historic artifacts

hey you know how amethyst’s physical form went all bonkers when she got cracked? why don’t we see anything like that in lapis when she’s cracked, and why did the cgs risk the “important historical artifact” breaking since lapis’ gem was cracked? lapis doesnt even show many signs of cracking, she just has a darker palette and mirror eyes. it would’ve been really neat seeing her melting or something like beta lapis, since her form would be unstable because of her crack.


Pictured on the left is a strangulation wire, otherwise known as garrote or pocket saw, which was confiscated at a Dulles Airport security checkpoint in May 2015. The wire was fashioned with key rings on each end. Its owner, who surrendered it voluntarily to security agents, remains anonymous.

The garrote was widely used as an assassination weapon during and after World War II, as well as an execution and torture device in Spain in the early 20th century. For a long time it was also a weapon of choice for criminals, especially in organized crime, as a silent means of killing a victim from behind.


The Sword of Goujian,

Between 1965 and 1967 Chinese archaeologists were conducting a dig near Zhang River Reservoir in Hebei Province.  50 tombs were discovered yielding 2,000 priceless historic artifacts.  Perhaps the most important was a bronze sword discovered in the tomb of an ancient Chinese king, what is now called the “Sword of Goujian”.  Crafted from bronze, the sword dates to the Spring and Autumn Period" of Chinese history (771 BC to 403 BC).  Amazingly, despite being around 2,500 years old the sword is in almost perfect condition, and still sharp enough to shave with. The incredible preservation of the blade is attributed to the composition of its bronze allow, and storage in an airtight scabbard.  The sword blade features a beautiful repeating geometric rhombi pattern as well as decorations of blue crystal and turquoise. The hilt is bound in silk and composed of eleven concentric circles. The blade itself is 55.6 centimetres (21.9 in) in length and  4.6 centimetres (1.8 in) wide at its base.  Overall the sword weighs 31 ounces.

The right hand side of the blade features eight characters which read “King of Yue made this sword for his personal use”. This leads a problem to the personal identity of the tomb, as there were nine kings who ruled Yue during the Spring and Autumn Period.  Despite controversy as to its owner, general consensus is that the sword belongs to King Goujian, who ruled Yue between 496 and 465 BC.

Vampire Diaries Spoilers: “The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch”

VAMPIRE DIARIES Dec 29, 2016, Editor-In-Chief 0 “The Simple Intimacy of the Near Touch” is the title of the Friday, January 20 episode of The Vampire Diaries and we have a new spoiler description from The CW! Here’s the write-up; hopefully we’ll have some photos soon.

THE PAGEANT – Stefan (Paul Wesley) and Damon (Ian Somerhalder) return to Mystic Falls at Sybil’s (guest star Nathalie Kelley) request as she is still in search of the historical artifact. Bonnie (Kat Graham) returns from Paris wearing a vial of Enzo’s (Michael Malarkey) blood making Caroline (Candice King), wonder if she will become a vampire. Stefan, Damon, Caroline, Bonnie and Enzo all attend the Miss Mystic Falls pageant where Sybil continues to taunt Damon with memories of Elena. Geoff Shotz directed the episode, written by Neil Reynolds and Penny Cox (#809). Original 

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Holy Fuck

PHOKIS, Delphi. 5th century BC. AR Tridrachm (25mm, 18.26 g). Two rhyta (drinking vessels) in the form of ram’s heads; above, two dolphins swimming toward each other; ΔAΛΦ-I-KON in small letters below; all within beaded border / Quadripartite incuse square in the form of a coffered ceiling; each coffer decorated with a dolphin and laurel spray.

We come this week to a coin that is considered to be one of the most important historical, religious, and architectural artifacts from the Greek world. Struck in Delphi, the so-called “navel of the world,” this coin is thought to show two drinking vessels shaped like the heads of rams on the obverse, and is commonly associated with the Greek defeat of  the Persians in 479 BCE. The reverse is thought to show the actual ceiling of the temple of Apollo at Delphi on the reverse.

This attribution has raised some questions, but it is believed that the Persian treasure from the campaign was dedicated at Delphi and the frequent repetition of dolphins, associated with Apollo Delphinios, the particular god of Delphi, has strengthened these claims.

This is a very rare denomination (tetradrachms are most  common, along with didrachms and drachms) and a very rare coin. Less than twenty are known to still exist.

It’s finally that time again! Each October I post about haunted historic places and creepy artifacts so I’ve made a summary here of my most popular posts from 2012 to 2014 for you. Also, I’ll be making plenty of new Haunted History posts throughout October in addition to my regular history stuff so keep an eye out. Happy Halloween and thanks again for following me! :) Here are the links:

The Birthplace of Halloween

The Real Dracula’s Castle and yes, it’s haunted!

