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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...
  • Roman ship had on-board fish tank: Hand-operated pump would have kept catch alive during long trips

    06/02/2011 5:41:41 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies
    Nature ^ | Tuesday, May 31, 2011 | Jo Marchant
    A Roman ship found with a lead pipe piercing its hull has mystified archaeologists. Italian researchers now suggest that the pipe was part of an ingenious pumping system, designed to feed on-board fish tanks with a continuous supply of oxygenated water. Their analysis has been published online in the International Journal of Nautical Archaeology. Historians have assumed that in ancient times fresh fish were eaten close to where they were caught, because without refrigeration they would have rotted during transportation. But if the latest theory is correct, Roman ships could have carried live fish to buyers across the Mediterranean Sea....
  • Indians first to ride monsoon winds

    04/24/2011 9:01:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies
    Telegraph India ^ | Tuesday , April 19 , 2011 | G.S. Mudur
    New Delhi, April 18: Mariners from India's east coast exploited monsoon winds to sail to southeast Asia more than 2,000 years ago, an archaeologist has proposed, challenging a long-standing view that a Greek navigator had discovered monsoon winds much later. Sila Tripati at the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa, has combined archaeological, meteorological, and literary data to suggest that Indian mariners were sailing to southeast Asia riding monsoon winds as far back as the 2nd century BC. A 1st century AD Greek text, Periplus of the Erythreaean Sea, and a contemporary Roman geographer named Pliny have claimed that the...
  • A Roman Legion Lost in China? -- Parts 1 & 2

    02/21/2011 4:33:46 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Archnews UK ^ | January/February 2011 | Paddy Lambert
    It all started in 1957 when... Homer H Dubs published a paper entitled: 'A Roman City in Ancient China'... he stated that captured soldiers from the battle of Carrhae had been settled and used as mercenaries (and even formed a town!) in North Western China, in what is now the Gansu province... there is a Chinese record, called 'History of the former Han Dynasty'... the story of a territorial battle between the Huns and the Chinese in a place called ZhiZhi, identified today as Zhambal, Uzbekistan, in the year 36 BC... A general in command of the Chinese was a...
  • Book Review: Opinion: The Christians as the Romans Saw Them

    02/06/2011 9:42:22 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 11 replies
    Associated Baptist Press ^ | Christmas Week 2009 | David Gushee
    My Christmas week reflections are inspired by a brilliant 25-year-old book by historian Robert L. Wilken. I picked up The Christians as the Romans Saw Them in hopes of finding resources for my research on the sanctity of life. I thought that Wilken might reveal the extent to which the Romans noticed the unique early Christian commitment to protecting human life. Instead, the book focuses on five pagan observers who offered a barrage of criticisms of the young religion. The five critics in chronological order were Pliny, Galen, Celsus, Porphyry and Julian, and each critic was more sophisticated and devastating...
  • Detainees or POWs?

    01/24/2002 11:40:25 AM PST · by stop_fascism · 22 replies · 204+ views
    National Review ^ | 12/24/2002 | Mackubin Thomas Owens
    Detainees or POWs? Ancient distinctions. By Mackubin Thomas Owens is professor of strategy and force planning at the Naval War College in Newport. His views do no necessarily reflect those of any agency of the U.S. government. January 24, 2002 8:55 a.m. as President Bush's decision launch a "war against terrorism" in response to September 11 now hoisted the United States on its own petard? That would seem to be the case as international organizations and even officials of allied countries such as Great Britain have intensified criticism of the United States concerning its treatment of captured al Qaeda and ...
  • Nokalakevi-Archaeopolis: ten years of Anglo-Georgian collaboration

    01/01/2011 7:37:16 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    Antiquity ^ | v084 n326 December 2010 | Paul Everill, Ian Colvin, Benjamin Neil, David Lomitashvili
    Nestled by the picturesque river Tekhuri, on the northern edge of the Colchian plain in Samegrelo, western Georgia, lie the impressive ruins of Nokalakevi (Figures 1 & 2). Occupying some 20ha, the site was known to early Byzantine historians as Archaeopolis, and to the neighbouring Georgian (Kartlian) chroniclers as Tsikhegoji, or the fortress of Kuji -- a semi-mythical Colchian ruler or 'Eristavi'. The fortress is located 15km from the modern town of Senaki on the Martvili road, and would have commanded an important crossing point of the river Tekhuri, at the junction with a valuable strategic route that still winds...
  • In Hoc Anno Domini

