CAESAREA NATIONAL PARK

Rare mosaic from the Roman period comes to light in Caesarea National Park, Israel.

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A rare and beautiful Roman mosaic from the 2nd-3rd centuries CE, bearing an inscription in ancient Greek, is being uncovered at the Caesarea National Park.

The dig uncovered part of a large, opulent building dating back 1,500 years to the Byzantine period. Scholars believe the building was part of an agora – large public area for commerce and socializing – a kind of ancient version of Tel Aviv’s shopping complexes. To the archaeologists’ surprise, under the imposing Byzantine-era structure they found a spectacular mosaic from an even earlier building dating back about 1,800 years.

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The figures, all males, wear togas and apparently belonged to the upper class. The central figure is frontal and the two other face him on either side. Who are they? That depends on what the building was used for, which is not yet clear. If the mosaic was part of a mansion, the figures may have been the owners. If this was a public building, they might have represented the donors of the mosaic or members of the city council.”

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View full article HERE.

Another mosaic at the photos below.

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THE THINKER

This extraordinary work of art was sculpted in clay almost 7,000 years ago. The fired clay sculpture was found in a grave in Romania. Today, this pensive, seated figure is dubbed ‘The Thinker.’

 

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ANTIKYTHERA

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Sometime before Easter 1900, Elias Stadiatos, a Greek sponge diver, discovered the wreck of an ancient cargo ship (150-100 BC) off Antikythera island at a depth of 42m. Sponge divers retrieved several statues and other artifacts from the site,
including a mechanical computer designed to calculate astronomical positions.

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No earlier geared mechanism of any sort has ever been found. Nothing close to its technological sophistication appears again for well over a millennium, when astronomical clocks appear in medieval Europe.

At the photo below a reconstruction of the mechanism.

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More information HERE.

NAZCA

A massive “drawing” of a killer whale (60 m) has been found in the legendary Nazca Lines of Peru. It could be the oldest image ever recorded at the site.

More HERE.

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The Nazca Lines are a series of large ancient geoglyphs in the Nazca Desert, in southern Peru. The largest figures are up to 370 m (1,200 ft) long. They were designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1994.

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MADA’IN SALEH

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Mada’in Saleh is an archaeological site located in Saudi Arabia. A majority of the vestiges date from the Nabatean kingdom (1st century AD).

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Following the discovery of Petra by the Swiss explorer Johann Ludwig Burckhardt in 1812, Charles Montagu Doughty, an English traveler, heard of a similar site near Mada’in Saleh, a fortified Ottoman town on the Hajj road from Damascus and reached the site of the ruins in 1876.

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HATRA

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Hatra may have been built by the Assyrians or by the Achaemenid Empire, or possibly in the 3rd or 2nd century BC under the influence of the Seleucid Empire, but there is no reliable information on the city before the Parthian period. The city flourished during the 1st and 2nd centuries AD, as a religious and trading center.Later on, the city became the capital of possibly the first Arab Kingdom.

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Below: Hatra in 1911.

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SU NURAXI

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Su Nuraxi is a nuragic archaeological site in Barumini, Sardinia, Italy.

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The oldest part of the nuraghe (an ancient megalithic edifice) consists of a central tower with three superposed chambers (18.6m high), was built in blocks of basalt between the 17th and 13th centuries BCE.

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A village, intended to accommodate the surrounding population, was built around the Nuraghe in the Late Bronze Age.

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THE DOMUS AUREA

The Domus Aurea (“Golden House”, in Latin) was a vast palace built by the Emperor Nero in the heart of ancient Rome after the great fire in 64 AD which destroyed a large part of the city.

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The 300-room structure, now mostly underground, takes its name from the gold leaf that once covered many of its walls.

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ANCIENT CAVE PAINTINGS DEFACED WITH GRAFFITI

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Ancient cave paintings about 8,000 years old at a world heritage site in the Sahara desert have been defaced with graffiti.

Vandals scrawled their names on top of the artworks in French and Arabic.

View full article HERE.

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