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Chianti well preserves 15 centuries of history

An Etruscan well in Cetamura del Chianti, an archaeological site on the property of the Badia a Coltibuono wine-making estate in Tuscany, has proven a cornucopia of historical artifacts from the 300 B.C. through the end of the Middle Ages. The well — which technically is a cistern rather than a well since it isn’t [...]

Didaskalia 10.14 | Dugdale on ANTIGONICK

Review at Didaskalia:  Antigonick: A new version of Sophocles’ Antigone.

Actaeon | Greek Myth Comix

@Greek Myth Comix Actaeon words by Peter le Couteur, comix by LEJ

Will Rogers on Romans and Pilgrims?

Did Will Rogers really say this? It doesn’t quite work, does it? The only difference between the Roman gladiators and the Pilgrims was that the Romans used a lion to cut down their native population, and the Pilgrims used a gun.” – April 27, 1930 via Tulsa World: Willrogerssays... I have images of a […]

Carabinieri Art Squad Reports Significant Increases in Looting and Fakery | Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues

@Portable Antiquity Collecting and Heritage Issues Carabinieri Art Squad Reports Significant Increases in Looting and Fakery.

Prevention or Cure? Tax Exemptions in a Warfare Context: Miletus and the Low Valley of the Maeander early second century BCE | CHS Research Bulletin

@CHS Research Bulletin Prevention or Cure? Tax Exemptions in a Warfare Context: Miletus and the Low Valley of the Maeander early second century BCE

RIP Tony Clunn – The Man Who Discovered the Battle of Teutoburg Forest | Bread & Circuses

@Bread and Circuses RIP Tony Clunn – The Man Who Discovered the Battle of Teutoburg Forest

Plough turns up rare Pictish symbol stone

In May of last year, a farmer ploughing a field in Dandaleith, near Craigellachie in northeastern Scotland, encountered an intriguing obstacle. The landowner reported to the authorities that he had “broken his plough on a rather large stone with some sort of carving on one side,” but he was underestimating it. The solid pink granite [...]

Mystery of skeleton in Penn Museum basement solved

A skeleton kept in an old wooden box in the basement of Philadelphia’s Penn Museum has regained his history, and what an illustrious one it is. Curator of the museum’s Physical Anthropology Section Dr. Janet Monge knew the skeleton was there, one of 2,000 complete skeletons in the collection, but it had no catalog card [...]

Faces of medieval Scotland

In 2009, preparatory work for the Edinburgh Trams project unearthed approximately 400 medieval and early modern burials under Constitution Street. The site had once been part of the South Leith Parish Church graveyard in the port town of Leith (incorporated into Edinburgh in 1920) but had fallen into disuse centuries earlier and was quickly forgotten. [...]

Four schoolboys find 4,300-year-old gold ornament

A group of boys seven to ten years old from Alston Primary School in Cumbria discovered a rare gold ornament from the Copper Age on an archaeological dig in Kirkhaugh, Northumberland. The ornament is a thin oval sheet of gold 1.3 inches long rolled into a semi-cylinder with two rows of repoussé dots along the [...]

WWI flamethrower excavation and reconstruction

In 2010, a team of archaeologists excavated the muddy fields of Montagne de Cappy, a mile south of Mametz in the Somme department of northern France, looking for the remains of the last Livens Large Gallery Flame Projector, a 56-foot-long, 2.5 ton flamethrower invented by Royal Engineers officer William Howard Livens to shoot a 300-foot [...]

Intact Merovingian necropolis found in Normandy

Archaeologists have unearthed 300 intact Merovingian-era graves at Saint-Aubin-des-Champs in the Calvados region of Lower Normandy. The presence of a necropolis on the site was first recognized during a preliminary survey last year in anticipation of construction of a housing development. Show More Summary

Ice Age lion figurine gets his full head back

Archaeologists have found a fragment from the head of a pre-historic lion figurine carved out of mammoth ivory 40,000 years ago. The body with one side of the head still attached was discovered in Vogelherd Cave in southwestern German in 1931. The other half of the head was found in the same cave in recent [...]

Sparta and Marathon

This is the month in which Marathon was probably fought, and so a good time to reflect on what happened there -- and what it meant for Sparta. Marathon was an Athenian-Plataean victory. Although Athens fielded her maximum force and the Plataeans sent every available man, the Persians still significantly outnumbered their combined strength. Show More Summary

Caravaggio, Rubens receive Getty panel conservation grant

David with the Head of Goliath by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio and Stormy Landscape with Jupiter, Mercury, Philemon and Baucis by Peter Paul Rubens, both in the Kunsthistorisches Museum in Vienna, are the latest recipients of a conservation grant from the Getty Foundation. They join the spectacular Ghent Altarpiece and Giorgio Vasari’s The Last Supper, [...]

Viking runestones

Rare Runic Stone Discovery A newly uncovered runic stone-carving was brought to light by Jane Harrison (Senior Associate Tutor working in our Archaeology programmes) working as part of a project team for the intriguing ‘Languages, Myths and Finds‘ programme. Show More Summary

Suda On Line: Final Entry Entered!

I’m not sure how many folks are aware of the Suda On Line (a.k.a. SOL), but it has been a huge project for quite a few folks for the past 16 or so years. Long before the concept of ‘crowdsourcing’ existed, and long before Wikipedia existed, a discussion on the Classics list bore fruit and […]

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