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  • Ancient Roman helmet sells for $3.7m

    AN ancient Roman helmet found in a British field by a treasure hunter with a metal detector has sold for 2.3 million pounds ($3.7 million), auctioneers Christie's say. The "exceptional" bronze cavalry parade helmet dates from the late first century or early second century, and features a well-preserved face mask, locks of curly hair and a griffin atop the cap. Read more:
  • Chinese villagers 'descended from Roman soldiers'

    11/27/2010 2:33:35 AM PST · by the scotsman · 42 replies · 1+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | 27th November 2010 | Nick Squires
    'Genetic testing of villagers in a remote part of China has shown that nearly two thirds of their DNA is of Caucasian origin, lending support to the theory that they may be descended from a 'lost legion' of Roman soldiers.'
  • Treasure trove of silver Roman coins worth thousands found buried in field

    07/16/2009 6:30:51 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 17 replies · 1,212+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | Thursday, July 16, 2009 | Daily Mail Reporter
    One of the largest hoards of Roman coins ever discovered in Britain has been officially declared 'treasure' today. Amateur metal detecting enthusiast Keith Bennett discovered a total of 1,141 Roman denarii, or silver coins, in a field last July. The coins, stashed in a clay urn and buried around four feet underground, date from between 206 BC and 195 BC. [incorrect dates, the writer apparently should have said "AD" not "BC"] ...The coins will be valued by the British Museum and they will be worth a reasonably significant sum.' Mr Bennett, 42, who works at the central library in Leamington...
  • Dig Uncovers African Beads Buried In Ancient (Irish) Village

    05/22/2008 1:43:03 PM PDT · by blam · 31 replies · 472+ views
    Irish Examiner ^ | 5-22-2008 | Sean O’Riordan
    Dig uncovers African beads buried in ancient village By Sean O’RiordanMay 22, 2008 BEADS that originated in Africa are some of the treasures archaelologists have found as they begin to explore an ancient settlement in north Cork. Test trenches also revealed pottery and weapons from a medieval period. In addition, there was evidence of prehistoric settlements in the area and an early ecclesiastic settlement, possibly from the 7th-8th century. Evidence of a large moat and cobbled walkways were also uncovered. Experts are due to conduct major excavations within weeks. One archaeologist said: “It’s one of the most exciting discoveries in...
  • Metal detecting pensioner finds Wales' oldest coin

    02/20/2008 3:46:01 PM PST · by DeaconBenjamin · 28 replies · 208+ views
    Evening Leader ^ | 20 February 2008 8:49 AM
    A METAL detecting enthusiast has unearthed a Roman coin thought to be one of the oldest ever found in Wales. Retired butcher Roy Page, 69, of Coedpoeth, found the detailed 2,000-year-old coin on a farm near St Asaph when he went on a search there with the Mold-based Historical Search Society. Roy handed the tiny silver coin to the Portable Antiquities Scheme, who identified it as dating from the second century BC. It is believed to have been brought over some time after the Roman invasion of Britain in 43 AD, or during earlier visits in the first century BC....
  • Stuffed Dormice A Roman Favourite

    07/21/2003 4:18:11 PM PDT · by blam · 41 replies · 1,213+ views
    BBC ^ | 7-21-2003
    Stuffed dormice a Roman favourite The remnants of a Roman hare stew Archaeologists in Northamptonshire are unearthing the recipe secrets of the Romans. Excavations in the county have shown the dish of the day 2,000 years ago was freshly-grilled hare and stuffed dormice. The excavations are at Whitehall Villa, Nether Heyford, just yards from the Grand Union Canal, are revealing the secrets of Northamptonshire's Roman Heritage, including their unusual diet. Archaeologist Martin Weaver said a burned bowl found at the site contained the remnants of hare stew. "They also ate dormice - stuffed - and oysters. They loved their oysters,"...
  • Prehistoric gold coins found in Suffolk[UK]

    01/18/2009 2:24:46 PM PST · by BGHater · 21 replies · 1,028+ views
    EDP 24 ^ | 17 Jan 2009 | EDP 24
    The largest hoard of prehistoric gold coins in Britain in modern times has been discovered by a metal detectorist in Suffolk, it emerged today. The collection of 824 gold staters was found in a broken pottery jar buried in a field near Wickham Market. Jude Plouviez, of the Suffolk County Council Archaeological Service, said the coins dated from 40BC to AD15 and were thought to have been minted by predecessors of Boudicca - the Iceni Queen who spearheaded a revolt against occupying Roman forces. Their value when in circulation had been estimated at a modern equivalent of between £500,000 and...
  • Analysis Of Roman Epitaphs Alters Concept Of 'Family'

