Ancient History


This 2,200-year-old gold earring portraying the head of a horned animal was unearthed in the Givati Parking Lot in Jerusalem's City of David National Park. Researchers hope the Hellenistic jewelry will provide more insight into what Jerusalem was like at this time. Photo: Clara Amit, Antiquities Authority.

A rare gold earring dating to the second or third century B.C.E. was unearthed during an excavation in Jerusalem. Archaeologists from the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) and [...]
Fri, Aug 10, 2018
Source: Biblical Archeology Daily

The massive stone enclosures of the Göbekli Tepe ruins (known to many as Turkey's “Stonehenge”) may be the earliest examples of Neolithic religion. What do the enclosures and the fascinating reliefs that adorn their pillars reveal about the oldest religion in the world? Photo: Vincent J. Musi/National Geographic Stock.

On a hill known as Göbekli Tepe (“Potbelly Hill”) in southeastern Turkey, excavations led by Klaus Schmidt uncovered several large megalithic enclosures that [...]
Thu, Aug 09, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

Discovering the Çatalhöyük Mural

This Çatalhöyük mural is thought to represent a nearby volcanic eruption. New scientific evidence confirms a contemporaneous eruption at nearby Hasan Dağ.

In the early 1960s, archaeologist James Mellaart uncovered a mural at Çatalhöyük, the world's largest and best-preserved Neolithic site, which he interpreted to represent a volcanic eruption. Fifty years later, scientific tests done on pumice at the nearby volcano Hasan Dağ confirm that there was, in fact, an eruption between [...]
Wed, Aug 08, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

The fateful encounter between Judah and his daughter-in-law Tamar is depicted in this 17th-century painting by Dutch artist Gerbrand van den Eeckhout. In most translations of the story of Judah and Tamar (Genesis 38), Tamar is described as a cult prostitute. As Edward Lipiński argues, however, there is nothing in the story of Judah and Tamar to suggest sacred prostitution was involved. While temple prostitutes were part of Canaanite Ashtoreth worship, they were not [...]

Tue, Aug 07, 2018
Source: Ancient Cultures

The 390 BCE battle at the Allia River was fought between the city state of Rome and Gauls from northern Italy. When the Gauls laid siege to the Etruscan city of Clusium, the Romans intervened on behalf of the latter. The Gauls withdrew but returned to advance on Rome itself. Close to Rome, at the Allia River, the Roman army met the Gauls in battle but suffered a crushing defeat. PROLOGUE [...]
Tue, Aug 07, 2018
Source: Ancient History Encyclopedia

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