Symposium on Mediterranean Archaeology

5 May 2014 Comments Off on Imagine Dragons Stuck in a Museum

Imagine Dragons Stuck in a Museum

Choosing a name for a certain Organization or Corporation might be interesting but no one ever picked a name as unique and mysterious as Imagine Dragons. It’s wicked and fab mixed together. As their fame skyrocketed since 2012 with their album Night Visions, they are now working on their first world tour with tickets rapidly selling and MusoTickets  is here to walk you through it. You don’t have to imagine dragons all the time, they can be real.

Ancient History is full of stories about dragons in their most powerful state. In recent times people are thinking if they’ve been stored in some Museums all over the world. This is why Museum restoration is significant in some cultures. Preservation is like putting things in its most valuable state, and all these are supported by education and research.

Cultural preservation is significant in all aspects as to running a Museum or a Cultural Heritage. Through this, it will keep the properties in their original condition as possible; these have been studied in different Museums and Schools all over the world. This only shows how meaningful life is before social media even exist.  Today we’re doing our journal through the internet but restoration may be the only way to document and preserve all discoveries and work undertaken by some hardworking researchers.

Cultural restoration and Museum preservation was initially thought of because of the effects of the environment surrounding some historical work of arts. The people are highly seeing Museums as a place to study archaeological science and its history, but realistically dragons aren’t one of them.  Chemists through the years have been discovering ways to take good care of those valuable artifacts and even published books in order to share to the world.

Professional organizations and publications have rapidly grown their interest on cultural preservation. This gives way to some education and research team undertaking arts restoration at its best. Collections care is taught in most Museums internationally or locally. This is an important governing policy for every members of a Historical Heritage. It may not be as simple as it seems but once practice, this will bring a great help and relief to a conservator.

28 April 2014 Comments Off on Future of Digital Technology in Archaeology

Future of Digital Technology in Archaeology

The processes of digitizing information and storing it in digital media (compact disc or hard drives) have become vital tools in Archeology. Voluminous data can be gathered from Archaeometry which is the field of science of using every known scientific method and instrument to collect information from the examination of archaeological materials (artifacts, carbon-dating, area location, dig site, etc.).

Although the artifact itself cannot be digitized nor the exact site from where it was collected which the physical aspects of both will ultimately erode and vanish in time; digital photos, videos, charts, diagrams, tables of raw data, technical reports, analysis reports, notions of the theoretical history or culture of that area, and all other gathered information can now be stored on digital media and be backed-up several times to ensure a near-perfect preservation.

Other than those mentioned above, very detailed digital information (dimensions, make, surface, inner structure, etc.) of an artifact as if its actual molecules were digitized may be used in the future to create a digital copy or actually a virtual image floating on air that you would usually see only in movies.

Just to give you an idea. If you watched the movie The Avengers (2012), you might remember the scene where they were all on the S.H.I.E.L.D.’s flying aircraft carrier. The Avengers were in the room where Dr. Banner (the Hulk) was tracking the gamma trail of the elusive Tesseract (tremendously powerful cube-like object) stolen by the villain Loki (Thor’s stepbrother).

There was a scene there when Tony Stark (Iron Man) grabbed a virtual image of the Tesseract floating above a desk. He turned it in all directions while seemingly clutching it with his hand and was inspecting the virtual object as if it was actually there.

There are other movies where one or several of the characters will actually touch or handle a virtual image of something or display a virtual topographical map in 3D (including mountain ranges, valleys forests and rivers) of a specific location and a character seemingly push it to move it aside showing adjacent 3D maps of the same area like the one shown in the movie Avatar (2009).

One day if the future grants it and mankind actually achieve this kind of technology, imagine what it will do in the fields of archaeology, museology and other similar preservation sciences. No need to replicate artifacts to be placed in different museums and later replicate it again to replace deteriorated copies.

Future portable machines that would project virtual images of the artifacts may be displayed in museums and what would be enticing to museum visitors such as children is that they won’t be hindered in attempting to touch or handle it since it won’t harm the image. Attempting to touch it may even display a screen window floating on the side of the image with information describing the artifact or even a video documentary of where it was found and feature its probable owners.

