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  • World's Largest Youth Flashmob Descends upon Madrid

    08/20/2011 4:11:27 PM PDT · by the invisib1e hand · 31 replies · 1+ views
    JMJ2011 ^ | 082011 | self
    video, guess the media doesn't want to cover this mob.Probably 'cuz it's their kindgdom that's being looted and burned.
  • Why Frome is still cashing in on the Romans

    12/13/2010 1:54:43 AM PST · by Islander7 · 5 replies
    Guardian ^ | Dec 12, 2010 | Maev Kennedy
    Dave Crisp found treasure on a soggy ridge outside the Somerset town of Frome last April, and helped rewrite history. On a bitter winter afternoon, as he walks the frosty field again, he recalls one of the most heart-stoppingly exciting moments of his life. The 63-year-old ex-army man had discovered a scattering of Roman silver coins in the field. He came back a few days later with his detector, bought secondhand on eBay, to round up any remaining broken pieces. The signals were faint and confusing.
  • Huge Roman coin find for hobbyist

    07/08/2010 5:15:35 AM PDT · by csvset · 33 replies · 1+ views
    BBC ^ | 8 July 2010 | Staff
    One of the largest ever finds of Roman coins in Britain has been made by a man using a metal detector. The hoard of more than 52,000 coins dating from the 3rd Century AD was found buried in a field near Frome in Somerset. The coins were found in a huge jar just over a foot (30cm) below the surface by Dave Crisp, from Devizes in Wiltshire. "I have made many finds over the years, but this is my first major coin hoard," he said. After his metal detector gave a "funny signal", Mr Crisp says he dug down 14in...
  • Guy With Metal Detector Finds $1 Million in Roman Coins

    07/10/2010 5:45:29 PM PDT · by James C. Bennett · 30 replies · 2+ views
    Gizmodo ^ | July 10, 2010 | Gizmodo
    Considering how thrilled I was just to find this story, I can only imagine the delirious, all-consuming excitement felt by Dave Crisp, a British hospital chef, when his metal detector uncovered this pot of 52,000 Roman coins.Crisp was lolling with his detector in a field in southwestern England when he made the discovery, eventually unearthing some 50,000 silver and bronze coins dating from 253 to 293 AD. Over 700 of them bear the face of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, a Roman general who ruled Britain and was the first to make coins in the region.Crisp, a self-described "metal detectorist," explained that...
  • UK treasure hunter finds 52,000 ancient Roman coins

    07/08/2010 11:14:24 AM PDT · by GeronL · 46 replies · 1+ views
    Yahoo ^ | July 6, 2010 | Robert Barr
    LONDON – A treasure hunter has found about 52,500 Roman coins, one of the largest such discoveries ever in Britain, officials said Thursday. The hoard, which was valued at 3.3 million pounds ($5 million), includes hundreds of coins bearing the image of Marcus Aurelius Carausius, who seized power in Britain and northern France in the late third century and proclaimed himself emperor.
  • Pictures: Gold Treasure, Roman Coins Revealed in U.K.

    04/06/2011 11:27:58 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 17 replies
    National Geographic ^ | Published April 4, 2011 | Rachel Kaufman
    Fifty thousand Roman coins found in a field in Somerset, England, in 2010 (including the artifacts above) amount to the largest hoard of coins discovered in a single vessel—and the second largest hoard of ancient coins ever found in Britain, according to British Museum experts. The coins, along with recently discovered Iron Age gold jewelry—both found by amateur treasure hunters—will be acquired by museums, thanks to a series of grants and donations, officials recently announced. The coins will go to England's Museum of Somerset, which will put them on display after it reopens this summer. The haul, most of which...
  • The Secrets of Caerleon

    08/14/2011 3:20:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | Wednesday, August 10, 2011 | unattributed
    For more than 2000 years a suburb of monumental Roman buildings lay undiscovered beneath a modern South Wales town, but now archaeologists from Cardiff University hope to reveal the secrets of this fascinating ancient site. In spring 2010, staff and students from the School of History, Archaeology and Religion located a complex of buildings outside the Roman fortress at Caerleon. The 'Lost City of the Legion' -- as it has been called -- was completely unknown and is a major addition to our knowledge of Roman Britain. Geophysical surveys taken by the Cardiff team at the time of the discovery...
  • Sunken Treasure Found in the Seas Of Sicily

