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Oxford team virtually reconstructs goddess al-Lat statue smashed by Isis

She is known as al-Lat, a goddess worshipped across the Middle East long before the rise of Islam. Until two years ago her 3m-high statue, draped in a Greek dress, was a prized exhibit in the archaeological museum in Palmyra, the ancient Syrian city ransacked by Isis. She was defaced and decapitated and left in pieces on the floor by the jihadists, but last month she rose again — thanks to technology developed by British researchers that will help to reconstruct, virtually, hundreds of artefacts smashed by fanatics in Syria and Iraq. The technique is also being used to recreate buildings and religious objects smashed during the English Reformation, including Newstead Abbey, ancestral home of Lord Byron, the poet. High-intensity laser projection equipment has been… Let's block ads! (Why?)

Unmasking Florence’s Museum of Archaeology

As of March 1, 2018, art lovers can dig into a side order of archaeology as their Uffizi tickets allow free entry into Florence’s Museum of Archaeology, also known as the MAF, located in piazza Santissima Annunziata. The partnership highlights the enduring bond that the museums have maintained since the Medici era. Indeed, a large part of the varied collections at the MAF comes directly from the Medici’s holdings. The museum is famed for its Egyptian section, which was removed from the grand duchy’s collection in its final years to act as a stand-alone museum. Following Italian unification, additional pieces were added to the collection in the 1870s, including the famous Chimera of Arezzo, The Orator, Minerva, François Vase and the Fibula Corsini. Museum director Mario Iozzo elaborated, “Florence’s National Archaeological Museum is the largest of its kind north of Rome and, together with Villa Giulia in Rome, it is the most important museum in the world for Etruscan art and the civili..

Unearthed in Rome's New Subway: Extinct Elephants and Persian Peach Pits

Advertisement ROME — The ancient Romans were celebrated for their engineering feats: roads that helped expand an empire; aqueducts that quenched throngs and supplied lavish fountains; monumental bridges, some of which are still in use today. So it seems apt that a modern engineering achievement — the construction of a new subway line in the city — has given archaeologists a unique opportunity to study this ancient world in extraordinary detail. “This subway has provided a wealth of knowledge about the city that no other operation could have duplicated,” said Rossella Rea, the archaeologist who has overseen the project since planning for the subway line began in the 1990s. The new route, Line C, will link the city center to an area to the east of Rome, beyond the city limits, connecting a series of fairly recently developed and heavily populated suburbs. The hope is that the line, whose first 13 stations were opened in 2014, will alleviate some of Rome’s famously chronic traffic chaos. ..

Brutal ancient mass sacrifice REVEALED: Sick priests ripped out hearts of children

Evidence of the largest single incident of mass child sacrifice by members of the sprawling ancient Chimú Empire where up to 140 children and 200 young llamas were killed. The children were between five to 14 years, according to reports. While incidents of human sacrifice among the Aztec, Maya, and Inca have been recorded in scientific excavations, this discovery in the little-known pre-Columbian Chimú civilization is “unprecedented in the Americas—if not in the entire world”. EPA MASS KILLING: The remains of three adults were also found in close proximity EPA BRUTAL: More than 140 children of the Chimu Empire may have had there hearts ripped out “I, for one, never expected it” John VeranoThe skeletal remains of both children and animals show evidence of cuts to ribs, suggesting the that the victims’ chests were cut open and pulled apart, “perhaps to facilitate the removal of the heart”, noted the publication. The remains of three adults—a man and two women—were found in close proximi..

Science Channel Premieres Doc Series SILICON VALLEY: THE UNTOLD STORY, 1/28

Just south of San Francisco lies a region that has spawned not just new products but whole new industries, from vacuum tubes to radio, microchips to personal computers, mobile devices, apps and social media. Home to Apple and Facebook, Intel and Google, there is simply no other place on earth that can rival its remarkable record of innovation. A new Science Channel three-part documentary series will provide a comprehensive look at the century-and-a-half history of this fascinating place, and reveal how and why it became such a fertile ground for technological breakthroughs. SILICON VALLEY: THE UNTOLD STORY premieres Sunday, January 28 at 8, 9 and 10 p.m. It is produced with support from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation. The Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA is serving as the community and education outreach partner on the series. Silicon Valley has been often imitated but never duplicated. This new series encompasses a much broader story-one that is largely untold. It includes..