Imagine a virtual village inside a large room in the museum with moving 3D virtual images showing the culture of ancient times. It may show the transition of the seasons in that village in one entire day and how the ancient people possibly adjusted to climate changes.

Aside from preservation sciences, imagine what this kind of digital technology will do to our way of life in the future. A sample in the future perhaps will be the entertainment industry where we can actually subscribe to pay-per-watch shows and concerts and watch it live in our living room in 3D of artists such as the likes of Katy Perry, Blake Shelton, Justin Moore and many more.

Once you have paid for a subscription to a ticketing office like Muso Tickets, they will inform your cable provider to let you watch the concert. However, do not try to touch, hug, kiss or do anything lewd to the virtual image of the entertainer or you might mess up your virtual generating machine. Consider yourself forewarned.

9 April 2014 Comments Off on Bizarre Museums That are Worth Visiting

Bizarre Museums That are Worth Visiting

There are a lot of museums all over the world. Some of them have unique artifacts that cannot be found anywhere in the world. However, there are others than go beyond the limits by presenting something unexpected. Here is a collection of bizarre museums from all over the world that are worth visiting, but not for the faint of heart:

  • Paris Sewers Museum. This museum lets you go through an actual vaulted-walled sewer that was installed in 1370. It gradually became longer until it reached 2,400 kilometers. During the World’s Fair in 1867, the government started to allow the public to enter the long sewers using boats and gondolas. Until now, a lot of people still visit the museum. However, some other museums of the same type are no longer allowed for security concerns.
  • Museum of Broken Relationships. This was created by 2 Croatians in 2006. It started as a mobile museum that was meant to showcase the items that were left out after the pair failed to continue their 4-year relationship. They began to showcase the items that became the outlet of their grief using the money donated by friends and relatives. The items are quite scary looking and really bizarre. In 2010, their museum has finally stopped in one place in Zagreb. It has up to 40,000 visitors annually.
  • Museum of Bad Art. When we check out museums, it is mostly because we appreciate the tastefully made artworks. However, there is a museum in Massachusetts that was established in 1994 dedicated entirely for art of the lowest quality. They have in fact labelled it as “Art too bad to be ignored.” Currently, 60-70 pieces are on display and quite a handful of people still pay their visit to this museum.

After learning about these museums and planning to visit them sometime, you might also want to watch a comedy show by booking a ticket via Daniel Tosh Zone.

18 March 2014 Comments Off on What is a Music Curator?

What is a Music Curator?

Music curators are museum curators assigned in libraries or museums that feature music collections. They cover specializations including printed music, music manuscripts, musical instruments, recorded music, music technology and theatrical areas like costumes and sets. They are mainly responsible for planning exhibitions and administering collections. Producing exhibitions involve looking for lenders, contacting them, arranging loans, developing content, labeling and other documentation procedures. Music curators work with other curators in the institution. They are also in charge of maintaining and developing music collection, and increasing awareness about it.


Music curators must have a broad knowledge of the history of music, as well as creative performances related to it. This covers pop music, instruments, and even indigenous music. Management skills are also necessary.

They also have to effectively function with other personnel in a museum to talk about design, printing, publishing and other areas. Thus, interpersonal skills are required. They produce reports and other articles so it helps if they have writing skills. Organizational skills are also needed at times because they can get involved with other projects simultaneously.


Like museum curators, music curators need to have a degree in museum studies or similar discipline. Typically, curators do not start as curators after they graduated. They first need to acquire experience, which will also be gotten from working in the museum. People who wish to be a music curator can apply for a general work in the same setting and once they are ready, they can apply as a curator when the position opens. It helps if he already shows the best qualities of a music curator as soon as he lands an entry-level job in the museum so he can have better chances of being hired as music curator.

The required skills such as management skills, interpersonal and organizational skills must be seen in him. He can also impress his superiors by suggesting fund raising event. For instance, they can collaborate with topnotch artists in the music industry such as Blake Shelton. This country singer loves to join concerts for a cause. They can first check out one of his performances by visiting MusoTickets for schedule and tickets. They can also try to get in touch with him or his manager after the event if he would be interested.

