Ancient Art

October 20, 2021

Amateur Diver Discovers 900-Year-Old Crusader Sword Off the Coast of Israel

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming… That is what one diver was doing in the clear waters of the Mediterranean Sea when he suddenly spotted something unusual. Amateur diver Shlomi Katzin was enjoying the waters off the coast south of Haifa, Israel when he stumbled upon an ancient medieval sword. Dating back hundreds of years to the Crusader period, the sword will soon join other artifacts on display in Israel after careful restoration.

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August 17, 2021

Ancient Egyptians Wore Gold Sandals With Matching Toe Caps To Be Buried In

The ancient Egyptians are known for their rich and ritualistic burials. Whether a pharaoh in the Valley of the Kings or a bureaucrat in a modest rock cut tomb, the items left in a grave were intended to facilitate the transition to the afterlife. Among these items were sandals—necessary for both the living and the dead. These funerary sandals could be similar to those work in life—made of leather typically, or even papyrus.

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July 4, 2021

This Ancient Palace on the Island of Crete Has the Oldest Throne Room in Europe

On the island of Crete lies the ruins of an ancient palace. Now part of modern Greece, Crete was once the center of the Aegean civilization known as the Minoans. Known for elaborate palaces and beautiful frescos, the Minoans were powerful players in the eastern Mediterranean during the Bronze Age, with trading connections to Old Kingdom Egypt and the civilizations of Mesopotamia. The Minoans are commonly described as the first complex civilization of Europe.

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