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2700-Year-Old “Governor of Jerusalem” Seal Found

JERUSALEM, ISRAEL—According to a report in Haaretz, a 2,700-year-old seal bearing the mark of the governor of the city of Jerusalem has been discovered under the Western Wall plaza, at a site where a First Temple–period building has been found. The monumental building is thought to have been home to a government official. Shlomit Weksler-Bdolah of the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) said it is the first time that such a seal has been found in its archaeological context. In the upper part of the impression on the tiny piece of clay, two figures wearing striped, knee-length garments stand facing each other. “Sari’ir,” which the archaeologists believe is ancient Hebrew for "sar ha'ir," or “governor of the city,” is written in script at the bottom of the seal. Seven other seals found in the house bear writing in ancient Hebrew. One of them depicts an Assyrian-type bowman. Archaeologist Joe Uziel of the IAA said the images would have been pressed into moist clay to seal corresponden..

Art Notes: Plainfield Artists Show Work at Philip Read Library

Two Plainfield artists, Christopher Rollins and Jenny Sprague, show work in “Mending the Boom, Musicians & Local Color,” at the Philip Read Memorial Library in Plainfield. Rollins is primarily a painter who works with acrylic, oil and watercolor. Some of his pieces in “Mending the Boom” touch upon his experiences working on a Kennebec River log drive in Maine in the 1960s. Sprague’s works, both on paper and scratchboard, blend elements of nature with the artist’s imagination. The show is up through January. For more information, contact the library at 603-675-6866. Call for Student Artists The Claremont Opera House and Rural Outright, the LGBTQ support program of Claremont-based nonprofit TLC Family Resource Center, are seeking submissions for a student art exhibit in the John D. Bennett Atrium Gallery. Upper Valley students in grades K-12 can submit up to five pieces in any medium, which must address the exhibit’s theme of #KindnessInAction. The exhibit will open on Jan. 15 to coinci..

Tuesday Morning by Jessica Weston: Museums — 'Old objects and living ideas'

Old objects and living ideas. That was one description of a museum from “Arts and Culture Day” December 15 at the Maturango Museum. The day was the fourth session of the Leadership Ridgecrest class, of which I am a member. Most of the session took place in the Sylvia Winslow Exhibit Gallery, which by coincidence is hosting an exhibit of desert landscapes by the legendary Sylvia Winslow herself. Ridgecrest Area Convention and Visitors Bureau Director Doug Lueck and Maturango Museum Executive Director/CEO Debbie Benson welcomed us with some thoughts on the purpose of museums. Historical Society of the Upper Mojave Desert President Tex Hoppus followed up with a fascinating look at the culture of Ridgecrest as traced through historic buildings – including the Historic USO Building which is the scene of many current community events. Archeology Curator Sandy Rogers talked about the Coso Petroglyphs. I have never taken the tour, so this was the closest I have ever gotten to the world famo..

All Aboard with Science Channel’s New Series IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS Premiering 5/1

Since their spectacular RISE in the 19th century, railroads have been at the cutting edge of engineering and technology and that remains true, even today. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS, premiering Thursday, May 17 at 10pm ET/PT, shines a light on the world's most extraordinary rail systems, including New York's Arthur Kill Vertical Lift Bridge, Japan's Bullet Train and California's Central Pacific Railroad. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS highlights the historic and modern breakthroughs of railroad production by telling the stories of bold PIONEERS and the Science behind their incredible engineering feats. High-tech graphic animation will detail each transportation marvel and will look at the engineering challenges that each railway faces. IMPOSSIBLE ENGINEERING: EXTREME RAILROADS explores: · Incredible mountain railways that conquer vertiginous heights and offer breathtaking views, including Britain's Snowdon Mountain Railway and Californ..

