Archeology is often envisioned as a quest, whether it be digging for treasure or scouring caves. However, a significant amount of conservation goes into discovering and preserving the past. For a team of archeologists in Egypt, the last five years have been a cleaning mission. The group have been scrubbing dirt, soot, and bird droppings off the Temple of Esna's ceiling to reveal incredible ink inscriptions which were previously murky.
In 1940, a teenager accidentally stumbled upon a series of prehistoric paintings in southwestern France.
Historical artifacts offer a glimpse into the past. However, their existence is constantly at risk—especially those not housed in museums.
Like its namesake stone, the Diamond Sūtra was found underground. In 1900, a Buddhist monk in the Gansu province of China stumbled upon a sealed entrance leading to a series of 492 connected caves. The site had been closed off to the world since the start of the 11th century. Once a major Buddhist center, the area is known as Mogao (“Peerless”) Caves or the Caves of a Thousand Buddhas.
Flipbooks are a common craft among children.
Scuba diver and maritime archeologist Tamara Thomsen is on an amazing streak.
Ancient mosaics turn up in surprising places. From urban London to a New York City coffee table to Italian vineyards and English fields, mosaics are unearthed across the world. The Roman Empire and the Byzantine Empire (its descendant) were especially prolific mosaic creators. Now, a stunning new example of Byzantine craftsmanship has been discovered—this time by a Palestinian farmer in Gaza who was digging in his olive grove.
Before there was the skyscraper, ancient builders created the original tall, imposing structure: the obelisk.
Dice—and their attendant games of chance—have an ancient history.
Thousands of years ago, the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers gave birth to some of the earliest civilizations. The rivers created a region known as the Fertile Crescent, where flourishing trade routes, rich agriculture, and magnificent cities abounded. Today, these ancient Mesopotamian ruins are found in Iraq, Iran, and other Near Eastern nations. These places are now experiencing harsh drought, particularly as climate change raises regional temperatures.
As one of art history's most significant sculptures, the Venus de Milo continues to captivate audiences today.
We've heard of some interesting thrift store finds before, but Laura Young‘s story may top them all.