Theatres and temples are on the uptick in Israel and Egypt respectively. And a surprise from New Jersey, to round out the week. Enjoy!
5,000 year old toys have been discovered in a necropolis in the ancient religious centre of Sogmatar in Turkey.
A late Roman “theatre-like” structure has been identified during excavations around the Western Wall Tunnels in Israel.
A temple dedicated to Rameses II has been discovered in the Abusir necropolis outside Cairo in Egypt. The Smithsonian reports on it here.
An extremely well preserved gilt bronze statue has been discovered at Jinjeon Temple in South Korea.
Bronze Age stone structures have been identified on Thirassia, one of the Santorini Islands in Greece.
Marble from the Nemi Ships is being repatriated to Italy after being in private hands in New York for the better part of a century.
From the Smithsonian:
A bust of Napoleon in New Jersey has recently been revealed to be a sculpture by Auguste Rodin.
The Trump Twitter Wars are establishing themselves as part of cultural lore, now that women and Alec Baldwin are firing back. And I learned today for the first time about the Nemi Ships. Holy gods!
Otherwise, here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!
Don’t forget to always clean your bodies, and your plates. Evidence from Lapa do Santo in Brazil suggest that people not only defleshed bodies before burial, but they may also have cannibalized them nearly 10,000 years ago.
A network of smugglers has been exposed and several items repatriated from the US to Egypt following work by US Immigration and Customs.
Bitumen from the Sutton Hoo site appears to have originated near the Dead Sea, suggesting that trade was more extensive than previously thought.
A pair of mummified legs likely belonged to Queen Nefertari, wife of Pharaoh Rameses II, have been identified in Italy. Still wondering where the rest of of her is, though…
Earthenworks discovered on the Japanese island of Kyushu may show evidence of an invasion during the 7th century from Korea.
A theatre in the Roman province of Thrace (modern Bulgaria, near Plovdiv) appears to be older than originally thought following the discovery of an inscription near the site dating to the reign of the Emperor Domitian.
From the Smithsonian:
A remarkable video feature on the restoration of a 17th century map found shoved up a chimney in Aberdeen.
A more detailed article on the recently discovered site outside Abydos in Egypt.