Archinect - News 2015-09-01T14:10:28-04:00 http://archinect.com/news/article/135569973/isis-attacks-second-ancient-palmyra-temple-this-month ISIS attacks second ancient Palmyra temple this month Alexander Walter 2015-08-31T12:59:00-04:00 >2015-08-31T13:01:46-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/tr/truwemi19z018aup.jpg" width="514" height="374" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State has destroyed part of another ancient temple in the Syrian city of Palmyra, according to activists on social media and a group monitoring the conflict, this time targeting the Temple of Bel. [...] It is the second temple that Islamic State has attacked in Palmyra this month. On 25 August, the group detonated explosives in the ancient Baal Shamin temple, an act that the cultural agency Unesco has called a war crime aimed at wiping out a symbol of Syria&rsquo;s diverse cultural heritage.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/135031859/isis-blows-up-2-000-year-old-baalshamin-temple-in-palmyra ISIS blows up 2,000-year-old Baalshamin temple in Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-08-24T13:24:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T14:01:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/vo/votjmjd9naqyjmf8.jpg" width="514" height="355" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Islamic State blew up the ancient temple of Baal Shamin in the Unesco-listed Syrian city of Palmyra, the country&rsquo;s antiquities chief has said. [...] Baal Shamin was built in 17AD and it was expanded under the reign of Roman emperor Hadrian in 130AD. Known as the Pearl of the Desert, Palmyra, which means City of Palms, is a well-preserved oasis 130 miles north-east of Damascus.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Reports of the destruction of the Unesco-listed Baalshamin&nbsp;temple surfaced only days after the news broke that ISIS militants had <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">beheaded&nbsp;Khaled Al-Asaad</a>, a leading Syrian&nbsp;archaeologist and unrivaled Palmyra expert.</p><p>Meanwhile destruction in the name of so called "cultural cleansing" is also being reported from other parts of Syria, where ISIS is believed to <a href="http://theartnewspaper.com/news/news/158699/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">have bulldozed the&nbsp;1,500-year-old&nbsp;Catholic monastery of Mar Elian</a> near the town of Qaryatain. The church had housed frescoes that may date back to the sixth century &mdash;&nbsp;likely the oldest Christian paintings in Syria.</p><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/134645642/isis-beheads-leading-archaeologist-in-palmyra ISIS beheads leading archaeologist in Palmyra Alexander Walter 2015-08-19T13:44:00-04:00 >2015-08-24T22:38:16-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/a0/a01ef12d0f1b4970ebcfeb2cf1437814.jpg" width="249" height="375" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Isil militants have beheaded one of Syria&rsquo;s most respected archaeologists and an expert on the ancient Roman city of Palmyra. Khaled Al-Asaad, who was director of antiquities at the Unesco World Heritage Site from 1963 to 2003, was murdered on 18 August and his body tied to an ancient column within the 2,000-year-old archaeological site. According to Abdulkarim, Al-Asaad was [...] killed for refusing to help Isil find antiquities that were hidden before the invasion of Palmyra.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously in the Archinect news:</p><ul><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/130329275/isil-destroys-ancient-mausoleums-in-historic-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIL destroys ancient mausoleums in historic Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/128169576/isis-allegedly-not-interested-in-bulldozing-palmyra-architecture-but-intends-to-pulverize-statues" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS allegedly not interested in bulldozing Palmyra architecture but intends to "pulverize" statues</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127649418/isis-militants-seize-control-of-ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">ISIS militants seize control of ancient Syrian city of Palmyra</a></li><li><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/127351681/ancient-syrian-city-of-palmyra-under-threat-by-isis" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Ancient Syrian city of Palmyra under threat by ISIS</a></li></ul> http://archinect.com/news/article/130257729/using-lasers-to-decode-gothic-architecture Using lasers to decode Gothic architecture Nicholas Korody 2015-06-23T15:13:00-04:00 >2015-06-23T15:14:48-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/89/8918f8e5d6858053fa7e5631443fbb24.