    08/14/2011 1:45:31 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Friday, August 12, 2011 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Italian archaeologists have retrieved a sunken treasure of 3,422 ancient bronze coins in the small Sicilian island of Pantelleria, they announced today. Discovered by chance during a survey to create an underwater archaeological itinerary,the coins have been dated between 264 and 241 BC. At that time, Pantelleria, which lies about 70 miles southwest of Sicily, in the middle of the Sicily Strait, became a bone of contention between the Romans and Carthaginians. Rome captured the small Mediterranean island in the First Punic War in 255 BC, but lost it a year later. In 217 BC, in the Second Punic War,...
  • UK: Roman Jug Unearthed at Site of New Theater

    07/29/2011 10:24:37 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 13 replies
    Secret History, ^ | Thursday, July 21, 2011 | Doncaster Free Press
    Archaeologists working on the site of Doncaster's new civic and cultural quarter have unearthed a rare Roman glass jug dating back to around AD150. The area is believed to have been the site of a Roman cemetery where cremations took place. And on Saturday visitors will be able to tour the excavation site in the company of archeologists to learn about the jug and other finds, as well as about the town's important Roman history... The unearthed vessel, which is 15cm tall and was found close to the site of the new performance venue, would have been filled with rich...
  • Relief found in W Turkey shows chariot race in ancient times

    07/28/2011 9:19:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 16 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | Anatolia News Agency
    A relief depicting a 2,000-year-old chariot race scene and new gladiator names has been discovered at an archeological dig in Mugla, proving the area was an important center for sporting events. "We have found a block with a relief of a chariot race scene," said Professor Bilal Sögüt, head of the excavation from Pamukkale University. "The chariot race scene provides us information on cultural and sporting activities. The chariot race relief also gives us considerable characteristic details of the carts and harness of that period." Ongoing excavations in the ancient city of Stratonikeia located in the Aegean province of Mugla...
  • Archeologists discover church remains in Turkish ancient city [ Pisidian Antioch ]

    07/28/2011 8:56:43 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    WordBulletin ^ | Monday, July 25, 2011 | Dunya Bizim
    Associate Professor Mehmet Ozhanli, the head of Suleyman Demirel University's Archeology Department who heads excavations in the ancient city of Pisidian Antioch, said they had discovered remains of a church during their excavations. "We have found the remains of a three-nave church one and a half meters below the surface," Ozhanli told AA correspondent. Ozhanli said the building was constructed as a Pagan temple, however it was converted to a church after the spread of Christianity. "This is the fifth church we have brought to daylight in this ancient city," Ozhanli said. Ozhanli said this recently found church was also...
  • Xanthos excavations turned over to Turkish archaeologists

    07/28/2011 9:06:55 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 3 replies
    Hurriyet Daily News ^ | Tuesday, July 26, 2011 | Dogan News Agency
    Turkish archaeologists will now be responsible for a dig at the ancient city of Xanthos in the Mediterranean province of Antalya due to the slow pace of excavations under French teams that have been working at the site for 60 years. Bordeaux University has passed on the excavations to a team under the guidance of Professor Burhan Varkavanç, head of the Archaeology Department at Akdeniz University in Antalya. Turkish scientists have already begun excavations at Xanthos, which had historical significance as the Lycian capital in the 2nd century BC. Akdeniz University's 23-member team will conduct excavations at the site for...
  • 3,000 Roman 3rd Century coins found in Montgomery field

    07/28/2011 8:31:25 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, July 27, 2011 | unattributed
    ...The hoard of copper alloy coins, dating from the 3rd Century, was unearthed in Montgomery, Powys, several weeks ago. About 900 were found by a member of a Welshpool metal detecting club, with the rest of the discovery made with help from archaeologists. The exact location is being kept secret to protect the site. The Powys coroner will determine whether they qualify as treasure. Clwyd-Powys Archaeological Trust (CPAT), which helped unearth the coins, said the discovery had the potential to reveal more about Roman life in mid Wales in the late 3rd Century. The find in Montgomery is a few...
  • Roman skeleton unearthed on Watton building site

    07/27/2011 2:40:40 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    BBC ^ | July 22, 2011 | unattributed
    The remains of a male believed to date back to the Roman occupation of Britain have been discovered in Watton, west Norfolk. The bones were unearthed during work to turn a former RAF base into housing and are thought to have been buried around AD43 to 410. BBC Radio Norfolk's Elizabeth Dawson spoke to site developer Edward Parker and lead archaeologist Mark Holmes to find out more about the discovery.
  • Italy: Ancient sarcophagus unearthed near Rome

