Category Archives: Byzantium in the News

Byzantine Monastery with Colourful Mosaics Unearthed in Israel

The remains of a 1,500-year-old monastery and church, complete with a colorful mosaic floor, have been unearthed in Israel. The Israel Antiquities Authority (IAA) announced that the Byzantine monastery (the complex where the church was located) was uncovered during salvage … Continue reading

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The Hagia Sophia in Trabzon – update

When it was announced that the small, but beautiful Hagia Sophia in Trabzon was to be turned back in to a mosque on 2013, there were fears that it’s many treasures of frescoes and mosaics may be destroyed. This report … Continue reading

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Over 60 pristine shipwrecks, many Byzantine, found in Black Sea

What claims to be the biggest ever maritime expedition, led by British Professor Jon Adams of the University of Southampton, set off to investigate climate change in the Black Sea three years ago, but found many ancient shipwrecks as well. … Continue reading

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Eastern Roman gold coins found in 1,500-year-old Chinese tomb

Continuing the theme of the trade between the eastern Roman empire and China, this report points towards active trade and travel between Constantinople and China in the 6th Century. First published in the GB Times 7 July 2017 Two Eastern … Continue reading

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The first Byzantine Museum in the Peloponnese opens in Argos

Just in time for your summer holiday visit to the Peloponnese, a new museum dedicated to Byzantine history and culture has opened its doors in Argos. It opened its gates to the public on 9 March 2017.The foundation of the … Continue reading

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When the Vikings met the Greeks: Lion of Piraeus etched with Nordic runes

The mere utterance of the word Vikings, or Northmen as they were also known, used to strike fear in the hearts of the British just before and during the high middle ages, once these raiders found their way to the … Continue reading

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Ancient Ottoman and Byzantine shipwrecks discovered in pristine condition in Black Sea

The Black Sea Maritime Archaeology Project has been on a mission to map out the floor of the Black Sea. The study was geared towards understanding how quickly sea levels rose at the end of the last Ice Age, some … Continue reading

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