Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Thutmose's Tomb Found, Palace of Circe Found, Pompeii Now Accepting Credit Cards, & Roman Child's Coffin

 Tomb of Thutmose, who created famed Bust of Nefertiti , found?

This famous artifact that has become world famous since its debut in 1924 weighs a surprising 44lbs and is life-size. The bust was discovered in 1912 by Borchardt in a "studio room" that had 22 plasters casts of faces. While, there has been much focus on who the bust depicts Queen Nefertiti; recent findings suggest that this spotlight may move from the pulchritude of this queen to the adroitness of the artist: the court's sculptor and artisan of this bust, Thutmose.  Zivie, in the following article, makes his case on the discovery of Thutmose's tomb (in 1996) and artist's skill in constructing and painting his own tomb. Continue reading the entire work here.

Palace of Circe Found?
Circe by Wright Barker
Circe, the cunning witch, is recounted in Homer's epic: The Odyssey.  A mysterious woman who ruled an island with her witchcraft is rarely mentioned in other Greek literature. Odysseus' travels have long been "mapped" or attempted to be "mapped;" as can be seen by the following examples:

 In most of these maps, Circe's island is believed to be to the east of Italy (or in eastern Italy).  The following article explains how one man may have found Circe's palace: "After four years of research, Mr Tzimas explains to us why he believes that he has discovered the Palace of Circe." Mr. Tzimas reports that in fact Circe's palace is not on an island nor is it even near Italy, but it is part of Greece!
Actually, he claims that it is Preveza, Greece. The article is the only one of its kind available online; and appears to be alone in reporting Mr. Tzimas' findings.

Credit cards finally accepted at Italy's Pompeii
Well, its about time if ask any tourist visiting Pompeii. The once grand city who had the latest pottery and goods from across the empire, it is now finally welcoming the 21st century. The tourist hotspot can now offer its guest the ability of booking tickets, tours and so on with your credit card. It is a great advantage for the site, which was finally given some restoration relief aid from the European Union earlier this year. Discover more here.

   Ancient Roman child's coffin found by amateur treasure hunters
On Sunday October 20th, 2013 at 4:30 p.m local time (UK), a group of local amateur treasure hunters made the discovery of a lifetime. They found a third century roman child's coffin buried in a local farmland; it is the first significant find of the group with members who have been "searching" for over thirty years!

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