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Celtic golden torque, found in Vix, France, dates to 480 BCE.

This voluminous jewelry was found in the grave of a powerful women, consisting of 40 individual parts. The two spheres at the ring terminals are help in the paws of lions. The two small winged horses are reminiscent of Pegasus from Greek mythology and bear witness to increased contact with the Mediterranean world.

Courtesy & currently located at the Historical Museum of Bern, Switzerland. Photo taken by Xuan Che.

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The mystery of the ancient glass masterpiece



Of all the strange and surprising objects to have survived from antiquity, one of the most puzzling is the fragile Portland Vase in the British Museum. Since it was first recorded at the turn of the 17th century in Rome, where it was supposedly discovered in a sarcophagus in the tomb of the emperor Alexander Severus, this exquisitely worked example of imperial Roman cameo glass has resisted the ingenious efforts of generations of art historians to understand the mysterious scenes carved upon its sides.

Over the centuries, scholars have suggested up to 50 different interpretations explaining the imagery on the vase. Of the seven figures carved out of opaque white glass overlaying a deep and translucent cobalt-blue background, the identity of only one character is certain – that of Cupid. Read more.

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The Etruscan Pyramid or Altar of Bomarzo

Near Bomarzo there is a huge (8 x 16 meters)  tufa rock used as a place of worship in the seventh century BC by the Etruscans.

It is called “Pyramid of Bomarzo” even though it is actually a truncated pyramid, in some ways similar to those of the Maya. A more appropriate name is “pyramidal altar.”

The boulder was expertly worked so as to obtain a staircase of 26 steps leading to the first two altars side by side and then the main altar on top. The structure also other minor steps for a total of about 50 steps.

There are also various seats and, on the right side, the channels that were to be used for the collection of spilled liquids during rituals, There are various niches deep 15cm probably designed to accommodate tools and rituals of worship.

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Video of an Etruscan house discovered a few years ago.  The video is also from a few years ago.



An ancient Roman bronze ornate triple spouted oil lamp complete with its original suspension chains and large cast dolphin supports.  Two of the original three applique busts of Minerva wearing a Corinthian helmet with a sphinx crest remain.

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