Friday, October 26, 2012

Roman Art Find in Britain

Roman Art Find in Britain
Little bust of a boy, possibly Antinous. Cute dolphin sculpture. Knife handle with sculpture of couple having sex. Ivory phallus with wings. All pretty decent-quality stuff, and headline-grabbing, given its subject matter. Those enterprising Brits, looking beneath the surface.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Archaeology: Technical Advances since Indiana Jones
Not a new article, but since 2011 marked the 30th anniversary of the original Indy pic, the TechNews people take the opportunity to examine technology common in archaeology today that Indiana Jones definitely did NOT use. Bullwhips are out, for example.

Friday, October 5, 2012

Ancient Egyptian Prosthetic Toes
Yes, toes. The people studying them got some modern folks who are missing toes to try on the ancient prostheses, and one fake toe worked quite well. The other, not so much.
At the end of the article, there is a reference to another ancient prosthesis, a Roman leg, which was unfortunately destroyed in WWII!
Those Egyptians get more awesome all the time.

Cumae in Smithsonian Magazine!
I need to go here. Now. As the Sibyl says, "Hell's open 24/7. It's getting out that's the trick."