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Discovery of Ancient Israelite City Supports Biblical Account of King David

Discovery of Ancient Israelite City Supports Biblical Account of King David A new archaeological discovery is helping to confirm the biblical record that presents King David as an historical figure in ancient Israel. Some archaeologists and experts have doubted the biblical account because they have not been able to find any evidence of civilization dating back to the time when David is supposed to have ruled, according to the Bible: “no fortifications, public works or signs of statehood.” “Until 25 years ago no one doubted that King David was a historical figure,” adds Professor Avraham Faust, director of the archaeological dig. “In the last 25 years or so, however, David’s historicity, and especially the size of his kingdom, are hotly debated“. That is no longer true, however, after this recent discovery. “The new discovery at Tel ‘Eton, located in the Judean Shephelah to the east of the Hebron hills, seems to suggest that the highland kingdom controlled larger areas than so..

Miscreants rob historic tomb’s majesty

RAJKOT: The majestic sight of Mahabat Khan Makabra, the 19th century mausoleum right in the heart of town, leaves outsiders visiting Junagadh for the first time spellbound. Standing tall on a sprawling ground, the 120-year-old mausoleum is one of the most prominent monuments of the Mughal era rulers of Junagadh who had initially acceded to Pakistan but later agreed to merge it into India post-Independence. But walk closer to it and the mesmerising sight turns into sorrow within a few minutes. Several integral parts of this Indo-European architectural wonder with Islamic wonder lie in shambles. The intricately carved grills are shattered and some silver doors have actually been stolen or just silver taken away from some of them along with the gold canopy. There is no one to stop you from doing anything here. In the night, chances are strong that one may find Bachhus gulping down country-made liquor or even gambling. Though the main door of the mausoleum is locked, there is free ent..

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..

Indian Supreme Court blasts Archeology department over Taj Mahal

News Analysis | Expressing concern over blue and green patches on the Taj Mahal, the Supreme Court on Wednesday slammed the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) for ‘failure’ to protect it from rising pollution and even wondered whether the body should be relieved of the task to manage the affairs of the world heritage site. A bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta said ASI was not properly discharged its duty in maintaining the beauty of Taj Mahal and asked the Centre to consider whether some other agencies be given the responsibility to protect and preserve the 17th-century world heritage site. Advocate A D N Rao, appearing for ASI, told the bench that it was doing whatever is required to protect the monument. He said the patches on Taj were because of insect-breeding in the stagnated water on Yamuna river bed. The court, however, slammed ASI for not accepting the environmental threat to the Taj, saying it was not doing enough to save the monument. The Taj Mahal, liste..

Trip to Cascadia Cave brings archaeology to life for Eugene festivalgoers

Dylan Darling @DylanJDarling SWEET HOME — Only some of the petroglyphs catch the eye right away. So Tony Farqué held up a flashlight and clicked the button to trigger a strobe. Light flickered on the rock wall towering above him, revealing a hidden tapestry of carvings. Farqué said the strobe light mimics the glow of pitch torches used by Native Americans who carved the mysterious etchings in the rock thousands of years ago. "This is the largest and most complete rock art site in Western Oregon by far," said Farqué, archaeologist for the Sweet Home Ranger District of the Willamette National Forest. "There is a lot here." During the past 25 years, Farqué has led the hike to Cascadia Cave more than 450 times, introducing about 8,500 people to the special place. The site is about 60 miles northeast of Eugene off Highway 20. Most of the 10 people who joined Farqué on Friday were part of The Archaeology Channel International Film Festival in Eugene. The festival is in its 15th year, and..

Another new archaeological discovery in the Boyne Valley has just come to light

The triple ditch barrow with enclosures and barrow surrounding it. Source: Noel Meehan ANOTHER ARCHAEOLOGICAL FIND has been photographed in the Boyne Valley – this time the outline of a possible barrow cemetery and ancient settlement. It has been busy few weeks for the area around Newgrange, with two new potential henges found on the floodplains just a few hundred metres away from the well-known passage tomb, and an entirely new passage tomb uncovered in a long-term excavation near Dowth Hal..

Sculpture found with Gouri draped in Lajja

The 1,500-year-old icon of the goddess, dating back to the time of Badami Chalukyas, has her characteristic exaggerated vulva drapedFor centuries, images of Lajja Gauri has been brushed aside from popular culture as puritanism discarded this pre-Vedic fertility god. A 1500-year-old sculpture discovered recently in Shivamogga attests to the fact that even back then, the Goddess was sought to be draped in 'Lajja' by even those who worshipped her. This very rare sculpture has been carved with the characteristic exaggerated vulva covered in what appears to be a lower garment. The affixation of 'Lajja' to the name of the Goddess is itself seen as a modern attempt to literally cover her up. The image was discovered in Kumsi village near Shivamogga a few days ago. The buried sculpture had surfaced during ploughing by a local farmer and had been put next to a small shrine nearby. An officer of the Department of Archaeology chanced upon it a few days ago. The image has now b..

‘Holy Grail’ of Shipwrecks Comes Ashore 200 Years Later, Inscribed with Ancient Numbers

Hundreds of years after meeting its doom beneath the waves, a shipwreck finally makes its way back to the shore, to the surprise of beachgoers. A sodden shipwreck that is thought to date to between the 1700s to 1800s has been discovered along the sands of Ponte Vedra Beach, St. Johns County, Florida this week. Action News Jax reports that after washing ashore overnight, the waterlogged, partial skeleton of the old ship was discovered in the early morning by Julie Turner and her 8-year-old son, Patrick. The find has attracted locals and archaeologists alike as it appears to be in well-preserved condition and sporting ancient numerals on its beams. As the mother and son approached the 48-foot (14.6-meter) section of the wooden hull Wednesday morning, they knew they had found something special. "We walked and checked it out and immediately knew it was a historical piece of artifact," Turner said. The large piece of debris was found washed ashore on a beach in Florida. (Source: St Jo..

Explore Egypt's lost worlds

Photo: Saint Louis Art Museum Image 1of/1 Caption Close Image 1 of 1 The stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the bay of Aboukir, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt; National Museum, Alexandria (SCA 277), IEASM Excavations; Photo: Christoph Gerigk © Franck Goddio / Hilti Foundation. lessThe stele of Thonis-Heracleion raised under water on site in the bay of Aboukir, Thonis-Heracleion, Aboukir Bay, Egypt; National Museum, Alexandria (SCA 277), IEASM Excavations; Photo: Christoph Gerigk © ... more Photo: Saint Louis Art Museum Explore Egypt’s lost worlds Back to Gallery In 2018, the Saint Louis Art Museum will be the first North American art museum to tell the epic story of one of the greatest finds in the history of underwater archaeology, a story that revealed two lost cities of ancient Egypt submerged under the Mediterranean Sea for over a thousand years. World-renowned underwater archaeologist Franck Goddio and his team discovered these submerged worlds uncove..

2 major archaeological discoveries unveiled in Aswan

CAIRO – 11 January 2018: The Ministry of Antiquities announced two massive archaeological discoveries in Aswan, on its official Facebook page on Thursday. The first discovery was made by the Egyptian-American archaeological mission of The Oriental Institute of the University of Chicago during its excavation works at Tell Edfou site. The mission unearthed an administrative complex that dates back to the fifth dynasty of ancient Egypt. One of the unearthed artifacts – Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that the unearthed complex is considered the oldest archaeological discovery in Tell Edfou site. He also added that this area probably still hides great secrets underground. The unearthed administrative complex – Photo courtesy of the Ministry of Antiquities The Egyptian – American archaeological mission’s director Nadine Meoller said that the mission started excavating in this area in 2014,..

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