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Naughty Roman Frescoes Uncovered In Colosseum

Naughty Roman Frescoes Uncovered In Colosseum Jan 12th, 2013 at 2:00PM: Archaeologists working on a conservation project at the Colosseum in Rome have discovered ancient frescoes of gladiators and erotic scenes, Agence France Press reports. The brightly colored fragments were found on the walls of a corridor currently closed to the public for restoration. The scenes show gladiators being honored with laurels. There are also erotic scenes, although the researchers...

Sexy goddess bares all in Boston

Sexy goddess bares all in Boston Dec 29th, 2011 at 12:00PM: The ancient goddess of love, sex, and beauty is making an appearance at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. Aphrodite and the Gods of Love is a new exhibition examining one of the most popular ancient goddesses and her place in the Classical world. More than 150 ancient works of art are on display, including famous pieces such as the Knidia, a life-size sculpture of Aphrodite made by the...

Ancient Egypt--Art and Magic, opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida

Ancient Egypt--Art and Magic, opens at the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, Florida Dec 19th, 2011 at 2:00PM: Ancient Egypt never ceases to fascinate. Its elaborate religion, art, and ritual make it at once foreign and compelling. Now a new exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts in St. Petersburg, Florida, showcases some of the highlights of this unique culture. Ancient Egypt--Art and Magic: Treasures of the Fondation Gandur pour l'Art brings to the public eye one of the greatest private collections of...

Ancient faces: the Fayum mummy portraits of Egypt

Ancient faces: the Fayum mummy portraits of Egypt Jun 13th, 2011 at 10:30AM: The pyramids, Tutankhamen's gold, the massive temples of Luxor and Karnak. . .the civilization of ancient Egypt has left us an incredible legacy, yet of all of these impressive monuments and treasures none has a more personal effect on the viewer than the Fayum mummy portraits. During the Graeco-Roman period, after Egypt had fallen first to Alexander the Great and then to the Romans, the old...

Ancient art stolen from Egyptian Museum recovered by police

Ancient art stolen from Egyptian Museum recovered by police May 3rd, 2011 at 11:30AM: Egyptian police have recovered four stolen statues, two of which were taken from Cairo's Egyptian Museum, Ahram Online reported. Two of the statues were among several items that went missing when rioters broke into the Egyptian Museum. The other two were apparently looted from somewhere else, perhaps an archaeological site. There were scattered incidents of looting from several museums and...

Tutankhamun statue and other artifacts stolen from Egyptian Museum, Zahi Hawass reports

Tutankhamun statue and other artifacts stolen from Egyptian Museum, Zahi Hawass reports Feb 14th, 2011 at 9:30AM: The Head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities, Dr. Zahi Hawass, has posted some sad news on his blog. During the recent political upheaval in Cairo the Egyptian Museum was broken into and some artifacts were stolen. We reported earlier that two mummies were damaged but nothing was stolen. Now that the museum staff have been able to do an inventory it appears that during that incident the...

Germany and Egypt fight over bust of Nefertiti: will Zahi Hawass's crusade ever end?

Germany and Egypt fight over bust of Nefertiti: will Zahi Hawass's crusade ever end? Jan 26th, 2011 at 9:00AM: You win some, you lose some. Zahi Hawass is a man who is used to getting his way. The head of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has been fighting to repatriate stolen Egyptian artifacts for years, and more often than not he wins. This time, though, he's suffered a setback. He's trying to get the Neues Museum in Berlin to return the famous bust of Nefertiti. He claims it was stolen by a...

Egypt changes stance: King Tut's tomb will stay open (for now)

Egypt changes stance: King Tut's tomb will stay open (for now) Jan 22nd, 2011 at 12:00PM: The famous tomb of King Tutankhamun in Egypt will remain open for the time being, the chief of Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities Zahi Hawass announced. While earlier this week he stated that it and two other tombs in the Valley of the Kings near Luxor would close by the end of the year, now he's saying that they'll close at some undetermined time in the future. Egypt plans to build a...

Egypt to close Tutankhamun's tomb

Egypt to close Tutankhamun's tomb Jan 19th, 2011 at 9:30AM: The Valley of the Kings is one of the highlights of any trip to Egypt. In this hot, dusty ravine are some of the most remarkable tombs of the Egyptian pharaohs. Paintings adorn their walls, showing the soul's journey through the afterlife and the gods and goddesses described in the Egyptian Book of the Dead. Now the most popular of those tombs is going to close. Zahi Hawass, head of Egypt's...

More Roman heritage from Mérida, Spain

More Roman heritage from Mérida, Spain Dec 30th, 2010 at 9:30AM: In the Extremaduran city of Mérida, it feels like at any moment you're going to turn a corner and meet an ancient Roman. Sometimes that almost happens. This fellow was at the Museo Nacional de Arte Romano, a world-class museum featuring Roman statues, mosaics, and other artifacts. Built by the famous architect Rafael Moneo Vallés, it looks like an old Roman basilica, with lofty...

Ancient statue of decapitated ballplayer discovered in Mexico

Ancient statue of decapitated ballplayer discovered in Mexico Nov 19th, 2010 at 10:00AM: One of the most enduring puzzles vexing archaeologists is the Mesoamerican ballgame. Played for 3,000 years by several cultures until the Spanish conquest, it had deep religious significance, although archaeologists are unsure just what that means. Two teams faced off in a rectangular stone ball court, trying to knock a solid rubber ball using everything except their hands. At the end one team...

Ancient Egyptian tomb discovered

Ancient Egyptian tomb discovered Oct 27th, 2010 at 6:00PM: A priest's tomb that's more than 4,000 years old has been discovered near the pyramids of Giza, Egypt. Egyptian archaeologists say the tomb belonged to a priest named Rwd-ka from the Fifth Dynasty (2494-2345 BC), a time in the Old Kingdom when religion was undergoing major changes, including the elevation in importance of the sun god Ra, and the development of the Pyramid Texts, which later...

Ancient Egyptian tombs discovered

Ancient Egyptian tombs discovered Jul 8th, 2010 at 11:30AM: Two painted tombs have been discovered at the ancient Egyptian necropolis of Saqqara, twenty miles south of Cairo. The rock-hewn tombs belong to a royal official named Shendwa and his son Khonsu. Both men lived in the Sixth Dynasty (2345-2181 BC) of the Old Kingdom. The pharaohs of this dynasty are buried at or near Saqqara. The pyramid of Pepi II is shown here, although it isn't in the best of...

Rock Art in Malawi is a World Heritage Site

Rock Art in Malawi is a World Heritage Site Feb 25th, 2007 at 10:15AM: One of the latest UNESCO World Heritage sites is in Malawi. Chongoni Rock Art, found clustered in 127 different locations in the granite hills of Malawi's central plateau, are images painted onto rock. They've been here for a long time-a very long time. The folks who painted them may date back to the late Stone Age when folks were hunter-gatherers. The Chewa ethnic group in Malawi whose ancestry...

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