Jan 21, 2016

Mohenjo-daro

1973 cover celebrating 50 years since initial excavations at Moenjo-daro. Highlighted are the famous artifacts, including the soapstone figure known as the 'Priest-King' on cachet. On the stamp, to the right of the the 4,500 year old bronze 'Dancing Girl' statuette, is possibly a sewer structure. A little strange they chose to put what is likely a grave good visually next to this structure. 
Thank you Mirch! Artifacts from Moenjo-daro on right, and at left, ceramics from Ukraine's Cucuteni-Trypillian Culture. 

Oct 26, 2015

Heidentor Carnuntum

Thank you Nina! An UL stamp from the 4th annual 'Wine Regions of Austria' series block of 10 with a galea in each selvage corner. Why did they choose a helmet? One expects instead, an amphorae frag, or another Roman viticulture related artifact found during excavations at the Roman town of Carnuntum next door to the Heidentor gate on the stamp. Wine production in this region dates to the 1st cent BCE. Issue date: Sept 5 2015.
Thank you Marco! Domestic rate PSE and added s/a stamp from the 16v 'Impressions of Austria' definitive series with the opposite view of the Heidentor from above. These envelopes are also sold with and without windows.  The triumphal arch was built between 354-361 CE. Less than half of the original structure stands today. Issue date: March 1 2015. 
Thank you Milos! This is a Slovakian-Austrian joint issue with two large Roman settlements, located only about a half hour dive apart from one another, both forming part of the Limes Romanus. The Heidentor of the Carnuntum Archaeological Park is on the left, and the 2nd cent. military camp of Gerulata in Slovakia is on the right. Issue date: Sept 12 2009. 

Oct 15, 2015

Stonehenge

Thank you Axel! 2012 stamp of the Salisbury Stonehenge on France's long running annual UNESCO issue.  
Thank you Ingrid for this postcard. 

Oct 13, 2015

Prehistoric Artifacts

Thank you George! From the, 'Prehistoric Artifacts of Taiwan' set are these jade objects from the National Museum of Prehistory. Clockwise from top left: a frog ornament, tubes, trumpet bangle and bell shaped beads. Are these all jewelry pieces from graves? 
Thank you Paleophilatelist! Jade earring with the frog ornament on cancel. Issued: August 21 2015. 

Oct 12, 2015

Archaeological finds in Liechtenstein: Coins

Thank you HansjurgYear of the Ram cancel on the complete 'Archaeological finds in Liechtenstein: Coins' set. Not only does the backgroun give the location where the coin was found, but with an app, the stamps can be scanned and the coins viewed from all angles. 
The top left gold florin is from a hoard of 2,434 coins which were buried in 1360. Top right is a 14th cent silver penny with a lion and crown.  
The bottom silver denar dates to c.48 BCE and shows an elephant stepping on a snake, with Caesar's name also on this side. Yet another example of Roman propaganda.
Issued: 02/06/2014

Traditional Pottery

Thank you Mehdi! The second highest value from the 4v of 'Tunisian Traditional Pottery'.
Issued: March 16 2015. 

Zagreb Museum

Thank you Zeljko! A last day cover for the Archaeological Museum of Zagreb's exhibit, 'Mummies: Science and Myth'.