Friday, December 28, 2007

December 28th News

Posting is likely to continue to be irregular until the New Year. At any rate, things seem to be quite quiet today.

New stories as of 9:39 AM:

Campaign To Save Cave From Damage
BBC News
An ancient cave in Herts - thought to have been used by the Knights Templar during their quest for the Holy Grail - is under threat, according to an MP...

Bob Hecht: Fragments Of An Antiquities Conspiracy

Hugh Eakin’s recent "Treasure Hunt" story in The New Yorker profiling Marion True, the former Getty curator on trial in Rome for conspiracy to traffic in ancient art, devotes a column to True’s 1991 paper on the destruction of ancient cultural sites, giving the impression that the Italian government is to blame for looting half of that country’s Greek and Roman history...
This is obviously only one side of a two (or more) sided debate.

The Children's Crusade
Bits of News
In Chartres, amidst the calls for knights and noblemen to go to Spain to fight against Islam, a group of shepherds led by Stephen of Cloyes one of their number, got up and started marching to deliver a letter from Christ to the King of France...

Friday, December 21, 2007

December 21st News

The news for the day of the Winter Solstice.

New stories as of 9:30 AM:

Bulgaria Plagued By 'Grave Robbers'
Spiegel Online
From an archaeological point of view, Bulgaria has some of the richest digs around. The problem is, plunderers are aware of the valuable treasure as well. And they often get there first...,1518,524976,00.html

In Pictures: Ancient Roman Paintings

BBC News
A unique exhibition of 2,000-year-old paintings called Pompeian Red has opened at the National Museum of Rome...
A slide show of ten images of the Roman frescoes on display. Each painting also has a description with dates and other information.

Ancient Houses Excavated And Restored In Italy
Two houses of ancient Rome are unveiled, reborn to grace the basement of a government office building in Italy's capital. They are two upper-class homes, located, excavated, then restored to their ancient grace with the aid of high technology...

Masterpieces From The Ruins Of Pompeii

The Independent
The wall paintings that first brought the civilisation of ancient Italy home to modern Europeans went on show in Rome yesterday, for the first time in decades...

Ancient Villas Restored In Rome

Associated Press
ROME (AP) — The restored ruins of two opulent Roman villas and private thermal baths will open to the public Saturday, along with a 3-D reconstruction that offers a virtual tour of the luxurious residences discovered in downtown Rome...

Top Ten Archaeological Stories Of 2007

National Geographic News
The founders of Rome, the builders of Stonehenge, and ancient Egypt's "female king" were among the stars of this year's most popular archaeology stories from National Geographic News...

Gaulish Haul Discovered
NZ Herald
Asterix and Obelix, had they existed, might have paid for their mead and other magic potions with gold-silver-copper coins stamped with elaborate images of men and horses...

Ancient Egyptian Glassmaking Recreated
Science Daily
ScienceDaily (Dec. 21, 2007) — A team led by a Cardiff University archaeologist has reconstructed a 3,000-year-old glass furnace, showing that Ancient Egyptian glassmaking methods were much more advanced than previously thought...

Thursday, December 20, 2007

December 20th News

Not too busy a day as of this morning, but there's an interesting range of stories.

New stories as of 8:00 AM:

Italy To Show Off Repatriated Artifacts In New Exhibit
Italian cultural officials say they're offering art and history lovers an early "Christmas present" this week with the opening of a new exhibition showcasing priceless artifacts recently repatriated to Italy...

Second Temple Palace Remains Uncovered
Jerusalem Post
Israeli archeologists have uncovered a monumental Second Temple structure opposite the Temple Mount that was likely Queen Helena's palace, the Israel Antiquities Authority announced Wednesday...
This one's a bit late really for Early History News (December 5th), but it popped up anyway, and today seems to be a bit slow.

Skeletons Give Clue To Origins Of Priory
THE remains of a chapel and graves dating back 600 years, including parts of four skeletons, have been unearthed in Priory Park...

Archaeologists Find Mysterious Neolithic Structure In Orkney Dig

24 Hour Museum
The sands of time have been rapidly eroding at the Orkney Bronze Age site, the Links of Noltland. Before everything is lost to the sea around the island of Westray, Historic Scotland have been carrying out a thorough excavation to learn everything they can...

Record-Breaking Haul From Gaul Discovered At Farm In Brittany

Belfast Telegraph
Asterix and Obelix, had they existed, might have paid for their mead and other magic potions with gold-silver-copper coins stamped with elaborate images of men and horses...

