Monthly Archives: February 2020
Significant new findings were recently revealed during ongoing excavation works at the archaeological site of Akrotiri, on the Greek island of Santorini (Thera), the Ministry of Culture of Greece announced in a statement on Thursday.
Most of the discoveries are related to the everyday life of the people who lived on the island before the volcanic explosion which destroyed most of the island and subsequently the Minoan civilization on Crete.
Ordinary objects used by the people of the island, even including clothing and burned fruit, were found, most likely believed to be the very last objects the people of Santorini were using in the moments before the devastating volcanic eruption.
Additionally, more than 130 micelle vessels were found, which archaeologists believe were most likely related to a burial place.
The archaeological dig on Santorini is taking place under…
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Flagstaff, AZ — Grand Canyon archaeologist Ian Hough reported to a crowd of local archaeologists, Grand Canyon hikers and enthusiasts that his team was surprised by artifacts and features recently unearthed at the bottom of the Grand Canyon.
“What you see at the surface is not what you get underneath,” said Hough in his presentation Extreme Cultural Landscapes: New Archeological Research in Grand Canyon National Park. He shared that recent archeological projects at Grand Canyon National Park reveal interesting patterns of human use of the resources in this dynamic environment. The projects were at nine sites which represent three distinct cultural periods.
The Furnace Flats Project saw archaeologists accessing the site by river rafts. The purpose of the project was to mitigate erosion caused by rising water and visitor impact. Ancient homes built in A.D. 1075-1200 have been filled with blowing sands and covered by silt…
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As an archaeologist the story of Arthur Evans excavation at the great Palace of Knossos fascinated me. It was only when I came to live in Crete to work on Minoan pottery that my attention was drawn to the Clay tablets which featured Linear B script which Sir Arthur had discovered.
Sir Arthur Evans
These tablets, around 800 or more, some found as fragments and some whole, tell us so much about a lost civilization. It wasn’t until I began learning to read and write these ancient scripts “still learning” ,that I realized the huge task which Arthur Evans had ahead of him in trying to decipher the writings upon the tablets, the strain on his eyes must have been enormous. However, Arthur Evans was not able to crack the code but he did lay the ground for Michael Ventris who eventually deciphered the tablets in l953. Actually, this was the very year I got married but did not know…
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A millennium-and-a-half before Frederick the Great, Epaminondas of Thebes changes the face of warfare with the oblique attack and forever destroyed the myth of Spartan invincibility !
The Peloponnesian War indisputably established Sparta as the paramount power in the Greek World. Though that long conflict had been waged, ostensibly, by Sparta to free the Greek city-states of the Delian League from Athenian dominance; the Spartan victory merely replaced Athenian hegemony with Spartan.
Though superb soldiers, the Spartans were educationally and temperamentally ill-equipped to deal with the subtleties of statecraft and diplomacy necessary for managing an empire. Over the next 33 years following the end of the Peloponnesian War, Sparta faced sporadic challenges from the other leading Greek states; with coalitions forming against her and her interests. Of these, the Thebans were both the most implacable and the most dangerous.
Thebes had been an ally of Sparta against Athens; and had even…
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