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(CROATIA) Ancient Necropolis Report: The fourth- or fifth-century cemetery contained the remains of several individuals buried in jars dating back to 4th & 5th centuries AD #AceHistoryDesk report

#AceHistoryReport – June.17: Archaeologists on the Croatian island of Hvar have unearthed an ancient necropolis, or vast burial ground, dated to between the fourth and fifth centuries A.D.

Ancient Necropolis Discovered in 17th-Century Croatian Palace’s Garden: As local news outlet Croatia Week reports, the team found the burial ground in the front garden of the Radošević Palace, a 17th-century Baroque building on the western end of the island. Archaeological consulting company Kantharos spearheaded the dig and has spent the past two months examining the site ahead of construction of a new library and reading room.

An individual buried in an amphora on the Croatian island of Hvar

An individual buried in an amphora on the Croatian island of Hvar (Kantharos via Facebook)
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According to a statement, the researchers discovered 20 graves containing the skeletal remains of 32 people in an area spanning some 700 square feet. They also found a fragment of a stone wall dated to the second century A.D. and a city gate dated to the late fifth century. Other highlights included amphorae (jars used mainly for transporting wine and olive oil), ceramic jugs and lamps, glass bottles and containers, and coins.

These discoveries, says Kantharos in the statement, per Google Translate, have prompted researchers to call the palace “the most important and richest site” on Hvar.

Broken amphoras found on the island of Hvar (Kantharos via Facebook)

Per Encyclopedia Britannica, Hvar has been inhabited continuously since the early Neolithic period. Greek settlers founded colonies on the island in 385 B.C., but by 219 B.C., the Romans had seized control of the area. Slavic groups fleeing the European mainland arrived on Hvar in the seventh century A.D.

Built between 1670 and 1688, the palace itself served as the local seat of the wealthy Radošević family, wrote scholar Ambroz Tudor, who was part of the Kantharos team, in a 2011 study. Its accentuated balconies and “lavishly decorated façade openings” make the estate a stunning example of Baroque architecture, Tudor added.

Inside the newly excavated necropolis, experts found burials ranging from simple structures to elaborate tombs outfitted with roof tiles, writes Jesse Holth for ARTnews. Per the statement, the remains were exceptionally well preserved, with some of the skeletons interred in large jars alongside grave goods.

This unusual funerary ritual appears regularly in the archaeological record, but scholars remain unsure of the practice’s purpose. Reporting on a similar find made on the Mediterranean island of Corsica earlier this year, Amanda Morrow of Radio France Internationale (RFI) noted that such burials were generally reserved for infants or children. (The ages of the individuals buried in amphorae on Hvar remain unclear.)

A vessel found at the excavation site (Kantharos via Facebook)

“You might go to the practical thing and say that the bodies were so fragile, [maybe] they felt the need to protect it from the environment, even though it is dead,” Yoav Arbel, an archaeologist who was part of a team that discovered a baby buried in a jar in the Israeli city of Jaffa, told Live Science’s Laura Geggel last December. “But there’s always the interpretation that the jar is almost like a womb, so basically the idea is to return [the] baby back into Mother Earth, or into the symbolic protection of his mother.”

As Croatian news outlet Dalmacija Danas notes, one of the last finds made during the dig was the second-century wall, which was hidden at the deepest layers of the site.

Though Kantharos plans to conduct additional research to learn more about local funerary customs, the statement notes that the preliminary findings offer new insights on ceramic production and trade networks.

Researchers have previously made similar finds in the region. In 2016, for instance, archaeologists unearthed a Roman necropolis containing at least 18 graves in the Croatian harbor town of Trogir. And last year, a separate team discovered two well-preserved, 2,000-year-old shipwrecks containing amphorae and pottery off the coast of Hvar.

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The Al Naslaa rock was bisected by a cut line thousands of years ago, exactly like the application of high-tech machinery.