Study Of Shipwreck Reveals Valuable Data
Financial Mirror
A study of a shipwreck, off Cyprus’ southern coast, is expected to provide valuable information about the nautical and economic history of the Eastern Mediterranean as it is one of very few shipwrecks of the Classical period, found in the Eastern Mediterranean in such a good state of preservation, according to the Department of Antiquities...

Wednesday, December 19, 2007

December 19th News

Most of the news today is Roman themed. And, like yesterday, there's lots of it.

New stories as of 9:59 AM:

A Pharaohship To Forget
Bits of News
He thought he knew better than his people; thought he could, through sheer force of will, change a public mindset centuries in the making. He was an iconoclast (literally) 2000 years before the term would be coined by medieval Byzantines, but within a couple of decades after his rule, the enemies he'd created had obliterated nearly every trace of his reign, as well as the monotheistic religion he had promulgated as a state faith...

There's No Place But Home For This Stolen Italian Art
Washington Post
ROME -- An unusual exhibit of archaeological treasures opens this week here with a very clear message: Italy will no longer sit back while its artistic patrimony is spirited out of the country by grave robbers, traffickers and unscrupulous art dealers...

Italian Antiquities Going Home
Business Week
On Friday, nearly 70 ancient masterpieces will go on display in Rome's Quirinale Palace. The exhibition is more than a celebration of the wonders of Roman, Greek and Etruscan art: it's the payoff for a long campaign the country's cultural authorities have waged against museums it accuses of illegally acquiring its antiquities...

Sisters Stumble Upon Remains Of Roman Soldier On Beach
Jerusalem Post
A woman walking on the beach with her sister near Caesarea stumbled upon the 2,000 year-old bones of a Roman soldier, police said Tuesday...

Rome Exhibition Showcases Looted Ancient Art
Reuters Canada
ROME (Reuters) - Nearly 70 ancient artifacts that Italy says were looted and sold to galleries abroad have been retrieved will now go on public display in a Rome exhibition, the minister of culture said on Tuesday...

Frescoes From Pompeii On Display In Rome For The First Time In Years
The Canadian Press
ROME - Scenes of Roman life, myths and decorations buried nearly two millennia ago by the eruption of Mount Vesuvius go on display for the first time in years in an exhibit opening Thursday in Rome...
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Treasure Hunting Sisters Find Roman Era Human Remains
Human remains believed to be 2,000 years old were found this week by two sisters near the ruins of the ancient city of Caesarea...

Return Of The Viking Sword
The Press
A 900-year-old Viking sword is coming home to Yorkshire after being kept behind closed doors for more than 50 years...

Magna Carta Copy Sells For $21.3M
(CNN) -- The only copy of the Magna Carta in the United States, regarded as the earliest declaration of human rights, will be returned to the National Archives by the man who purchased it for more than $21.3 million...

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

December 18th News

To be honest, this is the Christmas season, which in combination with work and the weather leaves me with little time. I will guarantee regular posting will begin again in January. Until then, I'll try to gather the news regularly, but may not succeed.

And, of course this is the time when the news is coming in, thick and fast.

New stories as of 8:01 AM:

Italian Antiquities 'Going Home'
Spiegel Online
Italy has been waging a campaign to reclaim its antiquities from museums around the world. On Friday it will celebrate the return of almost 70 masterpieces from the Roman, Greek and Etruscan eras with an exhibition in Rome...,1518,524061,00.html

Italy: New Exhibit Showcases Stolen Treasures
Rome,18 Dec. (AKI) - Dozens of ancient treasures, believed to have been looted from archaelogical excavations, have been returned to Italy, where they are on display for the first time...

Recovered Antiquities Go On Display In Italy

ROME—Greek, Etruscan, and Roman antiquities will go on display Friday in an exhibition of illegally trafficked ancient masterpieces that Italy has recovered, the AP reports...

Italy Exhibits Its Recovered Masterpieces
Los Angeles Times
ROME -- Italian authorities Monday triumphantly unveiled an exhibition of dozens of ancient artworks returned by American museums in recent months, the symbolic conclusion of their decade-long campaign to repatriate objects looted from Italian soil...,0,7195492.story?coll=la-home-center

'Nostoi: Recovered Masterpieces'
The New York Times
A slide shown of eleven images of the recovered art objects. Descriptions of each image are included.

Stolen Treasures To Be Star Draw
Times Online
ROME An Etruscan antefix with Sileno and Menade dancing, is among 68 stolen or illegally exported treasures that Italy is to put on display after they were returned by American museums...

Looted Art Displayed In Rome
Associated Press
ROME (AP) — Dozens of treasures from the Greek, Etruscan and Roman civilizations will go on display Friday in an exhibition featuring many of the ancient masterpieces recovered in Italy's campaign against illegal trafficking in antiquities.