An Ancient Ghost Story by Pliny the Younger

Roman Skull with a Charon’s Obol

The Phantom Roman Army of Flower’s Barrow

Ghosts of Corfe Castle, Dorset

Egyptian Effigy ‘Voodoo’ Doll

Hecate, the Goddess of… Trick or Treating?

The Celtic Coligny Calendar: The Origins of Halloween

Ireland’s Gate to Hell: Oweynagat (The Cave of Cats)

The Pendle Witch’s Cottage with a Bricked-in Mummified Cat

Haunted Hadrian’s Wall: Milecastle 42 Roman Fort

(There’s many more tucked away below…)

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EFES CELSUS LIBRARY by talip çetin
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Efes Celsus Kütüphanesi, Selçuk / İzmir / TÜRKİYE



So we’re doing some construction on my house, which was made at some point during the Victorian Era, when we found a christmas card from 1883 trapped inside the outer layer of my bedroom wall, behind the skirting!!


In 1883 Canada had literally been a country for less than two decades, and this card is ridiculously well-preserved! You have no idea how much i’m freaking out over this

The message says “With much love and best wishes from the Bickell/Biekell/Beckell family (writing unclear), xmas, 1883.”

I sort of like the idea that General Organa, General Solo and Lieutenant-Commander Skywalker emerged from the war without anything except chests full of medals, the Falcon, a baby, and about 700 credits between the three of them. 

I mean, we don’t know what their salary was with the Rebellion, but it probably wasn’t much—the Rebellion as a whole was pretty shit-poor, their tech was outdated astromechs and their x-wings consistently outflown by a jury-rigged piece of junk  historical artifact. The primary defense strategy for their bases seems to have been “don’t be found” and “running away very quickly once found.” They’re a militia more than a military, operating on what is obviously a very limited budget. Which means that they’re probably paying their pilots and soldiers next to nothing—they’re relying on genuine revolutionary feeling to flip people, not the benefits package.

And then after the war is over, the New Republic is happy to mint medals, but they’re not about to start handing out fortunes. Maybe some of the reclaimed Imperial wealth goes towards pensions for the Rebel soldiers, but the Republic needs most of that money for rebuilding. Whatever the trio earned during the war, that’s what they’re walking away with.

What about Alderaan? Well, Alderaan isn’t there anymore. Neither are its banks. And the Bank of the Empire dissolved the insurance policies without beneficiary, given that the policies as stated don’t cover “total obliteration by enormous laser.” (We regret to inform you that all transactions carried out under previous political regimes are final—) There’s no wealth of Alderaan for Leia to inherit.

So there’s just Lando, who probably has a portfolio like the pragmatic businessman who managed Cloud City for the past decade, and maybe can lend them a little money. Leia has friends in high places who don’t mind letting her stay at their summer home on Naboo or their suite on Chandrila. But favors once used up are gone forever, and the Senate hasn’t gotten around to deciding what salaries will be yet, so she’s taking care of a newborn on whatever credits Han can win through illegal ship racing and sabacc, waiting for Luke to comm from whatever freighter has agreed to take him on in exchange for labor—

….all this to say which is that as much as I love the idea of Leia being the consummate high-class politician in the wake of the war, she and Han and newborn Ben were probably all crowded into the Falcon eating protein packs over rice while Luke hitchhiked through the galaxy looking for Jedi artifacts.

Pansy/Ron, Trapped in a lift

for @littleplebe

10.  Trapped in a lift

“Oh that’s bloody fantastic,” Ron quipped sarcastically.  “The lift’s stopped.”  

“Oh has it really?” Pansy asked, rolling her eyes.  “I never realized you were this astute, Weasley.”  

He took out his wand, opening the control panel.  

“Stop that, you’ll only break it more…” she protested.  

“I’m head of the Department of Muggle Artifacts and Historical Paraphernalia, if you’ve forgotten,” he said.  “I know how to fix a bloody lift.  Blimey, woman.”  

“I’ll remember that when we go falling to our deaths,” she muttered under her breath.  

Actual Grandpa Martin Stein

- makes sure everyone is eating enough on board.

- goes on long rambly rants about science and old timey things but he’s so adorable no one feels right telling him to shut up

- “Jefferson where is your coat” “Gray we’re in Nebraska in July” “I don’t care its nippy out!”

- Jax wears the coat

- doesn’t put up with Snart or Mick’s shit

- “If you two don’t stop stealing priceless historical artifacts I swear to Einstein I will time jump you right into a jail cell.” They believe him

- simultaneously cares about their well being

- “Mr. Snart that is not a lot of food are you sure you don’t want anything else? Also, where is the jacket you constantly insist on wearing? Aren’t you cold??”

- “Mick, put the matches- MR. RORY. YOU WILL BURN YOURSELF!” *flying tackle*

- doesn’t put up with people insulting his crew, especially when they find themselves in less than hospitable places for Kendra and Jax

- “What did you say about this young lady? Does it LOOK like she’s interested in the likes of you?”