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>[Andrew] Tallon, 46, wasn't the first to realize that laser scanners could be used to deconstruct Gothic architecture. But he was the first to use the scans to get inside medieval builders' heads. "Every building moves," he says. "It heaves itself out of shape when foundations move, when the sun heats up on one side." How the building moves reveals its original design and the choices that the master builder had to make when construction didn't go as planned...</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/129404037/north-and-south-korean-archaeologists-are-working-together-to-excavate-korea-s-medieval-capital North and South Korean archaeologists are working together to excavate Korea's medieval capital Amelia Taylor-Hochberg 2015-06-12T13:07:00-04:00 >2015-06-12T13:07:07-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/x9/x9ftr2g34ysc9pzr.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The site is located in Kaesong, the old imperial capital of medieval Korea, now a small industrial city located in North Korea, just north of the Demilitarized Zone (DMZ) dividing the Republic of Korea (ROK) and the Democratic People&rsquo;s Republic of Korea (DPRK). [...] &ldquo;There were wars of nerves between South and North scholars due to differences in methodologies, but we were in a same boat on the achievement of this excavation.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/126775719/massive-tomb-complex-unearthed-in-beijing-suburb Massive tomb complex unearthed in Beijing suburb Alexander Walter 2015-05-05T16:34:00-04:00 >2015-05-12T22:53:42-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/02/024e4e0f29cd07f1f73261049ebe8ece.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Archeologists have unearthed a massive tomb complex in a southwest suburb in Beijing, according to the Beijing Institute of Cultural Heritage on Monday. They said the complex is a rare discovery given its size, time span and location. The 70 hectare archeological site consists of 129 tombs built over 1,100 years, spanning from the East Han Dynasty (25-220) to Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Liao (907-1125).</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/124972072/turkey-says-newly-discovered-basilica-in-lake-znik-will-become-underwater-museum Turkey says newly discovered Basilica in Lake İznik will become underwater museum Alexander Walter 2015-04-10T13:38:00-04:00 >2015-04-13T19:17:05-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/29/290d1f42979704ec537e45b4ff254a82.jpg" width="514" height="328" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The remains of a nearly 1,600-year-old basilica that was discovered at the beginning of last year under Lake &#304;znik in the northwestern province of Bursa is now set to become an underwater museum.&nbsp; The underwater museum project, approved by the Culture and Tourism Ministry, will be carried out by the Bursa Metropolitan Municipality, the sponsor of the project. [...] The discovery of the basilica was named as one of top 10 discoveries of 2014 by the Ar-chaeological Institute of America.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/119437423/monuments-men-u-s-army-struggles-to-recruit-enough-heritage-specialists-for-conflict-areas Monuments Men: U.S. Army struggles to recruit enough heritage specialists for conflict areas Alexander Walter 2015-01-28T16:53:00-05:00 >2015-02-02T18:19:34-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/d3/d31aaf863c51a949f8b7de87650c8894.jpg" width="514" height="330" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The US Army is looking to recruit the next generation of &ldquo;Monuments Men and Women&rdquo; to help preserve sites and cultural property in combat zones and to advise troops on heritage. [...] It is turning to museum directors, archaeologists and preservationists to fill these posts. [...] With extremist groups such as Islamic State using the destruction of cultural heritage as a tool of war, such expertise is needed more than ever.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Related</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/107671475/a-man-renovating-his-home-discovered-a-tunnel-to-a-massive-underground-city A Man Renovating His Home Discovered A Tunnel... To A Massive Underground City Orhan Ayyüce 2014-08-29T01:15:00-04:00 >2014-09-03T21:22:54-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/af/af52vhun87u4piz5.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>In 1963, a man in the Nev&#351;ehir Province of Turkey knocked down a wall of his home. Behind it, he discovered a mysterious room and soon discovered an intricate tunnel system with additional cave-like rooms. What he had discovered was the ancient Derinkuyu underground city in Turkey</p></em><br /><br /><p>Pure interiors. Buildings with no roof and exterior.