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Archaeologist, ancient environments,origins of urbanism,religious studies,Near Eastern archaeology,Levant @Ticia_Verveer Historisch journalist,cultuur & erfgoed
Mar 22 4 tweets 3 min read
An Egyptian-German research team uncovered yet another series of colorful ceiling paintings at the Temple of Esna,Upper Egypt. The Egyptian restoration team,led by Ahmed Emam,succeeded in completely restoring and re-coloring a representation of the heavens uni-tuebingen.de/en/university/… Representation of the zodiac sign Sagittarius.

Courtesy of Hisham El-Leithy of the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities and Professor Christian Leitz of the University of Tübingen. uni-tuebingen.de/fakultaeten/ph…
Oct 13, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Central Asian horse riders played ball games 3,000 years ago
eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2… New evidence for ball games in Eurasia from ca. 3000-year-old Yanghai tombs in the Turfan depression of Northwest China sciencedirect.com/science/articl…
Sep 26, 2020 7 tweets 3 min read
Archaeologists have unearthed the world’s oldest and most complete set of Roman body armour yet on a battlefield. The entire cuirass was found at Kalkriese in northwestern Germany 
thetimes.co.uk/article/oldest… The myth of Hermann remains tainted by the militant nationalism that would later be associated with Hitler.

Sep 17, 2020 7 tweets 4 min read
In honor of #RoshHashanah5781 I am sharing this shofar (ram’s horn), made in the forced labor camp Skarżysko-Kamienna (belonged to German HASAG concern), in southeastern Poland, during World War II.
c. 25,000-30,000 Jews were brought here and between 18,000-23,000 perished. Image Rabbi Yitzhak Finkler, the Grand Rebbe of Radoszyce, asked Moshe Winterter, also an inmate in the camp, to make a shofar for the holy observance of Rosh Hashana in 1943 (5704). In spite of the danger to his own life, Moshe created one. Image
Aug 30, 2020 4 tweets 1 min read
A wildfire has broken out near the ruins of the bronze age stronghold of Mycenae in Greece, prompting the evacuation of visitors to the archaeological site.
Aug 28, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
This exquisite mosaic, showing six female musicians, with two small boys dressed as cupids, on a wooden stage, once decorated the floor of an apsidal room of a Roman house at Mariamin, near Hama in Syria.
4th century AD Image The women dressed in tunics long mantles, decorated with clavus, stones or gold colored parts, perform with clappers, an organ, a double flute, metal sounding bows, a cithara and castanets.

At the Hama Museum in Syria.

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May 15, 2020 9 tweets 5 min read
I'm fascinated with the shape and details of this ca. 4,200 year old dress, discovered in a tomb at Giza in Egypt. The beads were strung together on a net and were (probably) worn over a linen dress. Image Although believed that ancient Egyptian women wore such dresses in daily life, most examples have been found in a burial context.
Apr 15, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
In Amsterdam, between 1620 and 1632, Abraham Cohen de Herrera wrote the only two treatises of Jewish Kabbalah originally produced in Spanish. The House of Divinity and (depicted here) Gate of Heaven.

Copied by Samuel de David Curiel. Amsterdam, 1675.
etshaimmanuscripts.nl/manuscripts/eh… Image The kabbalistic tree chart (Ilan Sefirot) shows the structure of the Divine Emanation according to the Kabbalah. Around the chart is an orchard with 4 trees: vine, apple, palm and olive. Symbols of the Zodiac and the 7 planets are among the leaves of the apple and the olive trees
Apr 12, 2020 5 tweets 3 min read
The Women at the Tomb.

Late 6th- or early 7th-century reliquary box, from the Chapel of the Sancta Sanctorum, Lateran Palace, in Rome
Museo Sacro, Vatican.
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kornbluthphoto.com/images/SancSan… Image The Holy Women at the Tomb (or The Three Marys at the Tomb).

William-Adolphe Bouguereau.
commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Will… Image
Apr 9, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Examining ostrich eggs from the British Museum’s collection, the team, led by Bristol’s Dr Tamar Hodos, were able to reveal secrets about their origin and how and where they were made.

bristol.ac.uk/news/2020/apri… Ostrich egg painted with four sphinxes from the Isis Tomb, Vulci, Italy. 625-600 BC


Fragment of carved ostrich eggshell. 27th Dynasty, 525 - 330 BC, Egypt
research.britishmuseum.org/research/colle… ImageImage
Mar 26, 2020 8 tweets 4 min read
Amenhotep IV ('Amun is content') , changed his name in his 6th year to Akhenaten ('of service to the Aten').
The sun-god (Aten) became under pharaoh Akhenaten (1379- 1362 BC) the universal and almost exclusive deity.

