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March 01 2013

Early Neolithic Water Wells Reveal the World's Oldest Wood Architecture

The European Neolithization ~6000−4000 BC represents a pivotal change in human history when farming spread and the mobile style of life of the hunter-foragers was superseded by the agrarian culture. Permanent settlement structures and agricultural production systems required fundamental innovations in technology, subsistence, and resource utilization. Motivation, course, and timing of this transformation, however, remain debatable. Here we present annually resolved and absolutely dated dendroarchaeological information from four wooden water wells of the early Neolithic period that were excavated in Eastern Germany. 

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February 11 2013

Conférence de Françoise Dunand : "Un problème d'iconographie égyptienne. Les métamorphoses de l'image d'Isis"

Vendredi 22 février 2013 –17h00UUniversité de LiègeLg – Bât. A4 – Salle du Théâtre universitaireRenseignements et Secteur d’Histoire de l’art et d’Archéologie de l’Antiquité gréco-romaineQuai Roosevelt 1B – 4000 Liège

// oAnth: A longer and competent commentary concerning this subject you may find  at the original announcement

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February 12 2012



Sheba was a powerful incense-trading kingdom that prospered through trade with Jerusalem and the Roman empire. The queen is immortalised in Qur'an and the Bible, which describes her visit to Solomon "with a very great retinue, with camels bearing spices, and very much gold and precious stones ... Then she gave the king 120 talents of gold, and a very great quantity of spices."

Although little is known about her, the queen's image inspired medieval Christian mystical works in which she embodied divine wisdom, as well as Turkish and Persian paintings, Handel's oratorio Solomon, and Hollywood films. Her story is still told across Africa and Arabia, and the Ethiopian tales are immortalised in the holy book the Kebra Nagast.

Hers is said to be one of the world's oldest love stories. The Bible says she visited Solomon to test his wisdom by asking him several riddles. Legend has it that he wooed her, and that descendants of their child, Menelik – son of the wise – became the kings of Abyssinia.


Archaeologists strike gold in quest to find Queen of Sheba's wealth | - The Observer - 2012-02-12

January 20 2012


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