- “I can handle myself, Martin.” “I’m aware of that Sara but to be frank he was pissing me off.”

- no one really knows what to do when he swears

- once he lost his glasses in 1705 and they spent two days looking for them before they remembered Gideon could just duplicate a pair

- makes nerdy science jokes alongside Ray at bad times

- “You could say this is…atomically bad.” “Wonderful, Raymond!” “That doesn’t even make sense!” “Nonsense, Jefferson, it makes perfect sense!”

- picks up cute knick knacks in various time periods for Clarissa. Everyone starts to keep their eyes out for ones she might like. Rip is irritated by the growing amount of ceramic cargo he’s carrying.

- knows that Jax never really got a dad. Tries his damndest to be a father figure to him.

- “Jefferson, I believe there’s a drag race in town and the Captain doesn’t need us for this particular mission. Would you like to go?”

- “Uh…Gray….it’s not the car kind of drag race.”

- “….oh. I apologize. The ad was misleading.”

- “It’s cool, Gray. It’s cool.”

- it doesn’t always work out like he plans, but Jax loves that he never stops trying.

The Underground Historical Exhibition ( Part 1)

The Royal Family


As one of the first artifacts loaned to the Smithsonian after the Great Monster Exodus This piece is a historical artifact of great significance. The piece was given to the Smithsonian by Former Queen-under-the Mountain Toriel Dremurr. It is a portrait depicting the royal family of the underground as they were approximately 100 years ago. While most people will be familliar with the couple in the middle  the children are slightly less well know by the public. The children have been identified by Queen Toriel as her biological son Asriel Dremurr and adopted child Chara.

( Hey guys I thought I might do a series of paintings like this exploring the historical documents of the underground. I hope you enjoy it! full view please! tumblr ruins the quality)

The Functions as Sci-Fi Shows

by Charity / the Mod

Introverted Sensing (Si): Warehouse 13

The entire premise of the show is “a universe within an object.” It’s about exploring the hidden potential in historical artifacts, and the adventures that transpire therein. It reinvents history in interesting ways, bringing ancient mythologies to life in the modern era.

Extroverted Sensing (Se): Arrow

Sleek, sophisticated, stylish, and high-adrenaline. This show is about raw power, pushing sensory reality to its limits (through physical training, hand to hand combat, and brutal fighting tactics), and living purely in the moment.

Introverted Intuition (Ni): Heroes

The sprawling narrative engages dozens of main characters, but all with a specific purpose, defined by “destiny” – “save the cheerleader, save the world.” Surreal, impressionistic, continually re-inventing itself in new directions, it’s unpredictable but forges toward a distant, dramatic future with a singular focus.

Extroverted Intuition (Ne): The Flash

This show “re-sets” itself with every season, reinventing the same characters with unique personas (alternate universe realities, external forces taking over and controlling personalities, etc), bringing back old characters for larger arcs mid and late season, and playing with time travel, altering the future with each attempt. The heroism of its main character brings a sense of idealism, offset with sentimentality and the desire to “re-invent” reality into a higher state.

Introverted Thinking (Ti): Firefly

Detached in some ways, focused on inner consistency within the storytelling, and unafraid to question ethics, established tropes, and stereotypes, this series’ emphasis on practicality (“just keep flying”), problem-solving and on pondering philosophical questions competes with its episodic formula. It’s interested in exploring and intellectually understanding its characters, and focused on problem-solving one adventure at a time.

Extroverted Thinking (Te): Battlestar Galactica

Brutal reality. Power plays. Tough losses. Survival at all costs. Difficult decisions. Emphasis on individuality, paired with a sense of individual responsibility, with the desire to eradicate adversaries and protect the defenseless. The show contains an element of detachment, focusing on a variety of different characters forced to battle and emerge victorious over powers larger than themselves. Emotion is sacrificed for a “greater cause.”

Introverted Feeling (Fi): Fringe

Even though the series’ superficial focus is on ideas, at its heart, it’s a story of intense emotional bonds, of ethical decisions, and taking personal responsibility for mistakes. Emotion (positive or negative) drives each encounter, impacting major decisions. Every major arc focuses on a different facet of emotional intensity, exploring a wide variety of different intense emotions. It uses sci-fi themes to explore self-forgiveness, reconciliation, and healing individual journeys.

Extroverted Feeling (Fe): LOST

The show invests the audience in the lives of many different individuals, all of whom have unique stories, by introducing us to every element of their emotional life. Continually evolving and shifting, characters’ ethics bleed in and out of focus, merging in shades of gray, reminding us that humans are not right or wrong all the time, and nuance lies in objectivity and shifting circumstances. Their individual arcs tie together, in a common drive for the greater good of the community.