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Were Cervantes’ bones under piles of old books?

Last April, the Convent of the Barefoot Trinitarians in Madrid, burial place of Miguel de Cervantes, author of The Adventures of the Ingenious Nobleman Don Quixote of La Mancha, one the most important books in the Western literary canon, was scanned with ground-penetrating radar in the first phase of a search for the iconic writer’s [...]

Mons Meg leaves Edinburgh Castle for tune-up

Mons Meg, the six-ton 15th century cannon that guards the parapets of Edinburgh Castle, has left her post for the first time in 30 years. Before dawn on Monday, January 19th, a crew of specialists strapped Meg up so she could be gingerly lifted her out of her carriage by a crane, loaded onto a [...]

CFP: Exploring Roman Comedy and Its Reception

Submitted for posting:   Call for Papers: Graduate & Undergraduate Students Class Acts II: Exploring Roman Comedy and its Reception March 21-22 2015 University of Pittsburgh Pittsburgh PA   Send anonymous abstracts of 500 or fewer words to pittclassicsevents AT by February 16, 2015. Keynote address: Sharon L. James, PhD University of North Carolina, Chapel […]

Tut’s beard glued back on like a bad craft project

The AP reported on Thursday that the false beard on the gold funerary mask of Tutankhamun, probably the single most recognizable ancient artifact in the world, had come off and was reattached with a sloppy mess of irreversible epoxy glue. Cited in the article are three conservators at the Cairo Museum, all unnamed due to [...]

New Research on Peruvian High-Elevation "Lost City"

Choquequirao is a truly “lost city,” abandoned around 1572 when the last Inca ruler, Tupac Amaru, was captured in the distant jungles, dragged back to Cusco and executed by Spanish colonial authorities. Choquequirao’s ancient houses,...Show More Summary

Roman Silenus bed fitting found in Denmark

A metal detectorist has discovered a bronze figure of Silenus on the island of Falster in southeastern Denmark. When she first unearthed the bust of a togate, bearded figure, the metal detectorist thought it was a modern piece because it was so finely crafted and in such good condition. It wasn’t until she showed it [...]

More Uses Deduced for Antikythera

Scientists keep edging closer to determining the who, what and why of the Antikythera Mechanism recovered from an ancient shipwreck near Crete in 1901. So far, we know the strange, complex assembly of bronze gears could accurately predict...Show More Summary

Aboriginal Stories Tell of Rising Sea Levels

New research into early Aboriginal stories set along Australia's coast has detected evidence of dramatically rising shoreline waters over several thousand years. It seems that sea level about 20,000 years ago was 120 meters below its current level, rising 13,000 years ago to about 70 meters below current sea level. Show More Summary

Letters read on carbonized Herculaneum scrolls

When the wealthy town of Herculaneum was buried in pyroclastic flows from the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., organic materials like wood, food and large quantities of poop were instantly carbonized by the superheated gases and ash, sucking all the water out of them and preventing their decay. Subsequent pyroclastic flows buried the [...]

CFP: Fifth International Conference on the Ancient Novel

Submitted for posting: Proposals are hereby solicited for papers for the Fifth International Conference on the Ancient Novel (ICAN V). The conference is open to all areas of the ancient novel and other forms of narrative. The conference will be held in Houston, Texas, 30 September – 4 October 2015. If you wish to present […]

Drone Indiana Jones maps ruins of Italian town

It’s the first month of the new year and we already have a fine addition to my collection of Pompeii metaphors used to describe archaeological sites that are nothing at all like Pompeii. This time it’s the town of Cerreto Sannita in the southern Italian region of Campania being made to wear the Pompeii colors. [...]

Better. Stronger. Faster.

As previously threatened, I am officially marking The History Blog’s passing the six million pageviews milestone with a Steve Austin reference. That’s really the only reason I’m even announcing this particular milestone. One million I announced because it’s a big deal; five million because we got there a lot faster than I expected. The six [...]

Remains of five people found in Amphipolis tomb

On Monday Greece’s Ministry of Culture announced the results of the first bone study on the skeletal remains found in the Kasta Tumulus in Amphipolis. Approximately 550 fragments of bone — some crushed, some whole and one skull missing the facial bones and teeth — were found in the tomb. Multidisciplinary teams from the Democritus [...]

The movie history book that cast a spell on young Martin Scorsese

Some time ago, I watched a documentary called A Personal Journey with Martin Scorsese Through American Movies. The title says it all, really. It’s about the movies that influenced Scorsese to become a director, the ones he loved as a boy, the ones that shaped his understanding of film. Since he’s a huge, huge movie [...]

Read and see what Darwin read and saw on the HMS Beagle

Charles Darwin boarded the HMS Beagle in December of 1831 as a self-funded (Josiah Wedgwood II, son of the potter/industrialist and Charles’ uncle by marriage actually did the funding) gentleman naturalist on what was supposed to be a two-year survey of the South American coast. He wound up spending five years on board circumnavigating the [...]

Citizen Kane to be screened at Hearst Castle

There must be some weird spinning noises coming from the Hearst mausoleum at Cypress Lawn Cemetery in Colma, California, because for the first time ever, Citizen Kane, Orson Welles’ greatest masterpiece and William Randolph Heart’s noirest bête noir, will be screened at Hearst Castle. It will be shown in the castle’s private theater on March [...]

132-year-old Winchester ’73 found leaning against tree

Eva Jensen, Cultural Resource Program Manager at Great Basin National Park in eastern Nevada’s Snake mountain range, was exploring the park with the archaeology team looking for Native American artifacts on November 6th, 2014, when she spotted an object leaning against a Juniper tree. Upon closer examination, she saw that it was a rifle so [...]

RepiTitiationes ~ 01/04/15

… a bit of a lacuna due to twitter issues and flu issues … Author Says a Whole Culture—Not a Single 'Homer'—Wrote 'Iliad,' 'Odyssey' — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) January 4, 2015 Ovid, Heroides 8.105-116...Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 12/31/14

Did Roman Soldiers Eat Meat? – The Roman Military Diet — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) December 31, 2014 Turn Me into a Lyre: Three More Songs for Drinking | Sententiae Antiquae — rogueclassicist...Show More Summary

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