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Soviet Era, like in Space, Photos

Photos: Soviet Era like in Space. Following this previous article ‘Photos: Soviet Era, like frozen in time‘ by Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, here is a more intimate approach, almost in a case, of machines linked to the Soviet Era:
2017, Project “Lost Horizon”.

Soviet Era, like in Space: Model of the first artificial satellite of the Earth. St-Petersburg, 2016
Model of the first artificial satellite of the Earth. St-Petersburg, 2016

Soviet Era, like in Space: Model of the rocket which carried the first cosmonaut into space. Moscow, 2016
Model of the rocket which carried the first cosmonaut into space. Moscow, 2016

Soviet Era, like in Space: Marx generator for highenergy-energy physics experiments. Moscow Oblast, 2016
Marx generator for high-energy physics experiments. Moscow Oblast, 2016

Soviet Era, like in Space: Hotel ''Saucer''. Dombai, 2016
Hotel ”Saucer”. Dombai, 2016

Summary list of the photos

  1. Model of the first artificial satellite of the Earth. St-Petersburg, 2016
  2. Model of the rocket which carried the first cosmonaut into space. Moscow, 2016
  3. Marx generator for high-energy physics experiments. Moscow Oblast, 2016
  4. Hotel ”Saucer”. Dombai, 2016

More photographies of Soviet Era like in Space by Russian photographer Danila Tkachenko, from the project “Lost Horizon” on the author’s website.

Also, check this post Photos: Soviet Era, like frozen in time from same photographer Danila Tkachenko; then you’d maybe find interest to this post, by photographer Andrey Shapran Photos: Soviet Era, like frozen in time, different perspective.

Carved stone balls: Neolithic stones from Scotland

These pretty Neolithic stones come from Scotland, Ireland, England and, generally, from the North of the British Isles; they were found two centuries ago.

Relatively round, engraved, these neolithic stones from Scotland are called “Carved stone balls” and are dated from 3000 to 5000 years.
Their function or usefulness remains, to date, unknown.
However, it is possible for us to imagine: a game, a currency, or even a symbol of property, perhaps land, or even religious.
Presumably, we can bet artificial intelligence will be able to guide us and teach us more in the years to come, on this discovery.

Then these spheroid shapes have been scanned, and are now available for us in 3D on the National Museums Scotland page. Photogrammetry, a discipline that I always appreciated, is used for its finesse of observation, thanks to the details that are revealed, and for the ease of consultation online, by computer, for more.

Here we’ll find some of them:

Carved Stone Ball, Fordoun, Kincardineshire.
A late Neolithic (c.3200-2500 cal BC) carved stone ball with 9 incised discs.

Locality: Fordoun, Kincardineshire, Scotland. Weight: 297.7g Diameter: 68.65mm.

Carved stone ball, Towie, Aberdeenshire.
A Late Neolithic (3200-2500 cal BC) carved stone ball with four knobs.
Three of the knobs are incised with exceptionally fine motifs, including spirals and concentric circles. Some of the interspaces have also been decorated.

Locality: Glass Hill, Towie, Aberdeenshire, Scotland. Weight: 532.5g Diameter: 76.2mm.

Decorated carved stone ball, nr Elgin.
A Late Neolithic (3200-2500 cal BC) carved stone ball with four knobs. Two of its knobs are decorated with spirals.

Locality: nr Elgin, Scotland. Weight: 519.7g Diameter: 74mm.

This carved stone ball, has six knobs, one decorated with incised lines, late Neolithic (3200-2500 cal BC).

Locality: Dalriach, Cromdale, Grantown-on-Spey, Moray, Scotland. Weight: 519.6g Diameter: 73 mm.

You can find the following scans of these Neolithic stones from Scotland, almost 60, in animated 3D on this page of the National Museums Scotland:
https://sketchfab.com/nationalmuseumsscotland/collections/carved-stone-balls

You will so be able to explore with your computer and mouse, but also with your Virtual Reality devices.
In order to navigate with your mouse, try to:
  • Check and adjust textures in HD
  • Use the wheel to zoom in / out
  • To rotate the view: use left click
  • To move the view: use right click

[ Poster ] Arosa, Suisse, Schweiz, Svizzera, 1800m

Arosa, Suisse, Schweiz, Svizzera, 1 800 m
Arosa, Suisse, Schweiz, Svizzera, 1 800 m

Poster: Arosa, Suisse, Schweiz, ski resort located at 1800m altitude in Switzerland, offers a 225km ski area.

Arosa – poster for the exhibition “Switzerland: Design for Life” at A Foundation, London
GVA Studio

Poster : Arosa station de ski située à 1800 m d’altitude en Suisse, propose un domaine skiable de 225 km.

Examples of ceremonial Gallic helmets

Very beautiful helmets of the Gallic Celtic period, few of them have been found to date.

From Normandy to Charente, two of the beautiful ceremonial helmets of the Gallic Celtic era.

The ceremonial Helmet of Amfreville found in Amfreville-sous-les-Monts, Normandy, North-West of France, dated from – 250 BC.

Helmets of the Gaulish Celtic: The ceremonial Helmet of Amfreville
The ceremonial Helmet of Amfreville, in current Normandy, – 250 BC |
By Siren-Com — Personnal work, CC BY-SA 3.0, Link

Made with gold, bronze, iron and enamel. White or pink gold has corroded, only the purest gold parts remain. |
Dimensions: 23 centimetres (9.1 inches) , 16.5 centimetres (6.5 inches) long and 16 centimetres (6.2 inches) deep.

In addition, here is a 3D rendering:

Helmets of the Gaulish Celtic: 3D rendering of the Amfreville helmet, made by Jean-René Chatillon
3D rendering of the Amfreville helmet, made by Jean-René Chatillon.

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Moreover, the ceremonial Helmet of Agris is a bit older, found in West of France, dated from -400 to -350 BC.

Helmets of the Gaulish Celtic: The ceremonial helmet of Agris
The ceremonial helmet of Agris, in current Charente, -400 to -350 BC (Musée des beaux-arts, Angoulême) |
By Rosemaniahttps://www.flickr.com/photos/rosemania/4121249212, CC BY 2.0, Link
Made of an iron hull, with bronze ornamental strips and a decoration in light relief, entirely covered with 99% pure gold leaf, as well as many corals circling the circumference of the helmet and the cap.
Dimensions: 21.4 centimetres (8.4 in) high, 23 by 19 centimetres (9.1 by 7.5 in) wide. Cheek-guard: 9.4 by 7.6 centimetres (3.7 by 3.0 in).
Helmets of the Gaulish Celtic: The ceremonial helmet of Agris
The ceremonial helmet of Agris, in current Charente, -400 to -350 BC (Musée des beaux-arts, Angoulême) |
Patrick BLANCHIER – City of Angoulême

Similarly, here is a 3D modeling on sketchfab

The ceremonial helmet of Agris, in current Charente, -400 to -350 BC (Musée des beaux-arts, Angoulême) |
Coll. du Musée d’Angoulème by DIGISCAN3D, on Sketchfab.

After that you can find a blog post entirely on this topic here (in french) with graphics from this item itself.

Also an equally interesting article on this subject (in french), published in the CNRS Journal from July-August 2010. [.pdf version here (in french)]

In conclusion, you will find another item in this tweet

You could be also interested by this post Sanxay Gallo-Roman site