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Remains of 5,000-Year-Old Egyptian City Unearthed Abydos …

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“The remains of a 5,000-year-old city, including a cemetery and several houses, have been unearthed at the site of Abydos in Egypt.

The city, whose size is not clear, dates to the early dynastic period when the first pharaohs ruled a united Egypt, said Mahmoud Afifi, the head of Ancient Egyptian Antiquities at the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities, in an Arabic language statement.”

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Paris Train A MUST SEE …

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A rail journey fit for a king: Paris commuter train has carriages transformed to resemble rooms from the Palace of Versailles.

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Few commuters in Britain or Australia would describe their train journey to and from work as a pleasant experience.

Passengers have become used to overcrowded carriages, not to mention finding discarded newspapers, alcohol bottles, Coke cans, chewing gum, or worse such as graffiti on the seats.

But some lucky commuters in France enjoy an altogether different ride, as these amazing pictures show.

1Lavish: A commuter train serving Paris in France has been decorated in the colours of the Palace of Versailles in an impressive project
2Incredible: The refurbishments mean that the train’s carriages resemble rooms from the royal palace

A train on the main rapid transit system in Paris, the RER, has undergone a dramatic refurbishment – to resemble the rooms of a royal palace.

The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles , which was once the centre of political power in France .

And passengers who take a journey on the RER C line between the Palace, which is 20 kilometres south-west of Paris , and the centre of the capital do so in lavish surroundings.
Ornate paintings and golden sculptures line the aisles and even the ceilings are intricately designed. Other attractive improvements include the creation of a mock library in one of the carriages.

The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds, including the Hall of Mirrors, the Gallery of Battles and Marie-Antoinette’s estate. The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles , involved layering the interior walls of the train with a high-tech plastic film.

The refurbishments were carried out thanks to a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF. Versailles was the centre of political power in France from 1682, when King Louis XIV moved from Paris , until the royal family was forced to return to the capital in October 1789 during the French Revolution.
3Striking: An image of a statue from the palace grounds looks down on passengers
4Splendid: Ornate images can be found on the back of comfortable seats
5Colourful: Giant scenes from Versailles have transformed the appearance of the train, which runs on one of Paris ‘s main commuter routes
6Enormous: Branches sprawl across the ceiling of the carriage in this huge painting
7Powerful imagery: The train carries the colours of the Palace of Versailles, which was once the centre of political power in France
8Beauty: A golden statue is reflected in a glass mirror on the train
9Reflections: The refurbishments are designed to evoke memories of seven different areas of the royal chateau and its grounds
10Booking details: Passengers can take their place alongside an amazing display which resembles a library
11Vibrant: A once-dull door on the train has been transformed with bright red and pink colours
12Facelift: The changes, which were funded by the Palace of Versailles, are the result of a deal between officials at the palace and rail operator SNCF
13Swirls: Another decorative ceiling design based on furnishings from the Palace of Versailles
14Unexpected: The exterior of the train gives few clues to the incredible displays found inside


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Ancient Bling: Exquisite Jewelry Found in Tomb of Chinese Woman …

The two earrings the archaeologists found are difficult to describe in words. Made of gold, the earrings contain images of dragons and a human face.

Her epitaph, found by the tomb entrance, reads simply, “Han Farong, the wife of Magistrate Cui Zhen” (as translated in the journal article). In China, the surname is traditionally written first and the given name second.

“Archaeologists found ancient remains of a woman named Farong who was laid to rest wearing fantastic jewelry.

Around 1,500 years ago, at a time when China was divided, a woman named Farong was laid to rest wearing fantastic jewelry, which included a necklace of 5,000 beads and “exquisite” earrings, archaeologists report.

Her tomb was discovered in 2011 in Datong City, China, by a team of archaeologists with the Datong Municipal Institute of Archaeology who were surveying the area before a construction project. The researchers excavated the tomb, conserved the artifacts and reconstructed the necklace.

