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The oft forgotten corners of ancient history, from the beginning of time to the 10th century AD.
Xerxes Said
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Linen banner with painted Fuxi and Nuwa, ca. 7th-9th century CE. Excavated from Astana Cemetery, Turfan, Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, China. © Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region Museum.
http://www.penn.museum/silkroad./gallery.php
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Cup with lions and trees
1st millenium B.C.E.GoldH: 6.7 W: 10.1 cm Western Iran, Western Iran 
http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/singleObject.cfm?ObjectNumber=S1987.147
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Head of a Bodhisattva
3rd-5th centuryUnidentified, Indian Stucco with traces of pigmentH: 53.0 W: 36.8 D: 33.6 cm Afghanistan 
http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/singleObject.cfm?ObjectNumber=S1987.951
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Hair Band w/palmette design
ca. 400-200 B.C.E.
GoldH: 14.3 W: 40.0 cm Caucasus, Unclassified 
http://www.asia.si.edu/collections/zoomObject.cfm?ObjectId=22695
Auctioning History: Ancient Artefacts, Greco-Persian Labels and Mediterranean Identities Beyond 'East' and 'West'
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artofthedarkages:

“Hanging with Christian Images”
A tapestry fragment densely decorated with pagan, Old Testament, and Christian themes. Two confronted peacocks surround a chi rho symbol, beneath them is an interlaced arch which covers two confronted doves surrounding an ankh. Beneath the ankh are the Three Hebrews, who votively raise their hands towards a chi rho and the Coptic letters alpha and omega. The doves, the peacocks, the ankh, the interlaced arch, the chi rhos, the alpha and omega, and the Three Hebrews all represent deliverance and the eternal afterlife. Numerous four-legged animals are in the margins of the arch.
Weaved out of dyed wool and undyed linen.
Made in the 500s in Egypt during the Coptic/Byzantine period. Currently held at the Cleveland Museum of Art.
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autarkeia00:

Map of the Hittite Empire at its greatest extent under Suppiluliuma I(c. 1350–1322 BCE) and Mursili II (c. 1321–1295 BCE).
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A BACTRIAN GOLD AND BANDED AGATE BEAD PENDANT CIRCA 5TH CENTURY B.C. 
http://www.christies.com/lotfinder/ancient-art-antiquities/a-bactrian-gold-and-banded-agate-bead-5004650-details.aspx?from=salesummary&intObjectID=5004650&sid=8d137aaa-0f0a-4aee-8194-240bff5e5145
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Stone statue from Lake Dayan-Noor, Mongolia.
http://museum.mmc.nsu.ru/?int=VIEW&el=3732&templ=ENGLISH_INTERFACE_GROUP
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atlasobscura:

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence - Yazd, Iran
Until 40 years ago, corpses could still be found on top of the Towers of Silence in Yazd, slowly disintegrating or being picked apart by desert vultures.
In the Zoroastrian tradition, once a body ceases to live, it can immediately be contaminated by demons and made impure. To prevent this infiltration, Zoroastrians purified the dead body by exposing it to the elements and local fowl on top of flat-topped towers in the desert called dakhmas.
According to a tradition dating back over 3000 years, bodies were arranged on the towers in three concentric circles. Men were placed in the outer circle, women in the middle and children in the inner-most ring. Bodies were then left until their bones were bleached by the elements.
Curious? Read more about the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence on Atlas Obscura…
atlasobscura:

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence - Yazd, Iran
Until 40 years ago, corpses could still be found on top of the Towers of Silence in Yazd, slowly disintegrating or being picked apart by desert vultures.
In the Zoroastrian tradition, once a body ceases to live, it can immediately be contaminated by demons and made impure. To prevent this infiltration, Zoroastrians purified the dead body by exposing it to the elements and local fowl on top of flat-topped towers in the desert called dakhmas.
According to a tradition dating back over 3000 years, bodies were arranged on the towers in three concentric circles. Men were placed in the outer circle, women in the middle and children in the inner-most ring. Bodies were then left until their bones were bleached by the elements.
Curious? Read more about the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence on Atlas Obscura…
atlasobscura:

