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Sutton Hoo treasure
Sutton Hoo treasure
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Gold, Silver, Lapis and Obsidian in the Splendid Swords of the Kings - The Royal Treasure
Gold, Silver, Lapis and Obsidian in the Splendid Swords of the Kings - The Royal Treasure
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Schliemann at Mycenae
Schliemann at Mycenae
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Hissarlik (Troy) Digging
Hissarlik (Troy) Digging
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Sinanthropus, perhaps the lowest man known to science
Sinanthropus, perhaps the lowest man known to science
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Roman remains found in the City, London
Roman remains found in the City, London
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Sumerian Jewellery Bc
Sumerian Jewellery Bc
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Pompeii Excavation, 1751
Pompeii Excavation, 1751
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Reconstructing Ancient Pompeii by Fortunino Matania
Reconstructing Ancient Pompeii by Fortunino Matania
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Lord Carnarvon
Lord Carnarvon
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Excavations at Corinth, Greece, by American School
Excavations at Corinth, Greece, by American School
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Clarence Wilson and Mr R. G Duff, members of the Captain Parker's Excavating Party at
Clarence Wilson and Mr R. G Duff, members of the Captain Parker's Excavating Party at
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Reconstructing Ancient Pompeii by Fortunino Matania Featured Print

Reconstructing Ancient Pompeii by Fortunino Matania

In front of the magnificent temple of Apollo: a reconstruction of Pompeii before the terrible eruption of 79 A.D. A scene drawn by Sphere special artist Fortunino Matania, done whilst visiting excavations of the ancient Roman town. Born in Naples, Matania had spent much of his childhood exploring Pompeii and his fondness and skill for historical reconstruction in later life was ignited by these early impressions. Here, the artist draws himself imagining Pompeii in its heyday. He writes in the caption, Beautiful Pompeii rose from the ruins as I looked at it. Date: 1921

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Page from Britannia & Eve by Katharine Woolley reporting on the great excavations carried
Page from Britannia & Eve by Katharine Woolley reporting on the great excavations carried
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Birthplace of the Hittite Empire
Birthplace of the Hittite Empire
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The ship-grave of an Anglo-Saxon king found at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk
The ship-grave of an Anglo-Saxon king found at Sutton Hoo in Suffolk
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Excavation at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, 1939. The cavity occupied by the ship
Excavation at Sutton Hoo, Suffolk, 1939. The cavity occupied by the ship
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Sheik Khalil Danaf of The Dome of the Rock
Sheik Khalil Danaf of The Dome of the Rock
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Plaque to Canadian Artillery D21 Battery, Zonnebeke
Plaque to Canadian Artillery D21 Battery, Zonnebeke
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George V inspecting Roman galley unearthed in London 1912
George V inspecting Roman galley unearthed in London 1912
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ILN cover - Golden head-dress of Queen Shub-ad
ILN cover - Golden head-dress of Queen Shub-ad
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What the great find in Egypt may bring
What the great find in Egypt may bring
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Pompeii as it was and is by Matania
Pompeii as it was and is by Matania
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Late Neolithic Statuettes from Hacilar in north-western Anatolia
Late Neolithic Statuettes from Hacilar in north-western Anatolia
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New Excavations of 1899 reveal Ancient Theatre at Ephesus
New Excavations of 1899 reveal Ancient Theatre at Ephesus
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Pompeii as it was and is by Matania Featured Print

Pompeii as it was and is by Matania

The last election in Pompeii, 2000 years ago, before the eruption of Vesuvius, as envisaged by the Sphere special artist and expert in historical reconstruction, Fortunino Matania. This image was based on discoveries made during recent excavations in 1924, which revealed something about how electoral candidates made themselves known to electors. in the vicinity of the house inhabited by the candidate inscriptions were painted on the walls recommending him for election. Very often a man was warranted for by other citizens who had already gained a sufficient reputation to enable them to wield influence. In the picture here, there is a novelty in Roman election appeals; in the inscription found near the Termopolio (tavern) at No. 2 of the Via dell Abbondanza, inscription reads as follows: C.Lollium Fuscum II VIR V.A.S.P.P Asellinas Rogant Nec Sin Zmyrina. In English, this appeal would read: Asellina, supported by Zmyrina, recommends the candidature of C. Lollium Fuscum for duumvir, having in charge the streets, the temples and public religious festivals. Who these two women were is unknown, but it is interesting that they should wield such influence. Date: 1924