    12/25/2010 2:48:43 AM PST · by abb · 7 replies · 2+ views ^ | December 25, 2010 | Vermont Royster
    When Saul of Tarsus set out on his journey to Damascus the whole of the known world lay in bondage. There was one state, and it was Rome. There was one master for it all, and he was Tiberius Caesar. Everywhere there was civil order, for the arm of the Roman law was long. Everywhere there was stability, in government and in society, for the centurions saw that it was so. But everywhere there was something else, too. There was oppression—for those who were not the friends of Tiberius Caesar. There was the tax gatherer to take the grain from...
  • Murder beneath the Yorkshire Museum may reveal location of Eboracum’s amphitheatre?

    12/12/2010 7:02:07 AM PST · by decimon · 15 replies
    Past Horizons ^ | December 9, 2010 | Unknown
    The skeleton of a huge Roman who was stabbed to death could be a clue in the search for York’s Roman amphitheatre. Experts have revealed the skeleton found beneath the Yorkshire Museum during its refurbishment is that of a powerful, athletic male who was stabbed at least six times in a fatal attack, including a powerful sword blow to the back of the head. The location where he was found has long been thought to be one of the prime locations for a Roman amphitheatre, which would most certainly have been built when York was the Roman capital of the...
  • Canadian scientists using ancient coins to map trading routes

    12/09/2010 4:14:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Montreal Gazette ^ | December 7, 2010 | Randy Boswell
    Canadian scientists probing the metal content of coins exchanged thousands of years ago in Mediterranean Europe have discovered a new way to map ancient trade patterns, to retrace economic ups and downs at the dawn of Western Civilization and even to shed new light on the collapse of the Roman Empire. Researchers at McMaster University in Hamilton have launched a research project in which nuclear radiation is used to identify changes in metal content among ancient Greek and Roman coins held in a world-class collection amassed at the university since the 1940s... A joint project between the university's classics department...
  • Why December 25? The origin of Christmas had nothing to do with paganism

    12/07/2005 2:36:38 PM PST · by Charles Henrickson · 415 replies · 6,651+ views
    WORLD Magazine ^ | Dec 10, 2005 | Gene Edward Veith
    According to conventional wisdom, Christmas had its origin in a pagan winter solstice festival, which the church co-opted to promote the new religion. In doing so, many of the old pagan customs crept into the Christian celebration. But this view is apparently a historical myth—like the stories of a church council debating how many angels can dance on the head of a pin, or that medieval folks believed the earth is flat—often repeated, even in classrooms, but not true. William J. Tighe, a history professor at Muhlenberg College, gives a different account in his article "Calculating Christmas," published in the...
  • Dan Savage Promotes Anti-Christian Evil

    11/23/2010 11:47:47 AM PST · by mlizzy · 36 replies · 1+ views
    Illinois Family Institute ^ | 11-22-10 | Laurie Higgins
    No matter what one thinks of the homosexuality-affirming "It Gets Better" project, do we really want the president of the United States to be associated with radical sex columnist Dan Savage, the creator of this campaign? "It Gets Better" is the online video project that Chicago native Dan Savage created in which he seeks to end bullying by affirming homosexuality. Joining him in this effort are Barack Obama, Joe Biden, Kathleen Sebelius, Nancy Pelosi, and Hillary Clinton. Savage--the even more offensive doppelganger of our Safe Schools Czar Kevin Jennings--celebrates homosexuality in general and his own in particular. He has chosen...
  • Anthropologists looking for Roman legion in China

    11/22/2010 4:06:21 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies · 1+ views
    Newstrack India ^ | Sunday, November 21, 2010 | ANI
    Experts at the newly established Italian Studies Center at Lanzhou University in Gansu province are looking into the possibility that some European-looking Chinese in Northwest China are the descendants of a lost army from the Roman Empire. They will conduct excavations on a section of the Silk Road, a 7,000-kilometer trade route that linked Asia and Europe more than 2,000 years ago, to see if a legion of Roman soldiers settled in China, said Yuan Honggeng, head of the center, reports China Daily... Before Marco Polo's travels to China in the 13th century, the only known contact between the two...
  • Skeletons halt work on clinic