Looted Antiquities Return To Italy From Getty, Other US Collections
ROME (AFP) — Dozens of antiquities returned to Italy under hard-won accords with US museums, notably the Getty, were unveiled here Monday in what Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli called a new "season of cooperation."...

British Museum Snubs New Greek Call For Elgin Marbles
LONDON (AFP) — The British Museum snubbed a new call for the return of the so-called Elgin Marbles to Athens Monday, saying its position over the disputed artefacts remains unchanged...

New Acropolis Site 'Ripe' For Marbles Return: Greek PM
Khaleej Times
ATHENS - Greek Prime Minister Costas Caramanlis said during a visit to the new Acropolis Museum construction site Monday that conditions are ‘ripe’ for Britain to return the Elgin, or Parthenon Marbles...

New Details Of Ancient Roman Town Uncovered

New details of a buried ancient Roman town in England are being revealed for the first time using the latest technology...

Ancient Racetrack At Risk From New Homes
ONE of the most important archaeological finds in Britain's oldest recorded town could still be encroached on by a housing development - despite receiving special recognition by the country's leading conservation organisation...

Mesoptamia Was A Vital Link On Roman-Indian Trade Routes

Times Online
More than 60 years ago Sir Mortimer Wheeler proved that Roman pottery had made it all the way from Italy to India: the characteristic bright red of Samian ware, bearing the stamp of the Vibieni of Arezzo, showed up in his trenches at the ancient port of Arikamedu, on the southeastern coast near Pondicherry...

After Legal Odyssey, Homecoming Show For Looted Antiquities
The New York Times
ROME — In Greek, the word nostos means homecoming; the plural is nostoi. Hence the title of an exhibition that Italy has organized to trumpet the return of dozens of ancient artifacts that until recently adorned showcases in American museums and private galleries...

Remains Of Medieval Bishops Identified
The bones of six Scottish bishops from the Middle Ages have been idenfied using the latest techniques...

The Nile Once Flowed Near Ancient Egyptian Temple At Karnak: Experts
Daily India
Washington, Dec: A series of discoveries at the foot of Egypt's famous Temple of Amun at Karnak have led archaeologists to believe that the river Nile once flowed near the temple. ..

Surprise Find At Egypt Temple "Change Everything"
National Geographic News
A series of surprising discoveries has been made at the foot of Egypt's famous Temple of Amun at Karnak, archaeologists say...

Saturday, December 15, 2007

December 15th News

It's a weekend so there's fewer stories, however they are just as interesting, particularly the two on Egyptian glass making.

New stories as of 7:48 AM:

[Sacred Sites] Abraham's Forgotten City, Harran
Today's Zaman
According to legend, Harran is the place Adam and Eve first stepped foot on Earth and tilled the soil after being expelled from the Garden of Eden. If you happen to visit this southeastern province of Turkey, lying in a district of Şanlıurfa, you will not be able to help but feel that you are on a film set as you stand in front of the ancient town of beehive houses, entirely constructed with mud bricks...

Spectacular Roman Stone Coffin To be Displayed At Salisbury Museum

24 Hour Museum
Salisbury and South Wiltshire Museum is to take delivery of a spectacular Roman stone coffin unearthed by Wessex Archaeology in 2007...

Secrets Of Roman Town Unearthed

BBC News
New hi-tech investigations of a Roman town in Norfolk have revealed it to be one of international importance, leading archaeologists have said...

Ancient Egyptian Glass Making Recreated
Science Daily
ScienceDaily (Dec. 14, 2007) — A team led by a Cardiff University archaeologist has reconstructed a 3,000-year-old glass furnace, showing that Ancient Egyptian glassmaking methods were much more advanced than previously thought...

Ancient Glassmaking Furnace Rebuilt
United Press International
CARDIFF, Wales, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Archaeologists say the reconstruction of a 3,000-year-old glass furnace shows the sophistication of ancient Egyptian glass making techniques...

Friday, December 14, 2007

December 14th News

A lot of the news these days is coming from the UK, I've noticed.

New stories as of 10:17 AM:

The Thriving Roman Town That Slipped Into Oblivion
Times Online
The Times caused a sensation almost 80 years ago when it revealed the discovery of an extraordinary street grid of a Roman town in Norfolk. It published dramatic aerial photographs that were taken from an RAF aircraft and which showed the pattern left in parched barley fields during the exceptionally dry summer of 1928...

Review: The Dirt On Clean
International Herald Tribune
The Dirt on Clean
An Unsanitized History. By Katherine Ashenburg. Illustrated. 358 pages. $24. North Point Press/Farrar, Straus and Giroux.In 1927, worried that the advent of paved roads, automobiles and electric power would lead to a less dirty citizenry, America's soap manufacturers banded together to create the Cleanliness Institute...
I've glanced through this book myself and it looks like a good read, written in an amusing style.

