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 13, 2015

Prehistoric Artifacts

Thank you George! From the, 'Prehistoric Artifacts of Taiwan' set are these jade objects from the National museum. Clockwise from top left: a frog ornament, tubes, trumpet bangle and bell shaped beads. Are these all jewelry pieces from graves? 
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'. 

The Age of the Vikings

Thank you Monika! Two stamps from the 'The late Iron Age-The Age of the Vikings' 5v. She writes that the above stamp shows a rich grave good found with interred men with  horses. These warriors are depicted in life, in the stamp background, on the Island of Gotland, in Broa.
Below is a 6th cent bronze Buddha statue recovered from Lake Malaren, in Helgo which was likely crafted in Kashmir. Issued: March 26 2015 in booklet and s/s form.

Oct 11, 2015

Prehistoric Arts

Thank you Khaled! 'Prehistoric Arts' set, with a pictograph of chariot and two galloping horses at left, centre with a horned zoomorphic carving built into a stone wall,  and at right, an anthropomorphic sculpture. Issue date: September 1 2014.