    11/09/2010 6:57:31 PM PST · by SunkenCiv · 49 replies
    Edinburgh Evening News ^ | October 28, 2010 | Adam Morris
    It is a major public sector building project which has been delayed, causing headaches for bosses and the public. But it is decapitated skeletons and 2000-year-old forts rather than red tape and swelling costs that have caused the hold-up for the new health centre in Musselburgh... significant Roman remains were discovered... human remains, the bones of horses and weapons and culinary tools. Archeologists there said the "unique" finds, among the most impressive ever discovered in Scotland from that period, will help build a picture not only of Roman activity in Musselburgh from 140AD, but improve the wider understanding of life...
  • Pompeii's House of Gladiators collapses

    11/07/2010 4:00:26 PM PST · by Islander7 · 24 replies
    BBC ^ | Nov 7, 2010 | BBC
    A house in the ancient Roman city of Pompeii has collapsed, raising concerns about Italy's state support for its archaeological heritage. --------------------- Video at the link
  • Rome Will Kick Your Butt--TV Series

    11/04/2010 3:02:22 PM PDT · by BruceDeitrickPrice · 41 replies · 1+ views
    American Chronicle ^ | Oct 30, 2010 | Bruce Deitrick Price
    (Television series proposal, submitted to History Channel, Discovery Channel, A&E, Learning Channel, Disney, et al, by Word-Wise Productions.) Marketing context: American public education has been dumbed down, neutered, rendered dull and boring. Little is taught. One thing especially is not taught. History. There is thus an unfed hunger for History real, raw, and revelatory. Everything that makes children and adults love History has been eliminated from History. Starting in the 1920s, progressive educators used a gimmick called Social Studies to constrict the teaching of History. Less was taught, and taught in a less interesting way. Throughout the 20th century History...
  • Ancient Shipwreck Points to Site of Major Roman Battle

    10/19/2010 8:17:39 AM PDT · by decimon · 16 replies
    Live Science ^ | October 18, 2010 | Clara Moskowitz
    The remains of a sunken warship recently found in the Mediterranean Sea may confirm the site of a major ancient battle in which Rome trounced Carthage. The year was 241 B.C. and the players were the ascending Roman republic and the declining Carthaginian Empire, which was centered on the northernmost tip of Africa. The two powers were fighting for dominance in the Mediterranean in a series of conflicts called the Punic Wars. Archaeologists think the newly discovered remnants of the warship date from the final battle of the first Punic War, which allowed Rome to expand farther into the Western...
  • Even the Romans recycled glass

    10/04/2010 6:50:30 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Planet Earth Online Planet Earth Online ^ | Thursday, September 30, 2010 | Tamera Jones
    The Romans weren't just dab hands at making beautiful vessels, ornaments and plates from glass; they were also good at recycling the stuff. A new study has found that towards the end of their rule in Britain, the Romans were recycling vast amounts of glass. But the researchers behind the study think this probably had less to do with their concern for the environment, and more to do with the fact that glass became scarcer in the northern fringes of the Roman Empire during the last century of their rule. Glassmaking was a highly sophisticated and successful industry during Roman...
  • Big noses, curly hair on empress's coffin suggests deep cultural exchange on Silk Road

    09/20/2010 7:40:59 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 41 replies
    People's Daily ^ | September 14, 2010 | Xinhua
    Chinese archeologists have found new evidence of international cultural exchange on the ancient Silk Road. Four European-looking warriors and lion-like beasts are engraved on an empress's 1,200-year-old stone coffin that was unearthed in Shaanxi Province, in northwestern China. The warriors on the four reliefs had deep-set eyes, curly hair and over-sized noses -- physical characteristics Chinese typically associate with Europeans. The 27-tonne Tang Dynasty (618-907) sarcophagus contained empress Wu Huifei (699-737), Ge Chengyong, a noted expert on Silk Road studies, said Tuesday. Ge said one of the warriors was very much like [Zeus], the "father of gods and men" in...
  • Rome's Ancient Aqueduct Found

