Archive for the ‘Artifacts of Material History’ Category

Paleopathology and the Destruction of Sennacherib’s Army Besieging Jerusalem in II Chronicles 32, II Kings 19

Peter Paul Rubens, The Defeat of Sennacherib, ca.1612-14, Alte Pinakothek, Munich (Image in public domain) By Patrick Hunt – Historians know...

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Otzi the Iceman’s Medicine Kit Included Sloe Berries (Prunus Spinosa)

Otzi the Iceman’s Medicine Kit Included Sloe Berries (Prunus Spinosa)

Sloebewrries or Blackthorn Berries – Prunus spinosa (image public domain) By Patrick Hunt – Otzi the Iceman from the Alpine Tyrol, found at...

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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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