7 March 2014 0 Comments

History of the Mediterranean World

The Mediterranean region was a significant place in ancient times, it was the usual route for voyagers and traveling tradesmen, and the site served as a common place for trade exchanges and cultural exposure between emerging peoples around the surrounding regions. The Mediterranean Sea waters join the Atlantic Ocean with the Gibraltar Straits. It is nearly surrounded by land; countries along the coast include Morocco, Spain, Egypt, and Greece. On the North area, we find Europe and Anatolia, on the South area is North Africa. The East area is surrounded by Levant.

Climate is mild at normal occasions but slight variation is observed from country to country. The seas would be one of the busiest in the world as it is strategically situated geographically (accessible to Asia, Europe, Africa, etc.). The area is definitely appealing to tourists, beautiful scenic spots and resorts are found within the region. Go from coast to coast and you definitely would be exposed to different sights and wonders all around: Ottoman art, and the Land of Anatolia in Turkey; cave paintings, Renaissance and Baroque palaces, and Romanesque churches in Spain; ancient cathedrals, palaces, monuments, and caves in Paris; the Roman forum, Colosseum, and Pantheon of Rome; the Erechtheum, the temple of Apollo, the Parthenon, the Propylaea, and add to that, the Temple of Athena Nike of Greece.

In history, the Mediterranean was literally the middle ground for all ancient people then, whether Egyptian, Phoenician, Mesopotamian, Macedonian, Greek, Carthaginian, Iberian, Levantine, Thracian, Roman, Arabic, Albanian, Roman, Slavic, or Turkish. Hence, ‘Mediterranean’ (means middle or inland) was the name given. A deeper look into the Mediterranean world will have you observing one thing, the origins of numerous modern societies traceable to the region. At the center of world history is the Mediterranean Sea, its common ground.

It is believed that the first civilization appeared in Mesopotamia (4th millennium), after which, civilization can be seen spreading throughout the Fertile Crescent and Levant, which caused Egypt, Lebanon, Syria, Palestine, and Israel to be part of the emerging civilization.

History records that a great earthquake in the Gibraltar divided lands around the European and African continents. From that disaster, the largest waterfall was created and the Atlantic Ocean waters now connect to the Mediterranean region via the Mediterranean Sea. The Mediterranean owns over 6,000 miles of coastline with hundreds of islands and harbors scattered around the region. Ii is undeniably an ideal environment for trade, migration, and communication to develop and flourish.

Ancient Egypt was the first culture to be birthed. Egyptians were the first of peoples to have become a nation and state. Their government lasted about 3,000 years and the historical accounts show tremendous cooperation and enduring unity among the people. Culture or things descriptive of the era would be the mummies, Tutankhamun’s death mask, the Pyramids (part of the Seven Wonders of the World), and the Valley of the Kings.

Mycenae can be seen emerging during the second millennium BC. It is southwest of Athens, north of Peloponnese. It was bent on dominating worldwide, spreading its influence from Greece to Naples. It is worth noting that the tales of Agamemnon and that of the Trojan War is rooted in Mycenae.

Greek civilization and culture is one that is very fascinating to explore. Its history is very colorful. The timeline would include the rise of Corinth, the fall of Sicily, the jewel of Magna Graecia, and the birth of Rome. Alexander the Great is a well-known figure of the time. Greek culture has greatly influenced and developed almost every aspect of world culture: art and literature, architecture, politics, economy, science and technology. The achievements are worth mentioning here, the first maps and gear technology are all Greek innovations.

The Rise of Rome is a major part of Mediterranean history. Rome’s domination spread far and wide, conquering Syria, Egypt, France, and Spain, Greece, and Carthage. Known as the great builder, Rome remained on top of world domination and was center of the world between years 201 B.C. to 330 A.D. The first Christian Emperor, Constantine is a popular figure of the time.

Byzantium, a place in ancient Greek, was where Constantine the Great established and declared his capital- Constantinople. For 1,123 years it thrived and dominated, and was a strong military, cultural, and economic force around the Mediterranean region. Constantine’s empire was the representation of Christianity against Islamic forces. Descriptive and related to the time are the Crusaders, and the erection of exquisitely beautiful buildings, which are considered some of the best architectural pieces in the world to date.