Malam Jabba resort to reopen soon

Drastic change in rain, snowfall patterns had destructive effect over last 15 years. PHOTO: FAZAL KHALIQ/EXPRESS Destroyed during the height of militant power in the scenic Swat valley, construction of the Malam Jabba ski resort is in the final stages. While the provincial Tourism, Sports, Archeology, Museums, Culture and Youth Affairs Department had reopened the chairlift and skiing track at the “mini-Switzerland” resort for the tourists, the main resort building was still closed. According to an official statement, the 90-room hotel will soon reopen after restoration work is complete. When tourism-related projects were handed over to the Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa (K-P) government following the 18th constitutional amendment, the provincial government started construction on the skiing track and chairlift for tourists on 12 acres of land near the old PTDC Motel. In a statement issued on Thursday, the tourism department said that 257 acres of forests near the chairlift and skiing track would ..

NATIONAL MUSEUM JAMAICA: An overview

National Museum Jamaica (NMJ) is the national agent for the collection, preservation and documentation of Jamaica's material culture. The mission of National Museum Jamaica is to increase knowledge and promote appreciation of Jamaica's material heritage through public education and community outreach, research, community-based museums, special exhibitions, and the collection and conservation of historic artefacts. The goal of the NMJ is to make every Jamaican and visitors to the island aware of and engaged in Jamaican history. We want to foster 'citizen historians' who understand their family, community and national histories. PHOTO ONE NMJ was originally established as the Museums Division of the Institute of Jamaica in 1976. National Museum Jamaica operates the four museums of National Museum West in Montego Bay, the Fort Charles Museum in Port Royal, The People's Museum of Craft and Technology in Spanish Town and the exhibition spaces on East Street, Downto..

Church News: Week of Dec. 30, 2017

New Year’s Eve Service Trinity Lutheran Church, 3950 N. Valorie Drive, Prescott Valley will have a church service with Holy Communion at 6 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 31. Following the service there will be a party at Trinity Hall celebrating the New Year and also our Comfort Dog Titus’s birthday! For information please call 928-772-8845. Women of Wisdom Women of Wisdom, an interdenominational Christian fellowship of Bible teaching and Bible studies for women of all ages and backgrounds, is now taking registrations for the winter 2018 session. The new session begins on Wednesday Jan. 10, and meets for eight weeks, until Feb. 28, 2018. WOW meets on Wednesday mornings from 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m. at American Lutheran Church, 1085 Scott Drive, Prescott. Full and partial scholarships for class materials are available, and free childcare is always provided. The program for WOW each Wednesday morning includes coffee time, praise & worship music, prayer, a first-hour Bible teaching and your choice o..

Ancient Greece: “Shocking” Dismembered Human Skull Reveals Long-Debated Ritual Sacrifice of Virgins

In ancient times, the inhabitants of the Greek island of Crete practiced human sacrifice to appease gods whom they believed threatened them with earthquakes. In a December 20 lecture at the Archaeological Museum of Thessaloniki, archaeologist and lead excavator Maria Vlazaki-Andreadaki addressed the evidence of ritual sacrifice that occured at the ancient palace of Kydonia, located on a hilltop on Crete. Vlazaki-Andreadaki explained that a “great disaster”—which per calculations from the Technical University of Crete corresponds to an earthquake around 6.5 to 7.5 on the Richter scale—prompted the ancient Kydonians to perform human sacrifice to appease the deities they thought were responsible, according to Archaeology News Network. In addition to various animal skulls, Vlazaki-Andreadaki and her colleagues discovered the skull of a young girl that had been “cut up” by a sword in an incredibly precise manner. “It is a shocking image,” she told the audience, according to Archaeology News..

Portugal Dino Park to reopen in February

Lourinha museum, about 70 kilometres north of Lisbon, said on Thursday it was closed until 2 February to remodel its collections after the dinosaur bones were transferred outside to the Dinosaur Park, which opens to the public in February. Museum coordinator Alexandre Audigane told Lusa that there would be changes to the explanations and greater interactivity with the visitors to show the collections and, as the museum has a large collection of artefacts in storage, they can now be put on display. In the archeology section, the most relevant new finds are materials that were used in the daily and military life of in habitants of the pre-historic caves in the region that go back to the Neolithic period, 6,0o00 years ago. The museum is also going to create a new section dedicated to Life on Earth which “tells the story since the opening of the Atlantic Ocean, which scientists believe happened between 550 and 250 million years ago. The collection is going to include originals or replicas ..

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