are diagonal and not flat on the ground. The swastika patterned incuse on the reverse is actually a very ancient solar symbol, found in many parts of the world, and has no political meaning.
The ancient city of Corinth was founded in the 10th century BC on the remnants of a Neolithic settlement. The town was extremely well situated on the isthmus that joins the Peloponnesus with the mainland of Greece. This location gave Corinth the possibility to control all roads connecting the two parts of Greece. As a result, Corinth soon developed into one of the most important trade centers of the ancient world.
Thanks to this vivid trade, Corinth belonged to the first western towns to take up coinage, supposedly around the middle of the 6th century BC. The motif on the coins of Corinth was Pegasus, the legendary winged horse – legend had it that Pegasus, scratching with his hoof on the rock Acrocorinthus, had released the spring of Peirene, the fountain that supplies Corinth with fresh water. The reverse of the early Corinthian coins showed a simple square, the so-called “quadratum incusum.” Soon however, the square was transformed into a swastika, as can be seen on this coin.
"Cultural objects often become a part of conflict as aggressors and defenders seek to control their history and identity, and that of their enemies. [...] The Hague convention for the protection of cultural property in the event of armed conflict, originally drawn up in 1954 and amended in 1999, is an international treaty that stemmed from the destruction and appropriation of cultural objects in the second world war. The convention provides protection for cultural heritage in international law, prohibiting looting, theft, vandalism and reprisals against cultural property and barring the use of cultural property for military purposes except in exceptional circumstances. Importantly, it also forbids the export of cultural property from occupied territories and makes provision for the return of objects deposited with third-party territories for safekeeping during conflict. Yet the UK is one of the only western powers not to have ratified the convention. I am calling on the new culture secretary, Sajid Javid, to introduce legislation in the next Queen's speech to ratify the convention, and have asked a parliamentary question that will be addressed after Easter. Labour will back such a move if he agrees to this. There can be no excuse: the legislation was prepared by the last Labour government; the coalition has run out of ideas. Let's use the final year of this parliament to do something really useful on a cross-party basis".Who'll support this? British archaeologists and their metal detecting "partners"?
CHICAGO, ILLINOIS—Nine American survivors of a 1997 terrorist attack in Jerusalem were awarded damages in a U.S. court for more than $300 million from the Republic of Iran. When Iran refused to pay the damages, the plaintiffs claimed a collection of Achaemenid Tablets on loan to the University of Chicago’s Oriental Institute. But a U.S. court has ruled in a second appeal that the tablets are classified as noncommercial property and are therefore not subject to seizure. The tablets are currently being digitized and cataloged as part of the university’s Persepolis Fortification Archive Project. “We will return them [to Iran] when we are done recording, analyzing, and publishing them,” Matthew Stolper, head of the project, told The Chicago Maroon.
Journal of Theological Studies is now published by Oxford University Press. The original series ran from 1899-1949 and the new series began in 1950, continuing to the present day. The printed index of Vols. 1-30 (1899-1929) can be downloaded here.
|Vols. 1 - 10 (1899-1909)|
|Vols. 11 - 20 (1910-1919)|
|Vols. 21 - 30 (1920-1929)|
|Vols. 31 - 40 (1930-1939)|
|Vols. 41 - 50 (1940-1949)|
|Vols. 1 - 10 (1950-1959)|
|Vols. 11 - 20 (1960-1969)|
|Vols. 21 - 30 (1970-1979)|
|Vols. 31 - 40 (1980-1989)|
|Vols. 41 - 50 (1990-1999)|
|Vols. 51 - 60 (2000-2009)|
|Vols. 61 - (2010- )|
|Comedy metal detectorist in action|
|"Now, let that be a lesson to you, you naughty man".|
During a nine-month trial, Kingsbury revealed he had bought the items from a man called Mohamed who owned a series of shops, including one in a five-star hotel complex in Luxor, and brought them to Britain in a suitcase. Due to his cooperation and confession, Kingsbury was told he would not be sentenced to prison. Beside the £500 fine, he was also ordered to pay £50 as a court fee.and told "not to do it again", no doubt. Laughable, and gives out a clear message that the British do not give a tinker's about looted material on the UK market. No surprise there though when their jobsworth archaeologists refer to artefact hunters and collectors as their "partners" and refuse to discuss the issue in public.
Over the last couple of months, I have become aware of another individual who, quietly, and without any fanfare, is making a real difference to ancient history online. Her name is Carole Raddato, and she writes the Following Hadrian blog.
What she is doing is travelling all over the Roman Empire, and photographing its material remains. The results appear on Flickr here.
She’s going into museums, and photographing exhibits, and placing them online. In quantity: there are over 14,000 photographs in that Flickr collection. And at very high quality: far, far better than anything we see in published literature.
I became aware of her work, while working on the Mithras site. Again and again I found that a striking, clear, good quality image would be … by Carole Raddato. It might be in Wikimedia Commons (a site that takes a pretty casual attitude to copyrights of others); more usually on her own Flickr feed.
Again and again I would look for some artefact in some museum and then find … Miss Raddato had visited that museum and made a collection of photographs, all now freely online.
The path she is following – that of the Emperor Hadrian in his travels about the empire – is taking her to the major sites and repositories of the ancient and modern world. The result is this marvellous collection of material.
A lot of people put holiday photos online. They are of variable quality. But I don’t know of anybody else who is undertaking such a herculean task, and doing so in a way that is of permanent value.
We are all in your debt, Madam. May your camera flash never grow dim!
Bronze statuette of Jupiter
18.1cm high (7 1/8 inch.)
Roman, Early Imperial period, 1st century AD.
Source: Metropolitan Museum