Here is a rundown of the news stories from the past week and anniversaries of important events from the coming week. As always, most of the news stories come from http://www.ablogabouthistory.com/. I highly recommend checking it out to keep updated on news regarding history.
- Chinese Archaeologists have discovered a tomb dating back 2500 years that may have belonged to one of the warlords of the Eastern Zhou Period(770-256BCE). The tomb was discovered in January in Shandong Province and several bronze weapons, jade jewelry and ritual utensils have been found. The remains of the warlord archaeologists presume was buried there have yet to be found. The tomb was found on a steep hill, which was unusual given that warlords tended to be buried on mountains. The unique aspects of this tomb may shed more light on an extremely chaotic period in Chinese history. Source: http://usa.chinadaily.com.cn/china/2012-04/24/content_15126480.htm
- The Temple of Hathor, on the island of Philae in Upper Egypt is due to be opened this month after a program to restore the long deteriorated temple. The temple was originally built by King Ptolemy VI and expanded under Ptolemy VII and the Roman Emperors Augustus and Tiberius. That the site has been restored, its blocks had been deteriorated and the walls cracked, points to the ability of workers and archaeologists to restore and reinforce ancient buildings, even when they are pretty poor shape. Source: http://english.ahram.org.eg/NewsContent/9/40/40238/Heritage/Ancient-Egypt/Philaes-Hathor-temple-gets-facelift-in-advance-of-.aspx
- Evidence has been uncovered from the remains of a large, sunken, Roman vessel, found six months ago near the shore of Marausa Lido, contains evidence of Roman smuggling activities. The vessel dates from the 3rd century CE and primarily contains jars, which have been perfectly preserved, of walnuts, figs, olives, wine, oil and fish sauce. Also found on the ship were a bunch of terracotta tubes, pointed at one end, which were used by builders to reinforce vaulted ceilings. These fictile tubes were approximately a quarter of the cost in North Africa than they were in Rome and were likely smuggled by sailors looking to pad their small pay. This vessel is in pieces but when the pieces are assembled it will be the most complete Roman ship ever discovered. Archaeologists in Salerno are expecting it to be restored and on displayed within 2 years. More importantly this discovery sheds more light on both commerce in the Roman world, and smuggling activities which is one of many activities which are not well recorded in ancient sources. Source: http://news.discovery.com/history/roman-shipwreck-smuggling-120425.html
- In an excavation beginning in 2010, archaeologists have discovered the remains of a small temple in the mountains between Ilia and Messinia in Greece, across from the famous temple of Epicurean Apollo. The temple dates from the 6th century BCE and seems to have been demolished and some point to make way for a larger temple. Various pieces from the temple, including its triglyphs, and items dedicated to the god of the temple, including bronze figure of a naked man holding a spear, and some sharp iron weapons. Tools used to build a small temple were also found. It is unclear exactly what god the temple was dedicated too, but presumably it was a deity that was involved war in some way. Source: http://greece.greekreporter.com/2012/04/24/ancient-temple-discovered-in-messinia/
- Archaeologists working on the Struma Highway in Bulgaria have found a Necropolis dating back approximately 2800 years. Archaeologists are apparently perplexed at the size of the site and the amount of time it was in use, although there are two ancient settlements that have been found in the region. source: http://www.sofiaecho.com/2012/05/02/1818561_archaeology-ancient-necropolis-found-in-path-of-bulgarias-struma-motorway
- In excavations in Jerusalem a building has been discovered below the base of an ancient drainage channel near the Western Wall of Temple Mount. It is the closest building to the First Temple that has thus far been uncovered. Among the discoveries was a personal seal of a semi-precious stone marked with Lematanyahu Ben Ho, meaning ‘belonging to matanyahu ben ho’. The rest of the inscription has been erased. Such personal seals were common during the First Temple Period. Source: http://www.mfa.gov.il/MFA/History/Early+History+-+Archaeology/Hebrew_seal_Matanyahu_uncovered_Jerusalem_1-May-2012.htm
The Central Archaeological Council (KAS) of the Greek ministry for culture and tourism has given a green light to the restoration of the ancient theater of Delos, one of the most important religious centres of ancient Greece, an island of the Cyclades where Apollo, god of light, was born according to mythology. It is no coincidence that the centre of the theater, the orchestra, is considered to be the brightest point in the Mediterranean in a study of the University of Athens.
Read the rest of the article at Ancient Theater of Delos to Be Restored | Greece.GreekReporter.com Latest News from Greece.
Story by A. Papapostolou – Greek Reporter
If you want to escape from the daily grind and lie back in the warm sun while sipping on a cocktail, look no further than holiday homes on the Greek Ionian islands. While there are 12 land masses in the group, here are the top three for sunny getaways.
Find out the top 3 islands at The top 3 Ionian islands to visit in Greece – I Want Sun.
Archaeologists have unearthed an ancient marble paved Byzantine road during excavation work for a new metro in the northern Greek port city of Thessaloniki, the Culture Ministry said on Friday.
Dating from the third century BC, the marble paved road, known as the Via Egnatia, runs across much of modern day Thessaloniki at a depth of three meters.
Read the rest of the article at Ancient Byzantine road unearthed in Greece – IOL SciTech | IOL.co.za.
Story by SAPA
The town of Monemvasia is relatively young compared to most Greek standards. Founded in 583 BC, Monemvasia is located on the Southeastern tip of Greece’s Peloponnese peninsula on a tiny rocky island. Monemvasia became an important commercial port for the Byzantine Empire, and continued this role for other conquering empires, such as the Latin Empire, the Venetians, and the Ottomans. Jim Bruce of Australia’s News reports of holiday to the medieval island.
When Kostas Michalakos left Australia in 1995 at 23 years of age to begin a new life in Greece, there was only one place he wanted to settle Monemvasia, the home of his forebears, and one of the natural wonders of the Peloponnese.
His people had lived on Monemvasia, an island of rock known as the Gibraltar of Greece, for three generations.
Michalakos’ family owned two crumbling 12th-century houses, which had been unoccupied for 10 years, on Monemvasia, and he decided to renovate them.
Today, the two houses serve as holiday accommodation to some of the thousands of tourists who visit the island each year.
Just off the coast of the Laconian peninsula in the southern Peloponnese, Monemvasia is a mighty 300m-high rock island linked to the mainland by a stone bridge.
It’s a 3 1/2-hour drive from Athens, making it an easy destination for Australians touring Greece.
The rock was sheared from the mainland by a massive earthquake about AD375, and from the fifth century it has supported an unassailable fortress town, known as the Kastro.
Once home to 50,000 people, the Kastro, on the southern side of the rock, cannot be seen from the mainland.
Read the rest of the article at Romantic Monemvasia lures lovers | News.com.au.
Photo by Vaggelis Vlahos