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Multispectral imaging reveals ancient Hebrew inscription undetected for over 50 years

SCIENCEDAILY - 22 June 2017

Using advanced imaging technology, researchers have discovered a hitherto invisible inscription on the back of a pottery shard dating from 600 BCE that has been on display at The Israel Museum for more than 50 years.

13th century Maya codex, long shrouded in controversy, proves genuine

SCIENCEDAILY - 13 September 2016

The Grolier Codex, an ancient document that is among the rarest books in the world, has been regarded with skepticism since it was reportedly unearthed by looters from a cave in Chiapas, Mexico, in the 1960s. But a meticulous new study of the codex has yielded a startling conclusion: The codex is both genuine and likely the most ancient of all surviving manuscripts from ancient America.

High-tech imaging reveals precolonial Mexican manuscript hidden from view for 500 years

SCIENCEDAILY - 29 August 2016

Researchers have used high-tech imaging to uncover the details of a rare Mexican codex dating from before the colonization of the Americas. The newly revealed codex, or book, has been hidden from view for almost 500 years, concealed beneath a layer of plaster and chalk on the back of a later manuscript known as the Codex Selden, which is housed at the Bodleian Libraries.

Handwriting analysis provides clues for dating of old testament texts

SCIENCEDAILY - 18 April 2016

Widespread literacy was required for the composition of key Old Testament texts, a new study suggests. It provides, for the first time, empirical evidence of literacy in the final days of the Kingdom of Judah.

Metallic ink revealed in Herculaneum papyri

SCIENCEDAILY - 29 March 2016

Thanks to a novel, non-invasive X-ray imaging technique (3D phase contrast tomography), scientists were able to decipher words and reconstitute an almost complete Greek alphabet from inside the very badly damaged and rolled papyrus scrolls, carbonized during the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 AD. Since this discovery, scientists have continued to reveal the secrets of the Herculaneum papyri using synchrotron light. This latest scientific discovery deeply modifies our knowledge of Greek and Latin writing in Antiquity and opens new research perspectives for the study of these precious scriptures.

Researchers have used complex image analysis to uncover annotations that were hidden for nearly 500 years between the pages of England's oldest printed bible.

SCIENCEDAILY - 21 March 2016

Researchers have used complex image analysis to uncover annotations that were hidden for nearly 500 years between the pages of England’s oldest printed bible.

Priceless Ancient Papyrus with Gospel of John Extract Found on eBay for $99

ancient origins - 22 November 2015

A scholar of early Christianity at the University of Texas has announced his discovery earlier this year of a priceless fragment of the New Testament written in ancient Greek – for sale on eBay with an opening bid of just $99. The New York Times reports that the ancient papyrus fragment, was spotted by Dr Geoffrey Smith, who persuaded the seller to pull the item from eBay and allow him to study it.

The Laguna Copperplate Inscription: An Ancient Text That Changed the Perception of the History of the Philippines

ancient origins - 22 November 2015

The Laguna Copperplate Inscription is the name of an inscription written on an artifact that has great significance for the understanding of the history of the Philippines during the 10th century AD – a time when many scholars believed that the area was isolated from the rest of Southeast Asia.

Ancient Syriac gilded Bible seized in Turkey

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 30 October 2015

During a police operation in the northern Turkish province of Tokat, a nearly millennia-old gilded Bible has been seized, while 10 people were taken into custody as part of the operation.

Scholar deciphers oldest known alphabet primer, in ancient Egyptian

ancient origins - 29 October 2015

A Dutch Egyptologist recently deciphered the oldest known abecedary or alphabet-like primer on a 3,500-year-old shard of pottery from an Egyptian tomb excavated 20 years ago. The earliest alphabets go back to the 19th century BC.

Decoding the mysterious ancient Indus Valley script will shed light on powerful ancient civilization

ancient origins - 26 October 2015

Linguists have cracked many tough scripts, from Mesopotamian cuneiform to Egyptian hieroglyphic to Central American Mayan glyphs, but there are a few ancient, mysterious scripts still in the field today, including the Indus Valley Civilization script of over four millennia ago, that are yet to be deciphered.

