26 Apr 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

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

29 May

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

04 May 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.

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.

02 Feb ’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. 

’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. 

31 Jan
As an archaeologist, I can smell history.

Dr. Zahi Hawass.

28 Jan Silver, posthumous issue Roman denarius of Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180), struck under Commodus in AD 180. Rome, Italy.

Silver, posthumous issue Roman denarius of Marcus Aurelius (AD 161-180), struck under Commodus in AD 180. Rome, Italy.

27 Jan 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).

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).

27 Jan

Panoramic view of the Lotus Mahal (by thiruvikraman) and details, ca. AD 1400. Hampi, India.

26 Jan 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.

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.