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ART AND CULTURE - October 2021

Oct 2021

Dec 09, 2021

Gold 'Lotus Flower' Pendant from Queen Nefertiti's Time Discovered in Cyprus

  • A precious-gem-studded "lotus flower" pendant similar to one worn by ancient Egypt's Queen Nefertiti has been unearthed in a set of tombs in Cyprus. The pendant is one of hundreds of opulent grave goods from around the Mediterranean region that have been uncovered at the site, including gemstones, ceramics and jewelry.
  • Archaeologists from the New Swedish Cyprus Expedition first unearthed the two Bronze Age tombs, both underground chambers, in the ancient city of Hala Sultan Tekke in 2018. One hundred and fifty five human remains and 500 funerary goods were found in the tombs, placed in layers on top of one another, suggesting that the burial chambers were used over several generations.

Dec 03, 2021

Bihar Wins Gold Medal in 40th International Trade Fair

  • Bihar bagged gold medal in the 40th India International Trade Fair (IITF) held at Pragati Maidan in Delhi for "excellence in display" in state government/union territory pavilion category.
  • The Bihar Pavilion comprised 41 stalls exhibiting the finest products from the state to reflect the traditional folk art culture.
  • Bihar's resident commissioner Palka Sahni and the director of Upendra Maharathi Craft Research Institute, Ashok Sinha received the award.

Dec 01, 2021

Work of Indian Photographers Displayed at Israel Embassy's Hanukkah Exhibition

  • The Israel Embassy in India exhibited photographs of Indian photographers during a cultural photo gallery event organised to mark the occasion of Hanukkah. The photo gallery showcased the cultural history of Israel's ancient capital Jerusalem through the camera lenses of Indians.
  • Titled 'Transcending Jerusalem', the exhibition presented the work of three Indian photographers who went to Jerusalem and captured the Holy City from an Indian perspective.
  • The photo exhibition was curated by Dr. Alka Pande and is open to the public from November 30 to December 15 at Museo Camera Centre for the Photographic Arts, Gurugram.

Nov 27, 2021

Ancient Roman Villa with Magnificent Mosaic Unearthed in UK

  • The 1,700-year-old mosaic, part of the ruins of the ancient Roman villa complex in Rutland, England, is the first example in the UK displaying scenes from Homer's The Iliad, and one of only a handful from across Europe.
  • The ancient Roman villa complex was discovered beneath a farmer's field.
  • The ancient complex is surrounded by a range of other buildings and features revealed by a geophysical survey and archaeological evaluation, including what appear to be aisled barns, circular structures and a possible bath house, all within a series of boundary ditches.
  • The remains of the mosaic depict part of the story of the Greek hero Achilles.

Nov 24, 2021

Evidence of Hanukkah's Maccabee Rebellion Unearthed in Israel

  • Archaeologists have discovered the burned remains of an ancient Hellenistic fortress in Israel that fell to Jewish rebels more than 2,000 years ago.
  • A guerrilla army called the Hasmoneans, also known as the Maccabees, defeated and set fire to the citadel during the revolt that is commemorated by the Jewish festival of Hanukkah. Researchers recently found the ruined stronghold at a site in the Lachshish Forest in the foothills of the Judean Mountains in southern Israel, representatives with the Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA).
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