</p><p><em>Also see Aaron Locke's blog;&nbsp;</em><a href="http://archinect.com/blog/52627812/indo-inquisition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Indo Inquisition</a>&nbsp;<a href="http://archinect.com/blog/52627812/indo-inquisition" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">13 weeks in India</a></p><p><em>the most pure form of subtractive architecture- <a href="http://archinect.com/blog/article/58917766/caves-of-ajanta" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">via</a></em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105791045/monuments-men-the-quest-to-save-syria-s-history Monuments Men: The Quest to Save Syria's History Alexander Walter 2014-08-04T15:15:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T20:19:22-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/so/sow8ub4xq7m33s76.jpg" width="514" height="342" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>While the civil war in Syria has killed tens of thousands of people, it has also destroyed countless of the country's ancient treasures. Now a number of Syrians are trying to save what artifacts they can -- and are risking their lives to do so.</p></em><br /><br /><p><a href="http://archinect.com/news/tag/263868/syrian-conflict" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Previously</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/105400021/medieval-frescoes-uncovered-and-displayed-in-rome Medieval Frescoes Uncovered and Displayed in Rome Nicholas Korody 2014-07-30T14:07:00-04:00 >2014-08-04T21:56:12-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/p4/p4p9lea1md298g33.jpg" width="514" height="385" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Rome may be a mecca for Medieval art, but it isn&rsquo;t every day that conservationists there discover a trove of long-lost frescoes dating to the 1240s. That&rsquo;s what happened a few years ago in the Gothic Hall of Santi Quattro Coronati convent, after a restoration project funded by ARCUS began in 1996. This summer, for the first time ever, those artworks can be seen by the public [...] [The frescoes] reveal how cardinals&rsquo; palaces were &ldquo;places from which to launch very clear political messages.&rdquo;</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/105244141/blowing-up-mosul-s-historic-mosques-is-a-war-crime Blowing up Mosul's historic mosques is 'a war crime' Alexander Walter 2014-07-28T13:12:00-04:00 >2014-07-28T13:17:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/c9/c959e36acd74f41e6a9791f1ef3d3819.jpg" width="514" height="289" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Leading British archaeologist and member of the House of Lords, Colin Renfrew, says the destruction of historic mosques in Mosul, northern Iraq, by Islamic state militants (Isis) &ldquo;is a disaster for the cultural heritage of Iraq, and indeed of Islam&rdquo;. The Prophet Jirjis mosque and shrine in Mosul was destroyed on 27 July, according to unconfirmed press reports. The 14th-century mosque was the latest in a series of holy sites targeted by the jihadist group.</p></em><br /><br /><p>Previously: <a href="http://archinect.com/news/article/104956548/islamic-state-jihadis-destroy-ancient-mosque-in-mosul" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">Islamic State jihadis destroy ancient mosque in Mosul</a></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/79925001/the-humble-beginnings-of-early-roman-architecture The Humble Beginnings of Early Roman Architecture Justine Testado 2013-08-20T18:22:00-04:00 >2013-08-26T20:07:52-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/fr/fr3s6msdpt4h6l0r.jpg" width="514" height="341" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Any definitive insight into the formative stages of Roman architectural hubris lies irretrievable beneath layers of the city&rsquo;s repeated renovations through the time of caesars, popes and the Renaissance [...] Now, at excavations 11 miles east of Rome&rsquo;s city center, archaeologists think they are catching a glimpse of Roman tastes in monumental architecture much earlier than previously thought, about 300 years before the Colosseum.</p></em><br /><br /><p> The New York Times recently reported on the ongoing excavations of Roman monumental&#8203;<br> remnants from the city's pre-Colosseum era at the Gabii digging site not far from the capital.<br> Since last summer, a team of archaeologists and University of Michigan students led by classical studies professor Nicola Terrenato have found a number of significant discoveries from the formative stages of early Roman architecture, including a possible public building from the city-state Gabii, where the digging site gets its name.</p> <p> The team's findings so far reveal the more modest beginnings of early Roman architecture instead of the image of grandeur many are accustomed to seeing -- and even evidence of urban planning. At this point, the Michigan group has explored two-thirds of the site and continues to unearth the vast layers of ancient Roman history.