Parts of the Dead Sea Scrolls are up for sale – in tiny pieces. Nearly 70 years after the discovery of the world’s oldest biblical manuscripts, the Palestinian family who originally sold them to scholars and institutions is now quietly marketing the leftovers – fragments the family says it has kept in a Swiss safe deposit box all these years.
The long-reigning king of Egyptian antiquities has been forced into exile—but he’s plotting a return. This article looks at Zahi Hawass’ career and what he’s doing now.
An Italian expert in Hebrew manuscripts said Wednesday he has discovered the oldest known complete Torah scroll, a sheepskin document dating from 1155-1225. It was right under his nose, in the University of Bologna library, where it had been mistakenly catalogued a century ago as dating from the 17th century.
Leading archaeologists have denounced the poor state of conservation of the Roman remains at Antinopolis in Egypt, the city built by the emperor Hadrian. The revolution that swept through the country in 2011 and the subsequent exit of its president have affected the security and conservations of many historical sights in the country, especially those that are far from major city centres. Antinopolis, located near the Nile over 30km south of the nearest large town, Minya, is a perfect target.
Researchers began decoding the glyphic language of the ancient Maya long ago, but the internet is helping them finish the job and write the history of this enigmatic Meso-American civilization.
Many of the world’s grand museums are hearing increasing demands for the return of human remains from former colonies or conquered peoples. And many curators are re-evaluating the principles that govern their displays as they confront a growing debate over what cultural organizations should be doing to preserve the dignity of the dead.
More than 30 years after it was raised from the seabed - and almost 500 years since it sank - the secrets of Henry VIII’s flagship, the Mary Rose, are being revealed to the public - along with the faces of its crew.
Seen as the most important artifact in the Karun treasures, a winged seahorse brooch from the Lydian Hoard that was brought back to Turkey by Culture Minister Ömer Çelik on March 7 has attracted 50,000 viewers within just 2.5 months of being on display.
Excavations at an archaeological site in Bahrain are shedding light on one of the oldest trading civilisations. Despite its antiquity, comparatively little is known about the advanced culture represented at Saar, thought to be the Dilmun mentioned in ancient Mesopotamian records.
Since it was found in 1911, an Egyptian iron bead has sparked wonder and debate over how it was produced — made around 3,300 BC, it predates the region’s first known iron smelting by thousands of years. Now, researchers say the iron was made in space and delivered to Earth via meteorite.
About 12,800 years ago when the Earth was warming and emerging from the last ice age, a dramatic and anomalous event occurred that abruptly reversed climatic conditions back to near-glacial state. The cause of this cooling has been much debated, but a new study puts forth evidence for a cosmic impact event.
Janet Stephens earns a living trimming, straightening and dyeing the hair of customers seeking the latest look. But the stylist from the US city of Baltimore is more interested in the hairdos of the past. We’ve featured her videos before but here’s a video interview with her about how she got started recreating Roman hairstyles.
Here’s Trafficking Culture’s list of interesting and frequently faked artifacts.
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