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence - Yazd, Iran
Until 40 years ago, corpses could still be found on top of the Towers of Silence in Yazd, slowly disintegrating or being picked apart by desert vultures.
In the Zoroastrian tradition, once a body ceases to live, it can immediately be contaminated by demons and made impure. To prevent this infiltration, Zoroastrians purified the dead body by exposing it to the elements and local fowl on top of flat-topped towers in the desert called dakhmas.
According to a tradition dating back over 3000 years, bodies were arranged on the towers in three concentric circles. Men were placed in the outer circle, women in the middle and children in the inner-most ring. Bodies were then left until their bones were bleached by the elements.
Curious? Read more about the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence on Atlas Obscura…
atlasobscura:

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence - Yazd, Iran
Until 40 years ago, corpses could still be found on top of the Towers of Silence in Yazd, slowly disintegrating or being picked apart by desert vultures.
In the Zoroastrian tradition, once a body ceases to live, it can immediately be contaminated by demons and made impure. To prevent this infiltration, Zoroastrians purified the dead body by exposing it to the elements and local fowl on top of flat-topped towers in the desert called dakhmas.
According to a tradition dating back over 3000 years, bodies were arranged on the towers in three concentric circles. Men were placed in the outer circle, women in the middle and children in the inner-most ring. Bodies were then left until their bones were bleached by the elements.
Curious? Read more about the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence on Atlas Obscura…
atlasobscura:

Zoroastrian Towers of Silence - Yazd, Iran
Until 40 years ago, corpses could still be found on top of the Towers of Silence in Yazd, slowly disintegrating or being picked apart by desert vultures.
In the Zoroastrian tradition, once a body ceases to live, it can immediately be contaminated by demons and made impure. To prevent this infiltration, Zoroastrians purified the dead body by exposing it to the elements and local fowl on top of flat-topped towers in the desert called dakhmas.
According to a tradition dating back over 3000 years, bodies were arranged on the towers in three concentric circles. Men were placed in the outer circle, women in the middle and children in the inner-most ring. Bodies were then left until their bones were bleached by the elements.
Curious? Read more about the Zoroastrian Towers of Silence on Atlas Obscura…
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wanderologie-:

Ancient Meybod (by thomas.janisch)

According to Encyclopaedia Iranica, the city in Iran’s Yazd Province predates the Sassanian era and became a notable settlement in the 10th century C.E. 
Read more here: http://www.iranicaonline.org/articles/meybod
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The Opening Words of the Living Gospel (Wisdom ascribed to te Persian prophet, Mani)
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archaicwonder:

Silver Tetradrachm from Byblos, Phonecia, c.  544 BC    
A hippocamp swims below a Phonecian galley with 3 hoplites aboard. On the reverse, a lion attacks a bull, inscription above.
The Phoenician seamen were renowned in Antiquity; Homer mentions them in the Odyssey. Founded more than seven thousand years ago, Byblos is one of the eldest cities in the world that is still inhabited; its influence is due to its trade with the Egypt of the Pharaohs, to whom it supplied Lebanese wood.
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sadighgallery:

Ancient Persia 500 BC
Mound-shaped, beige agate stamp seal with a standing male figure, an animal and a sun carved around the perimeter. Two standing figures on the bottom. 
sadighgallery:

Ancient Persia 500 BC
Mound-shaped, beige agate stamp seal with a standing male figure, an animal and a sun carved around the perimeter. Two standing figures on the bottom. 
sadighgallery:

Ancient Persia 500 BC
Mound-shaped, beige agate stamp seal with a standing male figure, an animal and a sun carved around the perimeter. Two standing figures on the bottom. 
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Necklace Kabri Late Neolithic Exotic stones L: 11 cm; W: 1.5 cm Israel Antiquities Authority 
http://www.imj.org.il/imagine/galleries/viewItemE.asp?case=1&itemNum=342414