Archaeologists Unearth Buddha Statue in Ancient Egyptian Port City | Smart News| Smithsonian Magazine

Archaeologists Unearth Buddha Statue in Ancient Egyptian Port City

Researchers have discovered a two-foot-tall Buddha statue in Berenike, an ancient Egyptian port city. The artifact is the first Buddha ever found west of Afghanistan, according to the New York Review of Books’ William Dalrymple. Made from Mediterranean marble, it provides new evidence of trade between ancient Rome and India.Based on stylistic details, the researchers…

Responding to Indigenous, Vatican rejects Discovery Doctrine

Vatican rejects Discovery Doctrine

VATICAN CITY (AP) — The Vatican on Thursday responded to Indigenous demands and formally repudiated the “Doctrine of Discovery,” the theories backed by 15th-century “papal bulls” that legitimized the colonial-era seizure of Native lands and form the basis of some property laws today.A Vatican statement said the papal bulls, or decrees, “did not adequately reflect…

Vatican returns Parthenon sculpture fragments in move that could add pressure on British Museum to do the same | World News | Sky News

Vatican Returns Parts of Parthenon

The Vatican has returned three fragments of the Parthenon sculptures to Greece in a move that could increase pressure on the British Museum to do the same.The sculptures, which represent a horse and two male heads, were originally created as part of the famous Parthenon temple in Athens but had been held in the Vatican…

Students on northern Israel field trip stumble onto 1,500-year-old lioness carving | The Times of Israel

The basalt carving of a lioness suckling her young discovered at Ein Nashut by students on a field trip on March 1, 2023, in ancient Israel. (courtesy Mordechai Aviam)

A group of students taking a class on the history of early Jewish villages in northern Israel became part of the story they were studying last week after stumbling across a 1,500-year-old carved lioness sculpture that likely adorned an ancient synagogue.Prof. Mordechai Aviam of the Kinneret Academic College on the Sea of Galilee was leading…

Is This An Ancient Archeological Treasure Trove Or An Elaborate Hoax? | Time Team | Odyssey

Is This An Ancient Archeological Treasure Trove Or An Elaborate Hoax?

[embed][/embed] Tony Robinson and the Time Team are on a dig like no other. They’re on a mission to work out whether the intriguing ancient artefacts of Llygadwy are genuine or an elaborate crime against archaeology.

Riddle solved: Why was Roman concrete so durable? | MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT-Roman Concrete Photo of a building on the left, microscopic view of a piece of concrete on the right.
Riddle solved: Why was Roman concrete so durable? (MIT News | Massachusetts Institute of Technology)

Researchers have discovered ancient Roman concrete-manufacturing strategies that incorporated self-healing. Applying this knowledge toward modern cement production, they hope to improve the material’s environmental impact.

Previously disregarded as merely evidence of sloppy mixing practices, or poor-quality raw materials, the new study suggests that these tiny lime clasts gave the concrete a previously unrecognized self-healing capability. “The idea that the presence of these lime clasts was simply attributed to low quality control always bothered me,” says Masic. “If the Romans put…

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