This Week in History News, August 14
Roman mosaic of Hercules found in Turkey, 500-year-old “goatelope” discovered in Austria, elite tomb with 169 gold rings discovered in Romania.
Roman mosaic with life-size depictions of Hercules found inside a 1,900-year-old bathhouse
According to mythology, Hercules was the son of Zeus, king of the gods of ancient Greece, and a mortal named Alcmene. Although he was endowed with both divine parentage and unparalleled strength, Hercules’ life took a fateful turn when he suddenly snapped and murdered his wife in a fit of rage. He then sought advice from the oracles of Apollo at Delphi, who told him to go to Tiryns and perform a series of extraordinary tasks given to him by King Eurystheus. In order to atone for his crime, Hercules will spend the next 12 years completing the 12 labors given to him, which included arduous challenges like slaying the great beasts of the ancient world.
Today archaeologists in Turkey announced the discovery of a 1,900-year-old Roman mosaic depicting the Labors of Hercules like never before. Discovered inside a bathhouse in the ruins of the ancient city of Syedra, this 1,765-square-foot floor mosaic contains life-size images of Hercules battling the most fearsome creatures in all of Greek mythology. .
Find out the whole story behind this amazing find here.
Researchers just found a 500-year-old mummified ‘goatelope’ inside a melting glacier
A team of glaciologists working on the Gepatschferner – Austria’s second largest glacier – have been delighted to find a small goat-like animal preserved inside a partially melted wall of ice during a routine recording on a nearby weather station.
“It’s amazing, and it’s amazing that she’s sitting right where we’re doing our research, and just passing by as she comes out of the ice,” said Andrea Fischer, an alpine glaciologist who led the research. team from the Institute for Interdisciplinary Mountain Research. from the Austrian Academy of Sciences in Innsbruck.
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Archaeologists Discover Romanian Tomb From 4500 BCE Filled With 169 Gold Rings
Researchers digging in Crișana, Romania, recently discovered a 6,500-year-old elite woman’s grave that was filled with 169 gold rings. Besides gold, archaeologists discovered a copper bracelet and 800 bone beads.
The woman belonged to the Tiszapolgár culture which flourished in Eastern and Central Europe between 4500 BCE and 4000 BCE. However, relatively little is known about this culture and how their customs informed the elaborate burial of this woman.