Viking hoard provides new clues to 'previously unknown ruler'
A hoard of 1,000-year-old artefacts including more than 200 coins, ingots & pieces of silver jewellery, found buried in north Lancashire. The British Museum are examining the hoard after it was discovered in a lead pot by a metal detector enthusiast. The hoard buried at a time when the Anglo-Saxons were attempting to take control of the north of England from the Vikings. Contains Anglo-Saxon, Anglo-Viking, German & Islamic coins. 201 silver objects, 27 coins, buried 900AD.
Relief of Amenhotep III in his chariot. God Nekhbet (vulture) is depicted hovering with her wings spread above the royal image, clutching an ankh (symbol of life) in her claws. Found in Temple of Merneptah (he used stones and reliefs from the 150 year older nearby Temple of Amenophis III), now in Cairo Museum, Egypt.
Chinese archaeologists have carefully stripped the 2,200-year-old clothing from four mummies in order to prevent the delicate outfits from decaying with the dried corpses. Xinjiang mummy [Credit: Xinhuanet] Three skulls and four mandible bones of different sizes have been uncovered so far, leading archaeologists to believe they belonged to one man, two women, and a little boy.
The Cave of the Swimmers, Egypt. figures are about the size of a human hand. The cave and rock art was discovered in 1933 by László Almásy. The Neolithic rock paintings of people swimming, estimated to have been made 10,000 years ago during the most recent Ice Age. When found many people did not believe they could represent actual swimmers. In 2007,Eman Ghoneim discovered an ancient Mega-Lake (30,750 km²) buried beneath the sand of the Great Sahara in the Northern Darfur region, Sudan.
Hattusa, in ancient Turkey, was first settled by the Hatti people, but when conquered ca. 1600 BCE, it became the capital of the Hittite Empire. In keeping with the militaristic ethos of the Hittites, by 1300 BCE, it was magnificently fortified. Situated on advantageous terrain, it was surrounded by double walls. On the ridge on the upper right is the "Acropolis" - the royal palace district. The city was destroyed in 1180 BCE during the Bronze Age Collapse.
Part of a throne with deity on a bull, late 8th–7th C. BCE Urartian gilded bronze Anatolia. Urartu was a powerful kingdom that rivaled the Assyrian empire in the first MILL BCE N.E Turkey into NW Iran. palace-fortresses protected agricultural production, many crafts, noted for extensive metalwork, late 7C BCE destroyed by an UNNOWN. From better-preserved examples, a figure wore horned crown of a deity. A throne and footstool supported by 4 deities and their animal companions symbol of power.
Linear B Tablet Tn316 called the sacrifice tablet- An inscription hastily written in Pylos before the city fell. It tells either of a vain attempt to placate the gods with human sacrifice to try to save the city OR it tells of "Sacrificers" who were the people who performed regular sacrifice. Found in the ruins at Pylos. This is a large tablet about the size of an iPad mini. Reproduction available soon.
Arkosic Dead Sea sandstone tablet describes repairs to Solomon's Temple by Joash who reigned about 839-799 BC and, in accord with this, carbon-14 dating by Israel's Geological Institute, under Shimon Ilani, has authenticated the inscription as being around 2,800 years old. The Institute's director, Amos Bean, reported that they had discovered flecks of gold burnt into the stone, indicating that it was probably in the Temple when the building was destroyed by invading Babylonians in about…