    02/29/2004 4:36:28 PM PST · by blam · 107 replies · 980+ views
    University Of Calgary ^ | 2-11-2004 | Dr Hanne Sigismund
    Analysis of Roman epitaphs alters concept of 'family' February 11, 2004 If ancient Romans observed Family Day, their celebrations would have included wet nurses, slaves and possibly many others who had no blood relationship, according to new University of Calgary research. A landmark analysis by classicist Dr. Hanne Sigismund Nielsen of more than 4,500 inscriptions on Roman tombstones shows that our concept of the Roman family needs to be broadened to include much more than just parents, grandparents and children. "Roman families did not at all look like our family structure today," says Nielsen, who spent more than 10 years...
  • They Came, They Saw, They Bought the Souvenir

    05/18/2005 7:58:12 AM PDT · by wildbill · 6 replies · 392+ views
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | may 18, 2005 | nic fleming
    A series of finds unearthed at a previously unknown Roman amphitheatre in Chester suggest the habits of sports fans have not changed in almost two millennia, archaeologists said yesterday. Milling about outside the ground, spectators picked up fast food on the way to their seats. Stalls offered cheap souvenirs of the fearsome encounters...
  • ROMAN REMAINS (Ancient Sports Fans (Gladiator Contests) Ate Fast Food, Bought Tacky Gifts)

    05/18/2005 5:23:35 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 24 replies · 1,006+ views
    May 18 2005
    ANCIENT sports fans ate fast food and bought tacky gifts, it is claimed. Archaeologists say Romans gnawed on spare ribs and chicken while watching gladiators fight nearly 2000 years ago. It follows a dig at the site of an amphitheatre in Chester where the bones of discarded snacks were found. Part of a souvenir bowl decorated with pictures of the fights was also uncovered
  • Archaeologists Unearth Britain's Own Miniature Coliseum

    05/17/2005 3:04:52 PM PDT · by blam · 34 replies · 938+ views
    Scotsman ^ | 5-17-2005
    Archaeologists Unearth Britain's Own Miniature Coliseum By Emma Gunby, PA Archaeologists have discovered evidence of Britain’s own miniature Coliseum, it was revealed today. The two-tier stone built structure, in Chester, which dates back to 100AD, hosted gladiatorial contests, floggings and public executions. Experts say the amphitheatre is the only one of its kind in Britain and the new evidence proves that Chester must have been an important site within the Roman Empire. Dan Garner, senior archaeologist for Chester City Council, said: “Previous findings have suggested that the amphitheatre was a two-tier structure, but it was always believed the second tier...
  • Historians locate King Arthur's Round Table

    07/11/2010 7:20:19 AM PDT · by DeaconBenjamin · 36 replies
    Telegraph (UK) ^ | 11 Jul 2010 | By Martin Evans
    Historians claim to have finally located the site of King Arthur’s Round Table – and believe it could have seated 1,000 people. Researchers exploring the legend of Britain’s most famous Knight believe his stronghold of Camelot was built on the site of a recently discovered Roman amphitheatre in Chester. Legend has it that his Knights would gather before battle at a round table where they would receive instructions from their King. But rather than it being a piece of furniture, historians believe it would have been a vast wood and stone structure which would have allowed more than 1,000 of...
  • Via Aurelia: The Roman Empire's Lost Highway

    07/06/2009 7:27:25 AM PDT · by BGHater · 17 replies · 1,470+ views
    Smithsonian Magazine ^ | June 2009 | Joshua Hammer
    French amateur archaeologist Bruno Tassan fights to preserve a neglected 2,000-year-old ancient interstate in southern Provence At first glance, it didn't appear that impressive: a worn limestone pillar, six feet high and two feet wide, standing slightly askew beside a country road near the village of Pélissanne in southern France. "A lot of people pass by without knowing what it is," Bruno Tassan, 61, was saying, as he tugged aside dense weeds that had grown over the column since he last inspected it. Tassan was showing me a milliaire, or milestone, one of hundreds planted along the highways of Gaul...
  • Mel Gibson To Produce 'Boudicca' Film Epic

