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Archaeologists home in on Homeric clues as Turkey declares year of Troy

Work is accelerating at site on Hisarlık Hill, formerly a ‘ruin of a ruin’, and a museum will open next year<p>Rüstem Aslan, Troy’s chief archaeologist, grows more animated as he enters the fenced-off area just beyond the southern gate of the ancient city’s ruins. To him it offers tantalising clues …

Archaeology

Museums are not the proper home for our greatest works | Simon Jenkins

What is the connection between an Ethiopian’s hair, a famous steam engine and a set of chess pieces? The answer is that all are topics of dispute in the murky world of museum politics. The hair was cut from the head of a dead emperor and brought to London by a victorious British general in 1868. …

Art

Helen the Whore and the Curse of Beauty

Said to have ‘the face that launched a thousand ships’, Helen of Troy has been remembered, judged – and hated – by every age since she entered the …

Ancient History

Fall of Troy: The Legend and the Facts

The legendary ancient city of Troy is very much in the limelight this year: a big budget co-production between the BBC and Netflix: Troy, Fall of a …

Religion and Magic in Amarna: A World of Confusion in Akhetaten—Part II

The population that inhabited Akhenaten’s brand new city, Akhetaten, in Middle Egypt was ill at ease with the massive religious uncertainty their …

Pompeii opens restored homes to visitors

Italy's ancient city of Pompeii has opened three newly restored Roman houses.<p>The Italian Minister of Culture, Dario Francheschini, inaugurated the buildings which are now open to visitors for the first time.<p>The flowered lararium house retains much of its original wall paintings, as well as an area …

Aboriginal archaeological discovery in Kakadu rewrites the history of Australia

"The axes were perfectly preserved, tucked up against the back wall of the shelter as we dug further and further," Professor Clarkson told Fairfax …

Anthropology

Where's the Tomb of King Tut's Wife? Valley of the Kings Dig Leaves Mystery

Before ancient Egyptians constructed a tomb they would dig holes that contained buried artifacts. The tomb would then be built nearby. Recently, in …

Archaeology

Hands-on with the Amarna Letters

We’ve talked a lot on this blog about how important it is to think about ancient writing in its physical capacity – as part of an object – not just …

Ancient History

Think outside the box, museums as learning spaces

Learning should be fun, exploring new ideas and history outside the classroom is definitely a fun way to learn.<p>Ethel Villafranca tells us how our …

Museums

Not ‘the oldest written record of the Odyssey’

The <i>Odyssey</i> is in the news this week. The media are reporting the discovery of ‘perhaps the oldest preserved written piece of the Homeric Epics that …

No single birthplace of mankind, say scientists

The origins of our species have long been traced to east Africa, where the world’s oldest undisputed <i>Homo sapiens</i> fossils were discovered. About 300,000 years ago, the story went, a group of primitive humans there underwent a series of genetic and cultural shifts that set them on a unique …

East Africa

Homer Odyssey: Oldest extract discovered on clay tablet

<b>A clay tablet discovered during an archaeological dig may be the oldest written record of Homer's epic tale, the Odyssey, ever found in Greece, the country's culture ministry has said.</b><p>Found near the ruined Temple of Zeus in the ancient city of Olympia, the tablet has been dated to Roman times.<p>It is …

Ancient History

Pompeii eruption victim's head not crushed by huge stone as researchers first thought

Earlier this year officials at the Pompeii archaeological site announced the discovery of the skeleton of a man who appeared to have been decapitated …

Pompeii last fugitive's head found

Archeological site won't cap visitors, director tells ANSA

Buried by the Ash of Vesuvius, These Scrolls Are Being Read for the First Time in Millennia

It’s July 12, 2017, and Jens Dopke walks into a windowless room in Oxfordshire, England, all of his attention trained on a small, white frame that he …

The Amarna Coffins Project

The <i>South Tombs Cemetery</i> is located in a wadi below the southern tombs of the nobles at Tell el-Amarna. It was used as a public graveyard for about …

Beyond The Legend?

Indigenous laws hold that the deceased will not enjoy spiritual rest until they are returned to their ancestral home and given the last rites in …

New Dipinti, Old Connections

I am sure I am not the only one who has been watching the progress of the new excavations in Regio V of Pompeii with great interest (and a wee bit of …

Travel blogger gets death threats for Pompeii photo

A Belgian travel blogger is busy this week profusely apologizing on social media after he snapped a photo inadvertently desecrating an ancient historical site in Italy.<p>According to the Daily Mail, the travel blogger, who goes by the name Nils Travels on social media, posted a photo on June 1 …

About the Venus Pompeiana Project (VPP)

The Roman goddess Venus was the patron deity of the city of Pompeii, and her temple occupied a prominent location at the southern edge of the site, …

Why returning the Elgin Marbles to Greece would be madness

Jeremy Corbyn declared in an interview with the Greek newspaper Ta Nea this week that, as prime minister, he would open negotiations for the return of the Elgin Marbles - more properly known as the Parthenon Sculptures - to Athens. This apparently on the grounds that the original permission for …

Ancient History Encyclopedia

Trade was a fundamental aspect of the ancient Greek world and following territorial expansion, an increase in population movements, and innovations …

He Fled the Ash That Buried Pompeii, Only to Be Crushed by a Rock

LONDON — The man, believed to be in his 30s, was fleeing the spectacular explosion of Mount Vesuvius that buried the Italian city of Pompeii in A.D. 79.<p>He had an infection of the tibia that may have made walking difficult, archaeologists say. So while he fled the first furious eruption, when the …

Understanding Amarna: An interview with Barry Kemp

<b>What prompted you to start work at Amarna? How did you envisage the project in the beginning?</b><br>In 1969 I was asked by Peter Ucko, then a lecturer in …

Photos: Pompeii houses restored<p>Journalists take photos in the Casa di Paquius Proculus.<p>5 of 8<p>Show Caption<p>Photos: Pompeii houses restored<p>People visit the Pacuius Proculus Domus.<p>6 of 8<p>Show Caption<p>Photos: Pompeii houses restored<p>A floor covered with mosaics is seen inside the Pacuius Proculus Domus.<p>7 …

Thousands of 2,000-Year-Old Bones Unearthed in Denmark

AARHUS, DENMARK—<i>AFP</i> reports that the 2,000-year-old bones of more than 80 boys and men have been recovered from a bog in Denmark that could hold the …

10 Tips for Historians from Ancient Writers

Are you thinking of becoming a historian? Here is some advice from ancient Greek and Roman writers, on what they thought are the traits and practices …

The greatest tale ever told?

Homer’s Odyssey has topped our poll of 100 Stories that Shaped the World. Natalie Haynes looks at why the epic poem has survived for millennia.<p>If any story can be considered the greatest tale ever told, Homer’s Odyssey has a better claim than most. Twenty-four books long, it runs to more than …

Literature

Donald Trump and the disturbing power of dehumanizing language

Dehumanization is already prevalent in America. We don’t need anyone — especially Trump — stoking it further.<p>As a president, Donald Trump can be erratic. But there’s at least one area where he’s consistent: demeaning and dehumanizing immigrants, refugees, and particularly people from …