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Leicesters Roman forum reconstructed
Leicesters Roman forum reconstructed
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Leicesters Roman remains excavated, 1936
Leicesters Roman remains excavated, 1936
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Great Zimbabwe Ancient Ruins, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
Great Zimbabwe Ancient Ruins, Rhodesia (Zimbabwe)
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Glastonbury, Somerset - Archaeological excavations - Abbey
Glastonbury, Somerset - Archaeological excavations - Abbey
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Roman London, Temple of Mithras uncovered 1954
Roman London, Temple of Mithras uncovered 1954
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Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania
Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania
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Carthage, Tunisia - Archaeological Excavations
Carthage, Tunisia - Archaeological Excavations
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Objects Found During Excavations at the Church on Mahee Isla
Objects Found During Excavations at the Church on Mahee Isla
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Earliest known carved heads in Syria, at Tell Brak
Earliest known carved heads in Syria, at Tell Brak
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Archaeological Site of Atapuerca. Trinchera del Ferrocarril
Archaeological Site of Atapuerca. Trinchera del Ferrocarril
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Numancia. Roman ruins. Near Soria. Spain
Numancia. Roman ruins. Near Soria. Spain
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Excavations at Ostia, Rome reveal the Oil Stores - Italy
Excavations at Ostia, Rome reveal the Oil Stores - Italy
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Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania Featured Print

Pompeii as it was in Ancient Days by Matania

Life in Pompeii 2000 years ago. A new reconstruction series by Fortunino Matania, no. III. Bringing in the new wine to Pompeii after the October vintage. The opening up of new excavations in Pompeii in 1924 led the Sphere special artist and expert in historical reconstruction, paint a series of scenes of daily life in ancient Pompeii. A new vintage of wine is brought into Pompeii from the countryside by means of specially constructed cars, each containing a skin of wine. The latter was the skin of a cow, with the neck tied up at the front and the tail serving as the only outlet. The car was pulled by two horses along the streets of the town, passing exactly over a causeway of raised stones such as were to be found in every Pompeiian street. Not possessing drains, during rainy weather, the streets of Pompeii were flooded by rain water flowing down to the Tiber, consequently passers-by were forced to cross the street on the raised causeway. The wine car stopped before various taverns, and all the anfore were brought out to be filled. The drawing represents the filling of these anfore. The car was drawn from a fresco discovered at Pompeii. At the time of this drawing by Matania (who had been born in Naples), the same scenes were enacted before the cantine of Naples, which have been built on the same lines as those of Pompeii. Cars loaded with barrels still unloaded the new wine coming from the same vineyards. Date: 1924

© Illustrated London News Ltd/Mary Evans

Numancia. Ancient Celtiberian settlement. Famous in the Celt
Numancia. Ancient Celtiberian settlement. Famous in the Celt
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Italy. Herculaneum. House of the wooden partition wall
Italy. Herculaneum. House of the wooden partition wall
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Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894). English archaeologist. Know
Austen Henry Layard (1817-1894). English archaeologist. Know
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Excavating Nonsuch 1959
Excavating Nonsuch 1959
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Syria/Archaeology
Syria/Archaeology
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Iran/Archaeology/Susa
Iran/Archaeology/Susa
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Iraq/Archaeology/Nineveh
Iraq/Archaeology/Nineveh
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Iraq/Tell Afar
Iraq/Tell Afar
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Iraq/Archaeology/Mosul
Iraq/Archaeology/Mosul
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Cultural links between India and Babylonia
Cultural links between India and Babylonia
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Early Sumerian Sculpture
Early Sumerian Sculpture
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Sumerian Fashions and Coiffure 500 Years Ago: Khafaje
Sumerian Fashions and Coiffure 500 Years Ago: Khafaje
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