Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Rosetta Stone: Where Does It Belong?

For most of us, we have heard of the Rosetta Stone through the language-learning software. However, the actual Egyptian antiquity, made in 196 BCE, is now making headlines for the question of its ownership. The Rosetta Stone was originally discovered … Continue reading

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Preservation of the Lost Labyrinth of Egypt

In 2008, the Belgian Egyptian expedition team began scanning the sand that was covering the lost labyrinth of Egypt at Hawara. This temple, made up of 3000 rooms, stood two millennia ago. Each room contained hieroglyphs and paintings. This expedition … Continue reading

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The Downfall of Tourism in Egypt due to the Revolution

Egypt is a land filled with many historical monuments and ruins, which are known for attracting tourists from all over the world.  Tourism, in fact, is a major part of the economy of country, accounting for as much as 12% … Continue reading

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People Protecting Their Heritage: Revolution and the Cairo Museum

The Egyptian Museum of Cairo is, without a doubt, the best collection of Egyptian art and artifacts on the planet. The treasures it houses, like the Funerary Mask of Tutankhamun (‘King Tut’), are not only relics of an ancient past, … Continue reading

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African Rock Art Disappearing

While researching for this blog, I watched my favorite television channel: National Geographic. It occurred to me that they would be a perfect resource to use for Art History. While browsing their website, I came across an article called Africa’s Imperiled Rock … Continue reading

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Saving the Ancient Assyrian Capital, Nineveh

In modern day Mosul, Iraq, Nineveh, the ancient capital of the Assyrian Empire, is slowly falling to ruins amid years of looting, vandalism, natural forces and, most recently, suburban encroachment and war. According to The Global Heritage Fund, it is … Continue reading

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“A Desecration of Civilization”-Looting at the Iraq National Museum

We all remember watching the iconic video of the statue of Saddam Hussein crash down in Firdos Square in Baghdad. However, many are less aware of a monumental event that occurred right around the same time that many historians consider … Continue reading

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A Burial Site Restored – Keeping the Past Safe and Accessible

Earlier last month, repairs were completed on English Neolithic burial chamber that had been previously deemed unsafe for public access. The Tomb is estimated to have been constructed around 3200 BCE and used as a communal chamber to bury the … Continue reading

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Stonehenge- Linked to Tombs found at Preseli Hills Quarry

According to an article in Whales Online, a tomb uncovered in the Preseli Hills Quarry may be the sight at which the original builders of Stonehenge were buried. Archaeologists have come to this speculation because this is the site where … Continue reading

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Werner Herzog’s Cave of Forgotten Dreams

The Cave of Forgotten Dreams is Werner Herzog’s recent documentary about the paintings in the Chauvet Cave in France.

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