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Hospital scan reveals contents of Carolingian pot

The Carolingian pot that was part of a Viking hoard discovered by metal detectorist Derek McLennan in Dumfries and Galloway, Scotland, last September has been CT scanned in a hospital. The silver alloy vessel is covered in verdigris (the green powdery substance produced from the corrosion of copper) and experts were concerned that it was [...]

Unique remains of Ice Age infants found in Alaska

The skeletons of two Ice Age infants discovered at the Upward Sun River archaeological site in central Alaska are the earliest human remains ever found in northern North America. The presence of grave goods is also unprecedented for an infant burial of this era. The remains date to about 11,500 years ago. By analyzing tooth [...]

Human remains found in Amphipolis tomb

Excavation of the third chamber of the Kasta Tumulus in Amphipolis has revealed a limestone cyst grave containing human remains 1.6 meters (5’2?) beneath the surviving floor stones. The grave is 3.23 meters (10’7?) long, 1.56 meters (5’1?) wide and one meter (3’3?) high, but uprights discovered when the cyst was excavated indicate the walls [...]

Vivid murals found in 1000-year-old Chinese tomb

In 2011, archaeologists from the Datong Municipal Institute of Archaeology discovered a mural tomb near the railway station in Datong City, northern Shanxi province, China. The tomb dates to the Liao Dynasty, an empire that ruled over Mongolia, parts of what is today Russia, northern Korea and northern China from 907 to 1125 A.D., and [...]

Relief of unknown god found in Turkey

University of Münster archaeologists excavating the ruins of a medieval monastery near the southeastern Turkish city of Gaziantep have discovered a basalt stele carved with a figure of a previously unknown deity. The monastery of Mar Solomon (Saint Solomon) was built in the early Middle Ages over the remains of the Roman-era temple to Jupiter [...]

Howard Carter the artist

Before Howard Carter became the world-famous archaeologist who discovered the tomb of King Tutankhamun in the Valley of the Kings, he was an artist. In fact, it was pretty much all he knew how to do. Howard, the youngest of 11 children of Samuel and Martha Carter, was sick a lot in his youth. The [...]

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/08/14

#clsblgs The Battle of Frogs and Mice, Part 5: Dying Mouse Curses Coward Frog | Sententiae Antiquae http://t.co/9xTWgiRZFT — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 8, 2014 Kurdish performer brings Homer to life http://t.co/ffmRsV2qnt...Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/07/14

The Pueblo Chieftain | It’s all Greek to the Steel City Theatre http://t.co/BFQ3qpOiVA — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 7, 2014 A lesson in immigration policy from the cradle of democracy http://t.co/JL1Qc5JpzA — rogueclassicist...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/06/14

#clsblgs Current Epigraphy » Postdocoral Research Position at Vienna (Epigraphik / Documenta Antiqua) http://t.co/tfvgnKL78O — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 6, 2014 #clsblgs Dorothy King's PhDiva: Today In 355: Julian the...Show More Summary

Repititiationes ~ 11/05/14

Looting Matters: Hecht and Haverford College http://t.co/AGrGVHFFiI — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 5, 2014 Anne Hooton, archaeological illustrator/artist | Zagora – Powerhouse Museum http://t.co/eGirSMg2Yp — rogueclassicist...Show More Summary

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/04/14

[catching up a bit... a day at a time] CFA November Newsletter http://t.co/gIwiA3LtEY — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 4, 2014 Thirty to fifty percent of Islamic State’s assets come from antiquities trafficking?.. WTF? |...Show More Summary

Recreating Tullio Lombardo’s Adam after the fall

On the evening of Sunday, October 6th, 2002, the medium density plywood pedestal supporting the 15th century marble statue of Adam by Tullio Lombardo in the Velez Blanco Patio at the Metropolitan Museum of Art buckled. All 770 pounds, six feet three inches of Adam fell, hitting the ground hard and breaking into 28 large [...]

Articles from The University of Warrick, UK

I received a note recently from the University of Warrick, UK, asking me to provide a link to one of their journal articles, which introduces an unknown Roman writer named Bryson Arabus. The link to that article follows:Bryson Arabus...Show More Summary

Yorkshire Hoards on Google Art Project

The Google Cultural Institute and the York Museums Trust have joined forces to create an exhibition of hoards discovered in Yorkshire. The Yorkshire Hoards exhibition gives audiences the chance to view buried treasure from the Bronze Age (1000 B.C.) to the Civil War (1650 A.D.). The entries are arranged in chronological order so you can [...]

HMS Erebus ship’s bell recovered

After the wreck of explorer Sir John Franklin’s flagship, the HMS Erebus, was found in September, Parks Canada researchers had only two days to explore the site before temperatures plunged below zero making diving impossible. The team made seven dives during those two days, filming, photographing and measuring the wreck as extensively as possible, but [...]

Witchmarks to protect James I after Gunpowder Plot found at Knole House

Building archaeologists from the Museum of London Archaeology (MOLA) surveying Knole House, the stately Kent seat of the Sackville family, have discovered protective witchmarks carved on the beams of a room built to house King James I. The marks, checkerboard lines known as demon traps because the evil ones would follow the lines and get [...]

Madison’s Montpelier gets $10 million donation

Montpelier, the Virginia estate of fourth President of the United States and Father of the Constitution James Madison, went through some tough times after his widow Dolley Madison sold it in 1844. Later owners, most prominently the du Pont family who bought it in 1901 and built on it extensively, developing it into a prominent [...]

Review - Soldier of Rome: The Legionary by James Mace

A history resource article by Mary Harrsch © 2014 The first book in James Mace's Artorian Chronicles opens during the dramatic final moments of the disastrous ambush in Teutoburger Vald when Germanic tribes under the leadership of one-time Roman auxiliary officer, Arminius, wipe out the 17th, 18th and 19th legions of the first Roman emperor Augustus. Show More Summary

This Day in Ancient History: pridie nonas novembres

pridie nonas novembres   ludi Plebei (day 1) — a major festival in honour of Jupiter 304 A.D. — martyrdom of Agricola

RepiTitiationes ~ 11/03/14

http://t.co/LJDs3HYYOP | Locals campaign to save fresco conservation lab at Akrotiri http://t.co/COqwnBaGeF — rogueclassicist (@rogueclassicist) November 3, 2014 #clsblgs Some Criticisms of Euripides | Sententiae Antiquae http://t.co/NBtq98Ui8p...Show More Summary

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