Cairo Museum, Egypt. ImageImageImage The word 'aten' means 'the disk,' which can be placed in a solar context, the moon or the surface of a mirror.

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Mar 19, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
It's the #SpringEquinox in the northern hemisphere, when day and night are equal.

Welcome the #firstdayofspring with this lovely Roman fresco of Flōra, the goddess of the flowering of plants and of the season of spring. From the Villa of Ariadne, Stabiae in Italy. Image The Spring Equinox is mentioned in this 3,000-year-old cuneiform tablet from ancient Mesopotamia.
'On the 6th of Nisan (I) the day and the night were in balance: 6 'double-hours' of daylight, 6 'double-hours' of night. cdli.ucla.edu/search/search_… Image
Feb 19, 2020 6 tweets 2 min read
Iranian authorities are threatening to destroy the historic tomb of Esther and Mordechai in the city of Hamedan, 200 miles west of Tehran, the Alliance for Rights of All Minorities in Iran, said in a Twitter post on Sunday.

My blog post on the tomb👇
Feb 18, 2020 5 tweets 2 min read
The first articulated Neanderthal skeleton to come out of the ground for over 20 years has been unearthed at one of the most important sites of mid-20th century archaeology: Shanidar Cave, in the foothills of Iraqi Kurdistan. arch.cam.ac.uk/news/shanidar-z Image Discovery at 'flower burial' site could unravel mystery of Neanderthal death rites m.phys.org/news/2020-02-d…
Feb 18, 2020 4 tweets 3 min read
Canaanite temple unearthed at Lachish
Archaeologists unearthed bronze cauldrons, Hathor-inspired jewelry, daggers and axe-heads adorned with bird images, scarabs, figurines, and "the oldest known etching of Hebrew letter “Samech”
mfa.gov.il/mfa/israelexpe… #Israel #archaeology ImageImageImageImage "Of particular interest was a pottery sherd engraved with ancient Canaanite script. There, the letter “samek” appears, marked by an elongated vertical line crossed by three perpendicular shorter lines" Image
Jan 23, 2020 4 tweets 2 min read
Splatters of a shiny, solid black material have been discovered inside the skull of a victim at Herculaneum, which appear to be the remains of human brain tissue transformed by heat.
theguardian.com/science/2020/j… Heat-Induced Brain Vitrification from the Vesuvius Eruption in c.e. 79 | NEJM nejm.org/doi/full/10.10…
Dec 19, 2019 5 tweets 2 min read
New dating evidence shows that Homo erectus survived until just over 100,000 years ago on the Indonesian island of Java - long after it had vanished elsewhere.

bbc.com/news/science-e… Last appearance of Homo erectus at Ngandong, Java, 117,000–108,000 years ago.

Dec 14, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
Elgin's casts of Parthenon marbles reveal details since lost from statues.

3D model of a figure from the north frieze (original on the left, Elgin cast on the right). Photograph: Emma Payne/Antiquity.
theguardian.com/artanddesign/2… Image ‘Parthenon vandal’ helps shine a light on Elgin marbles

Dec 14, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
An 1875 photograph of a family enjoying a day out at Stonehenge may be the earliest such snap taken at the monument.
bbc.com/news/uk-englan… Image “Stonehenge. Trilithons B and C from the southwest. Photographed by the Ordnance Survey Department, Colonel Sir Henry James R.E.:F.R.S.:&c.Director. 1867”

pictures.royalsociety.org/image-rs-9294 Image
Nov 23, 2019 4 tweets 2 min read
Egypt's Ministry of Antiquities is revealing details on recently discovered animal mummies, saying they contain two lion cubs as well as several crocodiles, birds and cats.
nytimes.com/aponline/2019/… Video thanks to @luxortimes
Nov 16, 2019 5 tweets 4 min read
Please help to honor all #Shoah victims & preserve their memory online. As a grandchild of Holocaust survivors,I would appreciate your support immensely🙏 Follow @AuschwitzMuseum in order to get 750,000 followers for the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz,27 Jan 2020 This has made me very emotional, I'm deeply touched that so many care and have RT, shared, liked and started following @AuschwitzMuseum
I ❤ when this kind of thing happens. The twitter community at its best, a caring, inspiring and supportive family. Forever grateful.