Cultures of the Middle Eastern lands, such as the Ottoman Empire, Egypt, Israel, and Arabia
Submitted by GiovannaL on Mon, 2013-11-25 10:31
Israeli and American archaeologists have uncovered what may have been the world's oldest wine cellar in the Galilee, Business Standard reports. The cellar is estimated to be about 3,700 years old and to have held up to 2,000 liters of strong, sweet wine.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-10-24 17:08
For centuries, a huge, 150,000 square feet building in the heart of Jerusalen was used as a fruit and vegetable market. Now the deserted site has been identified as the largest hospital in the Middle East during the Crusader period.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-29 09:15
Rogues, vagabonds, and wandering poets... characters from D&D or perhaps a videogame? In the medieval underworld of the Islamic Middle East, these shady characters made up the Banu Sasan, "a hidden counterpoint to the surface glories of Islam’s golden age." Mike Dash has the feature article for Smithsonian's Past Imperfect blog.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-09-25 20:59
Early Byzantines in Tel Aviv, Israel probably thought themselves very clever when they buried a hoard of "400 coins, 200 intact Samaritan lamps and gold jewelry" in a garbage heap somewhere between the 5th-7th centuries. Perhaps they were, because the hoard was only found recently by a team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority. (video)
Submitted by BrianK on Mon, 2013-09-23 22:22
Antiquity Gamecrafters offers a selection of historic board games. Each game comes complete with board, pieces, drawstring bag for the piece, and rule booklet.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-09-01 16:15
Three tombs, believed to be those of a man, woman and child, dating to the 11th century, have been discovered near the city of Komana in northern Turkey. The site of the excavation was known in the Byzantine era as a "temple city," the first so described from the time period.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-08-19 21:19
In the fall of 2011, the Morgan Library and Museum hosted Treasures of Islamic Manuscript Painting from the Morgan, an exhibit of religious and secular works. An "online exhibition" was created in conjunction with the exhibit and is available to view on the library's website.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-08-12 09:22
A team of researchers from Cambridge University is the latest group to occupy Cyprus. This time the "invaders" are researchers, only interested in one castle, Saranda Kolones, built during the Third Crusade, and its latest treasure: a pit of dried human waste. Their report has been published in the International Journal of Paleopathology.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-08-04 16:31
A YouTube video features woodturner Mostopher Dnouch plying the centuries-old trade of woodturning on a bow lathe in a market in Marrakech.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-07-31 16:22
In 1957, when it was proposed, cataloging the thousands of “oriental” manuscripts scattered throughout Germany seemed an almost impossible feat, but the mammoth project may come to a successful end in 2022 if all goes well.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-07-29 08:30
Saint Hilarion, at Tel Umm al-Amr in the Gaza Strip, is considered the Holy Land's oldest monastery. The site, named for a 4th century hermit, is in danger of destruction due to lack of funds.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-07-26 08:01
In most cases, looters are detrimental to archaeological sites, but recently in Jerash, Jordan, the criminals began the process that led to the discovery of a 6th century Byzantine church with an amazing mosaic floor.
Submitted by Emeludt Hansler on Wed, 2013-07-24 09:25
Please join us for a weekend of fun in the mysterious and volatile lands of the Mongols at the Midnight at the Oasis 5 – The Steppes West, on September 27 – 29, 2013.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2013-07-23 16:40
“We never assumed we could find such a structure. It is a natural Jacuzzi from 1500 years ago," said Governor Abdülkadir Demir about the discovery of a thermal Turkish bath (hamam) in the province of Denizli.
Submitted by Etienne Le Mons on Mon, 2013-06-24 02:22
Sacred Stone Baronial Birthday 31
August 30-September 1, 2013
Elchenburg Castle at Boonville, NC
Greetings noble friends and neighbors!
We bid you welcome and hope you will join us on a trip to Morocco for the 31st anniversary of the founding of the Barony of the Sacred Stone.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-06-17 16:56
Archaeologists working on an excavation at Kibbutz Bet Qama, in the B’nei Shimon region of Israel were surprised to discover a beautifully-preserved, Byzantine mosaic dating to the 4th - 6th centuries. The mosaic adorned the floor in what experts believe was a public building. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2013-06-05 14:35
Fortresses constructed during the Middle Ages by crusader knights are being used and fought over by both government and rebel forces who see their strategic advantages. The war has already destroyed many historic sites in the country, such as Aleppo's 11th-century minaret.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-05-25 13:23
The iconic minaret of the Umayyad Mosque complex in the Syrian city of Aleppo has collapsed during fighting between rebels and government troops. The minaret dates to the 11th century.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2013-04-20 11:15
In its March 2013 issue, Antiquity Magazine reports on a partnership of several universities and organizations to use the latest developments in computer science and engineering to analyze archaeological sites. In this instance, they focus on the UNESCO World Heritage, Petra Archaeological Park.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2013-04-04 14:01
The Western Science Center in Hemet, California is teaming up with La Sierra University to present Weapons & War in the Iron Age which "examines the important period of the 2nd millenium BC in the ancient Near East." The exhibit will open May 19, 2013.
Submitted by Historical Glas... on Thu, 2013-04-04 10:42
Historical Glassworks creates handblown glass articles, specializing in historical reproductions. Available items include tools, feast gear, accessories, and decorative gifts. They also offer live demonstrations. View their calendar for a list of upcoming events in your area.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2013-03-18 14:33
The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston is playing host to masterpieces from Kuwait’s al-Sabah Collection, "one of the greatest collections of Islamic art in the world." The show runs until January 26, 2014. (photos)
Submitted by Alys Katharine on Thu, 2013-02-14 07:23
Manly high heels date back centuries, worn by horsemen as well as powerful rulers.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2013-02-03 18:00
Two years ago, the chance discovery of a collection of documents in a cave in Afghanistan gave experts a first ever glimpse of 11th century "religious, cultural and commercial life of the Jewish community in a central location on the trade route between China and the West."
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2013-01-11 11:31
In an attempt to lure in potential subscribers, History Today magazine has released a selection of its most popular stories from 2012 on its blog.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2012-12-05 19:10
The Arthur M. Sackler Gallery in Washington, D.C. is currently playing host to Roads of Arabia: Archaeology and History of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, an "unprecedented assembly" of artifacts which tell the story of of the trade routes across the Arabian Peninsula.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2012-12-01 12:26
Greetings to the fair Kingdom of the East. Let it be known that the Shire of Quintavia is again opening its doors to host our annual Hafla.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-11-15 15:07
A Jewish prayer book, created in 15th century Spain, is a survivor. The book includes liturgies for the Jewish New Year and Day of Atonement and managed to survive both the Inquisition and the Holocaust.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2012-10-08 08:08
Falconers in Abu Dhabi have created a mini helmet cam designed to allow viewers to experience the flight and hunt of a falcon. A short video reveals what it's like to "fly like a falcon."
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2012-10-04 14:38
A joint team of archaeologists from Tel Aviv University and Israel’s Nature and Parks Authority have discovered "one of the largest gold coin hoards discovered in a medieval site in the land of Israel." The coins were determined to have circulated in the 13th century, the time Crusader occupation.