Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September 10th News

From book reviews to museum returns to new discoveries, it all seems to be here today.

New stories as of 6:47 AM:

Ruins Of Temple Of Athena Found In Turkey's Bodrum
Ruins of the Temple of Athena have been found in the popular resort town of Bodrum in western Turkey...

Researchers Uncover Roman Greek Embalming Practices
The writings of Ancient Greeks and Romans made us privy to the notion that funeral garments were used to wrap the bodies of the deceased in Ancient Greece, and water, wine and olive oil were used to wash and treat the corpses...

R. Stoneman, Alexander The Great: A Life In Legend
This engaging and handsomely illustrated book for the first time gathers together hundreds of the colorful Alexander legends that have been told and retold around the globe...
Although this review is in a french source, the book is available elsewhere, and is in English. I know I've seen it in my local bookstore, and it does look like an interesting book to say the least.

Shroud Of Turin Is Fake
Mindano Examiner
PARIS - In 2005, a French magazine said on Tuesday it had carried out experiments that proved the Shroud of Turin, believed by some Christians to be their religion's holiest relic, was a fake...
An interesting argument is made in this article, but people will believe what they wish to believe on this subject. There are enough conflicting claims for that to always be the case.

Roman Finds Go On Display
Hartlepool Mail
ONE of the most fascinating archaeological finds to be discovered in the area in recent years has gone on display in a town museum...
The item in question, said to be a piece of harness was discovered in June. I remember reading about it, so the story of the discovery is sure to be linked from the blog archives.

Rare Etruscan Finds Return To Italy
(ANSA) - Cortona, September 10 - A selection of astonishing Etruscan masterpieces has returned to Italy for the first time in centuries to star in new exhibition in this central Italian town...

Dead Sea Scroll In Stone Published In English For The First Time
Media Syndicate
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 2, 2008) -- Dead Sea Scroll in Stone published in English for the first time. Several months ago, a significant splash was made in the academic community by Biblical scholar Israel Knohl of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, whose interpretation of an ancient text caused scholars to look at early Christianity and Judaism in a different light...

2100-Yr-Old Wall Unearthed
Jerusalem, Sept 10: Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Wednesday a 2,100-year-old Jerusalem perimeter wall -- along with beer bottles left behind by 19th century researchers who first discovered the stone defences...

Roman Bath With Caretta Caretta Figure Unearthed In Turkey
World Bulletin
Culture & Tourism Director of the province, said on Tuesday that there were more than 22 animal and flower figures carved on the mosaic in the bath complex...

Monday, September 8, 2008

September 8th News

What's new for a new week? New discoveries of a Roman Road in Britain, a cemetery with Roman era burials and an unusual Saxon burial, as well as other stories of interest.

New stories as of 6:44 AM:

The Challenge Of Ancient Judaism
Institute For Global Jewish Affairs
Martin Goodman's comprehensive study of the world in which the Great Revolt of the Jews of Judea against the Romans took place presents a challenge to the reader and to the reviewer. It is a magnum opus, an impressive culmination of a lifetime's work and thought of a prolific and creative historian of the Roman Empire and of ancient Jewish history and Judaism...,_by_Martin_Good

Serious Drinking: Vases Of The Greek Symposium On View At Kemper Art Museum
Organized in conjunction with Professor Susan Rotroff's course on ancient Athens offered through the Department of Classics, this exhibition presents a series of vases from the ancient Greek symposium--a highly choreographed, artistocratic, all-male drinking party that often drew to a close with a riotous parade about the shuttered streets of town...

Melting Swiss Glacier Yields Neolithic Trove, Climate Secrets
BERN (AFP) — Some 5,000 years ago a prehistoric person trod high up in what is now the Swiss Alps, wearing goat leather pants, leather shoes and armed with a bow and arrows...

Diggers Unearth Roman Road
Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
MORE than 40 people gathered in the field behind St Peter’s Church in Minshull Vernon to take part in a community archaeological dig...

Saxon Grave 'Couple' May Have Been Two Men
Archaeologists have unearthed the mysterious remains of what first appears to be a couple buried together arm in arm more than 1,000 years ago...
This is a particularly long and fascinating article, and covers other discoveries at the site as well.

Mystery Of The Couple Buried Arm In Arm 1,000 Years Ago: Not Husband And Wife But Saxon Warriors
Mail Online
For a thousand years they have lain side by side in a rough earth grave, one throwing a skeletal arm across the other...

Dig Reveals Jerusalem's First City Wall
Impressive remains from Jerusalem's first city wall - built by Hasmonean kings and destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish revolt - as well as part of a Byzantine period wall, have been discovered at an archaeological excavation on Mount Zion...