An antique Russian miniature travelling double icon with gold oklad (riza). The front is painted with The Holy Mandylion or Holy Face (also known as Not Made By Hands, Russian: Спас Нерукотворный), the reverse - with St. Nicholas. 1 7/8 x 2 3/16 in. (4,8 x 5,7 cm) The chased two-tone gold oklad was made in Moscow in 1814.
The Kensington Runestone is a 202-pound slab of greywacke covered in runes on its face and side which, if genuine, would suggest that Scandinavian explorers reached the middle of North America in the 14th century. It was found in 1898 in the largely rural township of Solem, Douglas County, Minnesota, and named after the nearest settlement, Kensington.
Ancient burial of Varna, in Bulgaria. Accidentally discovered cemetery (1972) yields evidence of rich civilization 3,000 years older than Stonehenge. Previously unknown civilization, the graves contain the largest and oldest known collection of gold and gold ornaments, dating 6,000 to 6,500 years ago.
A recently discovered fresco of the Flight to Egypt from a church in the Italian comune of Castelsprio, near the Swiss border, dates from the first half of the 800s and is unlike anything else produced in Western Europe at the time. The hand of a Byzantine master is evident.