29 January 2018
World's Oldest Crayon Found in Yorkshire
Archaeologists say they may have discovered the earliest example of a crayon. The object, along with a pebble, are made of a red mineral pigment called ochre. They were discovered near an ancient lake covered in peat near Scarborough, North Yorkshire.
The crayon measures 22 millimetres (0.87 inches) long and 7 millimetres (0.28 inches) wide. It may have been used by our ancestors 10,000 years ago for applying colour to their animal skins or for artwork.
The archaeologist’s also discovered an ochre pebble at another site on the opposite side of the lake. The pebble had a heavily striated surface which was likely scraped to produce a red pigment powder.
22 January 2018
London Coin Fair
Staged over 2 floors and with 75+ specialist British and International dealers in ancient and moderncoins, paper money, medals, tokens, books and antiquities for sale, this is the largest International coin fair in the UK.
22 January 2018
Museum of London: Roman London
Imagine yourself in Roman Londinium, at its height in AD 120, on this tour around the city, starting at the Museum on London Wall and ending at Leadenhall Market. Experience a real sense of scale and the topography of 400 years of Roman history, from Emperor Claudius’s invasion to abandonment in the 5th century, while you discover Roman landmarks, now quite hidden beneath our 21st century skyscrapers.
10 February 2018 - 7 April 2018
12 January 2018
Stone Age 'paradise' discovered next to major Israeli road
Archaeologists have found hundreds of hand-axes used by early humans over half a million years ago at Jaljulia, north-east of Tel Aviv.
The discovery at about a five-metre depth, is next to one of the country's busiest roads. The site is extraordinarily well preserved. It was used by Stone Age hunter-gatherers over half a million years ago, who left behind hundreds of knapped flint hand-axes. These finds suggest that an extinct species of early human - home erectus - may have repeatedly returned to the site, perhaps attracted by a water source, vegetation and an abundance of animals.
The most striking finds are evidence of a well-developed lithic industry (elaborately worked stone tools), this included hundreds of flint hand-axes typical of the ancient Acheulian culture that existed in the Lower Paleolithic era from about 1.5 million to 200,000 years ago. This culture is associated with homo erectus and early homo sapiens and is characterised by distinctive oval and pear-shaped flint hand tools.
The dating of Acheulian hand-axes - which scientists now believe were used for a variety of purposes from butchering to digging - has been used to trace the early human migration out of Africa into Asia and Europe.
12 December 2017
Christmas at the Roman Baths and Pump Room - Torchlit Terrace Dining
The baths house a wonderful collection of Roman antiquities, why not combine your visit with a Christmas meal!
There is a magical dining experience at the Roman Baths this Christmas. The Terrace overlooks the great Bath and is a very special dining area usually reserved for private events and functions. On selected dates this December, the Terrace will be transformed into an exclusive restaurant and bar. The terrace will be dressed for the occasion with candles and Christmas garlands – creating a wonderful festive atmosphere. The festive five course dining experience includes the following:
Christmas fizz on arrival and a five course menu and coffee.
Open for this exclusive experience from Sunday 17th December to Saturday 23rd December from 7.00pm. Reservations available at 7.15pm, 7.45pm and 8.00pm.
£60.00 per person.
9 December 2017
British Museum - Coins at Christmas
A gallery talk by Barrie Cook
Friday 15 December 2017 - 13.15pm - Room 68
Free, just drop in
29 November 2017
Did Caesar land on the Isle of Thanet?
Julius Caesar's Roman forces invaded Britain twice in 55 and 54 BC, but the landing spots for each of his army's short stays have never been found. New research now suggests Caesar's 54 BC invasion landed in Kent's Pegwell Bay. The site is more than half a mile inland, but at the time it was closer to the coast. The location matches Caesar's own account of his short-lived occupation. It was visible from the sea with an open bay and overlooked by high ground.
25 November 2017
Fairs, Exhibitions & Events
Bloomsbury Coin Fair
2 December 2017
A fantastic place to buy and talk coins and get advice relating to collecting coins, antiquities and bank notes. Over 40 dealers selling, Roman, Iron Age, Anglo Saxon, Norman, Medieval and Milled.
Owned and run by John Philpotts & Sophie Dickenson.
Midland Coin Fair, Birmingham
10 December 2017
Venue: The National Motorcycle Museum, Coventry Road, Bickenhill, Solihull, West Midlands B92 0EJ (Opposite the NEC on the M42/A45 junction)
Coins, banknotes, medals and antiquites
Opening times: 10.00am - 3.30pm
4 November 2017
It's good to be back!
After two years being held to ransom by a rogue webhost, Minerva Ancients is back selling our usual eclectic range of quality and affordable antiquites. It's also our tenth anniversary, so we have a new look which I hope you like.
For the past two years I have trading as Britannia Gallery Antiquities on antiquitiesuk.com. Items previously for sale on Britannia Gallery are all now on Minerva Ancients. I have plans for Britannia Gallery which will remain our sister site and return soon with a new format.
Thank you to all previous customers and welcome back to Minerva Ancients!
27 November 2017
Hadrian's Wall Faces New Enemy
It was designed to keep out the barbarians but nearly two thousand years after 'Hadrians Wall was erected, the structure is finally succumbing to foreign invasion - an army of walkers.
The erosion of the World Heritage Site is becoming so severe that the Roman wall could be placed on the World Heritage "in danger" list.
Some 400,000 people have marched across the Hadrian's Wall Path Trail since it was opened 18 months ago. They are banned from walking on the wall itself, yet many do so. One day alone last winter 800 Dutch bankers walked across the wall.
The National Trust, which cares for six miles of the wall, claims the attraction has seen a boost in numbers sparked by the weak pound.
So many visitors are flocking to the World Heritage Site that the path running alongside it is wearing away, leaving the foundations exposed to the elements and in danger of collapse. The Trust have flown in hundreds of tonnes of stone by helicopter to repair the 250ft section at Caw Gap, a picturesque dip in the undulating fortification which attracts tens of thousands of walkers every year.
The original construction of Hadrian's Wall began in AD122 and the 73 mile barrier, which runs from the banks of the River Tyne to the Solway Firth, took just six years to complete. The wall, which was designed by Emperor Hadrian, marked the northern limit of the Roman Empire. It was peppered with 16 forts and 80 milecastles whose gates may have acted as customs posts between the Romans, Picts and ancient Britons.
Only a tenth of the wall now remains after long sections were used for roadbuilding the 18th century, and much of the stone used in the original B6318 'Military Road' in Northumberland, which was built to move troops to crush the Jacobite rebellion.
According to the Association of Leading Visitor Attractions, Housesteads fort alone attracts more than 100,000 visitors a year while a new £14. million visitor centre which opened at Once Brewed, near Hexham, in July was expected to bring in a further 100,000 visitors a year.