First Phase Chief’s Blanket sets record at John Moran Auctioneers

November 5, 2012

This stunning Navajo First Phase Chief’s Wearing Blanket made headlines when it sold for 1.8 million dollars at John Moran Auctioneers’ June 19th sale in Southern California, smashing the previous world record of $522,500 for a similar blanket. An example of the rarest type of the earliest phase of Navajo blankets, it emerged from obscurity […]

The city of walls – Constantinople

November 2, 2012

The world owes much of its cultural legacy to Constantinople‘s walls. When Constantinople was under seige by neighboring enemies, the Roman city‘s elaborate system of moats, outer walls, and inner walls stood tall. Surviving numerous fire attacks, the walls were eventually brought down by more modern tools of warfare, but, thankfully, classical culture survived. Lesson […]