Minoan treasures found on Libyan Sea island: experts
Archaeologists in Greece have located a "major treasure" of Minoan origin in a Bronze Age settlement on a small island in the Libyan Sea, the culture ministry said Friday. A team excavating on the tiny island of Chrysi south of Crete for over a decade have unearthed a 3,800-year-old Bronze Age compound containing gold jewels, glass beads and the remains of bronze talents, the common unit of value of ancient Greece. Some of the beads are of Egyptian origin, the culture ministry said in a statement.
The discoveries were made at a location to the west of Chryssi, a small island near Crete, where ancient carved fish tanks According to the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, the site, a large multi-room dwelling, would have been involved in the craft production of Tyrian (or "royal) purple dye
Archaeology breakthrough: Stunning ancient settlement discovery rewrites Greek history. AN ANCIENT site discovered near the island of Crete has Excavating a site at a Minoan settlement in Greece , scientists were able to uncover the discarded remains of Hexaplex trunculus shells , that are
Archaeologists excavating a Minoan settlement have found the discarded remains of Hexaplex trunculus shells, used in the production of the color purple—as well as gold jewelry and copper vases.
The discoveries were made at a location to the west of Chryssi, a small island near Crete, where ancient carved fish tanks can still be found preserved on the beach.
Ancient Inca City Located 13,000 Feet High in Peruvian Andes Revealed by Laser Technology
The settlement lies at an altitude around 5,000 feet higher than the famous Inca site of Machu Picchu. National Geographic explorer Albert Lin—along with archaeologists Adan Choqque Arce and Thomas Hardy—used a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (light detection and ranging) to reveal the full extent of this city, which was settled by the Incas and the people that came before them (often referred to as the pre-Incas).The settlement lies in an archaeological zone known as Wat'a—meaning "island" in the local Indigenous language—at an altitude of around 13,000 feet.
Ancient Greece ( Greek : Ἑλλάς, romanized: Hellás) was a civilization belonging to a period of Greek history from the Greek Dark Ages of the 12th–9th centuries BC to the end of antiquity (c. AD 600). Immediately following this period was the beginning of the Early Middle Ages and the Byzantine era.
Tech & Science Ancient greece Greece Greek islands Shipwrecks. Ancient Greek 'Asylum-like' Tombs Filled With Skeletons Discovered . 1,500-year-old Crypt of Warrior Buried With The buildings once formed part of a Minoan settlement and the purple shells indicate that Mediterranean purple
According to the Greek Ministry of Culture and Sports, the site, a large multi-room dwelling, would have been involved in the craft production of Tyrian (or "royal) purple dye, an extremely expensive and highly prized commodity, in the Late Minoan period circa 1800 to 1500 BCE.
In addition to the large quantities of shells found at the site, archaeologists unearthed a treasure trove of valuable objects, including a gold ring, a gold bracelet and dozens of beads made from gold, silver, bronze, and maple. Three copper vases, handfuls of glass beads made from amethyst, lapis, corneal stone and "Egyptian blue," and one seal made of agate were also found during the excavation.
These artefacts, the researchers say, suggests the settlement had once had a flourishing economy, despite the rather simple architecture of the building. The inhabitants would have been of a high social level and involved in purple trade, they say.
'It's a first': Rare poisonous fish washes up on Vancouver Island
A rare poisonous fish, usually found in tropical waters, was found earlier this month washed up on shore near a Vancouver Island community. The tissues of the spotted porcupine fish contain tetrodotoxin, which can cause paralysis and eventually asphyxiation, according to Gavin Hanke, the curator of vertebrate zoology at the Royal B.C. Museum. It's the first time the species has been found in B.C., he said. It's been preserved as part of the museum's collection. "I knew it was a new arrival and a real shock for British Columbia," Hanke said.
Tyrian purple ( Ancient Greek : πορφύρα, porphúra; Latin: purpura), also known as Tyrian red, Phoenician purple , royal purple , imperial purple or imperial dye, is a reddish- purple natural dye. It is a secretion produced by several species of predatory sea snails in the family Muricidae
According to Greek City Times , archaeologists discovered “a big building” with many rooms dating to the Early Minoan to Late Minoan Era around 1800-1500 Broken murex shells were discovered in the residences’ rooms. Ancient people used this for the industrial production of “ purple paint ” and
The history of the color purple
Recently, research has confirmed the production of various dyes in Crete during the Minoan period, the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology reports.
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Faded fresco painting hints that Minoans, named after the legendary Greek King Minos, wore brightly colored garments and samples of ancient dye found in pottery appears to confirm this, suggesting several vibrant dyes were being produced at the time, including yellow dye from the plant Reseda lutiola and red dye from the plant Rubia tinctorum.
Purple would have been particularly prized by the Minoans (as it has been in several societies since) for its expense and the amount of time it would have taken to produce. According to Robert R. Stieglitz, author of The Minoan Origin of Tyrian Purple, purple was "the most expensive dye in the ancient world."
This mysterious Arctic tree stump could reveal ancient secrets
A hunting party in Nunavut stumbled upon a rare sight: a tree stump poking out of the permafrost. However it got there, the wood will likely tell scientists secrets of the distant pastThe group of six, some with rifles slung over their backs, had been crossing the rocky landscape in a caravan of all-terrain vehicles. Only a skiff of snow covered the ground that first Saturday in October—less than usual for the time of year.
Mainake or Menace ( Greek Μαινάκη Mainákē) was an ancient Greek settlement lying in the southeast of Spain, according to the Greek geographer and hiatorian Strabo (3,4,2). Maria Eugenia Aubet locates it at the site of modern Málaga.
Archaeologists working on the Greek island of Thirassia have uncovered what they believe to be an ancient monument of unknown origin, which may shed light on the earliest cultures to inhabit the area. Experts from the the Ionian University, the University of Crete and the Cycladic Antiquities Bureau.
The dye was highly coveted in spite of its slightly icky origins—sea snail mucus. Hexaplex trunculus is a medium-sized sea snail (or mollusk) that produced an intensely colored secretion, which (when oxidized, added to water and heated) creates a brilliant purple dye.
According to the first-hand accounts of Aristotle and Pliny, to make the color purple, the creature is crushed and its gland extracted. Each extraction only provides a few drops of secretion, making the production of purple dye an expensive and industrial process.
Right whale's death caused by entanglement in Canadian gear, says conservation group .
The death of a 40-year-old male right whale found floating in U.S. waters was caused by entanglement in Canadian fishing gear. That is the finding of a necropsy performed by the Atlantic Marine Conservation Society. The whale, called Snake Eyes, was named by researchers for two bright white scars on the front of his head. He was last seen entangled in the Gulf of St. Lawrence on Aug. 6 about 90 kilometres northeast of the Magdalen Islands.His carcass was spotted on Sept. 16. about six kilometres south of Fire Island Inlet of Long Island, N.Y.