A Little Pompeii In The Heart Of Rimini
Easier Travel
After 2000 years, the archaeological site of the Surgeon’s Domus opens to the public under an enormous crystal glass covering ’A little Pompei’ in the city centre, which has already become famous in the world owing to its unique archaeological finds...

Ancient Roman Glue Sticks Around
Discovery News
Dec. 14, 2007 -- Roman warriors repaired their battle accessories with a superglue that is still sticking around after 2,000 years, according to new findings on display at the Rheinischen Landes Museum in Bonn, Germany...

Ancient Egyptian Glass Making Recreated
A team led by a Cardiff University archaeologist has reconstructed a 3,000-year-old glass furnace, showing that Ancient Egyptian glassmaking methods were much more advanced than previously thought...

Roman Hoard Placed On Display
A hoard of Roman artefacts and vessels is now on show to the public having been unearthed in the City of London...

Norfolk's Roman Site Is Hailed

On the morning of July 20, 1928, the crew of an RAF aircraft took photographs over a field at Caistor St Edmund just to the south of Norwich which shed light on one of Britain's most important archaeological treasures...

Stunning Survey Unveils New Secrets Of Caistor Roman Town
On the morning of Friday July 20, 1928, the crew of an RAF aircraft took photographs over the site of the Roman town of Venta Icenorum at Caistor St Edmund in Norfolk, a site which now lies in open fields to the south of Norwich...

Thursday, December 13, 2007

December 13th News

Finals are over with so I finally have the time to take up the daily search again.

New stories as of 7:36 AM:

Ancient Surgical Instruments Go On Show In Italy
A complete set of ancient Roman surgical instruments has gone on show in Rimini in Italy.
More than 100 different tools were found at the archaeological site, which is thought to have once been a surgeon's house 2,000 years ago...

Roman Site Will Be Sold Due To Lack Of Funding
Evening Telegraph
ONE of the country's most important Roman town sites will be sold off after being branded "surplus to requirements" by Northamptonshire County Council...

Roman Emperor's Home Finally Restored
The ancient home of Rome's Emperor Augustus is opening to the public after 30 years of restoration...

Mystery Of Sussex Church Solved By Archaeology Students
24 Hour Museum
A redundant Sussex church has had its own Da Vinci Code moment after a husband and wife historian team dug around in the archives to unravel some of its secrets. As a result, bishops and local dignitaries attended the small church on December 8 2007 for a special ceremony of rededication...

New Light On Roman East Anglia
Evening Star 24
A LEADING archaeologist spoke of his excitement today as it was revealed a collection of extremely rare Roman artefacts of international significance have been secured for the people of Ipswich...

Archaeologists Unearth Ancient Pits
ARCHAEOLOGISTS preparing the ground for a new building at an Anglo-Saxon village have discovered the remains of three pits dating back 1,500 years...

Thousands Of Prehistoric Bear Bones Discovered In Northern Greece
Athens - Greek archaeologists have uncovered more than 15,000 bones of fossilised cave bears on the Iridaias mountain in northern Greece which they hope will shed light on the extinction of other animals in the area, newspaper reports said Wednesday...

Archaeologists Find Unique Baby Skeleton
Prague Daily Monitor
Usti nad Labem, North Bohemia, Dec 11 (CTK) - Archaeologists have uncovered a unique skeleton of a baby, possibly a sacrifice, from the turn of the 13th and 14th centuries in a medieval house's foundations near a church in the centre of Usti nad Labem, Lukas Gal told CTK Tuesday...

Photo In The News: Throne Found Near Ancient Pompeii
National Geographic News
December 5, 2007—Remnants of the first known surviving Roman throne have been discovered near Naples, Italy, in lava and ash that buried the city of Herculaneum in the first century, archaeologists said Tuesday...

Friday, November 30, 2007

November 30th News

Not too much in the news today.

New stories as of 6:00 AM:

Bill Aims To Protect Artifacts
Culture Minister Michalis Liapis yesterday unveiled a draft law which aims to curb a growing illegal trade in antiquities by intensifying patrols of archaeological sites and appointing a special prosecutor to handle certain cases...

Israel Claims Biblical Wall Found
Newsroom America
An Israeli archeaologist says he has discovered a Biblical wall mentioned in the Book of Nehemiah...

Battle To Keep Artefacts In Region May Head To Commons
The Northern Echo
THE battle to keep ancient Anglo Saxon artefacts in the region could be heading to the House of Commons...

