The Persephone Sarcophagus is on display in the Aachen, Germany Cathedral Treasury, and may have once held the bones of Charlemagne (d. 814 CE). The sarcophagus depicts "The Rape of Persephone," and was constructed in Rome sometime in the early 3rd century CE. The sarcophagus may have been part of the building material that Charlemagne brought from Rome... [continue reading]
Mycenaean boar's tusk helmet excavated from chamber tomb 515. A description of this type of helmet can be found in Homer's 'Iliad'. 14th - 13th cents. BCE. Currently housed at the National Archaeological Museum of Athens.
The golden Mold Cape was discovered in the town of Mold in Flintshire, Wales in 1833 CE. The cape dates from 1900-1600 BCE, and is the only Bronze Age gold cape known to exist. The meaning behind the intricate patterns and designs remains unknown. However there are similarities in design between the gold cape and four Bronze Age gold hats that were discovered... [continue reading]
Model of a Megalithic building carved out of Globigerina Limestone. It shows a trilithon entrance and walls formed of slabs. Above these are one or two courses of horizontally laid slabs projecting inwards. The roof is apparently composed of seven horizontal slabs. 3800-3000 BCE Provenance: Discovered in 1923 during excavations of the Ta Hagrat Temple... [continue reading]
Welcome to the second post on our new blog AHEtc! This time we welcome Ms. Jennifer Brown (Jaunting Jen) of the blog Jaunting Jen. Jen is an Army veteran, archaeologist, photographer, and historian working on her MA in ancient and classical history. We hope you enjoy her post as much as we do! Beauty Reigns Eternally Beauty. The four horses at St. Mark's... [continue reading]
We are happy to welcome back Jaunting Jen to AHEtc! Surprise! Byzantine at the Bode One would never guess that the main attraction of the Bode Museum in Berlin is a mosaic from Ravenna, Italy. The Bode Museum, on Museum Island, houses a unique collection of Byzantine art, and I went there specifically for their Byzantine collection. I had no idea that... [continue reading]
Egyptian, Dynasty 4, Reign of Khufu, 2551 - 2528 BCE, faience and gold. This beadnet dress is the earliest surviving example of a garment with the lozenge pattern. This pattern is frequently used when depicting women's clothing in Egyptian art. Although the string had deteriorated, many of the beads were found in their original pattern. It is unclear whether... [continue reading]