    07/22/2011 3:18:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies
    adnkronos ^ | July 5, 2011 | AKI
    Archaeologists have discovered an ancient Roman sarcophagus in the central Italian Lazio region surrounding Rome. It is the second sarcophagus discovered during a dig being coordinated by the University of Michigan. The sarcophagus was uncovered in the area of Lazio believed to the site of the ancient Roman city of Gabii, located 18 kilometres east of Rome. Both sarcophagi -- coffins typically adorned with sculptures or inscriptions -- are made of lead and are believed to date from the 1st or 2nd century AD. The first sarcophagus was unearthed in 2009 by archaelogists working on the same dig, the 'Gabii...
  • Roman Gladiator's Gravestone Describes Fatal Foul

    06/23/2011 4:58:38 AM PDT · by Mikey_1962 · 16 replies
    An enigmatic message on a Roman gladiator's 1,800-year-old tombstone has finally been decoded, telling a treacherous tale. The epitaph and art on the tombstone suggest the gladiator, named Diodorus, lost the battle (and his life) due to a referee's error, according to Michael Carter, a professor at Brock University in St. Catharines, Canada. Carter studies gladiator contests and other spectacles in the eastern part of the Roman Empire. He examined the stone, which was discovered a century ago in Turkey, trying to determine what the drawing and inscription meant. The tombstone shows an image of a gladiator holding what appear...
  • Roman Gladiator's Gravestone Describes Fatal Foul

    06/17/2011 6:05:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 19 replies
    LiveScience ^ | Friday, June 17, 2011 | Owen Jarus
    The tombstone was donated to the Musee du Cinquanternaire in Brussels, Belgium, shortly before World War I. It shows an image of a gladiator holding what appear to be two swords, standing above his opponent who is signalling his surrender. The inscription says that the stone marks the spot where a man named Diodorus is buried. "After breaking my opponent Demetrius I did not kill him immediately," reads the epitaph. "Fate and the cunning treachery of the summa rudis killed me." ...Though the exact rules are not well understood, some information can be gleaned from references in surviving texts and...
  • Dormice, sea urchins and fresh figs: the Roman diet revealed

    06/14/2011 4:45:23 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    Telegraph UK ^ | Tuesday, June 14, 2011 | Nick Squires
    Dormice, sea urchins and fresh figs were among the delicacies enjoyed by ordinary Romans, British archaeologists have revealed after discovering a giant septic tank at one of the ancient cities destroyed by the eruption of Mt Vesuvius... Archaeologists found a treasure trove of everyday artefacts after digging up nearly 800 sacks of compacted human waste from the tank, which lies beneath the remains of a Roman apartment block in Herculaneum, destroyed after it was buried by ash from the volcano in AD79. The British team has found hundreds of objects, including bronze coins, precious stones, bone hair pins and an...
  • Secrets of Egypt: 'Spectacular' archaeological site provides details of ancient life

    06/12/2011 11:11:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 21 replies
    University of Delaware UDaily ^ | June 7, 2011 | Ann Manser
    On the edge of Egypt's eastern desert, known to natives as "the red land," Berenike thrived as a trading port for goods from Europe, Asia and southern Arabia. Sidebotham's digs have turned up such varied items as Indian-made pottery and beads, a figurine of Venus, timbers made of cedar from Lebanon, a clay jar containing decorative silver pieces, Roman glass, sapphires and other gems, a mother-of-pearl cross and sliver of Turkish marble used as veneer for walls. One large jar found embedded in the courtyard floor of a temple contained nearly 17 pounds of black peppercorns, which had been imported...
  • What the Romans didn't do for us

    06/10/2011 8:23:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 74 replies
    Guardian UK ^ | Wednesday, March 16, 2011 | Mike Pitts
    The route had long been known as a lost Roman road... dig director Tim Malim noticed that the road had twice been rebuilt, and knew its history could be dated using a technique that tells you when buried mineral grains were last exposed to sunlight. The unexpected result was a more than 80% chance that the last surface had been laid before the Roman invasion in AD43. Wood in the foundation was radiocarbon-dated to the second century BC, sealing the road's pre-Roman origin. And Malim thinks a huge post that stood in 1500BC close to the crest of the hill...