Biblical Wall May Have Been Located
Associated Press
JERUSALEM (AP) — A wall mentioned in the Bible's Book of Nehemiah and long sought by archaeologists apparently has been found, an Israeli archaeologist says...

Thursday, November 29, 2007

November 29th News

A range of old and new stories today. Some of the continuations of older stories are new points of view and controversy.

New stories as of 8:07 AM:

Four Mosaics Returned To Syria Following Restoration In Italy
Damascus, (SANA) – Minister of Culture Riad Naasan Agha participated in the ceremony held on Wednesday at Damascus National Museum on occasion of delivering four Syrian mosaics restored in Italy...

Ancient Roman Road Map Unveiled
BBC News
The Tabula Peutingeriana is one of the Austrian National Library's greatest treasures...

Greece Hopes Tougher Legislation Will Stop Illegal Trafficking In Antiquities
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - The Greek government on Thursday revealed the details of a draft law it hopes will choke off the lucrative plundering of its antiquities...

Ex-Getty Curator Cleared

An Athens court on Tuesday acquitted a former curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles who had been charged with illegally acquiring an ancient Greek golden wreath in the early 1990s...

Greece Appeals Court Dismisses Case Against Former Getty Curator
[JURIST] A Greek appeals court Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against former Getty Museum [museum website] curator Marion True for her alleged involvement in the looting of an ancient gold wreath from Greece. The Los Angeles museum acquired the wreath in 1993, and Greek prosecutors brought charges against True alleging that the artifact had been illegally removed from the country...

Is Italy's Spectacular Find Authentic?
Spiegel Online
Italy has been rocked by soccer violence, the government is divided and the economy is sluggish. Now archaeologists have entered the scene to save the country's national pride. On a hill in the center of the nation's capital, they have allegedly found the sacred cave of the founders of Rome...,1518,520440,00.html

Roman Discoveries At London Olympic Site

China Daily
LONDON - Digs at the London Olympic site have unearthed evidence of Iron Age and Roman settlements, authorities said on Wednesday...

Pottery, Coin Found At Olympic Site

Associated Press
LONDON (AP) — Roman pottery and a coin from the Iron Age have been found on the site of the aquatics center planned for the London 2012 Olympics...

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

November 28th News

The real November 28th this time. I can see that I wasn't paying attention when I typed in the date the other day. There's tons of news today, what with the Getty smuggling case and the discoveries in London.

New stories as of 6:33 AM:

Ancient Thracian Script Found In Plovdiv
Bulgaria is the land of the probably first letter script culture in the world - the one of Thracian- Besses, dated on XIII Century B.C...

'Ad Infinitum: A Biography Of Latin'
Los Angeles Times
I spent a bit of Sunday night helping my 14-year-old son study for an upcoming quiz in his Latin class...,0,2628515.story?coll=la-books-headlines
The article seems to be a cross between an editorial column and a book review. I couldn't easily find the information about the book however.

Greek Court Dismisses Case Against Ex-Curator
The New York Times
ATHENS, Nov. 27 — An appeals court here dismissed a criminal case on Tuesday against Marion True, a former curator for the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles who had been accused of conspiring to acquire an ancient gold wreath that Greece says was looted from its soil...

Charges Are Dropped In Getty Case

Los Angeles Times
A Greek criminal court on Tuesday dismissed charges against former J. Paul Getty Museum antiquities curator Marion True for her role in the purchase of an illegally excavated golden funerary wreath...,0,789009.story?coll=la-home-center
Why do so many papers file this in the 'entertainment' section?

Most Charges Dropped Against Curator
United Press International
ATHENS, Greece, Nov. 27 (UPI) -- A criminal court in Greece has dismissed the most serious charges against Marion True, the former U.S. museum curator accused of buying looted antiquities...

Ex-Curator Acquitted In Case Of Greek Relic
International Herald Tribune
ATHENS: A former curator for the J. Paul Getty Museum was acquitted Tuesday of conspiring to acquire an ancient funerary wreath that Greek officials say was illegally removed from Greece about 15 years ago, judicial officials said...

Court Dismisses Getty Curator Case
ATHENS, Greece (AP) -- A Greek court on Tuesday dismissed criminal charges against a former curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles accused of illegally obtaining a golden ancient wreath...

Greek Court Throws Out Case Against Former Getty Museum Curator

International Herald Tribune
ATHENS, Greece: A Greek court on Tuesday threw out criminal charges against a former curator of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles accused of illegally obtaining an ancient gold wreath...

