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Police seize 19,000 stolen artefacts in international art trafficking crackdown

101 suspects arrested and rare cultural treasures recovered in huge global investigation Two huge international police operations targeting the trade in stolen artworks and archaeological artefacts have led to the arrest of 101 people and the recovery of more than 19,000 items, including a pre-Columbian gold mask, a carved Roman lion and thousands of ancient coins. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Americas, Spain, World news, Colombia, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Archaeology, Art Theft

Rome unveils shrine dedicated to city's mythical founder

Newly found monument honouring Romulus includes 2,600-year-old sarcophagusA newly discovered ancient shrine believed to have been dedicated to the cult of Romulus, the legendary founder and first king of Rome, has been unveiled.The monument was discovered by archaeologists in a chamber beneath the Roman Forum, the political heart of the Roman empire, and includes a 2,600-year-old sarcophagus and a circular stone structure that is believed to have been an altar. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Science, World news, Rome, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Italy, Archaeology, Romulus

For 13 years, this photographer has been building an incredible 3D digital model of Athens

Starting in 2007, photographer and visual effects artist Dimitris Tsalkanis has been building a digital 3D model of ancient Athens. The result is an immersive historical recreation where everyone online is invited. How did Tsalkanis handle this Herculean (rather, Heraklean) task? He learned as he went. From Sarah Rose Sharp's article about Ancient Athens 3D in Hyperallergic: “I had no previous experience on 3D and I started experimenting in my spare time,” said Tsalkanis in an email int...
Tags: Post, Video, Design, News, Greece, History, Architecture, Athens, Archaeology, 3D, Mark Dery, Hadrian, Sarah Rose Sharp, Dimitris Tsalkanis, Tsalkanis, Athens Tsalkanis

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Belgium's beautiful bike route, Australia's guerilla environmental group, Sweden's floating hotel and more from the web Record-Setting NASA Astronaut Returns to Earth Record-setting NASA astronaut Christina Koch has returned to her home planet after an incredible 328 days in orbit—the second-longest single trip into space by an American astronaut. During those 11 months among the stars, Koch took part in the first three all-woman spacewalks, …
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The planet's oldest asteroid crater, Pigalle basketball court's revamp, moon cars, musical archives and more Earth’s Oldest Asteroid Impact is Two Billion Years Old The oldest asteroid collision on the planet, the Yarrabubba impact crater in Western Australia, is a whopping 2.229 billion years old. After analyzing minerals at the crater site, researchers have found the asteroid hit at the end of an era called …
Tags: Auto, Space, Music, Science, Design, Australia, Films, India, Radiohead, Cruise, Paris, Lexus, Moon, Documentaries, Skateboarding, Archaeology

Best of CH 2019: Interviews + Studio Visits

Reflecting on the group of multi-talented, multi-disciplinary, inspirational creatives we spoke with this year Year in and year out, we desire conversations with creative people and the opportunity to glean some understanding of their motivations and processes. Be they artists and designers or innovators and inventors, those driving us toward the future and beyond have valuable insights to share—and we at CH delight in conveying …
Tags: Art, Photography, Design, Interviews, Religion, History, Designers, Sculpture, Artists, Photographers, Documentaries, Archaeology, Sex Toys, Documentary Photography, Archaeologists, Sculptors

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5,700-year-old chewing gum, pertinent plant discoveries, 2019's biggest innovations and more inspiration from the web 2019 Plant Discoveries Include a Cancer-Fighting Fungus and More 102 plants and eight fungi were officially named by experts at the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in 2019 (roughly 2,000 new species are named worldwide every year). Among the roster of the recently identified are a few additions with remarkable attributes, …
Tags: Art, Science, Design, Medicine, Dna, History, Shows, Basketball, Plants, Archaeology, Botany, Opera, Flowers, Sneakers, Innovations, Linkaboutit

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A 3D-printed neighborhood, at-home insemination tools, alternative education and more innovation from around the globe Hawaii Moves to Ban Single-Use Takeout Containers Part of a comprehensive plan to drastically reduce single-use plastic reliance within the state, Hawaii passed a ban on plastic takeout containers—plates, bowls, cups, utensils, straws, foam containers, and more. The plan (formally named Bill 40) will roll out over two years, allowing …
Tags: Google, Space, Science, Design, News, Mexico, Tech, History, Alaska, Hawaii, 3d Printing, Archaeology, Bill, Paintings, Cave Art, Art History

