Cuneiform terracota tablets, ca. 1400 BC, Qatna, Syria.
63 cuneiform tablets were discovered in 2002, in a subterranean corridor. They were covered by the burned remains of several roofbeams. Maybe they were hidden during the Hittite invasion. The texts probably belong to the archive of King Idanda and contain both intelligence reports on the political situation in northern Syria, the Hittite threat and domestic and administrative texts. The texts are written in a mixture of the Akkadian and Hurrian languages hitherto unknown. - wikipedia.org
Ivory carved Pyxis of al-Mughira, 968 AD, Madinat al-Zahra, Spain.
The use of this type of object is uncertain. They could have been used as jewel/precious stones/makeup/perfumes boxes. The recipient of this pyxis was the prince al-Mughira, son of the caliph Abd al-Rahman III. - louvre.fr
This young mammoth on display in the St Petersburg Zoological Museum appears to have been preserved in a peat bog.
It exhibits the classic black, shiny, flattened form of this method of preservation in anaerobic conditions, seen most often in the very detailed remains of humans preserved in peat bogs in northern Europe. - donsmaps.com
Photo: Vladimir Gorodnjanski, 2007.
’5 millenia old chariots and 12 horse skeletons were found in a tomb pit in the city of Luoyang in central China. Archaeologists believe the tomb was dug as part of the funeral rites of a minister or other nobleman during the Eastern Zhou dynasty period, about 2,500 years ago.’ - National Geographic.
As an archaeologist, I can smell history.
Dr. Zahi Hawass.
Silver, posthumous issue Roman denarius of Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180), struck under Commodus in AD 180. Rome, Italy.
Polychrome wooden sculpture of Saint Mary Magdalene, ca. 1515-1520 from the Church of Saint-Mary-Magdalene of Augsbourg (Germany) by Gregor ERHART (1470-1540).
Small grammar of the sumerian language for beginners and Exercices.
Isn’t this awesome? Got these for my birthday a month ago, and I still can’t believe how incredible this gift is. So, hey, be jaleous.