Tag Archives: archeology

‘Researchers Uncover Ancient Mask Of Pagan God Pan In Northern Israel’ — Huffington Post

“Although Pan hails from Greco-Roman pagan traditions, ancient worship of the god — called Faunus in Roman tradition — has been documented in Israel. Paneas, also called Banias, is now a nature reserve and archaeological site near the ancient city of Caesarea Philippi in the Golan Heights. The city was located within the region known as the ‘Panion,’ named after the deity, and housed shrines and temples in his honor.”

via Researchers Uncover Ancient Mask Of Pagan God Pan In Northern Israel

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Ancient Imagination: Plate with sphinx and bird

Ancient Imagination: Plate with sphinx and bird

“Black-figured with a sphinx and a bird … about 500-550 BC From Marion, Cyprus.” Photo taken at the British Museum on Jan. 8, 2010.

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Ancient Imagination: Hero versus griffin in Persepolis

Ancient Imagination: Hero versus griffin in Persepolis

“Cast of royal hero from doorway … Persepolis, Iran … About 490-470 B.C.” Photographed at the British Museum, Jan. 8, 2010.

I’m curious about the sources of ancient imagination — why our ancestors saw similar things in their minds’ eyes. During the past four years, I’ve been able to travel overseas quite a bit, and I’ve photographed numerous strange creatures in art, architecture, and museums.

New archeological discovery for scholars interested in early Christianity

(Did I post this before Kendall posted it on his blog?!?? Ha ha ha.)

British archaeologists are seeking to authenticate what could be a landmark discovery in the documentation of early Christianity: a trove of 70 lead codices that appear to date from the 1st century CE, which may include key clues to the last days of Jesus’ life. As UK Daily Mail reporter Fiona Macrae writes, some researchers are suggesting this could be the most significant find in Christian archeology since the Dead Sea scrolls in 1947.

Read the full article.

‘How December 25 Became Christmas’

So, almost 300 years after Jesus was born, we finally find people observing his birth in midwinter. But how had they settled on the dates December 25 and January 6?

Get the full story in this article from Biblical Archeology Review.