The barbarians of northern Europe enter the historical picture next, conquering and defeating the reigning empire. The Vandals of Africa, Goths of Spain and Italy, Franks in Gaul, and the Angles and Saxons (Britain), these jointly forged the 5th century “Barbarian Kingdom”. Islam regained influence and spread from 7th century. The Venetian Empire and the Norman Kingdom of Sicily were birthed during this time. The Kingdom of Sicily became a state in 1130 and remained so until the Holy Roman Empire absorbed it in 1194. The Norman Kingdom formed a joint society of different peoples and a culture of brilliant diversity and unity was cultivated during that time.

Near the end of the 7th century began the rise of the Venetian Republic. Its reign endured till 1797 A.D.  The republic is also called ‘La Serenissima’ or the ‘Most Serene’. As the republic focused on the enlargement and (maintenance) of territories in the area of trade and commerce, the empire stretched overseas. The drive and focus was to expand economic influence and to dominate business across countries.

Many scholars describe Mediterranean history as a past filled with dirty politics, antagonism, war, and greed for money, world power, and domination. A number of other scholars hold to an idealistic description of cultural convergence and unity. Either way the historical accounts are viewed, Ancient Mediterranean events are very colorful. Mediterranean history gave significance and steered the world (and its culture mix) into the kind it has today.

15 December 2016 Comments Off on Museum Displays and Why They’re So Interesting

Museum Displays and Why They’re So Interesting

Museums are not everyone’s primary choices for entertainment and fun. Nowadays, people prefer going to the movies or amusement parks when they want to have a good time. But for people who prefer thinner crowds, and more space to walk and ruminate, going to museums is an ideal way to spend time.

There are different kinds of museums, and not all of them have preserved shrunken heads in scary-looking jars. There are those that actually have a lot of interesting artifacts and dioramas on display. If you’re interested in maritime history, you will have a grand time touring a museum that displays treasures recovered from shipwrecks. Majority of shipwreck treasures are from Spanish galleons, owing to the galleon trade which plied regular routes many, many centuries ago.

Treasures from the Deep

shipwreckThese ships were either attacked by enemies, pirates, or met inclement weather conditions while at sea. These ships were not ordinary trading vessels because they were funded by the Spanish royalty. They held treasures of gold, jewels, and other priceless possessions. Divers and archeologists carefully trace the ship’s last known location and use hi-tech equipment like sonar and submersible vehicles which can go to great depths in the ocean.  Incidentally, this was the same method used to find and retrieve the remains of the Titanic, probably the most popular maritime vessel in history.

The Titanic was an ill-fated cruise ship that struck an iceberg on April 14th 1912. It was found in recent years and scientists tried to hoist the massive ship up in order to recover evidence and pieces of information. However, the cables snapped and the sea reclaimed its massive prize. The secrets of the Titanic will remain hidden. But for other vessels which were successfully recovered, the artifacts recovered from the wreckage are prominently displayed in maritime museums.

Period pieces are important because it gives people an idea of how people from a different time and age behaved and went about their routine. Museums show how people dress, what their eating habits were, and what they did for entertainment. It is interesting to note that maritime museums have recovered a great deal of musical instruments from shipwrecks. Beside pianos, accordions, and harmonics, guitars were also a favorite instrument.  These are your ordinary, local guitars. The kind that youngsters still play today and can readily be bought musical instruments Adelaide stores.

Lessons Learned

Museums also take the time to catalog maps, compasses, sextants and other tools ancient sailors used to navigate the seas. They are no longer used now because majority of vessels run on computers and GPS-guided navigation systems. These have made maritime travel safer and more predictable. They can spot storms and be warned of tsunamis days in advance, giving the ships and its crew ample time to seek safety and avoid damage.

The maritime industry has also developed and improved its communication systems in order to avoid cases like that of the Titanic. Aside from computers, ships mostly use satellite phone now so they can send important messages and distress calls wherever in the world they may be.

The next time you pass by a museum, do take the time to come in and look at the vast treasures they hold. It is only by looking through the past that we can truly move towards the future.