    09/17/2010 7:54:05 AM PDT · by wildbill · 37 replies
    Discovery News ^ | 9/17/10 | Dislcovery News Staff
    The long-sought source of the aqueduct that brought clean fresh water to ancient Rome lies beneath a pig pasture and a ruined chapel, according to a pair of British filmmakers who claim to have discovered the headwaters of Aqua Traiana, a 1,900-year-old aqueduct built by the Emperor Trajan in 109 A.D.
  • Hadrian's Wall child murder: estimated time of death pre-367AD

    09/16/2010 7:59:09 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 24 replies · 1+ views
    Guardian ^ | Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | Martin Wainwright
    The murderous reputation of one of Britain's best-known Roman towns has been raised by the discovery of a child's hastily buried skeleton under a barrack room floor. Archaeologists at Vindolanda fort near Hadrian's Wall are preparing for a repeat of a celebrated coroner's inquest in the 1930s that concluded two other corpses unearthed near the site were "victims of murder by persons unknown shortly before 367AD". The latest discovery at the frontier settlement in Northumberland is thought to be the remains of a girl aged between eight and 10 who may have been tied up before she died. Her burial...
  • New finds suggest Romans won big North Germany battle [ Maximinus Thrax ]

    09/15/2010 8:16:18 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 42 replies
    Monsters and Critics (Deutsche Presse-Agentur) ^ | Wednesday, September 15, 2010 | Jean-Baptiste Piggin
    Until only two years ago, northern Germany was believed to have been a no-go area for Roman troops after three legions were wiped out by German tribesmen in the Battle of the Teutoburg Forest in AD 9. The revelation that two centuries later a Roman force mounted a punitive raid deep inside the tribal areas in AD 235 has changed all that, suggesting that a soldier-emperor, Maximinus Thrax, seriously attempted to subjugate the north of Germany. The debris from the battle is scattered over a wooded hill, the Harzhorn. An archeological dig there this summer turned up 1,800 artefacts. A...
  • Archaeology Series Opens with Talk on Roman Map-Making [ Valparaiso U, Indiana ]

    09/10/2010 7:02:12 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 12 replies
    Valpo Life ^ | September 2010 | Valparaiso University Relations
    The annual Valparaiso University Archaeological Institute of America lecture series will begin Sept. 21 with a discussion of Roman cartography and the creation of a map that would influence Christian mapmaking for centuries. Richard Talbert, professor of history at the University of North Carolina, will discuss "The Magnificent Peutinger Map: Roman Cartography at Its Most Creative" at 8 p.m. in Harre Union Brown and Gold Room. The lecture is free and open to the public. Talbert will discuss how the ancient Romans came to realize that maps are not mere factual records, but also value-laden documents, focusing on the powerful...
  • Swords clanging, tourists learn gladiator skills in Rome

    08/27/2010 8:09:39 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    AFP via Google ^ | Thursday, August 26, 2010 | Francoise Kadri
    Two American tourists, kitted out in glinting helmets and handsome tunics, grapple with each other, swords clanging, as if their very lives depend on it... Just a stone's throw from the Colosseum, on the ancient Appian Way leading from the Eternal City to Brindisi, they boarded the time machine of the Rome Historical Group (GSR) and whiled away an entire afternoon in the Rome of 2,000 years ago... Like the 140 other members of the association of history buffs, Hermes -- who sells real estate during the week -- became a gladiator trainer because of his "passion for Rome. Being...
  • 'Extraordinary finds' at ancient Idalion

    08/25/2010 5:39:04 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 10 replies
    Cyprus Mail ^ | August 24, 2010 | unattributed
    Ancient Cypriots were worshippers, not only of the Greek gods and goddesses, but also of faceless male and female deities, latest finds at the Idalion site have revealed... ancient Cypriots borrowed religious symbols from many nations to represent their own native gods... "With the removal of several years of accumulated rain wash, extraordinary vessels were revealed sitting on what appeared to be the last used floor of the sanctuary. These finds indicate that the sanctuary was in use until the first century BC. The cluster of whole vessels on a floor covered with mud brick detritus may indicate that the...
  • Dig unearths insight into life before the Romans [ Isle of Wight ]

