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ITALIE2db32901aa0ce9c5fcc468f6d4f38870 Pompéi - A stunning fresco depicting Narcissus looking at himself in the mirror has been uncovered during new excavations at Pompeii, the interim director of the archaeological site, Alfonsina Russo, announced on Thursday. The discovery was made during a dig at the Regio V section of the ancient Roman city and comes just months after the unearthing of another specular fresco, depicting Jupiter taking the form of a swan to impregnate Spartan queen Leda. "The beauty of these rooms have led us to change our project and continue the excavation," Russo said. "In the future it will be possible to open up at least a part of this domus for the public to enjoy".


EGYPTEExtra large 1550078256 cover image Content 1550077989 51662384 2150012428377729 2701266822656688128 n Meidoum - After millennia laying hidden, unseen by human eyes, archaeologists have unearthed the skeleton of a teenage girl next to an early Egyptian pyramid complex. The discovery was made at the base of the pyramid at Meidum, an archaeological site around 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Cairo, just a short hop from the River Nile, according to an announcement this week by Eygpt’s Ministry of Antiquities. While there’s no evidence yet to suggest when she was buried, the pyramid that she was buried at the base of is estimated to be 4,600 years old, around the time the first pyramids were built in Egypt. Based on a study of the bones, the archaeologists believe the remains belonged to a teenage female, perhaps around the age of 13 years old. A small wall of bricks surrounds the burial site, suggesting that it was once a cemetery. It’s currently a mystery who this teenager was, however, there are a few intriguing hints for the researcher to work with. The skeleton is laid alongside three small pots and a sealed papyrus, which the archaeologists are currently attempting to decipher. Curiously, the grave also continues the skulls of two bulls. Again, it’s unknown why exactly the skulls are found here, but the figure of the bull does frequently appear in Ancient Egyptian mythology. Apis, for example, was a deity that was often depicted as a bull to represent strength and fertility. This alone is not much to go on, but usually people who were buried alongside such possessions, and in such a prominent location, likely had a respected or privileged social status. Construction of the pyramid at Meidum is believed have been started under Huni, the last pharaoh of the Third Dynasty, whose reign ended around 2600 BCE, but it was completed under his successor Sneferu.


EGYPTE726235 0 Esna - The ancient Egyptian Temple of Esna’s western mud-brick wall partially collapsed on Wednesday due to leaking water, but caused no losses in the archaeological area in South Luxor, said Ayman Ashmawy, head of the Ancient Egyptian Antiquities Sector. Ashmawy clarified that the wall overlooked a slum area consisting of a very poor sewage system that led to the water leakage inside the wall before its collapse. He asserted that the Ministry of Antiquities assigned the project sector to renovate the damaged wall. Ashmawy pointed out that the Ministry of Antiquities built the wall in 1993 to protect the temple from the continued encroachment of new urban buildings into the archaeological area. The temple, dedicated to the god Khnum, his consorts Menhit and Nebtu, their son Heka, and also the goddess Neith, was remarkable for the beauty of the site and the magnificence of its architecture. It was built of red sandstone, and its portico consisted of six rows of four columns each with lotus-leaf capitals.


USACape canaveral erosion Cape Canaveral -  Team members of the Cape Canaveral Archaeological Mitigation Project are recording sites and rescuing artifacts vulnerable to destruction by hurricanes and storm surge on central Florida’s west coast. “Due to climate change and sea level rise, a lot of these sites are going to be eroded in 20 to 25 years,” said Thomas Penders, cultural resources manager for the 45th Space Wing. The team members are creating a 3-D map of the historic spacecraft launch complexes at Cape Canaveral, and examining a Native American burial mound at the Air Force Station with ground-penetrating radar. A 1960s missile graveyard and a fish company are also located on the property. “The fact that you have all of these things on top of each other in time is really interesting, as an archaeologist, to explore,” explained Lori Collins of the University of South Florida. 


EGYPTE 2019 636856674945838565 583 2019 636856668241621866 162 Tel Abu Seify - Excavations carried out by an Egyptian mission at the Tel Abu Seify archaeological site in Northern Sinai uncovered the remains of a limestone building that was once a workshop for the construction and repair of boats and vessels during the Ptolemaic and Roman periods. The site is said to have been the location of the Roman fortress of Silla. Mostafa Waziri, secretary general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, said that the workshop includes two dry dockyards where ships were built or repaired. But regretfully, along the span of time as the workshop lost its function, after the Nile branch passing across the area dried up, some blocks of the workshop were removed to be used in the construction of other buildings. Remains of wooden beams, shipwrecks, bronze and iron nails of different sizes, fish bones and clay pots were found inside the workshop.