Farong’s tomb was dug into the ground, and her skeleton (which is now in poor condition) was found lying in a coffin archaeologists said. [See Photos of Farong’s Burial and Exquisite Jewelry]”

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132-year-old rifle found leaning against tree in Nevada ‘where it was left’ – Telegraph …

Amazing find …

“It was a moment frozen in time – an 1873 Winchester repeating rifle propped up against the trunk of a juniper tree exactly where its owner had left it over a hundred years ago.
Eva Jensen, an archaeologist out scouring the hillsides of Nevada’s arid Snake Mountains for Native American artefacts, let out an involuntary cry of surprise when she stumbled across the find, and then fell into silence.
“I recognised it instantly, but it takes your brain a little while to catch up,” she told The Telegraph. “The reality of it, I let out an exclamation and the rest of my staff thought I must have fallen off a cliff or something, because I just couldn’t say anything else after that,” she said.
The find was pure chance – the rusted barrel of the rifle just catching in a gleam of the late afternoon sun. Otherwise it was perfectly camouflaged, the walnut stock that once been a rich, burnished brown bleached grey and rendered indistinguishable from the juniper wood by a century of desiccating winds.
From the first moment of the rifle’s discovery last November, Ms Jensen and her staff at the Great Basin National Park found their minds racing with speculation about the how the rusting repeater came to be abandoned in the hills.” Telegraph

The Winchester Model 1773 found by park workers in Great Basin National Park

The Winchester Model 1773 found by park workers in Great Basin National Park

The rifle was known as the "gun that won the West" because of its popularity.  Removing from where it was left over 100 years ago.

The rifle was known as the “gun that won the West” because of its popularity. Removing from where it was left over 100 years ago.

© Provided by AFP File picture shows a later model Winchester rifle with its distinctive lever action which made the weapon legendary and gained it the nickname "the gun that won the West"

© Provided by AFP File picture shows a later model Winchester rifle with its distinctive lever action which made the weapon legendary and gained it the nickname “the gun that won the West”.

Visit: 132-year-old rifle found leaning against tree in Nevada ‘where it was left’ – Telegraph.

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The black felted beaver fur "bicorne" hat was valued by the auction house at between $430,000 and $570,000

Napoleon’s two-pointed hat fetches $2.57 million at Paris auction …

The black felted beaver fur "bicorne" hat was valued by the auction house at between $430,000 and $570,000

The black felted beaver fur “bicorne” hat was valued by the auction house at between $430,000 and $570,000

“One of Napoleon’s famous two-pointed hats has been bought by a South Korean collector for $2.57 million at an auction outside Paris, the Osenat auction house said.”

Please visit my source: Napoleon’s two-pointed hat fetches $2.57 million at Paris auction – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation).

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Napoleon’s Retreat from Moscow (Adolph Northen, 1828-1876). Napoleon wore the two-pointed hats sideways so he could be easily spotted on the battlefield

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Old Money: Rare Roman ‘Nero’ Coin Unearthed in England …

 

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A rare aureus, or gold coin embossed with the image of Emperor Nero was unearthed in a Roman-Era site in England Credit: © Vindolanda Trust

A rare aureus, or gold coin embossed with the image of Emperor Nero was unearthed in a Roman-Era site in England
Credit: © Vindolanda Trust

 

“A rare gold coin from the Roman Empire has been unearthed in England.

Archaeologists found the valuable coin, which is embossed with the image of the hated Emperor Nero and dates to between A.D. 64 and 65, at a site in Northern England. The archaeological site, called Vindolanda, was once a Roman fort near Hadrian’s Wall.”

 

Read article at Old Money: Rare Roman ‘Nero’ Coin Unearthed in England.

 

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18th century drawings brought to life with 3D printing …

 

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Furniture and other objects designed by 18th century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi have been given form thanks to 3D printing.

 

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) worked primarily in the medium of etching, and became famous for his highly detailed and beautiful pictures of Rome and his Escher-like imaginary prisons –but he seemed to be a man who never stopped drawing, sketching everything from coffee pots to chandeliers.

Visit 18th century drawings brought to life with 3D printing – CNET for the article this is amazing.

You can read more about the intricate process for each object on the Factum Arte website.

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