relics

Leviathan, 2006 - 2013

by Damien Hirst 

Hirst acquired this 6.8 metre-long basking shark with the assistance of London’s Natural History Museum, after it was found washed up on a Cornish beach. Stating the shark looked like a ‘monster from the deep’, Hirst titled the work after the mythical sea creature depicted in the Hebrew Bible and Christian Old Testament. Leviathan is also a reference to the 17th century British theoretician Thomas Hobbes’ work of social contract theory. As much as a physical monster, Hirst’s ‘Levitathan’ can be interpreted as a reference to the darkness inside the mind of man.

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Digging Up Buried Treasure with @soopadavedigs

To discover more photos of Dave Johnson’s buried treasures, follow @soopadavedigs on Instagram and check out the hashtag #metaldetecting.

Outside Nashville, Tennessee, small pieces of history lie buried in the soil waiting to be uncovered by Dave Johnson (@soopadavedigs) and his metal detector. Dave discovered his passion for finding historical objects through metal detecting more than twenty years ago as a teenager. “We found several old coins and I was hooked since that first day out,” he remembers.

On a recent outing near his home, he dug up a mix of coins from the early to mid-1900s, an old U.S. Army coat button and four .58 caliber bullets from the Civil War. “It appears this site was a meeting place for a few soldiers to clean and inspect their rifles,” he says. “The bullets were pulled out of the barrel with a special ‘worm screw’ attachment. You can tell this from the threaded hole it leaves in the tip of the bullet.”

Dave joined Instagram to share images of the artifacts he unearths and posts them using the hashtag #metaldetecting to connect with fellow detectorists. “It’s awesome to see other people’s finds from all over the U.S. and the world,” he says. “My own two kids like to go with me. They love finding and learning the history we have buried beneath our feet.”

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The church, which is just steps from the Marienplatz where Munich’s rathaus glockenspiel plays, is famous for the lantern-dome tower created when the building was remodeled in Renaissance style during the 17th century. As you enter St. Peter’s church bear left, and a quarter of the way down the aisle you will find a glass coffin bearing the skeleton of Saint Munditia. Sewn into a transparent body stocking covered with gold and jewels, with glass eyes staring upwards, her remains have been here since their transfer from the Roman catacombs in 1675. She is believed to have been martyred in 310 AD, beheaded with a hatchet.

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Oregon police seize Native American relics headed for black market

Oregon State Police have seized dozens of Native American artifacts, some more than 5,000 years old, that were collected illegally and likely bound for the black market, authorities said on Tuesday.

Among the items seized from a house in Klamath Falls were articles used during Indian funeral ceremonies and other items of cultural significance, Oregon State Police Sergeant Randall Hand said. No human remains were discovered.

A prolonged drought has dried up parts of a regional watershed in the Klamath Basin in southern Oregon and Northern California, exposing archaeological areas normally concealed by water, Hand said. Read more.