: The Contenders 2017

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A Step-by-Step Journey Through Your Body's Digestive System

Holiday party season (a.k.a. hangover season) is in full swing. While you likely have no one to blame but yourself for drinking that second (or third) pour at the office soiree, your glassware isn't doing you any favors—especially if you live in the UK. Vino vessels in England are nearly seven times larger today than they were in 1700, according to a new study spotted by Live Science. These findings were recently published in the English medical journal The BMJ. Researchers at the University of Cambridge measured more than 400 wineglasses from the past three centuries to gauge whether glass size affects how much we drink. They dug deep into the history of parties past, perusing both the collections of the Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology at the University of Oxford and the Royal Household's assemblage of glassware (a new set is commissioned for each monarch). They also scoured a vintage catalog, a modern department store, and eBay for examples. After measuring these cu..

The best 2017 Hong Kong contemporary art exhibitions, from the old school to the...

Artists’ responses to the 20th handover anniversary; previews of future programmes of the M+ museum of visual culture; long-awaited solo exhibitions; and two quirky shows about collective dancing and beauty pageants. These were among the most memorable contemporary art happenings in Hong Kong in 2017. The handover exhibitions The 20th anniversary of Hong Kong’s return to Chinese rule saw curators and artists take stock of the city’s metamorphosis. The resulting works were by and large subtle, personal, and open to interpretation, a welcome respite from the polarising political narrative that dominates public and private discourse. Tsang Tak-ping’s Six Scenarios of Mindful Practice: Ego-centric Suffering, Severe Attachment (2017) at the “Talkover/Handover 2.0” exhibition in 1a Space was particularly affecting. The artist made the installation using seemingly random items to plot his own transformation into a Buddhist and a farmer since the handover to China in 1997, which in turn pulls ..

Exciting discovery in Blanc Sablon

SOUTHERN LABRADOR, NL – Many tourists travel to southern Labrador to see beautiful scenery and visit sites like the restored 19th century fishing village of Battle Harbour and the Basque whaling site at Red Bay that started around 1500 and lasted for more than 100 years. Now there is more excitement about the history of European presence in the region, this time from a discovery in nearby Blanc Sablon, Quebec, which straddles the Labrador border. Discoveries made this summer at the Blanc Sablon National Historic Site have unearthed more evidence of the European visitors who came to fish and harvest the riches of the area and return them to be sold in Europe. There is also evidence of interaction with First Nations and trading between both. This summer’s three-week dig turned up over 30,000 artifacts including ceramics, nails, pottery and flint. The digs were carried out as part of Archeological Adventure, a project based in Blanc Sablon and their First Nation partner, Archeo-mamu. It w..

Russian artists turned Putin into pop art in a new exhibition — and the...

A collection of artists and fans of Russian President Vladimir Putin recently opened an art exhibit dedicated to the "superhuman" qualities of their country's leader. Titled "SUPERPUTIN," the exhibit features about 30 paintings and sculptures of the Russian leader as larger-than-life icons, including as a Roman emperor, an Olympic athlete, Santa Claus and, a superhero. The exhibit opened last week, coincidentally on the same day Putin announced he would — unsurprisingly — seek reelection in 2018. The hosting gallery said its aim was to illustrate Putin's positive qualities and his unique popularity in Russia. Organizer Yulia Dyuzheva told the news outlet Agence France Presse she views Putin as not only a superhero, but a super leader, a view not uncommon in Russia where the president has a remarkably high approval rating. Take a look at some of the surreal artworks below: View As: One PageSlidesThere's a muscular Putin using a "Putinblaster."AP Photo/Pavel GolovkinHere ..

Freeport Art Museum opens 14th annual Juried Exhibition

FREEPORT — The Freeport Art Museum recently opened its 14th annual Regional Juried Exhibition. The exhibition is organized to encourage the creation of new work and provides a venue for emerging and established artists to debut their latest endeavors. It features contemporary art by artists living in the tri-state region of Illinois, Iowa and Wisconsin. It received almost 400 submissions from over 100 artists this year. The exhibition will remain on display in the museum’s main galleries through the wine tasting event Feb. 2 and will close Feb. 10. Many of the exhibiting artists also will have items for sale in the museum store for the duration of the exhibition. For information: Let's block ads! (Why?)

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