Ancient Skulls Found in Greece Show Signs of Complex Surgery
An ancient skull that was discovered by anthropologists in the Paliokastro area of the island of Thasos, Greece shows signs of complicated surgery. The skull, which dates from the early Byzantine period -- the fourth to the seventh century AD...
The Place of Byzantium in World History
Byzantium served as an important link between antiquity and the Renaissance, and much of Greek theology and thought can be traced back to the Byzantine Empire. by Alexander Billinis The summer is ending. In some jurisdictions, school has already started, and,...
Thessaloniki Man Arrested After Found with Protected Religious Antiquities
Police charged a Thessaloniki man with holding a museum's worth of Byzantine-era relics in his home, including church icons, crosses, candlesticks, and a holy chalice. Authorities confiscated the artifacts, which were also discovered in a warehouse belonging to the...
Hagia Sophia’s Imperial Gate Vandalized Again
The Hagia Sophia's historic Imperial Gate has been damaged again, as vandals appear to have pried out one of the metal plates on the 15th century oakwood door. It was the second time the door has been damaged in...
Ancient Marble Floors Damaged in Hagia Sophia
A number of tiles of the ancient marble floors in Hagia Sophia have been damaged by heavy machines used to clean the site, according to Turkish newspaper Cumhuriyet. The historic building, which was built as a church in the Byzantine...
Methoni and Koroni: Two Majestic Greek Towns with Historic Castles
Methoni and Koroni, two quintessential Greek seaside towns, are home to Venetian castles, countless pristine sandy beaches, and lush landscapes. The two towns are intertwined in myriad ways although they are approximately a thirty minute drive away from each other,...
Fifth Century Byzantine Church Reopens in Gaza
A Byzantine church that was recently restored re-opened as a museum in Gaza on January 24 after undergoing a three-year-long restoration project, with the ruling Islamist Hamas party claiming it comes as an "embrace" of their "Christian brothers." Dating back...
Perinthos Excavations Unearth the History of Ancient Food
A team of archaeologists on Tuesday in Tekirdag, Turkey, excavated a plethora of artifacts found in the daily lives of those living in Perinthos 5,000 years ago. The archaeologist who led the project, Zeynep Kocel Erdem, told the Anadolou Agency...
Byzantine Era Coin Showing Emperor Heraclius Discovered in Israel
A Byzantine era coin showing Emperor Heraclius on one side and Golgotha, the site of Jesus Christ's crucifixion on the other -- along with a complete winepress -- was unearthed this week outside Tel Aviv, Israel. Both the 1,400-year-old currency...
Treasure Hunters Ruin Historical Church in Samsun, Turkey
A Greek church that dates back to the Byzantine era, located in the Ayaklıalan District of Samsun in Turkey was plundered recently by treasure hunters.