Category Archives: ARCHEOLOGY

What Cleopatra has to do with Cleopatra’s Needle?

What Cleopatra has to do with Cleopatra’s Needle?


It has nothing to do with Cleopatra. The needle which is one of a pair (the other one now being in New York), was commissioned by Pharaoh Tuthmosis III, 1,400 years before Cleopatra was born.

Pompeii and Herculaneum: The cities from the past

Pompeii and Herculaneum: The cities from the past

Pompeii is one of the largest tourist draws in Italy. The town presents visitors with an overwhelming array of archeological evidence, with much more preserved in museum storerooms. When the eruption of Vesuvius started on the morning of 24 August, AD 79, it caught the local population utterly unprepared. Although at the same time, as we now know in retrospect, all the tell-tale signs were there to warn them.

Anglo-Saxon Gold Rewrites History

Anglo-Saxon Gold Rewrites History

An enormous hoard of gold, unearthed in a field near the village of Hammerwich, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire, UK, on 5th July 2009, is proving to be one of the most astonishing European archeological discoveries for decades.The find, discovered by an amateur metal-detecting enthusiast Terry Herbert – comprises more than 1,500 items, amounting to more than five kilogrammes of gold and including remains of 84 sword pommels, three crosses and several helmets. This compares with the 1.5 kilogrammes of gold in Sutton Hoo in Suffolk – previously the largest Anglo-Saxon treasure trove ever discovered.