</p> <p> Click <a href="http://www.nytimes.com/2013/08/20/science/romes-start-to-architectural-hubris.html?_r=0" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">here</a> to read the full article.<br><br><em>Photo by </em><em>Anna Gallone/The Gabii Project, via The NY Times.</em></p> http://archinect.com/news/article/77302113/pal-on-research-and-experience-center-sch-ningen-spears-opens-to-the-public PALÄON Research and Experience Center Schöningen Spears Opens to the Public Alexander Walter 2013-07-17T18:12:00-04:00 >2013-07-17T19:45:09-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/5j/5j1cugtvzxsubmon.jpg" width="514" height="343" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Doors recently opened at PAL&Auml;ON, the Research and Experience Center Sch&ouml;ningen Spears at the edge of the tiny German town of Sch&ouml;ningen and its opencast lignite mine. The center sits at the site of the world-famous Sch&ouml;ningen Spears archaeological find &ndash; the oldest preserved hunting weapons ever discovered. PAL&Auml;ON was designed by Swiss firm Holzer Kobler Architekturen in collaboration with pbr AG and landscape architects Topotek1.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/76778823/apple-store-unearths-hospital-ruins-in-madrid-but-construction-continues-without-delay Apple store unearths hospital ruins in Madrid, but construction continues without delay Archinect 2013-07-10T23:26:00-04:00 >2013-07-15T18:57:21-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/cq/cqlry2wztzykrszs.jpg" width="514" height="336" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>The director of the Madrid heritage department, Jaime Ignacio Mu&ntilde;oz of the Popular Party, explained to EL PA&Iacute;S that Apple had been instructed to change the flooring of the basement so as to &ldquo;symbolically&rdquo; trace the outline of these newly discovered walls. The walls themselves will then be covered up again so the floor of the new store can be placed on top. The actual original foundations of the hospital will not be visible.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/64541820/ancient-arts-center-discovered-under-rome-s-piazza-venezia Ancient Arts Center Discovered Under Rome's Piazza Venezia Archinect 2012-12-31T12:22:00-05:00 >2013-01-01T19:57:52-05:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/z5/z55zwtj4ctzuhx0r.jpg" width="514" height="386" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Eighteen feet below one of Rome&rsquo;s most-trafficked junctions is a 900-seat arts center dating back to the second-century reign of Emperor Hadrian, Italian archaeologists have announced. The discovery, widely seen as the most important in Rome in 80 years, came as a result of digging for the city&rsquo;s third subway line. Archeologists spent the last five years excavating two halls of the structure under the Piazza Venezia, which is believed to be an arts center, or auditorium, built by Hadrian.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html> http://archinect.com/news/article/60465903/paris-is-like-a-wedge-of-gruy-re-cheese Paris is like a wedge of Gruyère cheese Nam Henderson 2012-11-01T11:48:00-04:00 >2012-11-01T11:48:43-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/r3/r3ao8xmdnn21skpo.jpg" width="470" height="350" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Our aim is to examine the city's connection to its underground in a way no one has before: we will attempt to walk from the southern edge to the northern, using only catacombs, telecom tunnels, sewers and other hidden infrastructure. It is a 14-mile trek, every step illegal.</p></em><br /><br /><p> <img alt="" src="http://moreintelligentlife.com/files/ParisUnderground1.jpg"></p> <p> Will Hunt spent a few days and nights underneath Paris, as part of an expedition led by Steve Duncan, a photographer and urban historian from New York. The group discovered a parallel universe populated by: "<em>cataphiles</em>" - young, bohemian Parisians who use the tunnels as party venues, ossuaries and "<em>An 800-year crawl</em>".</p> http://archinect.com/news/article/58986151/laser-scan-uncovers-secrets-of-stonehenge Laser scan uncovers secrets of Stonehenge Archinect 2012-10-10T00:46:00-04:00 >2012-10-10T21:09:56-04:00 <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/514x/b2/b2532ee9db3fa7e7fd6201b93c2d8de3.jpg" width="514" height="337" border="0" title="" alt="" /><em><p>Stonehenge was designed to light up carvings as though they were on display in a modern museum, a groundbreaking 3D scan of the iconic stones has found. The latest 3D laser technology revealed new evidence of the importance of the midwinter sunset to the ancient creators of Stonehenge, along with 71 new images invisible to the naked eye due to weathering of the stone.</p></em><br /><br /><!DOCTYPE html PUBLIC "-//W3C//DTD HTML 4.0 Transitional//EN" "http://www.w3.org/TR/REC-html40/loose.dtd"> <html><head><meta></head></html>