Archive for the ‘Artifacts of Material History’ Category

The Sea is a Path

Captain James Cook and the HMS Endeavor, portrait of Nathaniel Dance-Holland, 1774 and Gregory Robinson (combined image courtesy of The Australian, 2017) By...

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“Baghdad Battery” : Possible Beer Purification?

Sumerian cylinder seal relief of beer drinking, Ur, ca. 2500 BCE (image public domain) By Adrian Arima – How long have humans brewed beer? Patrick...

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The Most Expensive Wine Bottle in the World

  By Nikki Goddard – For most people, splurging on a bottle of wine would mean spending fifty, maybe one hundred dollars. However, when it comes to the finest...

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Chinese Jade: The Stone of Eternity

Chinese Qing Dynasty Jade ca 1730-95, “Philosopher’s Repose” Jade Mountain (image public domain) By Patrick Hunt –  Jade is well known...

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The Farnese Atlas

By Alice Devine Wilson –  Wander into the enormous Roman sculpture galleries of the National Archaeological Museum in Naples, Italy and a strapping man carrying...

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Napoleon Superstar

Napoleon at the Great St. Bernard Pass, Jacque-Louis David, 1801, Belvedere Gallery, Vienna by Andrea M. Gáldy, with Stefanie Fricke,  Sabrina Kessler, Felicitas...

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Art and Science in Southern Germany: Hidden Gems II

Abbey of Ottobeuren, near Memmingen, Bavaria (image courtesy of www.slideshare.net) By Andrea M. Gáldy – Southern Germany offers more than skiing holidays...

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The Antikythera Mechanism – Identifying its Place of Origin?

Antikythera Mechanism, circa late 3rd to late 2nd c BCE (image in public domain) By Douglas McElwain Antikythera Mechanism The Antikythera Mechanism was discovered...

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Egyptian Kingship and Animal Husbandry

Osiris holding crook and flail (Image in public domain) By Patrick Hunt – What is the relationship between ancient Egyptian kingship and animal husbandry,...

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Khoja Ahmad Yasawi and His Mausoleum

Detail of the tiled Dome of the Khoja Ahmad Yasawi Mausoleum, late 14th c. (Image in public domain) By Aigerim Korzhumbayeva –  Silent yet loud … The...

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