    04/28/2004 9:29:31 AM PDT · by Hal1950 · 164 replies · 11,551+ views
    NewsScotsman ^ | 28 April 2004 | Mark Sage
    Flush from the success of The Passion Of The Christ, Mel Gibson is looking back in time once again – to produce an epic about Boudicca, who led Britain against Roman conquerors. Dubbed “Braveheart with a bra”, the film will chronicle Boudicca’s rise from peasant girl to a military leader who united the Celtic tribes of Britain. Gibson’s production company, Icon, appears keen to cash in on further historical tales, after The Passion netted hundreds of millions of pounds at the box office. The film will be directed by Gavin O’Connor who told the Hollywood trade paper Variety: “What drew...
  • Chinese villagers 'descended from Roman soldiers'

    11/24/2010 2:29:16 PM PST · by markomalley · 37 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | 11/23/2010 | NIck Squires
    Cai Junnian's green eyes give a hint he may be a descendant of Roman mercenaries who allegedly fought the Han Chinese 2,000 years ago Genetic testing of villagers in a remote part of China has shown that nearly two thirds of their DNA is of Caucasian origin, lending support to the theory that they may be descended from a 'lost legion' of Roman soldiers. Tests found that the DNA of some villagers in Liqian, on the fringes of the Gobi Desert in north-western China, was 56 per cent Caucasian in origin. Many of the villagers have blue or green...
  • The Goths and Later Germanic[CELTIC] Invaders

    09/27/2002 7:07:12 PM PDT · by LostTribe · 46 replies · 2,360+ views
    University Web Site ^ | Unk | Unknown
    The Goths and Later Germanic Invaders Little is known about the early history of the Goths before they came into contact with the Romans. What little evidence we have indicates that they probably came from Scandinavia. In the first millennium B. C., they crossed the Baltic Sea and migrated into Northeastern Europe in the area occupied by Poland today. Later, they moved again and made their home in the area north of the Black Sea. Nobody knows for sure what caused these migrations but they became known as the Wanderings of the Peoples. Anthropologists speculate that changes in climate caused...
  • Ancient Welsh city found

    08/15/2006 7:52:05 AM PDT · by Marius3188 · 46 replies · 1,429+ views
    News Wales ^ | 14 Aug 2006 | News Wales
    Caer Caradoc at Mynydd y Gaer, Glamorgan, is one of the most important locations in all of ancient British history. It is the fabled fortress city of King Caradoc 1, son of Arch, who fought the Romans from 42-51AD. And now, a small team of dedicated researchers working with historians Alan Wilson and Baram Blackett, have been able to pinpoint the location of this site. "It is great news for the local, regional and national economy," said Alan Wilson today. "We have been making these discoveries for many years and with the Electrum Cross discovered at nearby St. Peter's in...
  • Archaeologists Unveil Majestic Roman Ruins That Rival Riches of Pompeii

    10/08/2008 2:34:52 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 30 replies · 919+ views
    New York Times ^ | September 30, 2008 | Elisabetta Povoledo
    Photo: Ostia Archeological Authority
  • Druids Committed Human Sacrifice, Cannibalism?

    03/20/2009 4:10:41 PM PDT · by JoeProBono · 32 replies · 1,711+ views
    nationalgeographic ^ | March 20, 2009 | James Owen
    Recent evidence that Druids possibly committed cannibalism and ritual human sacrifice—perhaps on a massive scale—add weight to ancient Roman accounts of Druidic savagery, archaeologists say.After a first century B.C. visit to Britain, the Romans came back with horrific stories about these high-ranking priests of the Celts, who had spread throughout much of Europe over a roughly 2,000-year period.
  • Romans killed dozens of unwanted babies at English 'brothel'

    06/29/2010 8:48:14 AM PDT · by NYer · 55 replies
    Mail Online ^ | June 26, 2010 | Sam Greenhill
    A farmer's field in Buckinghamshire has yielded a grisly secret  -  it was the burial ground for nearly 100 tiny babies slaughtered by the Romans. The site is suspected of being an ancient brothel and the 97 newborns could have been the unwanted babies of prostitutes, experts say. With little or no effective contraception available to the Romans, who also considered infanticide less shocking than it is today, they may have simply murdered the children as soon as they were born. The Yewden Villa excavations at Hambleden in 1912. Archaelogists have found the remains of 97 babies at the site...
  • Borders Folks May Be Descended From Africans (Hadrian's Wall)