'Papyri from Karanis: Voices from a multi-cultural society in ancient Fayum' at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 20 February 2015

Some 80 km southeast of Cairo is the small village of Karanis, once one of the largest Graeco-Roman towns in Fayoum. It was established in antiquity by Ptolemy II Philadelphus, as part of a scheme to settle Greek mercenaries among indigenous Egyptians and exploit the fertile Fayoum basin.

Rosetta-style inscription unearthed in Egypt

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 16 February 2015

A 2,200 year-old “an upright stone slab bearing a commemorative inscription” was unearthed at the Mediterranean coast, Antiquities Minister Mamdouh el-Damaty announced Thursday.

Ancient Coptic 'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' found

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 07 February 2015

An ancient gospel has been discovered in the pages of a diminutive book dating back to the 6th century.

Amulet with palindrome inscription found in Cyprus

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 05 January 2015

An ancient, two-sided amulet uncovered in Cyprus contains a 59-letter inscription that reads the same backwards as it does forwards. k

The online battle for papyrus texts

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 05 January 2015

They are tattered yellowing fragments of bygone civilisations, ancient manuscripts that open a outstanding window on preceding millennia, including the earliest days of Christianity. But papyrus scrolls are also now increasingly hot items in the distinctly 21st Century globe of the on the web auction trade.

Parchment's hidden stories revealed

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 12 December 2014

Millions of documents stored in archives could provide scientists with the key to tracing the development of agriculture in the British Isles over the last 700 years, according to new research at the University of York and Trinity College Dublin.

Rare first Shakespeare edition found in French library

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 29 November 2014

A copy of William Shakespeare's First Folio, the first-ever compilation of the Bard's plays published in 1623, has been discovered in the library of an ancient port town in northern France.

Ancient Egyptian codex deciphered, revealing 1,300-year-old spells and invocations -

The Ancient Origins - 22 November 2014

An ancient Egyptian codex written in Coptic and dating back 1,300 years had been deciphered for the first time, revealing that the 20-page book made of parchment contains a series of spells and invocations, including spells to counter evil possession. The codex reflects a fusion of religions, as some invocations call upon Jesus, while others refer to divine figures from the Sethian religion, considered heretical in the 7th century AD when the text was created. -

Theologian examines implications of 13th century manuscripts of Saint Francis of Assisi

SCIENCEDAILY - 17 November 2014

With the arrival in the United States earlier this week of several manuscripts from the Sacred Convent of St. Francis in Assisi, Italy, a theology professor and specialist in St. Francis, has her own tale to tell about encountering these 700-year-old documents.

Childhood in Roman Egypt

Bible History Daily - 17 November 2014

Researchers studying thousands of ancient documents are getting a better idea of what childhood was like in Roman Egypt. Dating to the first six centuries C.E. and originating from Oxyrhynchus in Egypt, the papyrus texts show a range of children’s experiences, from the free-born to the enslaved, from boys to girls. According to a press release from the University of Oslo, childhood has never before been studied so systematically from papyri.

The Cyrus Cylinder and the ancient proclamation of human rights -

The Ancient Origins - 11 November 2014

More than 2 millennia before the French Revolution introduced the Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizens, an ancient Near Eastern monarch issued a charter that is considered to be the oldest known declarations of human rights. This charter is known today as the Cyrus Cylinder -

Transcription of ancient manuscript suggests Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two children -

The Ancient Origins - 10 November 2014

An ancient manuscript unearthed at the British Library and dating back nearly 1,500 years says that Jesus married Mary Magdalene and had two children, with their names and descendants reportedly given in detail in the text. The Church of England has dismissed the claims, saying it is closer to the fictional ‘Da Vinci Code’ than historical accounts. The so-called “Lost Gospel”, which has been translated from Aramaic by Professor of Religious Studies Barrie Wilson and historical writer Simcha Jacobovici, allegedly reveals the startling new allegations, according to The Sunday Times. -

Byzantine treasures of Mount Athos to be digitized

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 07 November 2014

An important and invaluable collection of manuscripts, codes and printed documents that have been stored for centuries in the Holy Mountain of Athos and faced the danger of destruction due to aging, will be stored in digital form, secured for many years to come — announced the secretary-general of Telecommunications and Hellenic Post Office, Menelaos Daskalakis, on the online system “Di@vgeia.”

