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Saffron: Treasured Ancient Spice May Soon Be Gone for Good

Considered the world’s most expensive spice , saffron has been highly valued by many ancient civilizations, but it may soon be wiped out. It has primarily been a spice for cooking, but also used in...
3,000-Year-Old Pressed Flower Found Inside Axe Handle at Bronze Age Burial Site

3,000-Year-Old Pressed Flower Found Inside Axe Handle at Bronze Age Burial Site

Archaeologists have discovered a remarkable set of Bronze Age ritual offerings, which they described as ''absolutely jaw-dropping”, including jewelry, ornaments, weapons, and a pristine pressed...
Inset; Bucket/ banduddû from the north wall of the Palace of king Sargon II, and a four-winged genie in the Bucket and cone motif.

Banduddu: Solving the Mystery of the Babylonian Container

One of the great riddles in Mesopotamian sacred art concerns the image of anthropomorphic winged figures called Apkallu holding a mullilu (tree fruit) in one hand, and a banduddû — a container — in...
The Blooming and Fragrant History of Roses

The Blooming and Fragrant History of Roses

Roses are one of the most popular flowers around the world. Over the centuries they have been a symbol of love but they also sometimes served as symbols in parts of royal coats of arms. The first...