    06/13/2004 2:15:19 PM PDT · by blam · 61 replies · 1,694+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 6-11-2004 | David Derbershire
    Borders folk may be descended from Africans By David Derbyshire (Filed: 11/06/2004) Families who have lived in the English-Scottish Borders for generations could be descended from African soldiers who patrolled Hadrian's Wall nearly 2,000 years ago. Archaeologists say there is compelling evidence that a 500-strong unit of Moors manned a fort near Carlisle in the third century AD. Richard Benjamin, an archaeologist at Liverpool University who has studied the history of black Britons, believes many would have settled and raised families. "When you talk about Romans in Britain, most people think about blue eyes and pale complexions," he said. "But...
  • Infanticide Common in Roman Empire

    05/05/2011 4:22:17 PM PDT · by Little Bill · 25 replies
    Discovery ^ | 5/5/2011 | Jennerfer Vargas
    Before the invention of modern contraception, family planning took the form of a chilling practice. Infanticide, the killing of unwanted babies, was common throughout the Roman Empire and other parts of the ancient world, according to a new study. The study, which has been accepted for publication in the Journal of Archaeological Science, explains that "until recently, (infanticide) was a practice that was widely tolerated in human societies around the world. Prior to modern methods of contraception, it was one of the few ways of limiting family size that was both safe for the mother and effective." Based on archaeological...
  • Archaeologist's dig reveals solution to ancient riddle of lost Roman town

    07/30/2004 7:47:49 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 8 replies · 591+ views
    Telegraph Online ^ | Sunday 30 July 2000 | Adam Lusher
    Brian Philp has spent 34 years quietly amassing evidence to support his theory that Noviomagus, a small "trading post" town on a busy Roman route between London and the south coast, lies beneath fields next to St John the Baptist church in West Wickham, Kent. Academics now say that his theory is so strong there should be a full excavation of the site... The location of Noviomagus has tantalised historians for centuries because it is well-documented in Roman records but no credible material evidence has ever been found... The scholar Robert Talbot suggested Old Croydon as a possible site...
  • Senua, Britain's Unknown Goddess Unearthed

    09/01/2003 11:00:49 AM PDT · by blam · 13 replies · 401+ views
    The Guardian (UK) ^ | 9-1-2003 | Maev Kennedy
    Senua, Britain's unknown goddess unearthed Clues to catastrophe after rare Roman temple treasure found Maev Kennedy, arts and heritage correspondent Monday September 1, 2003 The Guardian (UK) Sensua - probably an older Celtic goddess, who was then adopted and Romanised. Photo: British Museum She is faceless and armless, but she has a name: Senua. A previously unknown Romano-British goddess has been resurrected at the British Museum, patiently prised from soil-encrusted clumps of gold and corroded silver which have buried her identity for more than 1,600 years. Her name is published for the first time today. The 26 pieces of gold...
  • So what have the Romans ever done for us? Ireland's links with the Roman empire are being investi...

    06/20/2012 6:42:38 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 47 replies
    Irish Times ^ | Thursday, February 16, 2012 | Anthony King
    Roman artifacts including coins, glass beads and brooches turn up in many Irish counties, especially in the east. Cahill Wilson investigated human remains... using strontium and isotope analysis and carbon dating. Remarkably, this allowed her say where they most likely spent their childhood. One burial site on a low ridge overlooking the sea in Bettystown, Co Meath, was dated to the 5th/6th century AD using radiocarbon dating. Most of the people were newcomers to the area, Cahill Wilson concluded. The clue was in their teeth. Enamel, one of the toughest substances in our body, completely mineralises around the age of...
  • Roman roads in Britain

    10/16/2004 5:46:24 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies · 2,337+ views
    Channel 4 ^ | before 2004 | staff
    Ermine Street, the search for a stretch of which featured in the Cheshunt programme in the 2002 series, is far from being one of the longest Roman roads; those are to be found in mainland Europe. But it is one of the best known – and for the Romans, most important – in Britain. It linked London with Lincoln (passing through Ancaster, which also features in the 2002 series) before continuing on to the Humber, inland from the modern road bridge, at Winteringham. Long, straight stretches of it can still be plotted on a map; much the same route...
  • Roman Britons After 410

