The Enigma of the Roman Dodecahedra
The Roman dodecahedron is a small, hollow object made of bronze or (more rarely) stone, with a geometrical shape that has 12 flat faces. Each face is a pentagon, a five-sided shape. The Roman dodecahedra are also embellished with a series of knobs on each corner point of the pentagons, and the pentagon faces in most cases contain circular holes in them.
Twenty-sided die (icosahedron) with faces inscribed with Greek letters | Ptolemaic Period–Roman Period | The Met
Formerly in the collection of the Reverend Chauncey Murch (died 1907). Collected between 1883 and 1906 while Murch was a missionary in Egypt. Collection purchased by the Museum from the Murch family with funds provided by Helen Miller Gould, 1910
Skeleton found in well confirms Viking Saga
Archaeologists working in Trondheim in Norway are amazed by the discovery of a human skeleton in the bottom of an abandoned castle well. The skeleton provides evidence that confirms dramatic historical events mentioned in the Sagas. Archaeologists working in the well [Credit: The Norwegian Institute for Cultural Heritage Research] The location and contents of the well are mentioned in Sverre’s Saga, a chronicle of one of the kings of Norway, and one of very few historical manuscripts…
Public invited to fill in gaps about obscure English buildings
Historic England hopes to breathe life into structures such as a Leicestershire gibbet post and a ducking stool in Canterbury
Crystal Shiva Linga found among Artifacts at Candi Sukuh, Central Java
A Crystal Shiva Linga was discovered during the restoration of Candi Sukuh Pyramid in Central Java. The rare finding was amongst other ancient artifacts. Candi Sukuh is a 15th century Pyramid shaped Hindu Temple located in Central Java, Indonesia. Other stone monuments were also uncovered at the site.
Beyond Leprechauns: 7 Creatures Of Irish Folklore
The leprechaun is one of the world's most recognized mythical creatures. In Irish folklore, leprechauns were believed to be solitary tricksters who mended shoes and might grant you three wishes. But there's more to Irish mythology than that. If you're interested in even more mythic creatures from the Emerald Isle, keep reading.
1,500-Year-Old Mummy Wearing 'Adidas Sneakers' Believed to be a Time Traveler
A recently unearthed mummy equipped with a well-preserved pair of 'Adidas sneaker' has intrigued archaeologists and conspiracy theorists alike. While some consider it to be only a lucky find, others have brought conclusive arguments as to why this could be the remnants of an actual time traveler. Time travel has always been a fascinating topic, especially in present days when this concept doesn't look so futuristic after all. With our current development in technology, we can dream of…
Glenmorangie Research Project: Monymusk reliquary
The Monymusk reliquary is arguably the most important piece of early Christian metalwork to survive in Scotland. It is also one of the most iconic objects in National Museums Scotland's archaeology collections. As part of the Glenmorangie Research Project we are currently revisiting this most fascinating find, looking again at how the reliquary is constructed … Continued