The Al Naslaa rock was bisected by a cut line thousands of years ago, exactly like the application of high-tech machinery.

The world has many exotic destinations that attract the curiosity of tourists and researchers. One of them is the Al Naslaa Rock, located in the oasis of Tayma, Saudi Arabia, with the cut considered perfect as using modern laser technology to split the block and mysterious drawings on the surface.

Since the hundreds of tons of rock was discovered in 1883 by Charles Huver, no one has been able to explain the origin of the cut or whether it ever existed and whether it was a natural phenomenon.

Each half of the block is about 7 meters high, standing balanced on a smaller rock below. Many people speculate that this structure causes vibrations from the ground to be eliminated, helping the rock stand for thousands of years.

No one understands the meaning of the mysterious drawings and characters on the surface of the rock. According to archaeologists, the oldest records of the Tayma oasis date back to the 8th century BC. The glyphs and hieroglyphs here can refer to Tayma as part of an important road route linking the Red Sea coast of the Arabian Peninsula and the Nile valley.

The back of the Al Naslaa block is not as flat as the front. It is estimated to be 10,000 years old. There are currently two streams of opinion for the formation of the Al Naslaa rock. Some people think that this is a natural phenomenon, the vibrations in the ground that split the rock in two. Other ideas suggest that this was the work of a lost civilization with a high technical level. Although there is no satisfactory answer, this stone still attracts thousands of visitors to the Tayma region every year.


From snake charmers to nuclear arsenals. How did India become a nuclear state?

Originally posted on Beyond The Lines: “Today at 15:45 hours India conducted three underground Nuclear tests in the Pokhran range. The tests conducted today were with a fission device, a low yield device and a thermonuclear device. I warmly congratulate the scientists and engineers who have carried out these successful tests” said Prime Minister Atal…

From snake charmers to nuclear arsenals. How did India become a nuclear state?


Lady in the glass case. America.

Grace Galloway: The Lady In The Glass Case many stories and legends are surrounding the “Lady in the Glass Case” memorial in Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown. These vary from her untimely death as a young bride, her untimely death on a prom date, and yet another that she was a rich heiress involved in a forbidden affair with her chauffeur. The truth is that Grace Laverne Galloway, Daughter of John and Sara Callahoun Galloway, was the only daughter of three children, and was born into a wealthy family. Her father, John Galloway, had made his fortune in oil and they lived in a mansion that is now the Moose Club in Jamestown. Grace was a talented singer and she performed in several operas at the Chautauqua Institution in New York state. She was given a chance to perform with the New York City Metropolitan Opera but was denied permission by her father who considered it an improper thing for a lady to do. The exterior of her monument was completed by her father and grandfather. The life-size statue was designed by an artist in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and sculpted from marble in Florence, Italy. The statue was modelled as a likeness to Grace, and wearing one of her “lawn outfits”, picked out at random. When it became evident that the statue would eventually be destroyed by the elements, it was encased in glass to protect it. Among the many local legends about the “Lady Behind Glass” is that Grace Galloway is shown in her wedding dress and died of a broken heart. It is believed that Grace was never seriously involved with anyone before her death in 1898 at the age of 26. She died, not from a broken heart, but tuberculosis contracted during a stay in Boston. Some embellish the tale with reports that she roams the cemetery on dark and foggy nights, crying for her lost love. The more creative version is that her body is encased within the statue itself. For anyone wishing to see this remarkable tombstone, it is located in the Lake View Cemetery in Jamestown, NY


Sky Rock glyphs ~

The Sky Rock Petroglyphs were carved into the ancient volcanic tablelands near Bishop, California.

Their age and history are undetermined, but they are believed to be as old as 1,000 years.

Chipped into the dark desert rock in the shadow of the Sierra Nevada Range, the lighter rock beneath was exposed creating the glyphs.

While it is unknown who exactly created the Sky Rock glyphs, it is believed that the ancient ancestors of Shoshone-Paiute native people were responsible.