The Athenian Acropolis

In 480 B.C.E. the Persians invaded Athens. According to the Greek historian Herodotus, they “plundered the temple and burnt the whole of the Acropolis.” Although the Athenians and their allies followed up with a victory at the famous naval battle of Salamis, the Persian army returned the following year and “burnt Athens and… more »

Polar Ice Is Live-Blogging Human History

Posted On July 9, 2018
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By the dawn of the 20th century, when the first humans set foot on Antarctica’s seemingly pristine ice cap, pollution had beaten them there. Lead and other heavy metals quickly amassed in the ice in 1888 and beyond, leaving a record of the industrial revolution. Not a subtle one, either. It was like… more »

Byzantine-Era Wine Presses Discovered in Israel with Depictions of Greek Gods Dionysus and Heracles

Excavations in Zippori National Park, Israel, have revealed Ancient Byzantine-era wine presses, one of which has a mosaic depiction what appears to be a wine-drinking contest between the Greek gods, Dionysus and Heracles.

The site of the Zippori National Park has many well-preserved mosaics, many of which are found in the Dionysus House. They… more »

Interactive Dig Pompeii

Posted On July 9, 2018
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n the W sector of the dig we excavated what we had taken to be an intact stretch of the construction fill from the foundation trench of the trachyte temple podium. This stratigraphic unit seemed to consisted of debris resulting from the in-situ finishing of the blocks. A cavity full of lapilli can… more »

In search of the oldest Christian temple in Russia

Posted On July 9, 2018
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NUST MISIS scientists, in collaboration with colleagues from both the P.N. Lebedev Physical Institute of the Russian Academy of Sciences and Dagestan State University, have conducted an experiment with the help of muon radiography method (a modern method of scanning the internal structure of substances) that could turn out to be substantial. The… more »

Ashes from Santorini’s Minoan eruption found in Smyrna excavation

Archaeologists found ashes from one of the largest volcanic eruptions in recorded history during excavations some 270 kilometers away in an ancient city that has developed to become Turkey’s third largest.

Now located in the heart of Izmir’s Bayraklı district, the ancient city of Smyrna, established 5,000 years ago by the Greek tribe… more »