Tumna Gold Beads
Perhaps the most mysterious of all gold ornaments of the Later Bronze Age are the hollow gold balls found at Tumna, Co. Roscommon in Ireland in 1843 CE. Eleven balls are said to have been found when a group of men were tilling land near Tumna...
The Dolmen of Cava dei Servi
The Dolmen of Cava dei Servi, a few kilometers from Modica, in Sicily. It is a semi-oval monument formed by four rectangular slabs fixed into the ground and three slabs on top, leaning in such a way they reduce the surface and form a false...
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...
Ice Age art: the female gaze
Sculptures of the female form are a feature of the exhibition Ice Age art: arrival of the modern mind. Here, exhibition curator Jill Cook and artist Ghislaine Howard explore these representations of women in Ice Age and contemporary art.
Jordan is a country in the Near East bordered by Israel, Syria, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia which was part of the Land of Canaan in ancient times. The country is named for the River Jordan which flows between modern-day Jordan and Israel and whose...
The History of Excavations at Tel Gezer
The archaeological site of Tel Gezer is located in central Israel at the edge of the western mountains near the Shephelah, about 9 or 10 km southwest of the city of Ramleh. Gezer was one of the famed "Solomonic" cities of the Hebrew...
Ancient Egyptian Culture
Ancient Egyptian culture flourished between c. 6000 BCE with the rise of technology (as evidenced in the glasswork of faience) and 30 BCE with the death of Cleopatra VII, the last Ptolemaic ruler of Egypt. It is famous today for the great...
Bartholomew Roberts, aka 'Black Bart' Roberts (c. 1682-1722), was a Welsh pirate and one of the most successful villains of the Golden Age of Piracy. Roberts plundered over 400 ships on both sides of the Atlantic during his infamous three-year...
Bronze Ritual Vessel in the Shape of a Rhinoceros
This bronze ritual vessel dates to 1100 – 1050 BCE (Shang Dynasty period). Unearthed in Liangshan, Shandong, the vessel, likely used to hold wine or food, is notable for its differences from other bronze ritual vessels of its time. Few...
Bronze Age Anatolia
A map of Bronze Age Anatolia. Indicated in the northeast is the Hayasa-Azzi confederation, an indigenous Bronze Age tribal confederation which flourished on the plateau of ancient Armenia and Turkey between c. 1500 and c. 1200 BCE.