    08/25/2010 5:30:47 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 40 replies
    Isle of Wight County Press Online ^ | Saturday, August 21, 2010 | Jon Moreno
    The third phase of the Big Dig at Brading Roman Villa may well have been one of the toughest excavations eminent archaeologist Sir Barry Cunliffe had ever undertaken but it has yielded some treasures and a greater understanding of Brading's history up to its Roman occupation. With the three-week dig ending [Friday], Sir Barry's team has unearthed, over the past two weeks, numerous pottery remains, ranging from pieces of amphorae to a tray for sifting sea water to extract salt. The discovery of a second century BC saucepan became the earliest evidence of occupation on the site, pushing its history...
  • Major buildings find at Roman fortress of Caerleon

    08/15/2010 11:05:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 11 replies
    BBC ^ | Wednesday, August 11, 2010 | unattributed
    Archaeologists have discovered several large buildings at the fortress of Caerleon in south Wales, one of Britain's best known Roman sites. The major discovery was made by chance by students learning to use geophysical equipment. Cardiff University's Peter Guest said the find was "totally unexpected"... Caerleon (Isca), which dates from AD 75, is one of three permanent legionary fortresses in the UK, and was used for 200 years. The others at Chester and York - are mostly buried and difficult to excavate... The students were using the geophysical equipment in fields outside the Roman fortress - an area that was...
  • Amazing Find Near the Dead Sea [ Petra Drachma coins, Bar Kochba revolt ]

    08/15/2010 9:54:01 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 20 replies ^ | August 2010 | unattributed
    When Israeli archaeologists began excavating caves near the Dead Sea, they found a real treasure: nine rare silver coins that are believed to date back to a failed Jewish rebellion against the Romans in the second century A.D... archaeological finds relating to the three-year rebellion are rare, and these coins help tell the story of the families that Shimon Bar Kochba led into the caves of the Judean Desert at the end of the second Jewish uprising against the Romans to escape brutal repression -- a move that resulted in their exile... Only 2,000 such coins are known to exist,...
  • Largest Ancient Roman Canal Ever Built Discovered at Site of Italian Sea Port

    08/14/2010 11:58:15 AM PDT · by Lucius Cornelius Sulla · 15 replies
    Associated Content ^ | August 02, 2010 | Mark Whittington
    Archeologists have discovereed an ancient Roman canal, theme of the Romans, connecting the town of Portus, on the mouth of the Tiber River, to the river town of Ostia. According to the Telegraph: "Scholars discovered the 100-yard-wide (90-metre-wide) canal at Portus, the ancient maritime port through which goods from all over the Empire were shipped to Rome for more than 400 years.
  • Survey shows up Roman remains near Cockermouth and Papcastle

    08/08/2010 5:48:08 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 28 replies · 2+ views
    Times and Star UK ^ | Thursday, August 5, 2010 | unattributed
    An archaeological survey has revealed new evidence of a Romano-British settlement in Papcastle and Cockermouth. A six-week survey of land alongside the River Derwent was carried out by Grampus Heritage after the floods revealed bits of Roman pottery. The survey started in June and was funded by Bassenthwaite Reflections. Project manager Mark Graham said the geophysical survey had revealed that the settlement was much larger than previously thought and had unveiled one on the south side of the river which includes buildings, a road, ditched enclosure and an iron working site. A large Roman building was also discovered on the...
  • Experts uncover second Roman fort on city site

    08/01/2010 6:43:33 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 7 replies · 4+ views
    This Is Exeter ^ | Friday, July 30, 2010 | unattributed
    Exeter archaeologists believe they have found a second Roman fort on a development site in the city. As the Echo has already reported, a team of city archaeologists has unearthed a previously unknown fort on the site of the former St Loye's campus off Topsham Road. Archaeologists said the original discovery was set to rewrite Exeter's early history. Now the excavations have revealed what the experts believe could be a second fort, built on top of the first... Suspicions that there was a fort on the site arose three years ago during trial trenching. Excavations before the site was developed...