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Cremation urns from the Balei necropolis [Credit: Veneta Pavlova] The settlement itself, which appears to have been inhabited between 1600 BCE and 1000 BCE, was found in 1970, but the necropolis was only discovered in 2010. This year’s digs focused on 16 separate burials, which yielded numerous items, including more than 50 undamaged ceramic vessels, stone and bone tools, as well as bronze decorations.

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Marble relief, Roman.   This incomplete relief probably belongs to the front of a sarcophagus, although it could instead be the cover of a rectangular burial niche cut out of the rock (so-called loculus). Held up by male sea creatures emerging from the sea (tritones), the medallion contains the portraits of a deceased man and woman.

Marble relief, Roman. This incomplete relief probably belongs to the front of a sarcophagus, although it could instead be the cover of a rectangular burial niche cut out of the rock (so-called loculus). Held up by male sea creatures emerging from the sea (tritones), the medallion contains the portraits of a deceased man and woman.

Sarteano (Siena). Etruscan Tomb of the Infernal Quadriga IV sec. B.C.

Triple-headed Dragon Fresco -- From the 'Tomb of the Infernal Chariot' -- Etruscan necropolis of Pianacce at Sarteano (Siena): Nne of the best examples of Etruscan wall painting of the Century BCE.

Artifacts Show Sophistication of Ancient Nomads... archaeologists have concluded that these were burials of the society’s elite in the late fourth and early third centuries B.C. By gift, barter or theft, they had acquired prestige goods, and in time their artisans adapted them in their own impressive artistic repertory. New exhibition, “Nomads and Networks: The Ancient Art and Culture of Kazakhstan,” at Institute for the Study of the Ancient World, 15 East 84th Street, Manhattan.

From Their Graves, Ancient Nomads Speak

Kurgans, in the Altai Mountains of eastern Kazakhstan, near the borders with Russia and China

A ceramic Byzantine bread stamp, 500-900, which, when pressed into a loaf of dough, would leave the mark 'Jesus Christ Victorious'; it would hav been used to make the consecrated bread of the Eucharist. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

A ceramic Byzantine bread stamp, which, when pressed into a loaf of dough, would leave the mark 'Jesus Christ Victorious'; it would hav been used to make the consecrated bread of the Eucharist. (The - Metropolitan Museum of Art) pretty cool!

A ROMAN MOSAIC GLASS COSMETIC DISH  CIRCA MID 1ST CENTURY B.C.-EARLY 1ST CENTURY A.D.

Roman Mosaic Glass Cosmetic Dish -- Circa Century BCE-Early Century CE -- No further reference provided.

Seated Female Figure, chlorite and limestone, Bactria, 2500-1500 B.C. LACMA.  Bactria–Margiana Archaeological Complex - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Seated Female Figure, Northern Afghanistan, Ancient Bactria, circa 2500 - 1500 B. Los Angeles County Museum of Art, Located in the Hammer Building room 302

Etruscan Praenestine cista with engravings of the Dioscuri and the Judgment of Paris, 4th century B.C.

Etruscan Praenestine cista with engravings of the Dioscuri and the Judgment of Paris, century B. Cistae were containers used to safeguard precious objects, including mirrors, perfume flasks and cosmetics.

Bronze brazier, iron stove with water (type radiator), chafing-dish, from House of Faun at Pompeii - Naples, Archaeological Museum

Etruscan: Bronze brazier, iron stove with water (type radiator), chafing-dish, from House of Faun at Pompeii - Naples, Archaeological Museum

Antique Islamic Glazed Redware Pottery Pitcher Signed | eBay

Antique islamic glazed redware pottery pitcher ~ signed

Antique Islamic Glazed Redware Pottery Pitcher Signed | eBay

Round silver and gold plaque. Thracian. Early Hellenistic Period, c. 300 B.C. | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Round silver and gold plaque. Early Hellenistic Period, c.

Limestone statuette of an oriental god or hero. Cypriote. Early Hellenistic. Late 4th–3rd century B.C. | Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Limestone statuette of an oriental god or hero.

6th-4th c BCE Iranian Achaemenid Metalwork ACHAEMENID Anonymous (559 BCE - 331 BCE) Winged Ibex Handle with a Mask of Selinus. c. 600 BCE-300 BCE Silver gilt Cast Achaemenid Iran.

The Winged Ibex Handle with a Mask of Selinus, Silver gilt Cast, Achaemenid Metalwork, BCE.

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