Case Against Former Getty Museum Curator Dropped In Greece - Summary
Athens - A Greek court on Tuesday decided to drop the case against a former curator of the Los Angeles J. Paul Getty Museum who was charged with antiquities smuggling. The entire case against former curator Marion True was thrown out of court because a 10-year statute of limitations in the US had expired since the stolen antiquities first came to light...

Former Curator Of Getty Museum On Trial for Antiquities Smuggling
Monsters And Critics
Athens - The former curator of Los Angeles' J Paul Getty Museum, Marion True, will go on trial for antiquities smuggling in Athens Tuesday...

Exclusive Pompeii Exhibition Unveiled At Melbourne Museum
Herald Sun
AN exclusive exhibition of the last dramatic hours of Pompeii is coming to Melbourne...,21985,22835733-2862,00.html

Russian Archaeologists Find Unique Mummies In Egypt

RIA Novosti
AL-FAYUM, November 27 (RIA Novosti) - Russian archaeologists have found well-preserved mummies in Egypt dating to the country's Ptolemaic era, the head of the Russian Academy of Science's Egyptology department announced on Tuesday...

Olympic Digs Yield Historic Finds

BBC News
Valuable archeological finds have been unearthed on two Olympics 2012 sites...

Earliest Chapters In Our National Story
Times Online
Three hundred years ago antiquaries were at the forefront of modernity. This odd paradox is captured in the Royal Academy’s exhibition marking the tercentenary of the Society of Antiquaries. The society is therefore the same age as Britain as a unitary state...

Four Adults Found On Roman Site

This Is Wiltshire
THE developer that owns the land in Staverton where Roman remains were discovered has revealed more details about the artefacts...

Roman Pottery And Coin Found At London's Olympic Park Site
International Herald Tribune
LONDON: Roman pottery and a coin from the Iron Age have been found on the site of the aquatics center planned for the London 2012 Olympic Games...

Archaeologists Find Roman Remains At Olympic Park
The discovery of fourth century pottery and a Roman coin on the 2012 site will not delay the construction programme...
The article has a number of very good photos of Roman coins.

Clearance Reveals Roman Skeleton
This Is Hampshire
THE skeleton of a man, which was uncovered in Wherwell, dates from the Roman period...

1st Century Pool Uncovered On Roman Dig Site
A team of archaeologists led by Barcelona Autonomous University professor, Josep Guitart, has unearthed a cold water Roman swimming pool dating from between AD 40-60 during the reigns of Emperors Claudio and Nero...

Greece Drops Charges Against Getty Curator Over Looted Golden Wreath
A Greek court has dropped criminal charges against a former Los Angeles art curator on trial for illegally obtaining an artifact...

Remains Of Ancient Synagogue With Unique Floor Mosaic Found In Galilee
Science Daily
ScienceDaily (Nov. 27, 2007) — Remains of an ancient synagogue from the Roman-Byzantine era have been revealed in excavations carried out in the Arbel National Park in the Galilee under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem...

Monday, November 26, 2007

November 28th News

Some older stories are still going strong today, and there are some new ones as well.

New stories as of 6:27 AM:

Bonkers About Boys
London Review Of Books
For those suffering from millennial panic about the current state of history – all those Postmodernists on the non-fiction bestseller lists, all those fact-deniers occupying important professorial chairs, all those poor students who know what Marie Antoinette had for breakfast but not how she died – classics departments all over the country are offering courses of therapy: Alexander the Great...

Archaeologists Identify 'Romulus and Remus Cave'

The cave in which Romulus and Remus were suckled by a she-wolf has been unearthed by archaeologists in Rome...

Satellite Maps Identify Over 100 Ancient Sites
Thaindian News
London, Nov 26 (ANI): Anthropologists have identified over 100 previously unknown ancient sites in Egypt using satellite images from their laboratory in Birmingham, UK...

Unique Synagogue From Roman-Byzantine Era Discovered In Galilee
During recent excavation held by the Hebrew University of Jerusalem in the Arbel National Park in the Galilee, archaeologists have been puzzled with the mosaic floor found among the remains of the synagogue...

Sunday, November 25, 2007

November 25th News

It's a quiet Sunday after a busy week.

New stories as of 7:37 AM:

Rome And Jerusalem

"Rome and Jerusalem have existed for centuries in the Western imagination as opposite ideals of grandeur and sanctity," Martin Goodman writes in the beginning of his new book, a magnificent analysis of the interplay between the two cities and the value systems they epitomized...

Saturday, November 24, 2007

November 24th News

There's some controversy about the cave discovery in Rome.

