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Unique mortuary bundle found in Hidalgo

A pre-Hispanic mortuary bundle had been found in a rock shelter near the town of Zimapán in the Sierra Gorda of Hidalgo, southeastern Mexico. The skeletal remains wrapped in a dyed fabric and a braided mat were discovered by locals who alerted the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH). INAH archaeologists examined the bundle [...]

Roman Golf Origins?

Something that has popped up on a semi-regular basis (usually in the context of one of golf’s majors) is a claim that golf can be traced back to the Romans. Most recently it’s popped up at the News.Az site in an article that begins: Some historians trace the sport back to the Roman game of […]

This Day in Ancient History: ante diem x kalendas Augustas

 ante diem x kalendas Augustas Neptunalia — an obscure festival (obscure in the sense that we really don’t know what went on) in honour of Neptune ludi Victoriae Caesaris (day 4) 64 A.D. — the Great Fire of Rome (day 6) 79 A.D. — martyrdom of Apollinaris 303 A.D. — martyrdom of Phocas the Gardener

Podcast: Drunk Archaeology, Episode 1: Pompeii | DrunkArchaeology

@DrunkArchaeology Drunk Archaeology, Episode 1: Pompeii [noted in passing: Pompeii as the Kim Kardashian of Roman sites is going to be the top of my hit parade for a while] [noted in passing 2... since this is the first episode, you probably need a warning about NSFW language, but this is definitely worth listening to; […]

CONF: How to Do Things with History: A Conference in Honor of Paul Cartledge | Society for Classical Studies

@Society for Classical Studies CONF: How to Do Things with History: A Conference in Honor of Paul Cartledge

New burials found at Ostia necropolis

Excavations in Ostia, the ancient Roman harbour town at the mouth of the Tiber, have unearthed a group of more than 12 tombs from the 3rd-4th century A.D. Underscoring the cultural diversity of the port city, the necropolis includes inhumations and cremations, some right next to each other. The newly unearthed tombs are early Christian [...]

Archaic Pithos Burials (and others) from Chios

Brief item from eKathimerini: A dig on the eastern Aegean island of Chios has unearthed parts of an ancient necropolis dating to between 7th and 6th centuries BC and belonging to the Archaic period. The graves, which were found by archaeologists in the Psomi area, were pithos burials – meaning that the dead were placed […]

Death of Cleopatra Automaton!

A press release from the DFW Elite Toy Museum begins: The original Cleopatra was so beautiful that two Roman generals competed for her affections before Christ was born. In 1623, Shakespeare retold the tale of her ill-fated love affair with Mark Anthony and dramatic suicide. Egypt’s most famous queen still captivated the public in 1885 […]

Bryn Mawr Classical Reviews ~ 07/22/14

2014.07.23:  Jeffrey C. Anderson, The Christian Topography of Kosmas Indikopleustes: Firenze, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, plut. 9.28. The Map of the Universe Redrawn in the Sixth Century. Folia picta: manoscritti miniati medievali, 3. Show More Summary

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