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Remains of monumental Roman arcade discovered in Colchester

The remains of a monumental Roman column arcade 120 meters (394 feet) long have been unearthed in the old town center of Colchester in Essex, England. The Colchester Archaeological Trust has been excavating the site on 97 High Street in advance of construction of a new apartment building. The site was known to be inside [...]

Massive illegal dumpsite found in Roman catacomb

Roman police have discovered tons of refuse, everything from household trash to industrial waste, illegally dumped in the 2nd and 3rd century A.D. catacombs of Tor Fiscale, an archaeological park in east Rome. Situated on the Via Latina near the junction with the ancient Appian Way, the Tor Fiscale park is part of the vast [...]

Earliest evidence of fermentation found in Sweden

Archaeologists excavating a 9,200 year-old settlement on the banks of the long-defunct Lake Vesan near the Baltic Sea coast in Sölvesborg, southern Sweden, have discovered evidence of a massive fish fermentation operation. They found pine bark and an incredibly dense concentration of fish bones, about 30,000 of them per square meter. Underneath the fish bone [...]

Rare complete first edition 17th c. sex manual for sale

Aristotle’s Masterpiece, not a masterpiece nor by Aristotle, was a manual of advice on sex, childbirth and infant care first published in 1684. Its anonymous author took the name of the famous ancient Greek philosopher to give his material an air of intellectual and scientific authority. Aristotle’s Problems, a book about health and sex in [...]

No mammoth at the 1951 Explorers Club dinner

Founded in 1904 by a group of explorers, naturalists and journalists including Adolphus Greely and Frank Chapman, The Explorers Club held annual black tie banquets in New York where members supped on exotic foods while speakers regaled them with tales of that year’s adventures. The 47th Explorers Club Annual Dinner (ECAD) held on January 13th, [...]

Researchers to seek DNA in USS Houston trumpet

The USS Houston, a heavy cruiser that was President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s favorite ship, was the flagship of the U.S. Navy’s Asiatic Fleet not once but twice. FDR visited it no fewer than four times, logging thousands of miles of travel on board. It was even retrofitted with special elevators and handrails for the President’s [...]

CFP: «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World (Graduate conference)

PROLEPSIS First International Postgraduate Conference «Cupis volitare per auras» Books, libraries and textual transmission from the Ancient to the Medieval World University of Bari (Italy), 27th – 28th October 2016. Confirmed keynote speaker: Stephen J. Show More Summary

UK wants to keep Lawrence of Arabia’s robes and dagger

A magnificent presentation dagger and set of silk robes that belonged to T.E. Lawrence, also known as Lawrence of Arabia, have been placed under a temporary export bar by UK Culture Minister Ed Vaizey. The silver-gilt dagger was a gift from Sherif Nasir, cousin of Emir Faisal, given to T.E. Lawrence in 1917 after the [...]

Van Gogh Museum’s exceptional French print collection online

The Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam first got into the French turn-of-the-century prints when it bought 800 exceptional examples from a German private collection in 2000. Since then the museum has made a point of acquiring more outstanding pieces. There are just under 1,800 French prints from 1890-1905 in the Van Gogh Museum now, but [...]

Ancient First Nations’ clay may kill drug-resistant bacteria

History steps in again to help fight the terrifying scourge of a post-antibiotic world in which even the smallest infection can cause death and entire fields of medical technology — organ transplants, device transplants, cosmetic surgery — are left undefended against the onslaught of pathogens. Last year there was the very promising study of a [...]

Swiss return 2 sarcophaguses, 45 boxes of Etruscan art to Italy

The Prosecutor’s Office of Geneva returned two priceless earthenware sarcophaguses and 45 boxes of exceptional Etruscan artworks to Italy last month. They were found where tens of thousands of looted ancient artifacts worth hundreds of millions of dollars are usually found: in a giant warehouse at the Geneva Free Ports. They had been there for [...]

Bernin’s Ecstasy of Saint Teresa restored

The Ecstasy of Saint Teresa, a statue by Gian Lorenzo Bernini in the church of Santa Maria della Vittoria in Rome, has received a thorough cleaning and restoration, the first cleaning in 20 years. There were water stains from a leaking window and layers of black grime from dust accumulation, smog and other airborne pollutants. [...]

The Corruption of Spartan Society

The Sparta of Plutarch bears very little resemblance to the Sparta of Herodotus. By the first century AD, Sparta had become a brutal backwater living according to rigid rituals that the inhabitants exploited to attract tourism. These...Show More Summary

Early Christian church with unique frescoes found in Turkey

Archaeologists excavating the vast networks of rock-cut caves underneath the massive Byzantine-era castle in the town of Nev?ehir, Central Anatolia Region, Turkey, have discovered an ancient church with unique frescoes depicting Biblical scenes not seen before in other churches of the period. Preliminary estimates suggest the church dates to the 5th century and the frescoes [...]

Getty buys Orazio Gentileschi’s Danaë for record $30.5 million

The J. Paul Getty Museum blew through the record for Baroque artist Orazio Gentileschi when it bought his Danaë at a Sotheby’s auction Thursday for $30.5 million. That’s more than seven times greater than the previous record of $4,117,803 set in 2007 with the sale of a Madonna and Child. The entire sale of 61 [...]

Browse 18,000 historic menus in the New York Public Library

The New York Public Library has a collection of more than 45,000 historical restaurant menus from the 1840s to the present. It’s one of the largest menu collections in the world and it’s still growing, with Culinary Collections librarian (such a great job title) Rebecca Federman at the helm. She is the latest in a [...]

2,500-year-old footprints of people, dogs found in Arizona

I don’t quite have it in me yet to do a research-intensive post but I can’t stand to be out for three days in a row, especially since you have all been so incredibly solicitous of my health. Thank you so much for your wonderfully supportive comments, good wishes, wise advice and even recipes. Archaeologists [...]

This Day in Ancient History ~ ante diem vi kalendas februarias

ante diem vi kalendas februarias 6 A.D. — dedication of the Temple of Castor and Pollux by the future emperor Tiberius 98 A.D. — death of Nerva (?); dies imperii of Trajan ca. 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Devota 1887 — birth of Carl Blegen, future excavator of Pylos (etc.)

Repititiationes ~ 01/26/16

The Wars of the Diadochi: The Macedonian Army Divides on @wordpressdotcom https://t.co/KG1erEwOOR pic.twitter.com/kEOwRlbsMO — DCCommentaries (@DCComm) January 26, 2016 #Sappho #Quote #History pic.twitter.com/4fjyd1B5s0 — Ancient History...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 01/25/16

@magisterstevens @DorothyKing @AlexanderIII I rent it out for special occasions ???? — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 25, 2016 The Open Syllabus Project lets you explore assigned texts across 1M syllabi. https://t.co/e4TTICXMLh...Show More Summary

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