Sep 27, 2016

Museum Week

A 3v 'Museum Week' set. Was this a promo for the museum, or a global event? The top bull ceramic figurine is known as the Amlash Ryton and dates to the 10th cent. BCE from the Marlik archaeological site.
Any guesses on the left figurine? At right is one of the majestic columns from the palace apadana in Persepolis constructed during Darius the Great's rein from 522-486 BCE.

Banteay Srei

Thank you Tiem! Banteay Srei stamp released for the temple's 1000th anniversary. Located in the Ankor Archaeological Park, this temple was dedicated to Shiva. Do any of these stamps exist without the anniversary overprint?

Sep 26, 2016

Roman Ruins

1955 maxi of Tipasa, as it was known in Roman times. Located in modern day Tipaza, it was originally a Punic trading fort, then commandeered by Claudius who turned it into a military colony. It's population expanded, and by the 4th century it boasted 3 basilicas. Destroyed by the vandals in 430, it was reconstructed by Byzantines 100 years later. But, before the close of the 7th century Umayyad forces razed it. 
1954 maxi of Roman ruins in Philippeville or Skikda. Early settlement dates to Phoenician times with the Romans establishing a city over top naming it Rusicade, punic for 'promontory of fire'. This port city was wrecked by the vandals in the 5th cent. 

Old Orhei

Thank you Paleophilatelie! This s/s is the 'Vacation' issue. Above right and below left shows excavations at Orheiul Vech (Old Orhei), the massive city complex with deposits dating to the Paelolithic. Many forts and monasteries were located here as well. Are they excavating drainage pipes? stacked amphorae? Issued: June 25 2004. 

Nicolae Morosan

Thank you Paleophilatelie! This PSE features geologist/paleontologist/archaeologist, Nicolae Morosan. He made great advances in lithic studies when he synthesized the taphonomic, manufacturing and stylistic variation from Paleolithic Moldovian sites which he excavated. 

Sep 25, 2016

Cave Bear

Thanks Adam! This 2007 'Field work on the Tamar' stamp and cancel features the once world's oldest contested flute. Made from a cave bear femur, it was found in the Divje Babe Cave and dates c. 55,000 years BP.  The flute holes have since been debunked as canine punctures. Descriptions of the femur say juvenile, but it drawn with fused epiphyses?
Thank you Adam! Cave bear skull of unspecified origin and subspecies, from the 'Mammal Fossils in Slovenia' issue. Check out the cachet, the skeleton even includes the sternebrae! Three species of the cave bear lived in Slovenia, with the last ones dying out around 25,000 years ago. Issued: March 25 2016.

Jul 26, 2016


Thank you Pierre! Lascaux painted Aurochs, a spotted horse, and Megaloceros giganteus on the cancel. Issued: April 13 1968.
Thank you Pierre! Lascaux II (or the replica cave) on a pret a poster envelope. 
Thank you Milos! S/a stamp released for the 75th anniversary of the cave discovery. Issued:  September 10 2015.