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I would also recommend Coursera courses like: Ancient Egypt: A history in six objects by the University of Manchester, or Roman architecture by the Yale Univ There is also an introduction to Egyptology course by the Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, which I quite like, but unfortunately this last one is only available in Spanish


The crash course videos are very nice, you already mentioned them. http://www.history.com/topics Scroll down to get to the list of topics for Ancient History. https://www.khanacademy.org/humanities/history/ancient-medieval/Ancient/v/standard-of-ur-c-2600-2400-b-c-e This aren't many, but it's something


It is a decorative pattern. Artists call this kind of stippled background pattern a ground. In Japan it is known as nanako, which means fish eggs. The purpose is to set off and accentuate the primary design.


Such stippling is a common feature at prehistoric Maltese sites. They are often considered a primitive decorative pattern - somewhat of a forerunner of a modern art form. It is the best preserved of all the Maltese temples ... The two left-hand lobed chambers are linked by a trilith niche of stones decorated by stippling; the inner of these two chambers ...

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