Erotic fresco depicting Greek myth unveiled in Pompeii

Well-preserved image of Leda and the swan was found during excavations last yearA fresco depicting an erotic scene from the Greek myth Leda and the Swan has been unveiled to the public for the first time in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii.The well-preserved fresco of the figure of Leda being impregnated by the Roman god Jupiter, disguised as a swan, was found last year during excavations of Regio V, an area of the archaeological park that has yielded several surprises. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, World news, Culture, Heritage, Italy, Archaeology, Jupiter, Pompeii, LEDA

Tutankhamun review – thrills and fun as King Tut gets the Hollywood treatment

Saatchi Gallery, LondonThis magnificent piece of pop archaeology is full of songs, statues, gems, gods and gold – reminding us that this pharaoh was no warrior king, just a frail boy who loved his boomerangsIt is not the gold that takes your breath away, it’s the craft. More than 3,300 years ago, Egypt’s top artists – we don’t know their names – were summoned to create all the equipment their young pharaoh Tutankhamun would need in the afterlife. Their creations are some of the most graceful and...
Tags: Art, Hollywood, London, Africa, UK News, Culture, Middle East and North Africa, Egypt, Art and design, Museums, Anthropology, Archaeology, Egyptology, Exhibitions, Tutankhamun, Saatchi Gallery

Archaeology, Camels and Cars: From The Dead Sea to Petra

We ride with archaeologist Sarah Parcak and Infiniti to the ancient city in Jordan It’s early morning in Jordan’s Wadi Rum and we’re loading our gear into the fleet of Infiniti QX80s, backed by only the sounds coming from doors opening and closing shut, and feet shuffling silently in the red sand. Despite the bright LED lights of our fleet SUVs, an observatory’s worth of …
Tags: Travel, Space, Science, Design, Technology, Interviews, Cars, History, Egypt, Road Trips, Satellites, Archaeology, Driving, Jordan, Archeology, Drives

First-Ever Diamond Within a Diamond Found in Russia

Fittingly dubbed the “Russian Nesting Doll Diamond,” this tabular-shaped diamond within a diamond was found in the Nyurba mine in Yakutia, Russia. Perhaps the world’s first-ever instance of such a gem, an outer diamond (.62 carats) holds a smaller one (.02) carats within, but the two differ enough so that the smaller rock rattles around inside. Because this is such a rare occurrence, researchers have yet …
Tags: Science, Design, Russia, Culture, Diamonds, Archaeology, Rare, Linkaboutit, Yakutia Russia, Jewels, Gems, Gemology, Nyurba

Links: Petroglyphs, Language, Urban Groundwater, Dams

Some interesting articles I came across past few days.1) Pleistocene Rock Art in India- New York Times covers the discovery of ancient rock art (40k-10K yr old?) carved on laterite plateaus of Ratnagiri District, S. Maharashtra. Good to see credit given to the stellar work of two amateur archaeologists Sudhir Risbud and Dhananjay Marathe.Link: Ancient Rock Art In The Plains Of India.2) Language Evolution- Linguistic analysis suggests that the Sino-Tibetan language family originated about 720...
Tags: Art, China, India, Environment, Seo, Language, Archaeology, Himalayas, Groundwater, Uttarakhand, Ratnagiri district, Suvrat Kher, Geohazards, Sudhir Risbud, Petroglyphs, Pleistocene Rock Art in India New York Times

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The world's "weirdest" languages, spy planes spot archaeological sites, making museums more accessible and more from around the web Open-Source Software Making Museums More Accessible Oftentimes, the process of visiting a museum begins at an institution’s website, and not all of them are accessible to people with disabilities. In fact, several notable NYC institutions’ websites are not readable by visitors with loss of vision. Those …
Tags: Art, Apps, Science, Design, Privacy, Planes, Tech, History, Accessibility, Museums, Artists, Linguistics, Archaeology, English, Websites, Linkaboutit

Spy Planes Spot Ancient Archaeological Sites

Using images taken by American U-2 spy planes between 1959 and 1972, researchers and archaeologists have been able to uncover archaeological sites in the Middle East that have since been developed over. Though only the final five years worth of photographs are of a high enough resolution to decipher, pre-urban sprawl imagery presented scenes of 5,000 to 8,000 stone structures with clarity. Read more about the …
Tags: Photography, Design, Planes, Tech, History, Middle East, Archaeology, Linkaboutit, Space Archaeology, Spy Planes