    12/21/2002 6:58:05 PM PST · by blam · 39 replies · 1,669+ views
    British Archaeology ^ | 12-2002 | Martin Henig
    Roman Britons after 410The ‘end of Roman Britain’ is a myth. Roman culture survived right through the Anglo-Saxon period. Martin Henig explainsThe 'story' of Roman Britain, as told to generations of schoolchildren, is a very simple one - AD 43, the Roman legions march in; AD 410, they march out again. Barbarity beforehand, barbarity afterwards, civilisation in between. In an earlier issue of this magazine (BA, September 1998) I suggested that the Roman 'conquest' of AD 43 was not all that it seemed to be, and that Britain's southern rulers - if not those in the north - were Romanised...
  • An olive stone from 150BC links pre-Roman Britain to today's pizzeria

    07/21/2012 7:25:39 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 43 replies ^ | Thursday 19 July 2012 | Maev Kennedy
    Iron Age Britons were importing olives from the Mediterranean a century before the Romans arrived with their exotic tastes in food, say archaeologists who have discovered a single olive stone from an excavation of an Iron Age well at at Silchester in Hampshire. The stone came from a layer securely dated to the first century BC, making it the earliest ever found in Britain -- but since nobody ever went to the trouble of importing one olive, there must be more, rotted beyond recognition or still buried. The stone, combined with earlier finds of seasoning herbs such as coriander, dill...
  • Crystal Amulet Poses Question On Early Christianity (Denmark - 100AD)

    03/09/2007 11:37:30 AM PST · by blam · 88 replies · 2,310+ views
    Denmark DK ^ | 3-9-2007
    9 March 2007 Crystal amulet poses question on early Christianity An overlooked crystal amulet in the National Museum suggests new understandings about Christianity's origins in Denmark King Harold Bluetooth brought Christianity to Denmark roughly 1100 years ago. At least that's what he declared on the Jelling Stone located in Jutland: 'King Haraldr ordered this monument made in memory of Gormr, his father, and in memory of Thyrvé, his mother; that Haraldr who won for himself all of Denmark and Norway and made the Danes Christian.' A tiny crystal amulet in the National Museum's archives suggests something quite different though, that...
  • The Romans in Ireland

    07/18/2004 8:54:58 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies · 3,458+ views
    Archaeology Today ^ | 2000? | L.A. Curchin
    Juvenal's claim was dismissed as poetic exaggeration until archaeological discoveries suggested that the Romans may, after all, have extended their power across the Irish Sea. In 1927 a unique group of burials was unearthed on Lambay, a small island off the coast of County Dublin... Irish archaeologist Barry Raftery plausibly suggests that the burials may represent Britons fleeing reprisals after the Romans crushed a revolt by the Brigantes in the year 74... At Drumanagh in County Dublin, trial explorations have revealed traces of a Roman coastal fort on a promontory jutting into the Irish Sea. The 40-acre site is defended...
  • Buddha statue from 6th c found in Viking hoard in Helgo, Sweden

    04/26/2005 11:26:07 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 25 replies · 2,840+ views
    Biblical Archaeology Review ^ | March/April 2005 | "Worldwide" editor
    This fifth or sixth century A.D. statue of the Buddha from northern India was found in a Viking treasure horde on the Swedish island of Helgö. Globalization is clearly not a recent phenomenon... [F]ew people got around as much as the Vikings. From their Scandinavian coves they visited, raided, traded with and settled in lands from Newfoundland to Baghdad. They conquered Britain, terrorized Ireland and France, settled Iceland, raided Spain and ranged throughout the Mediterranean basin. They established a major presence in Russia, the Ukraine and the Crimea, sending their longboats down the Volga into the Black Sea. They raided...
  • Graves Hint At Contact With Romans (Sweden)

    11/09/2006 3:36:23 PM PST · by blam · 25 replies · 623+ views
    The Local ^ | 11-8-2006
    Graves hint at contact with Romans Published: 8th November 2006 19:18 CET Archaeologists excavating ancient graves in western Sweden have found shards from ceramic vessels made in the Roman Empire, in a find that could challenge assumptions about contacts between people in Sweden and the Romans. The graves in Stenungsund, around 45 kilometres north of Gothenburg, have been dated to between the years 1 and 300 AD. The remains of burned bones from two people were found, along with the pieces of ceramic. "There are pieces from four or five vessels in each grave, and we have never previously found...
  • Report: Ancient Roman graveyard found in suburban Copenhagen