Decrypting the enigmatic Phaistos Disk

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 23 October 2014

The decoding of the Phaistos Disk has puzzled specialists for over a century, however new findings describe the disk as “the first Minoan CD-ROM’ featuring a prayer to a mother. Gareth Owens, Erasmus coordinator at the Technological Educational Institute (TEI) of Crete, speaking at the TEI of Western Macedonia on Monday, said the disk is dedicated to a “mother”.

Ancient tablet dedicated to Emperor Hadrian may explain mystery of Jewish revolt -

The Ancient Origins - 23 October 2014

Archaeologists in Jerusalem have discovered an extremely rare limestone block inscribed with an official commemoration to the Roman Emperor Hadrian, who reigned in the 2nd century AD. The ancient tablet may solve the mystery surrounding the cause of the Bar Kokhba revolt, lending credence to the theory that the reason Jews revolted against Roman rule nearly 2,000 years ago was because of their harsh treatment. Archaeologists said that the discovery may be one of the most important Latin inscriptions ever uncovered in Jerusalem. -

The Formation of the Jewish Canon

Bible History Daily - 04 October 2014

A canon is a list of books considered an authority by a group of people, a list to which no more books may be added and from which none may be subtracted. The list is fixed. The most famous canon is the list of books that make up the Bible. In the case of the Jewish Bible, the canon contains 22 books. The task Timothy Lim sets for himself in The Formation of the Jewish Canon is to examine how that Jewish canon came about.

Do the Tartaria Tablets contain evidence of earliest known writing system?

The Ancient Origins - 23 September 2014

In 1961, archaeologist Nicolae Vlassa discovered what may be direct evidence of the earliest forms of writing in the world. While conducting an archeological excavation at a Neolithic site in Romania, Vlassa’s team uncovered three small clay tablets containing indecipherable etchings, now known as the Tartaria Tablets. There have been varying interpretations of the meanings of the etchings on the tablets. Some believe the etchings are a primitive form of writing, while others believe they are pictograms, random scribbles, religious symbols, or symbols of ownership. -

72,300 ancient manuscripts to be digitized in India

THE ARCHEOLOGY NEWS - 16 September 2014

The 72,300 manuscripts, providing a deep insight into subjects as varied as the Vedas, the Agama Sastra, architecture and mathematics, are being digitised as part of a Tamil Nadu government initiative to preserve the intellectual heritage of the State. Read more at: Follow us: @ArchaeoNewsNet on Twitter | groups/thearchaeologynewsnetwork/ on Facebook

Ancient ivory tablets reveal high status of Illyrian women

The Ancient Origins - 03 September 2014

Five 1800-year-old ivory tablets found in the Albanian city of Durres have just been deciphered shedding new light on the role that women played in ancient Illyrian culture, according to a report in Balkan Insight. Inscriptions on the wax tablets suggest that women engaged in high level financial transactions, adding weight to the view that women held equal status to men in ancient Illyria. - See more at:

The Ancient Origins of Some Dead or Dying Languages -

The Ancient Origins - 23 August 2014

Language is said to be the key to understanding a culture—the medium by which the arts and ideas of a people have been passed down over generations. Many languages are dying in the modern world, and linguists strive to mine and save the cultural gems embedded therein. - See more at:

Nabatean-Arabic missing link: ‘Oldest’ inscription found in Najran

Arab News - 05 August 2014

A Saudi-French archaeological team has unearthed in Najran what might be considered the oldest inscription in the Arabic alphabet...

Egyptian Carving Defaced by King Tut's Possible Father Discovered

LiveScience - 24 July 2014

A newly discovered Egyptian carving, which dates back more than 3,300 years, bears the scars of a religious revolution that upended the ancient civilization

Six ancient birch bark letters unearthed in Russia

The Voice of Russia - 29 June 2014

Archeologists have unearthed six ancient Russian birch-bark texts in the historical part of Vekliky Novgorod in northwestern Russia in less than a month.

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