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Canaanite name found inscribed on 3,000-year-old jar

The Canaanite name Eshba’al Ben Bada’ has been found inscibed into a 3,000-year-old jar. Intensive restoration work conducted in the laboratories of the Israel Antiquities Authority Artifacts Treatment Department, during which hundreds of pottery sherds were glued together to form a whole jar, solved the riddle – the jar was incised

Wine cup with famous names inscribed found in Greece

A wine up bearing the names of 6 men has been unearthed in a grave found in Kifissia, Greece. The ceramic wine cup, smashed in 12 pieces, was found during building construction in the northern Athens suburb of Kifissia, Ta Nea daily said. After piecing it together, archaeologists were astounded to find

Names of ancient Roman priests found in Egypt

A collection of 150 clay fragments containing the names of priests who served in Egypt during the Roman era has been found in Fayoum. “It is really a complete archive that highlights not only the names of priests who served in the temple during the Roman era but religious practices and

Baby names: The legacy of the Norman conquest

Why have Norman names such as William, Henry, Robert, Alice and Matilda been popular for 1,000 years after the Norman conquest? Further wreathing the 11th Century in mystery, says Professor Bartlett, is how unfamiliar the names of the Anglo-Saxon protagonists are to modern ears - Aethelred, Eadric, Leofric. By contrast,

How Vikings named their kids

Apparently it was common for Vikings to give their female children names derived from male names. “My paper on 'Viking Thomasinas' examines the use of female names developed directly from male names, similar to the more recent name Thomasina. Viking Age Scandinavia saw a remarkable surge in the creation of