Ancient tavern unearthed in Iraq, secrets of Impressionist masterpieces unlocked, Henry VIII pendant uncovered in England.
Archaeologists Just Unearthed The Remains Of A 5,000-Year-Old Tavern In Southern Iraq
Throughout the third millennium B.C.E., the city of Lagash was one of the most important political and economic centers in Mesopotamia. Located near what’s now Al-Shatrah, Iraq, this ancient metropolis contained fertile fields that produced a wealth of crops as well as a series of massive kilns that churned out an untold volume of earthenware and clay vessels. Recent excavations of the surrounding area have uncovered everything from houses to streets to some 37,000 shards of pottery.
Now, archaeologists in Lagash have made what may be their most fascinating discovery yet: an open-air tavern dating back to 2700 B.C.E. Featuring a sophisticated kitchen equipped with an oven and a refrigerator, this tavern served chicken, fish, bread, and beer, all of which was enjoyed by patrons seated on long benches in the outdoor dining area.
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New Study Finds That Hazy Skies In Impressionist Paintings May Have Depicted Air Pollution
A recent study found that famous Impressionist painters such as Claude Monet and Joseph Mallord William Turner may have based their later paintings on their air-polluted environments — providing an alternative explanation for Impressionism’s signature hazy, dream-like glow.
The study, conducted by scientists at Harvard University, Sorbonne University, and École Normale Supérieure, found that Impressionist paintings by artists like Monet and Turner closely followed 19th-century pollution trends.
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Amateur Metal Detectorist Unearths A 500-Year-Old Pendant Celebrating Henry VIII’s First Marriage
When Charlie Clarke set out for his friend’s Warwickshire property in 2019 with his metal detector, he hoped to get some fresh air, and maybe clear his mind after the recent death of his dog. Instead, the 34-year-old cafe owner stumbled upon a veritable treasure: a 500-year-old heart-shaped pendant with clear links to the Tudor Era.
The find, Clarke said, made him scream “like a little schoolgirl, to be honest. My voice went pretty high-pitched.”
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