Newly Discovered Species of Ancient Human

Recently discovered in a cave in the Philippines, a previously unknown species of ancient human contradicts popular evolution theory. It seems that homo sapiens weren’t the only surviving species of humans a few thousand years ago—these tinier, tree-climbing species (aka homo luzonensis) dates back 50-67,000 years ago. A lot is still a mystery about these people though: how did they end up on Luzon, an …
Tags: Science, Design, History, Culture, Philippines, Archaeology, Human, Linkaboutit, Cave, Ancient Human

Four-Legged Whale With Hooves Fossil Discovered

A 140-foot whale fossil has been discovered off the coast of Peru, only it’s unlike any other. This particular gigantic mammal would have been able to transition between land and sea with ease, thanks to its tail and four legs. Its webbed feet would have helped move underwater, but the bend in the limbs suggests that the creature could move just as well on land. …
Tags: Science, Design, Animals, History, Culture, Peru, Archaeology, Evolution, Whales, Fossil, Linkaboutit

Newly Discovered Evidence Confirms the Sudden Demise of Dinosaurs

In the excavated terrain of the Hell Creek geological formation, an archaeologist named Robert DePalma made a discovery. The theory that dinosaurs met their demise at the impact of a planet-rattling meteor is generally uncontested, but some researchers felt they were doomed well before the day it hit. Dinosaur fossils are never found less than nine feet below the layer of soot—known as the “KT …
Tags: Science, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Dinosaurs, Linkaboutit, Meteorite, Hell Creek, Robert DePalma

Ancient Phallic Graffiti Wasn’t For Laughs

A very familiar symbol has been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall (aka Hadrian’s Wall) in Cumbria, England—only this one dates back to 207 AD. The penis-shaped drawing isn’t just juvenile scribbling, however. According to archeologists from Newcastle University, these images are common and used to adorn doorways, walls and jewelry during the Roman Era (753 BC to 476 AD) and symbolized good fortune—and power. “Phallus graffiti, …
Tags: England, Design, History, Culture, Archaeology, Graffiti, Newcastle University, Roman, Cumbria England, Hadrian, Phallic, Roman Era

Forgotten statue kept in a margarine tub is 2,000-year-old treasure

Silver-eyed Minerva found by a farmer 10 years ago dates back to first or second centuryA 2,000-year-old Roman statuette of a silver-eyed goddess Minerva that for more than a decade was kept in a plastic margarine tub is among a record number of treasure discoveries made by the nation’s army of metal detectorists.The British Museum on Tuesday revealed the details of 1,267 finds across England, Wales and Northern Ireland, more than there has ever been since the Treasure Act was passed in 1996. Co...
Tags: Art, UK News, Heritage, Oxford, Northern Ireland, Archaeology, Hobbies, British Museum, Minerva, England Wales

This 2.4-Million-Year-Old Discovery Alters Human History

The discovery of 2.4-million-year-old stone tools in north Africa have—yet again—altered the human origin story. “The evidence from Algeria has changed [our] earlier view regarding East Africa [as] being the cradle of humankind. Actually, the entire Africa was the cradle of humankind,” Mohamed Sahnouni, an archaeologist at Spain’s National Research Center for Human Evolution, says. Humanity’s distant cousin, the hominin, moved north through (and evolved and develop …
Tags: Science, Design, Africa, Spain, History, Culture, Archaeology, Algeria, Archeology, Linkaboutit, North Africa, East Africa, Mohamed Sahnouni, National Research Center for Human Evolution

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An alien probe, ancient bathroom humor, the mistaken history of chocolate and more Ancient Bathroom Humor Discovered Uncovered this week in Turkey, inside what was once a Roman latrine, are a bunch of dirty jokes that date back to the second century. Two mosaics depict well-known Greek and Roman characters, Narcissus and Ganymede—only the scenes are a little different than the myths we know. In one, Narcissus …
Tags: Design, China, Turkey, Nasa, Artificial Intelligence, Archaeology, Aliens, Chocolate, Ai, Bathroom, Art Classes, Food History, Link About It, Ancient Rome, Ganymede, Transgender Community

Ancient Bathroom Humor Discovered

Uncovered this week in Turkey, inside what was once a Roman latrine, are a bunch of dirty jokes that date back to the second century. The two mosaics depict well-known Greek and Roman characters, Narcissus and Ganymede—only the scenes are a little different than the myths. In one, Narcissus is staring, obsessed with his penis; in the other, Ganymede (who was kidnapped by the eagle of Zeus) is …
Tags: Science, Design, Turkey, History, Culture, Nsfw, Archaeology, Linkaboutit, Ancient Rome, Ganymede, Narcissus

