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Roman forts and other wonders: Punishing heat …

Roman forts and other wonders: Punishing heat wave reveals ancient settlements in Wales:


”Archeologist Toby Driver has, unlike his office-bound colleagues, spent much of the current heat wave/drought afflicting the United Kingdom — the seasonal average in Wales is 19 C, while present temperatures are 30-plus — peering down at a rain-starved landscape from a small plane.”

“Driver, a senior investigator for the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW), has been on the hunt for crop marks. Rings and whirls and squares and unmistakable marks on the land, visible from the sky, indicating the presence of ancient settlements — Roman forts, Iron Age farms and Medieval castles — buried beneath.”

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met-medieval-art: Finger Ring, Medieval ArtMed…


Finger Ring, Medieval Art

Medium: Gold, garnet cabochon

Gift of J. Pierpont Morgan, 1917
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, NY

Mexico earthquake leads to discovery of ancien…


Archaeologists scanning a Mexican pyramid for damage following September’s devastating earthquake have uncovered traces of an ancient temple.

The temple is nestled inside the Teopanzolco pyramid in Morelos state, 70km (43 miles) south of Mexico City.

It is thought to date back to 1150 and to belong to the Tlahuica culture, one of the Aztec peoples living in central Mexico.

The structure is dedicated to Tláloc, the Aztec rain god.

Archaeologists say it would have measured 6m by 4m (20ft by 13ft). Among the temple’s remains they also found an incense burner and ceramic shards.

The discovery was made when scientists from Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) used a radar to check for structural damage to the Teopanzolco pyramid in Cuernavaca. Read more.

Unbound – Liberating Ideas: Sir Gawain and the…

Unbound – Liberating Ideas: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: undefined



A wheeled asphalt and limestone hedgehog statuette, Iran (c. 1500 BCE) #iran #hedgehog #museum #history #artifacts #animal

historyfilia: Greek theater of Termessos, Turk…


Greek theater of Termessos, Turkey

Remodeled during Roman times, this building exhibits features characteristic of the 2nd century AD, typically Hellenistic. Like the other main buildings of the city, it was built at an altitude of more than 1000 meters at the south-west side of the mountain Solymos, and so the structure commands a view out over the Pamphylian plain. The theater
allows a seating capacity of some 4000-5000 spectators.

irisharchaeology: Cast bronze ecclesiastical f…


Cast bronze ecclesiastical figure from a shrine, wearing a cloak and girdle and holding a book to his chest. Dating from the 12th century AD, it was found in Athenry, Co. Galway, Ireland 




Jan van Eyck, The Ghent Altarpiece, detail



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mediumaevum: One of only three castles in the …


One of only three castles in the region left intact over the centuries, Burg Eltz (Eltz Castle) has remained in the same family for over 850 years, or 33 generations. 

Though the Eltz family first moved into the castle in the 12th century, they continued making renovations and additions for centuries. As such, it wasn’t completed until between 1490 and 1540. The 80-room castle is still occupied today, and looks much as it would have hundreds of years ago. Local stories say that it is infested with the ghosts of medieval knights.

The castle is one of the few in the area that survived the Thirty Years’ War. The French did not destroy the castle thanks to its location, and some skilled diplomacy on the part of the landowners.

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