Antiquities Market update Greek police seize ancient 'treasure trove'
Police seized thousands of illegally excavated ancient artifacts and coins during a raid in northern Greece, and arrested a man on suspicion of smuggling, authorities said Saturday.
Authorities confiscated 3,000 silver and copper coins, and 1,000 artifacts - including jewelry and a statuette depicting the ancient Greek mythological hero Hercules - dating from Paleolithic times to the medieval Byzantine era.
"This is an ancient treasure trove," said the head of Thessaloniki police's antiquities theft department, Stefanos Symeonidis.
The suspect, a 40-year-old hairdresser, was arrested after police raided his home and a warehouse Friday in Nea Polonia, about 35 kilometers (20 miles) east of Thessaloniki.
Yay! Ancient scrolls being digitised in UAE
More than 100,000 ancient Indian manuscripts and 15 million historic documents in Urdu, Persian and Arabic and 5 million English manuscripts are being digitised by the Juma Al Majid Centre for Culture and Heritage in Dubai.
The documents and manuscripts, mostly from southern India, cover various eras and ages in Indian history and culture, said the head of the centre's studies and publication wing, Izzidin Bin Zeghiba.
More plot thickening Professor disturbed by plagiarism allegations
NIU anthropology professor Winifred Creamer is "very unhappy" that plagiarism allegations against her keep appearing in newspapers.
"My work is being slandered by people who don’t want to take time to look into it [the allegations]," Creamer said. "Not one of those allegations are true."
Creamer and her husband Jonathan Haas, curator of the Chicago Field Museum, have been working in Peru since 1999. Her team is researching the start of complex Peruvian society, which began around 1,800 B.C. to 3,000 B.C.
Fight! Fight! Resort in court over burial site
A resort on South Pender Island has been charged with illegally damaging an ancient aboriginal burial site two years ago when the resort was renovated and expanded.
Poets Cove Seaside Resort and Spa -- formerly known as the Bedwell Harbour Resort and Marina -- faces two charges under the rarely used B.C. Heritage Conservation Act.
Stan Lowe, a prosecutor and spokesman for other provincial Crown prosecutors, said the alleged offences occurred in December 2002 and January 2003.
Now, this is cool Roman coffin discovered intact
A ROMAN wooden coffin has been unearthed in London, the only example of its kind found in Britain.
Archaeologists expressed excitement that it had survived intact, centuries after other examples had disintegrated without trace. In dating from AD120, the new find is an unusually early example of a Roman burial.
It was not until the 3rd century AD that the Roman Britons generally buried their dead. Prior to this they usually favoured cremation. The skeleton belonged to a man over the age of 25, at a time when only 10 per cent lived beyond the age of 45.
Non-Mehr story from Iran! Burial Site of Elamite King Undergoes Excavations, Iran
The archeological site of Arjan, Khuzestan province, where it is believed that the greatest Elamite King has been buried along with all his invaluable personal pocessions, will soon undergo new studies.
Archeologist will start in a few days time to demarcate and dig boring pits in Arjan area, which is some 300-400 hectares and is located in Behbahan, in the southern province of Khuzestan.
New hope in hunt for Roman library
A PHILANTHROPIST has stepped forward to fund excavations at the ancient city of Herculaneum in Italy, where scholars believe a Roman library lies buried beneath 3m of lava from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in AD79.
David W. Packard, whose family helped to found the Hewlett-Packard computer company, is concerned that the site may be poorly conserved or that excavation of the library may not continue unless he underwrites the work.
Herculaneum, south of present-day Naples, was buried by the same eruption that destroyed nearby Pompeii.
"It is hard to imagine anything more exciting than excavating at Herculaneum," said Mr Packard, who is channelling the money through a family institute.
Rhodes mayor wants to rebuild Colossus, a wonder of the ancient world
The mayor of Rhodes relaunched an often-delayed project to rebuild the Colossus of Rhodes, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, the Greek news agency ANA reported.
Mayor Yannis Iatridis at a press conference proposed building the gigantic statue of the sun god Helios on a hill near the seaside resort of Faliraki.
The Greek-Cypriot artist Nicolaos Gotziamanis, who has been preparing the project for several years, would erect the statue estimated to cost 100 million euros (129 million dollars) under the plan. It would be made of brass and stand about 33 meters (108 feet) tall.