New stories as of 9:16 AM:

Digging Up History Through Viking Tales
Seattle Times
"The Iliad" and "The Odyssey" were long believed to be fictional flights of fancy until Heinrich Schliemann used them to help him discover Bronze Age palaces at Troy and Mycenae in the late 19th century. To this day, Aegean remains continue to be found, sometimes unearthed and better understood thanks to stories in Greek epic poetry, plays and other literary forms...
Honestly, this book looks like one I'd like to get.

Lupercale Expert Sceptical Of 'Romulus, Remus' Cave
Adelaide Now
A LEADING Italian archaeologist said that the grotto whose discovery was announced this week in Rome is not the sacred cave linked to the myth of the city's foundation by Romulus and Remus...,22606,22813266-912,00.html

Returned Golden Macedonian Wreath On Display
Athens News Agency
A spectacular golden Macedonian wreath dated to the 4th century BC finally went on display at the Thessaloniki Archaeological Museum on Friday after being returned to the country by the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles last March...

Father-Son Team Find Roman Briton Remains
United Press International
ALDBOROUGH, England, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- The skeleton of an ancient Roman Briton apparently with some social standing was found by two men who previously unearthed a $2 million Viking treasure...

Give Us Back Our Marbles, Say Greeks
After colonial rule and two world wars, there are arguments galore in Europe over where historic artefacts should reside...

Chichester Harbour History Online
Motor Boats Monthly
More than 500,000 years of the history of Chichester harbour is now available online. Chichester Harbour Conservancy has posted the results of more than four years of archaeological research on its website,

Italy: Archaeologist Casts Doubt On Cavern
The New York Times
A leading Italian archaeologist said that the grotto whose discovery was announced this week in Rome was not the sacred cave linked to the legendary founding of Rome by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus....

Friday, November 23, 2007

November 23rd News

There's a lot of news from the UK today.

New stories as of 6:38 AM:

Riddle Of Roman Skeleton
The Press
ARCHAEOLOGISTS are attempting to piece together facts about the life of a 2nd century Briton after unearthing a skeleton at the site of a former Roman town in North Yorkshire...
This article has a video link in it as well as the text of the story and a photo of the find.

Ancient Synagogue Unearthed
Excavations near the Sea of Galilee in Isreal have uncovered the remains of a Roman-era synagogue...
This is LiveScience's image of the day.

Roman Skeleton Found On Farm Land
Northern Echo
A CHANCE find in a North Yorkshire field could shed new light on the everyday life of the upper classes in Roman-occupied Britain...
This article also has a video link.

Site Tied To Rome's Legendary Founding Revealed
World Science
Ar­chae­o­lo­gists this week re­vealed a site that they said an­cient Ro­mans ven­er­ated as the Lu­per­cale, a leg­end­ary cave where a she-wolf raised the twin founders of Rome. The cave is sump­tu­ously dec­o­rat­ed in shells and mo­saics, with the fig­ure of an ea­gle grac­ing the cen­ter of the ceil­ing...

Digging Into The Myths Of Rome
BBC News
The discovery in Rome of a vaulted cavern, studded with coloured mosaics and buried deep beneath the ruins of an emperor's palace, suggests that the story of how the city was founded might be more than a mere myth...

Golden Wreath Returned To Northern Greece After Getty Hand Over
THESSALONIKI, Greece (AP) - A gold wreath dating from the fourth century B.C. was returned Friday to northern Greece, from where it was allegedly dug up illegally before being sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles...

Roman Burial Site Uncovered
Wiltshire Times
A ROMAN burial ground has been discovered on land in Staverton near Trowbridge...

Anglo-Saxon Royal Burial Unearthed
A priceless hoard of Anglo-Saxon treasure has been found at a burial site in the north of England...

2,000 Year-Old Skeleton Of Rome's Lost Lady Found In Yorkshire
Thaindian News
London, Nov.23 (ANI): Archaeologists have reportedly found a 2000-year-old skeleton of a wealthy Roman lady in an English field...

Roman Bones Found In Farm Field
A skeleton dating back to Roman times has been unearthed in a farmer's field by a member of the public...

Roman Bones Found In Yorks
The Sun
A ROMAN skeleton nearly 2,000 years old has been found in a lead coffin in a farmer’s field...

2000-Year-Old Skeleton Is Unearthed In Farmer's Field
A 2,000-YEAR-OLD Roman skeleton has been found by a member of the public in a farmer's field...

Enthusiast Unearths Iron Age Comb
BBC News
A 2,000-year-old Iron Age comb unearthed in Warwickshire is one of nearly 60,000 archaeological finds made by members of the public in a year...

British Antiquities Scheme Yields Rich Harvest
Reuters UK
LONDON (Reuters Life!) - A unique bronze Iron Age comb with intricate designs was one of the star finds last year by British metal detectorists reported on Thursday in the annual report of the country's Portable Antiquities Scheme...