7 September 2016 Comments Off on What are the Benefits of Choosing a Professional Plumber

What are the Benefits of Choosing a Professional Plumber

Plumbing has become one of the leading component and functionality among homes. The advantage of hiring a skilled plumber will not only make your home free from any danger of any unwanted plumbing problems but they can also provide the best plumber Adelaide, Call Sam Dunn Plumbing for your plumbing needs. The professional plumbers delivers a most exceptional services, it is also their tasks to provide assistance whenever a problem has arise especially when it comes to plumbing issues. Indeed, hiring a professional and skullful worker will help yout eliminate any potential forms of complications in your home such as flooding because there’s a leak. Remember that as there is a leaking pipe, that can really costs you so much fortune just to have all repair and replace.

Because these plumbers are certified to give you the extent of services that they have, it is your benefit to avail what is rightful as an owner. As you see, the more well maintained your home, the more it has become valuable to other people by the time you want to sell your house. No matter how small or large the plumbing issue will be, the best thing to do is to have it done by a skillful plumber.

Installations- this can only be done by professional plumbers. Anything that is under the service of plumbing requires a non-amateur skill. This means that if you are not skillful enough do not attempt in repairing anything that involves with plumbing. Plumbers can also handle repairs and all the more with maintaining the level of quality that no one can surpassed. There are some installations such as the water pipes that can not be done by those who are not trained to do so. And even if you have watched it at any video on “how to do things or how to do that” is never helpful, in fact it can only add more cost of expenses. In comparison to a skilled worker, they can do the job more efficiently than those who have little experience.

The cost efficiency- although there may be times that you are tight of budget and you wanted to make sure that everything in your home are safe, and at the same time maintain the value of your home. Did you know that as you continually have your home checked by a plumber, it becomes variable to those who wanted to buy a good home. That is why plan your budget with the things that can be use and the things that are needed to be maintained. These are one of the few essential tips in caring for your home.

It is their duty and responsibility to manage your system, like the water pipes and all that is connected with it to keep it well maintained and at the same time check on the equipments that are needed to be replaced and or the need to have a room for renovation. Sometimes plumbers would suggest a complete renovation of either your kitchen and mostly the bathroom. If this is a necessity addressing this problem comes with budgeting so that you will be able to save money for the benefit of having a place where it is in condition and more safer to live with.

1 June 2014 Comments Off on Perfumes in the Ancient World

Perfumes in the Ancient World

Perfumes have many uses in the ancient world from enhancing beauty and status to maintaining pleasant smelling surroundings up to the last burial rituals. Known to have started in Ancient Egypt, the Romans, Arabs and Persians later refined and enhanced the making of these perfumes.

Initially, religious worshipers needed to take a bath and afterwards anoint themselves with perfumed oil on their head before worship. The ancients believed the anointing cleanses them physically and spiritually since they needed to appear clean and appealing in the sight of their deity when they enter the temple to worship.

Used also in prayers, they believe the fragrant incense appealingly carried the prayers to the gods as the fragrance appeased or satisfied the gods’ senses. Most of all if the deity is female like Aphrodite then it is necessary to appease the goddess with fragrance making the religious petition favorable.

The ancients also believed that the gods brought the perfumes into this world and for royalty to have equal footing with the gods they should have elegant adornment and bathed in fragrant oils. Probably this is the reason that some time the populace considered some Egyptian Pharaohs and some Roman Emperors as gods.

Some also believe that sweet-scented smells of fragrant medicinal oils attract healing and blessings from the gods while they drive off demons or evil spirits that brought the sicknesses and diseases. This they thought is obvious as the odor of the oil masks the unpleasant odor of the disease making the smell bearable.

With this in mind, they then considered that the fragrance might give them life after death and make them acceptable or favorable to the gods. This made the process of mummification bearable with preservatives and perfumes masking the odor and decays, which at times lasted for months.

Nowadays, most perfumes have only chemical ingredients and only a few that are a bit expensive have some natural ingredients. They name these perfumes after well-known movie stars, pop stars, or well-known people such as super-models.

Even Katy Perry has her perfume as well. If you want to know more about her perfume then check out,

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