Researchers May Have Found the Earliest Drawing

In South Africa’s Blombos Cave, researchers have discovered what is believed to be the world’s earliest drawing. The drawing—a crosshatch made on one rock using another—predates other uncovered art by a whopping 30,000 years. Researchers claim, though, that this by no means makes the Blombos Cave people artists, rather it identifies their interest in “graphical designs,” says Chantal Tribolo from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The team admits …
Tags: Design, Ancestors, Research, Culture, South Africa, Drawing, Archaeology, Art History, Linkaboutit, Blombos Cave, Bordeaux Montaigne University, Chantal Tribolo

This is the world's oldest known drawing

Around 73,000 years ago, humans used a chunk of pigment to draw a pattern on a rock in a South African cave. The recently discovered fragment of the rock is now considered to be the oldest known drawing in history. From Science News: The faded pattern consists of six upward-oriented lines crossed at an angle by three slightly curved lines, the researchers report online September 12 in Nature. Microscopic and chemical analyses showed that the lines were composed of a reddish, earthy pigment kn...
Tags: Art, Post, News, Drawing, Archaeology, Henshilwood

Watch the throne: why artist Thierry Oussou faked an archaeological dig

When archaeology students unearthed a royal throne in Benin they were astonished. But it was actually a replica, planted to make a statement about the colonial looting of African artCongolese art collector Sindika Dokolo didn’t hold back when requesting the return of African artefacts by European collectors and galleries. Calling it a “long-neglected historical wrong”, he compared the plunder of African heritage to the Nazi looting of artworks in the 1930s and 40s. “Austria returned around 50,00...
Tags: Art, Africa, World news, Culture, Austria, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Installation, Archaeology, Colonialism, Exhibitions, Benin, Sindika Dokolo, Thierry Oussou

Why Papuan Men Made Daggers From Human Thigh Bones

Up until the 20th century, the use of bone daggers among the Papuan males of New Guinea was commonplace. Many of these daggers were forged from the femurs of large birds, but some were made from the bones of humans. New research shows which of the two materials provided for a superior dagger, demonstrating that, for…Read more...
Tags: Art, Science, Anthropology, Archaeology, Weapons, Daggers, Bones, New Guinea, Bone Daggers, Symbolic Weapons

Discovery of ancient middle finger bone completely upends what we know about human migration

Archaeologists have discovered an ancient middle finger bone in Saudia Arabia, and it could completely change what we know about human migration. An 85,000-year-old bone belonging to Homo sapiens marks the first evidence of humans that scientists have found in the Nefud Desert. This is also the first time Homo sapiens bones of that age have been discovered anywhere outside Africa. The current theory of human migration posits that Homo sapiens migrated en masse in a movement known as “Out of Af...
Tags: Science, Design, News, Africa, Archaeology, Journal Nature, Flickr, Fossil, Human Migration, Homo, Saudia Arabia, Human Fossils, Huw Groucutt, Homo sapiens fossils, Homo sapiens migration, Out of Africa migration

So Neanderthals made abstract art? This astounding discovery humbles every human

Scientists say cave paintings in Spain, thought to have been by our ancestors, were actually by Neanderthals. So did they teach us everything we know?If you go to the painted caves of Spain and France, crawl through narrow passages and keep your balance on slippery rock floors, you reach the hidden places where ice age hunters made their marks tens of thousands of years ago. Nothing seems more startling than the way they placed hands against the cold rock and blew red ochre out of their mouths t...
Tags: Art, Europe, Science, Biology, France, Spain, World news, Bbc, Culture, Art and design, Anthropology, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals, Simon Schama, Jacob Bronowski

Neanderthals – not modern humans – were first artists on Earth, experts claim

Neanderthals painted on cave walls in Spain 65,000 years ago – tens of thousands of years before modern humans arrived, say researchersMore than 65,000 years ago, a Neanderthal reached out and made strokes in red ochre on the wall of a cave, and in doing so, became the first known artist on Earth, scientists claim.The discovery overturns the widely-held belief that modern humans are the only species to have expressed themselves through works of art. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Science, Spain, Anthropology, Archaeology, Evolution, Neanderthals

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