    10/11/2007 11:55:59 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 18 replies · 309+ views
    IHT ^ | October 10, 2007 | Associated Press / Roskilde Dagblad
    Archaeologists have discovered a Roman cemetery from about 300 A.D. in suburban Copenhagen with about 30 graves, a newspaper reported Wednesday. "It is something special and rare in Denmark to have so many (ancient Roman) graves in one place," archaeologist Rune Iversen was quoted as saying by the Roskilde Dagblad newspaper. The graveyard's exact location in Ishoej, southwest of downtown Copenhagen, was being kept secret until the archaeologists from the nearby Kroppedal Museum have completed their work, the newspaper wrote... Archaeologists found necklaces and other personal belongings, as well as ceramics for containing food. "It shows that we're dealing with...
  • What John Roberts really did for us

    06/30/2012 11:52:15 AM PDT · by Starman417 · 105 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 06-30-12 | DrJohn
    Pyrrhus was king of the Hellenistic kingdom of Epirus whose costly military successes against Macedonia and Rome gave rise to the phrase' Pyrrhic victory'. In 281 BC Tarentum, a Greek colony in southern Italy, asked his assisstance against Rome. Pyrrhus crossed to Italy with 25,000 men and 20 elephants. He won a complete, but costly, victory over a Roman army at Heraclea. In 279 Pyrrhus, again suffering heavy casualties, defeated the Romans at Asculum. His remark 'Another such victory and I shall be ruined' gave name to the term 'Pyrrhic victory' for a victory obtained at to great a...
  • The Ivy League of Ancient Roman Gladiator Schools

    06/27/2012 11:17:49 AM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 6 replies
    IO9 ^ | Jun 22, 2012 | Keith Veronese
    The Ivy League of Ancient Roman Gladiator Schools If you got sent back in time 2,000 years to ancient Rome, you probably wouldn't want to choose a career as a gladiator. After all, it was a messy existence, with a fairly low life expectancy. But if you were up to your eyeballs in debt, or wanted a chance at fortune or fame, you could break in at the top, by going to gladiator school. And four different Roman gladiator academies rose above the nearly 100 others, to become the best of the best. At these schools, you'd learn specific fighting...
  • Rome Icon Actually Younger Than the City

    06/25/2012 7:49:47 PM PDT · by DogByte6RER · 10 replies
    Discovery News ^ | Mon Jun 25, 2012 | Rossella Lorenzi
    Rome Icon Actually Younger Than the City The icon of Rome's foundation, a life-size bronze statue of a she-wolf with two human infants suckling her, is about 1,700 years younger than its city, Rome's officials admitted on Saturday. The official announcement, made at the Capitoline Museums, where the 30 inch-high bronze is the centerpiece of a dedicated room, quashes the belief that the sculpture was adopted by the earliest Romans as a symbol for their city. "The new dating ranges between 1021 e il 1153," said Lucio Calcagnile, who carried radiocarbon tests at the University of Salento's Center for Dating...
  • Yeshiva University Team Discovers the Arch of Titus Menorah's Original Golden Color

    06/25/2012 4:50:54 PM PDT · by SJackson · 9 replies
    Yeshiva University ^ | June 22, 2012.
    From June 5 to 7, 2012 an international team of scholars led by the Yeshiva University Center for Israel Studies in partnership with the Soprintendenza Speciale per i Beni Archeologici di Roma undertook a pilot study of the Arch of Titus in the Roman Forum, the ancient civic center of Rome, Italy. The focus of attention was the Menorah panel and the relief showing the deification of Titus at the apex of the arch. The arch was originally dedicated after the Emperor Titus' death in 81 CE and celebrates his victory in the Jewish War of 66-74 CE, which climaxed...
  • Ancient Romans In Texas?

