A 6,000-year-old temple holding humanlike figurines and sacrificed animal remains has been discovered within a massive prehistoric settlement in Ukraine.
Built before writing was invented, the temple is about 60 by 20 meters (197 by 66 feet) in size. It was a “two-story building made of wood and clay surrounded by a galleried courtyard,” the upper floor divided into five rooms, write archaeologists Nataliya Burdo and Mykhailo Videiko in a copy of a presentation they gave recently at the European Association of Archaeologists’ annual meeting in Istanbul, Turkey.
Inside the temple, archaeologists found the remains of eight clay platforms, which may have been used as altars, the finds suggested. Read more.
The Thracian temple near the village of Starosel in central Bulgaria is falling apart and may not survive the winter, warned the village Mayor Ivan Zhutev, quoted by the Nova TV national channel.
The temple, uncovered by archaeologist Georgi Kitov and his team 15 years ago, is the largest on the Balkan peninsula and is visited by more than 30,000 tourists each year.
According to Zhutev the wooden supports at the anteroom are rotting and the dome of the temple is being destroyed by humidity.
In Zhotev’s estimates the restoration and conservation of the temple would cost BGN 500,000. He said he had sent numerous letters to the Culture Ministry, which was supposed to set aside the sum five years ago. (source)
The famous Erechtheum of the Athenian Acropolis, renowned for the inclusion of six caryatids in its architectural plan, is about to get a new floor. The renovation, will allow visitors to enter inside the temple, is based on proposals made by the Acropolis Monuments Preservation division and approved by the Central Archaeological Council.
The Erechtheum was constructed between 421 and 406 BC. The Ionic-style temple, revered as an outstanding if intriguing example of ancient Greek architecture, was used in antiquity to honor several divinities – among them, Athena, the patron goddess of ancient Athens.
A vast extent of the temple’s floor has been destroyed by time, earthquakes, raids, vandalism and excavations. This has prevented today’s visitors from actually entering the monument. Read more.
Ruins at the foot of Mount Changbai are believed to be a Jin Dynasty (1115-1234) royal temple, archaeologists said on Thursday.
The ruins of the town of Baoma, on a hill in Antu County in northeast China’s Jilin Province, have been shown to be the oldest temple used by the royal family for worship at the sacred Mount Changbai.
The ruins were excavated in August and September. Red peelings from the walls and remnants of painted beams were found on the floor, normally signs of a palace or temple. Hundreds of ceramic building components, iron nails, some porcelain and ironware with the characteristics of the Jin Dynasty were also unearthed. Read more.
Life-size human statues and column bases from a long-lost temple dedicated to a supreme god have been discovered in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq.
The discoveries date back over 2,500 years to the Iron Age, a time period when several groups — such as the Urartians, Assyrians and Scythians — vied for supremacy over what is now northern Iraq.
"I didn’t do excavation, just archaeological soundings —the villagers uncovered these materials accidentally," said Dlshad Marf Zamua, a doctoral student at Leiden University in the Netherlands, who began the fieldwork in 2005. Read more.
An ancient temple that featured in the film The Exorcist has fallen into the hands of jihadists who have taken over northern Iraq.
The pre-Christian worship complex at Hatra, a vast network of 70-metre sun-god temples that is a UNESCO world heritage site, features in the opening sequence of the 1973 horror classic.
It now lies in the territory claimed by the Islamic State of Iraq and Al-Sham (ISIS), prompting fears that its stone statues could be destroyed as idolatrous images by the terrorists.
Already, ISIS fighters in the city of Mosul, 100 kilometres north-west of Hatra, have demolished a statue of Othman Al-Mousuli, a 19th-century Iraqi musician and composer, and a statue of Abu Tammam, an Abbasid-era Arab poet. Read more.
During the recent excavation season, which lasts from December until early May, the Egyptian archaeological mission at Gabal El-Nour in Beni Suef uncovered the remains of a Ptolemaic limestone temple.
Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online on Monday that it was a very important discovery as it was the first temple from the reign of Ptolemy II to be discovered in Beni Suef.
"Discovering such a temple will shed more light on the history of the era and King Ptolemy II, who reigned the country for 36 years," Ibrahim asserted. Read more.
Archaeologists excavating a site in central Rome say they’ve uncovered what may be oldest known temple from Roman antiquity.
Along the way, they’ve also discovered how much the early Romans intervened to shape their urban environment.
And the dig has been particularly challenging because the temple lies below the water table.
At the foot Capitoline Hill in the center of Rome, stands the Medieval Sant’Omobono church.
Today, the Tiber River is about a hundred yards away. But when the city was being created, around the 7th century B.C., it flowed close to where the church now stands, where a bend in the river provided a natural harbor for merchant ships. Read more.