Studying places of worship and rock artifacts throughout the Absheron Peninsula together with Abbas Islamov, we came to the conclusion that almost all religious buildings of Absheron built on the iconic places that people worshiped for a few millennia. First, we have investigated preserved in Absheron and Gobustan with the bronze age ancient burial mounds, crypts, tombs carved into the rocks. Around these graves on the cliffs there are various kinds of hollows and Cup marks. Most likely these holes are of a ritual character, and the same species occur all over the Absheron Peninsula at a considerable distance from each other. Then were examined preserved places of worship (feasts), religious buildings (mosques, mausoleums) and the medieval cemetery. On the rocks, next to almost all of these places also have found ancient hollows and Cup marks. This suggests that certain places on the Absheron Peninsula was considered particularly revered. These are typically open hills with rocky soil. Here in the stone graves, as it could be carved in the rock tomb or stone blocks lined with tombs, burial mounds, the bronze age people were buried. Such burials are not massive and most likely belonged to the most revered members of society. The graves come to worship and bring offerings, which were left in speciallyformulated on the rocks around the graves. These places people have visited for centuries. Continue reading
Scientists in Spain have found the remains of an exotic relative of giraffes, who had three horns, similar in shape to the hairdo Queen Amidala from “Star Wars” George Lucas, its sable-like “fangs” and a number of other unusual traits, according to a paper published in the journal PLoS One.
Saber-toothed giraffe found in Spain “the Opening of this creature allowed us to clarify the history of the evolution of the large and almost completely extinct groups of horned ruminants, the only surviving members of which today are giraffes and okapis are relatives. It revealed the amazing diversity of these creatures that lived on the territory of Eurasia and Africa,” said Israel Sanchez (Israel Sanchez) from the National Museum of natural history in Madrid (Spain).
Sanchez and his colleagues made this discovery, trying to classify and identify generic groups and membership of several bizarre mammals, whose remains were found by the authors in the vicinity of the town of Loranca del Campo in the rocks, which were formed in the late Miocene, about 11-5 million years ago. Continue reading
The fortress was used to control the Temple mount. Mysterious 2,000-year-old fortification was built in Jerusalem during the reign of Antiochus IV.
The recent opening of the archaeological community of Israel in the City of David can answer one of the most enduring mysteries of archeology: the location of the citadel of the Greek Acre.
The exact location of the famous stronghold, built by Antiochus IV to manage and track everything that happens on the Temple mount, until now it was unknown because of the paucity of architectural remains, which can be traced back to the Greek presence in Jerusalem.
Over the last 100 years of archaeological research in Jerusalem, were put forward numerous theories of location of Acre, which, eventually, was captured by the Hasmoneans.
The book of Maccabees makes reference about the location of Acre: “And they built the city of David with a great and strong wall and strong towers, and made there a fortress for them: And they placed there a sinful nation, wicked men, and they became stronger in her.” Continue reading