She is one of the best-known crime writers of all time but few know the extent of Agatha Christie’s archaeological pedigree.
Married in 1930 to eminent archaeologist Max Mallowan, Christie spent two decades living on excavation sites in the Middle East, writing her crime novels and helping out with her husband’s work.
Travel by boat and on the Orient Express to far-flung places such as Cairo, Damascus and Baghdad inspired some of Christie’s best-known works of detective fiction, including “Murder on the Orient Express,” “Death on the Nile,” and “Murder in Mesopotamia.”
Now, 3,000-year-old ivory artifacts recovered by Mallowan between 1949 and 1963 from the ancient city of Nimrud, in what is now Iraq, and likely cleaned by his famous wife using cotton wool buds and face cream, go on display Monday at the British Museum in London.
Possible Chopin photo surfaces in Poland
A photograph said to be of the 19th century composer Frederic Chopin just after his death has surfaced in Poland – an extremely rare find that experts are trying to determine the authenticity of.
If real, it would be only the third known photograph of the Polish-French musical genius who lived from 1810-1849.
Wladyslaw Zuchowski, a photographer and gallery owner in Gdansk, said on Thursday that he bought the daguerreotype, the earliest type of photograph, from a private owner in Scotland.
A doctoral student at Durham University in England has discovered the existence of the oldest known copies of books of the Ethiopic Old Testament. The books date back to the early sixth century.
Working with previously-uncataloged manuscripts from HMML’s Ethiopian Manuscript Microfilm Library, Erho has identified the second oldest Ethiopic manuscript in existence (the oldest is the famous Abba Garima Gospels), which also contains the oldest known copies of books from the Old Testament. This manuscript, EMML 6977, dates prior to the Solomonic Era in Ethiopia, which began in 1270 CE and contains the books of Job and Daniel, as well as two homilies.