Monthly Archives: September 2011

Tombs in Valley of Kings

On March 10, 2005, while excavating the remains of workmen’s huts near another tomb site, a team of U.S. archaeologists from the University of Memphis, led by Dr. Otto Schaden, uncovered a vertical shaft in the Valley of Kings, Egypt.  … Continue reading

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The Significance of Soil in Ancient Greek Architecture

A recent discovery may shed light on why the Ancient Greeks chose certain locations for building their temples.  In 2008, Professor Gregory J. Retallack from the University of Oregon at Eugene performed a study in which he analyzed samples of … Continue reading

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Garbage Burning Preserved Ancient Greek Tablet

A clay tablet with decipherable marks was discovered last summer. It has some archaeologists believing it to be the “oldest readable writing in Europe”.  It was found in what is now the village of Iklaina, where excavations have supplied evidence … Continue reading

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U.S. and Egyptian Governments Team Up to Protect Artifacts

Immediately following the January 25 revolution in Egypt, the Egyptian Museum in Cairo and the Saqqara archeological site were both heavily looted. Since then, attention has been brought to the dangerously high incidents of theft and illicit trafficking of Egyptian archaeological sites … Continue reading

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Revival of Classics in the Metropolitan Museum of Art

In April of 2007, Chris Lightfoot, along with three other curators, unveiled the new and improved exhibition of Greek and Roman art in the Metropolitan Museum of Art. Prior to the reconstruction of this permanent exhibition, the display collection had … Continue reading

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Rightful Ownership of the Elgin Marbles

The Elgin Marbles are a group of statues that were seized from the ruins of the Parthenon in the 19th century by the British Lord Elgin. At the time, he was the British ambassador to the Ottoman Empire and claims … Continue reading

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Minneapolis museum will return looted ancient vase to Italy

The Minneapolis Institute of Arts recently announced it would return a vase to Italy “after determining that it matched a photo Italian police had seized in a crucial 1995 raid on the Swiss warehouse of Giacomo Medici, an antiquities dealer … Continue reading

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Digital Reconstruction of the Parthenon

A group of twelve dedicated researchers from the University of Southern California Institute for Creative Technologies digitally reconstructed the Parthenon and published their work in 2004.  The process includes a laser-scanned model of the scene’s geometry, digital images of the Parthenon under several natural … Continue reading

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Ancient Greece and a Modern Day Crisis

Is is acceptable to sell  prized cultural relics that belong to a nation when the economy turns sour? This is the question that the popular columnist Lori Keza addressed in her column in the Greek daily paper “To Vima” on October 31, … Continue reading

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Recovered Egyptian Antiquities

In the year from October 2008 to November 2009, several Egyptian antiquities made their way into the United States. Among these trafficked antiquities were a Greco-Roman style sarcophagus, a set of Egyptian boats and Egyptian limestone figures. Most of the smuggled items were … Continue reading

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