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General Discussion / test
« on: Sun. 08 Mar 2020, 10:02 pm »

Ancient Artifacts / Re: Ancient Artifacts Updates
« on: Mon. 28 Oct 2019, 05:17 pm »
The migration is now official ...

SO the moment has come for the last post on Yahoo ancientartifacts. 
Thanks to all of you who have posted and even lurked.

It is intended that the group should continue at - we are still waiting for the
membership and archives to be copied across, but anticipate that this
will happen in the near future.

Please do join the new group now, in advance of your subscription being
transferred across from Yahoo, and let's carry on the party over there!

Tim Haines

listowner yahoo ancientartifacts

News / 3,000-year-old Assyrian seal found Turkey
« on: Wed. 23 Oct 2019, 03:20 pm »

Archaeologists have discovered a 3,000-year-old Assyrian seal cylinder in Turkey’s  southeastern Diyarbakir province. The seal was unearthed in an excavation at Zerzevan Castle, the ruins of a military base built by the Byzantine Empire in the 4th century.  The seal was discovered 13 feet under the surface of a field close to an underground Mithraeum that dates to the castle’s early days as an important military base. (Mithraism was extremely popular among soldiers who established the cave sanctuaries characteristic of the mystery religion all over the Empire.)

Antiquities / Re: To buy a statuette
« on: Wed. 23 Oct 2019, 02:48 pm »
I can't tell if the plinth is a modern addition merely from the photos; the patination looks slightly different (see rear view) and the thought crossed my mind. However, if it is a modern addition I imagine that would have been done by the supplier or a previous owner, not the seller. It would also be a reassuring sign that the figure itself may be authentic.

General Discussion / MOVED: To buy a statuette
« on: Wed. 23 Oct 2019, 02:19 pm »

Antiquities / Re: To buy a statuette
« on: Wed. 23 Oct 2019, 01:41 pm »

As you know, the stock offered by 'lifepik77' tends to be a mixed bag and it is of course extremely difficult to judge only by images. It's also worth noting that Roman bronze votive figures are prime candidates for forgery.

I'll just comment that this figure does not seem to be part of the repertoire of mass-produced fakes of Fortuna that I am familiar with (though that may be merely because the range has been expanded in the meantime). The execution and patina are convincing and I see no obvious features that raise doubts.

I wonder if the plinth is a modern addition?


Ancient Artifacts / Ancient Artifacts Updates
« on: Tue. 22 Oct 2019, 03:57 pm »
I imagine Mark Fletcher of is dealing with a huge inundation of requests to migrate many Yahoo lists to his site and it may take some time. While we're waiting for news of the migration of the Ancient Artifacts list, I'll repeat the new proposed URL:

If the operation is successful, the current list of Yahoo members should also be migrated and there should be no need to re-register.

In the meantime, if the Yahoo list ends abruptly, I expect Tim will post updates on the Facebook page:

And for those with an allergy to Facebook, I'll also repeat any updates in this emergency thread.


Ancient Artifacts / Re: Welcome to Ancient Artifacts test
« on: Fri. 18 Oct 2019, 12:42 am »
Hi 'an'! :)

I'm happy with FB but I know a lot of people don't like it.


Ancient Artifacts / Welcome to Ancient Artifacts test
« on: Thu. 17 Oct 2019, 02:48 pm »
Just a temporary test board for Ancient Artifacts members.


General Discussion / Welcome to the RomQ Forum
« on: Thu. 17 Oct 2019, 02:37 pm »
Just testing to see how things work!  8)


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