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CEUCLUM (CUIJK)

CEUCLUM (CUIJK)

Ceuclum, het hedendaagse Cuijk, was een Romeinse nederzetting in de provincie Neder-Germanië (Germania Inferior). Ceuclum staat vermeld op de Peutinger kaart (Tabula Peutingeriana) tussen Blariacum ((Hout-)Blerick) en Noviomagi (Nijmegen).

Het stadje houdt de herinnering aan Ceuclum in ere, met vele verwijzingen en een leuk klein gratis museum in de oude toren.

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Finished for now!

And the job is done! 308 pages, thousands of photos, all my material on ancient sites is online, categorized, in correct hierarchy and the best quality I can achieve with the raw material!

Now up to visit more ancient sites to add to the pages!  Notably missing and nearby are the Louvre, Britisch Musem, Vienna, Bruxelles to name a few museums, France and Spain is filled with ancient sites to  explore and Rome, Italy is tempting ….

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Syrie National Museum Damascus

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The National Museum of Damascus lies in the West of the City, between the Damascus University and the Tekkiye Mosque Complex, at the Shoukry Al-Qouwatly street.
The museum was founded in 1919 at Madrasseh al Adiliyeh.[2] The current building was constructed in 1936, with wings being added in 1956 and 1975.[3]

The facade of the museum is built from the front of an Islamic palace, which was transferred and restored as the museum’s main entrance. The Museum’s unique findings are: Restorations of the Dura Europos Synagogue from the 3rd century AD; The hypogeum of Yarhai from Palmyra, dating to 108 AD; And the façade and frescoes of Qasr Al-Hayr al Gharbi, which dates back to the 8th century and lies 80 km south of Palmyra. The exhibits are organised into 5 wings;

Prehistoric Age, remains and skeletons from different Stone-Age periods, most notably the neolitihic period, as well as objects and finds discovered in the basin of the Orontes River, the Euphrates and Tell Ramad in southwestern Syria.

Ancient Syria, many Exhibits from ancient sites such as Ebla, Mari, Ugarit and Tell Halaf. The most important of these is an Ugaritan tablet, on which is the world’s first Alphabet. Other findings include tablets and amulets from Ugari, Ebla and Mari, and sculptures from Tell Halaf.

Classical Age, this wing contains classical Syrian artefacts. The displays include sculptures, marble and stone sarcophagi, mosaics, jewelry and coins from the Seleucid, Roman and Byzantine periods. The findings are from sites such as Palmyra, Dura Europos, Mount Druze, and more. Most important exhibit from the classical era is a reconstruction of a 3d century Palmyrene tomb, the Hypogeum of Yarhai, as well as the 2nd century Dura-Europos synagogue.

DAM_jordb022Islamic Age, the facade of an Islamic palace has been moved and reconstructed as the museum’s main entrance. Some of the contents of the palace are also located in the museum, including carvings.
It also contains many exhibits made of glass and metal, as well as coins, from different periods of Islamic History. There are also scriptures from the Umayyad era to the Ottomans.
There is also a hall containing an example of a traditional Syrian home, which was obtained from an old house which goes back to the 18th century.

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Welcome, my name is Hans Otten, born in Weesp near Amsterdam, now living in the south of the Netherlands. Bla bla

Sites with remains of the classical antiquity times have always fascinated me. These sites, often quiet in remote locations, or excavated in  large modern cities or the stunning remains displayed in museums are the link between us and people from long gone, people that lived and thrived then and there and left their marks in history.

These pages span fourty years of traveling to visit sites from antiquity  and taking photographs. It started in 1975 with a trip to the south of France, where I saw Roman ruines in Nimes, Arles and La Turbie. Traveling continued in the next years to Italy, Greece and  Egypt.
After a short break  to raise the kids I continued my travels to the south of Europe and a bit further away (China, Japan, Indonesia) from 2007 and now with Sophie Chermin.

Pick a location from the map below! Or choose a site from the two Sitemaps menu entries in the menu on the top.

roman spqr icon Roman icon-museum Museum greek Greek stonehenge icon Neolithic
buddha Buddhist Hindu china Chinese egypt Egypt etrusk icon Etruskian

I hope you enjoy my and Sophie’s photographs of the sites and little artefacts like tickets and postcards and leaflets, and some stories, mostly stolen from wikipedia. Note that most of the photos come from my larger collection of travel photography: http://reizen.hansotten.nl. There all locations we visit on our trips are documented.

This site also show the progress in equipment.
From 1975 to around 2000 I used analogue camera’s, especially the Praktika XL SLR with lenses wide 29mm, normal 50 mm and telelens 125mm. I made slides, mostly on Agfa material. Digitized in the years 2000-2012.
In 2002 a Casio QV4000 was bought, and for my travel to China in 2007 a Canon Powershot A710IS.
In 2009 a Canon S90 took the main place, I still have and use regularly that little perfect camera!
2010 saw the arrival of a Canon 1000D DSLR with standard and 250mm zoom, 2012 the Canon G1 X. A Canon 1200D DSL was added in 2013 with 18-133 mm zoom, and Sophie used a Canon Powershot S95.
In 2016 my collection of Canon lenses was put to good usage with the semi professional Canon 70D DSLR and a Canon 100D DSLR  with 18-55 mm for Sophie.

A list of years and destinations:

This site started life in October 2015 and was feature complete with 300 pages in March 2016. Last update November 2016, see the blog for recent additions.

License: Hans Otten, Sophie Chermin, Valkenswaard 2015-2016 (C) Creative Commons Non-commercial – With Attribution

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View Roman theatre Taormina, Sicily, 2012

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Ancient sites I have visited

Ancient sites fascinate me. The quiet remains in remote locations in large cities, or in musea, are the link between us and the long gone people that lived and thrived there and left their marks to history and our current society.

Ancient for me means at least 1500 years ago:  neolithic, greek , roman, chinese, egyptian.

Hope you enjoy my photographs of the sites, artefacts like tickets and postcards and leaflets, and small stories mostly stolen from wikipedia.

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