In 1878, villagers in the small Turkish village of Beyköy discovered a 14-inch (35-cm) tall and 95-foot-long limestone frieze filled with hieroglyphic inscriptions of an unknown language. It would take 70 years before scholars could even read the language, which is now known as Luwian. And now, 3,200 years after its creation, scholars have deciphered the meaning of the frieze.
Labeled as a “poison cabinet” when placed for auction in 2008, images of this hollowed out book have been causing...
Hurricane Irma left a lot of destruction on its wake, but also some surprising discoveries.
A defining moment in American history, the Civil War is an event that still resonants across the country today. And thanks to one man, we are able to have a first-hand view into what life was like in camp and on the field. Known as the father of photojournalism, we can thank Mathew Brady for exposing the American public to the effects of war for the first time through photography.
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Along the Utah State Route 211 a monumental rock covered in Native American carvings juts out.
Celebrated for their one-of-a-kind process and distinctive aesthetic, woodblock prints have become a widely recognized and iconic form of Japanese art. Along with paintings, prints produced from the 17th century through the 19th century captured the spirit of ukyio-e, a genre that presented “pictures of the floating world” to the public. Here, we explore these Japanese woodblock prints, paying particular attention to their fascinating history, age-old techniques, recognizable style, and lasting legacy. History Introduced during China's Han Dynasty (a period lasting from 206 BC–220 AD)
In one poignant tweet, filmmaker Ava DuVernay honors the incredible legacy of a woman born into slavery by showing just...
Books have long been considered precious materials, both as sources of learning and hallmarks of a cultured lifestyle. Grand libraries in cities like Prague and Dublin speak to the idea that what holds a piece of literature should be as important as the book itself. An intriguing item at the University of Leeds library demonstrates that even without our modern, advanced technology, people went to lengths in order to keep their precious books close by.
Wine has a long and rich history in human existence that predates even written records—but suffice to say that our...
Historic Ottoman architecture was designed to accommodate more than its human inhabitants.