    04/14/2002 6:23:47 AM PDT · by Hellmouth · 142 replies · 7,016+ views
    Science Frontiers online ^ | Nov-Dec 1993 | William Corliss
    ANCIENT ROMANS IN TEXAS? If one searches long enough and hard enough, one can discover hints that just about any ancient culture you care to name set foot in the New World well before the Vikings and Columbus. Old coins, inscriptions, language concordances, and the like are taken by many as proofs that Egyptians visited Oklahoma, the Chinese moored along the Pacific coast, the Celts toured New England, and so on. Now, according to Professor V. Belfiglio, the ancient Romans had Texas on their itineraries. Belfiglio's evidence is fourfold, and so are mainstream criticisms: Roman coins found in Texas....
  • Roman jewellery found in ancient Japan tomb

    06/22/2012 3:03:28 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 34 replies ^ | Friday, June 22, 2012 | AFP
    Glass jewellery believed to have been made by Roman craftsmen has been found in an ancient tomb in Japan, researchers said Friday, in a sign the empire's influence may have reached the edge of Asia. Tests have revealed three glass beads discovered in the Fifth Century "Utsukushi" burial mound in Nagaoka, near Kyoto, were probably made some time between the first and the fourth century, the Nara National Research Institute for Cultural Properties said. The government-backed institute has recently finished analysing components of the glass beads, measuring five millimetres (0.2 inches) in diametre, with tiny fragments of gilt attached. It...
  • Roman Souvenir Of (Hadrian's) Wall Found

    09/30/2003 1:58:50 PM PDT · by blam · 29 replies · 956+ views
    BBC ^ | 9-30-2003
    Roman souvenir of wall found The bronze pan has the names of Roman forts on it A unique Roman "souvenir" of the building of Hadrian's Wall has been discovered. The bronze pan, dating from the second century AD, when the Romans built the dividing wall across the north of England, was found in the Staffordshire moorlands. Archaeologists are excited because the names of four forts located at the western end of Hadrian's Wall - Bowes, Drumburgh, Stanwix and Castlesteads - are engraved on the vessel. The discovery was being made public at the Institute of Archaeology in London by the...
  • Roman Brooch find in Shetland extends ancient travel routes

    07/11/2003 7:21:17 PM PDT · by WoofDog123 · 16 replies · 1,152+ views
    the herald(uk) ^ | 11JULY03 | Stephen Stewart
    Roman brooch find in Shetland extends ancient travel routes STEPHEN STEWART AMATEUR archaeologists may have found Britain's most northerly ancient Roman artefact, it emerged yesterday. The fibula, or brooch, which has been dated to between 50BC and 50AD, could have belonged to an islander returning to the area around Norwick on Shetland after serving in the Roman army. The archaeologists made the find when they were called in after bulldozers unearthed items while extending the graveyard at Norwick. It is highly unusual to find Roman goods so far north and the item gives a revealing insight into trade routes and...
  • (October 28, 2002) How We Loved The Romans (Scotland Celts)

    10/27/2002 4:36:00 PM PST · by blam · 48 replies · 2,142+ views
    Sunday Herald ^ | 10-28-2002 | Juliette Garside
    How we really loved the Romans New research explodes myth that Scots were untameable barbarians By Juliette Garside The enduring myth that the Romans left the 'barbarians' of Scotland untouched during their conquest of the rest of the British Isles has been shattered by a new archaeological find. Not only did they settle in Scotland for around 15 years in the first century AD ... they even got our ancestors to swap their beer and lard for wine and olive oil. For hundreds of years, historians who based their theories on the classical writer Tacitus have always assumed the first...
  • Bulgarian Archaeologists Find Late Antiquity Church on Black Sea Coast

    06/05/2012 4:02:17 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 1 replies
    Novinite ^ | Monday, May 28, 2012 | unattributed
    Bulgarian archaeologists have found a church dating back to the late Antiquity period, which is located near the village of Sarafovo, on the Black Sea coast. The site, which is close to the Bulgarian Black Sea city of Burgas, has been excavated by the team of Prof. Dr. Lyudmil Vagalinski, who is the Director of the National Archaeology Institute and Museum at the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences, since the start of May 2012. The excavations at Sarafovo (a village also known for hosting a military airfield) began after over the winter the sea waves uncovered parts of a Roman structures...
  • Deepest Roman shipwrecks found near Greece

