During our travels, we tend to take a lot of photos of ancient structures and artefacts. Please note that these pictures are not in the public domain: if you wish to re-use them anywhere, please ask us first.
This tortoise I heard before I saw it, grazing away in this field. Possibly Testudo marginata or marginated tortoise? In ancient times, a common type of lyre was fashioned from the shell of a tortoise. Photographed in Volos, Thessaly.
This picture was taken in Volos, Thessaly, where lizards are found almost anywhere. Definitely a member of the genus Podarcis, most likely Podarcis muralis or the common wall lizard. This one allowed me to get very close; a natural model!
When I visited it, part of the Swedish History Museum in Stockholm had exhibits about archaeology as a discipline. Here, an exhibit tries to get visitors to think about what happens when we sort objects – in this case, modern brooms and brushes.
A model of the Roman castellum Ockenburg. This small fort, built on the coast near modern The Hagua between ca. AD 150 and 180, probably housed cavalry. It was part of the Roman coastal defences in what are today the Netherlands. The model was made by KOBALT museale diensten; the photo was taken at the National Museum of Antiquities in Leiden.
An ancient cobbled street at the archaeological site of Paestum in Southern Italy.
The southern slab of Tomb 12 from Andriuolo, a cemetery just beyond the north gate of Paestum. The slab depicts a boxing match and an even more violent duel between warriors. Dated to ca. 375-370 BC. Taken at the Archaeological Museum of Paestum.
View of a row of columns in the Villa Poppaea near Naples. It is a Roman villa located near the sea and was buried in AD 79 when Vesuvius erupted. It may have belonged to the Emperor Nero and is named after his second wife. It is also known as the Villa Oplontis.
The ruins of the temple of Apollo on the acropolis of Rhodes. Part of the northeastern side of this temple has been restored, giving some idea of what the original structure must have looked like. All buildings on the acropolis date from the Hellenistic era.
A column drum photographed on the acropolis of Rhodes, near the stadium.
A male peacock photographed at the archaeological site of Ialysos, Rhodes. In ancient times, the peacock was sacred to Hera.