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Lost Tudor Sculptures Reassembled Using 3D Scanning
2013-09-06 12:55:37

AlphaGalileo Foundation University of Leicester experts have tried to recreate two Tudor monuments using a mixture of humanities research and scientific technology. The experts have studied two tomb monuments which originally were intended to stand in Thetford Priory, Norfolk, in an exhibition at the Ancient House Museum, Thetford, Norfolk, from 7 September 2013 to 29 March 2014. The elaborate tombs were planned by Thomas Howard, 3rd Duke of Norfolk – one for himself, and another...

Legend Of The Aztec Crystal Skulls Debunked By Science
2013-03-08 09:29:22

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Once upon a time, there were 13 crystal skulls. Well, no, actually there are dozens of them, in private collections and museums around the world. The largest and most well-known are housed in the British Museum in London, the Quai Branly Museum in Paris and the Smithsonian Institution in the US Capital. The skulls have been the subject of speculation and public interest for over 150 years, spawning legends, myths, movies (Indiana...

Ancient Chinese Warrior Relics Preserved With Air Curtain
2013-02-07 13:11:15

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com — Your Universe Online New methods have been unveiled to help preserve ancient relics, such as China's world-renowned Museum of Qin Terracotta Warriors and Horses. These large, immovable historic relics displayed in China have faced many environmental factors, deteriorating many of the more than 1,500 relics. The museum was first opened in 1979, providing an exhibition of Qin Shinhuang's mausoleum. Qin Shinhuang was the first emperor in China's...

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2012-05-06 07:38:34

By taking a second look at a 400-plus year old map, researchers at London's British Museum have reportedly discovered new clue as to the whereabouts of the Lost Colony -- a group of approximately 100 settlers who vanished from an outpost on Roanoke Island in the late 16th century. According to Theo Emery of the New York Times, museum official used modern-day imaging techniques to further study the "Virginia Pars" map that was created by explorer John White in the 1580s. They discovered...

2009-08-27 12:51:00

PANTELLERIA, Italy, Aug. 27 /PRNewswire/ -- The Chora Council, which supports the intangibles that foster creativity, is proud to announce the winner of the first Chora Prize. Artist Felicity Powell will receive $50,000 to acknowledge her fully realized project of merit and originality, an exhibition entitled Medals of Dishonour, currently at the British Museum in London through September 27, 2009. Felicity Powell is the conceptual progenitor of the Medals of Dishonour exhibition, as...

2009-06-19 11:01:00

SWANSEA, Wales, June 19 /PRNewswire/ -- David Gill, archaeologist, considers the opening of the New Acropolis Museum in Athens, Greece. The New Acropolis Museum will open in Athens on Saturday June 20, 2009. The building, designed by Bernard Tschumi Architects, is located to the south of the Acropolis. It allows visitors to the archaeological sites in the heart of the ancient city to see the sculptures, inscriptions and other objects in close proximity to where they were found. Highlights...

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2009-02-16 08:28:56

A new facility opening later this year at the Diamond synchrotron is set to revolutionize world heritage science. A new research platform soon to be available at the leading UK science facility, Diamond Light Source, will help uncover ancient secrets that have been locked away for centuries. For the first time ever, cultural heritage scientists will be able to scan and image large relics and artifacts up to two tons in weight in incredible precision. They will no longer be restricted to...

2008-10-03 15:00:22

An 18-carat gold sculpture depicting fashion model Kate Moss in a yoga pose has been installed at the British Museum as part of its "Statuephilia" exhibition. Marc Quinn's hollow statue, which is called "Siren" and is estimated to be worth about $2.7 million, has been placed in the museum's Nereid Gallery alongside classic Greek works such as the "Crouching Venus," the Times of London said. The Moss piece is believed to be the biggest gold statue made since Ancient Egyptian times. "I...


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reremouse
  • A bat.
The word 'reremouse' comes from Middle English reremous, from Old English hrēremūs, hrērmūs ("bat"), equivalent to rear (“to move, shake, stir”) +‎ mouse.
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