    05/30/2012 6:18:13 AM PDT · by C19fan · 18 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | May 30, 2012 | Rob Waugh
    Two Roman-era shipwrecks have been found in deep water off a western Greek island, challenging the idea that ancient shipmasters stuck to coastal routes. The merchant ships were sunk nearly a mile deep between Corfu and Italy - proving that ancient traders didn't 'hug the shore'. Greece's culture ministry said the two third-century wrecks were discovered earlier this month during a survey of an area where a Greek-Italian gas pipeline is to be sunk.
  • Oldest Jewish archaeological evidence on the Iberian Peninsula

    05/27/2012 8:31:50 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 4 replies
    Eurekalert ^ | Friday, May 25, 2012 | Friedrich-Schiller-Universitaet Jena
    On a marble plate, measuring 40 by 60 centimetres, the name "Yehiel" can be read, followed by further letters which have not yet been deciphered... the new discovery might be a tomb slab... "The organic material of the antlers could be dated by radiocarbon analysis with certainty to about 390 AD," excavation leader Dr. Dennis Graen of the Jena University explains... ...Not only is the early date exceptional in this case, but also the place of the discovery: Never before have Jewish discoveries been made in a Roman villa, the Jena Archaelogist explains. In the Roman Empire at that time...
  • Black Magic Revealed in Two Ancient Curses

    05/23/2012 11:05:52 AM PDT · by Renfield · 23 replies ^ | 5-22-2012 | Owen Jarus
    At a time when black magic was relatively common, two curses involving snakes were cast, one targeting a senator and the other an animal doctor, says a Spanish researcher who has just deciphered the 1,600-year-old curses. Both curses feature a depiction of a deity, possibly the Greek goddess Hekate, with serpents coming out of her hair, possibly meant to strike at the victims. Both curses contain Greek invocations similar to examples known to call upon Hekate....
  • Italy busts eBay looted artefacts ring

    05/23/2012 6:42:50 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    VancouverDesi ^ | May 18, 2012 | AFP str-glr/dt/har
    Italian police on Friday said they were investigating 70 people for trading thousands of looted archaeological artefacts including ancient coins and vases on Internet auction site eBay. The investigation began when the police found an eBay announcement in 2009 and they tracked down a father and son team of tomb raiders in a village in Calabria in southern Italy who had dug up Byzantine, Greek and Roman burials. Police said in a statement they had seized 16,344 artefacts including bronze and silver coins, rings and ceramic vases, as well as 10 metal detectors. Most of the pieces came from the...
  • ORBIS -- The Stanford Geospatial Network Model of the Roman World

    05/22/2012 5:33:56 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies
    Stanford University ^ | May 2012 | Walter Scheidel & Elijah Meeks
    In the aggregate, our model simulations make it possible to reconfigure conventional maps of the Roman Empire to express the relative cost of transfers from or to a central point as distance. This perspective captures the structural properties of the imperial system as a whole by identifying the relative position of particular elements of the network and illustrating the impact of travel speed and especially transport prices on overall connectivity. Distance cartograms show that due to massive cost differences between aquatic and terrestrial modes of transport, peripheries were far more remote from the center in terms of price than...
  • Romans In Brazil During The Second Third Century?

    12/10/2003 5:37:14 PM PST · by blam · 99 replies · 7,762+ views
    Romans in Brazil During the Second or Third Century? Ex-marine and underwater explorer/archaeologist/treasure-hunter Robert Marx states rather flatly: Amongst my most notable discover[ies] was that of a 2nd century BC Roman shipwreck in the Bay of Guanabara, near Rio de Janeiro. This is a discovery that has received little to no examination, much less validation, from the realm of mainstream archaeology, no doubt in part because Marx is not a Ph.D. archaeologist. Scouring the web for more information about this finding, I did find a reference to the discovery in an article from Dr. Elizabeth Lyding Will, an expert on...
  • Romans in Brazil During the Second or Third Century?

    10/17/2004 7:47:13 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 14 replies · 1,059+ views
    Mysterious Earth ^ | June 20, 2003 | "Michael"
    This is a discovery that has received little to no examination, much less validation, from the realm of mainstream archaeology, no doubt in part because Marx is not a Ph.D. archaeologist. Scouring the web for more information about this finding, I did find a reference to the discovery in an article from Dr. Elizabeth Lyding Will, an expert on Roman amphoras (clay vessels used to store and ship goods during the Roman era). Dr. Will apparently has a piece of an amphora recovered from Marx's Brazil discovery. Of it, she says: The highly publicized amphoras Robert Marx found in the...