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Portrait of woman revealed in Herculaneum

A portable x-ray machine has been used to reveal the portrait of a young Roman woman in Herculaneum. The portable X-ray instrument was brought directly to the site at Herculaneum, where the noninvasive analysis of the mid-1st century AD painting occurred. “As far as we know, this is the first study of

Horse engravings found in China

Eight images of horses have been found engraved into the rocks in the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region in China. Archaeologists announced they had found eight ancient horse paintings carved into rocks in northwest China's Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region. Zhou Xinghua, former curator of the regional museum, found the horse paintings in the

Mural tomb unearthed in China

A large tomb dating back to 600 A.D. has been found in China. A blue monster, a winged horse and a nude deity known as the master of wind are just a few examples of fantastic images that archaeologists recently discovered in a 1,400-year-old tomb in China. "The murals of this tomb

Ancient footprints found in Egypt

Children's footprints dating back more than 3,000 years have been found in Egypt. Mysterious, 3,000-year-old footprints of ancient Egyptian children have emerged alongside rare painting fragments, at what appears to be the site of a royal palace or temple. The prints were uncovered at the remains of a large building in the

900-year-old murals discovered in China

A 900-year-old tomb adorned with murals has been found in northern China. The colorful murals are largely painted on a white background. The upper part features acts of filial piety, said Zhang Guanghui, a research fellow with Shanxi provincial archaeological research institute. Beneath, the murals depict people working and cooking. Flanking the

1,000-year-old rock art found in India

Rock art believed to date back to the 10th-century A.D. has been found in southeastern India. Drawn in white pigment, the art is found on the walls of a rock boulder perched on a hillock. One of the paintings is identified as that of a female warrior holding a lance in both