Thursday, November 22, 2007

November 22nd News

Some new stories today, as well as more articles on stories from yesterday and the day before.

New stories as of 8:40 AM:

Phonecia's Stone Coffins, Child-Eating Gods Emerge In Paris
Nov. 22 (Bloomberg) -- The Greeks had a low opinion of the Phoenicians; Homer called them ``reckless merchants'' and ``bandits.'' That didn't stop them adopting the Phoenicians' supreme contribution to human civilization -- the alphabet...

Ancient Skeleton Found In Field
Northern Echo
A MEMBER of the public has unearthed a 2,000-year-old Roman skelton buried in a lead coffin in a North Yorkshire field...

Ancient artifacts could delay £7m museum project
The Argus
A major museum and housing development could be delayed by fresh archaeological discoveries....

Roman Skeleton Find In Farm Field
BBC News
A Roman skeleton dating back 2,000 years has been unearthed after it was spotted by a member of the public in a farmer's field in North Yorkshire...

Romulus Sanctuary Revealed

UKTV History
Archaeologists have revealed an ancient site, believed to be where a she-wolf nursed Romulus and Remus...

Ancient Site In Turkey Set To Be Flooded
The Allianoi archaeological site could soon be under water if authorities carry out their plans to flood a newly constructed reservoir. Located in western Turkey, the site is a well-preserved example of an ancient Roman health spa...

Excavation Unearths Ancient Synagogue
JERUSALEM, Nov. 21 Excavations in the Arbel National Park in Israel revealed the remains of an ancient synagogue from the Roman-Byzantine era, Israeli archaeologists said...

Cave Of Romulus And Remus Found In Rome: Archaeologists
Discovery Channel
The legendary cave where ancient myth holds that a she-wolf suckled and nurtured the future twin founders of Rome may have been found, a team of Italian archeologists has announced...

Wednesday, November 21, 2007

November 21 News

The discovery yesterday of the Roman cave is still the big story today, with a number of articles and even video clips.

New stories as of 6:50 AM:

Greek Police Arrest Culture Ministry Employee For Antiquity Theft
Greek police arrested a Culture Ministry employee on charges of antiquities theft after discovering dozens of ancient artefacts and religious icons and coins hidden in his home, reports said. A search of the man's home in central Athens turned up dozens of amphoras, or ancient ceramic jugs, used to store wine and oil, as well as bronze coins dating to the 4th century BC and two Byzantine religious icons...

New Book Says African Prophetesses May Be Original Author Of Bible Prophecies
Martinez, GA ( - Author, Vivian Hunter-Hindrew claims in her well researched, ground breaking new book, "The Sibyls: The First Prophetess' of Mami (Wata)", that for 6,000 years, Africa was ruled by a powerful order of matriarchs known throughout the ancient world as "Sibyls." Hindrew contends that the Sibyls produced the world's first prophetic oracles, prophetess' and prophets...

Unique Floor Mosaic Uncovered In Remains Of Ancient Synagogue In Galilee
Remains of an ancient synagogue from the Roman-Byzantine era have been revealed in excavations carried out in the Arbel National Park in the Galilee under the auspices of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem...

Cave May Hold Secrets To Legend Of Ancient Rome
The New York Times
ROME, Nov. 20 — Italian archaeologists have inched closer to unearthing the secrets behind one of Western civilization’s most enduring legends...

Buried Cavern Could Hold Key To Rome's Origin
The Sydney Morning Herald
ROME: Italian archaeologists have inched closer to unearthing the secrets behind one of Western civilisation's most enduring legends.

Rome Uncovers Its Founding Moment
Guardian Unlimited
Rome has revealed what its leading archeologist says is "one of the greatest discoveries ever made", a lost shrine dedicated to the ancient city's mythical founders...,,2214553,00.html?gusrc=rss&feed=travel
This article includes a video clip, as well as a text description of the site.

Ancient Temple Discovered On The Palatine
Italian archeologists have uncovered a cavern presumed to be the location, where the Roman priests of Lupercus celebrated the founding of Rome...

Italian Authorities Find Mythical Wolf Cave
Italian archaeologists believe they have found the cave where, according to legend, a she-wolf nursed Rome's twin founders, Romulus and Remus. Experts believe it is an ancient place of worship known as Lupercale, derived from the Latin word for wolf...

Archaeologists Say Cave From Ancient Roman Myth Discovered
The Statesman
ROME — Archaeologists unveiled an underground grotto Tuesday thought to have been revered by ancient Romans as the place where, according to legend, a wolf nursed the city's founder, Romulus, and his twin brother, Remus...

Cave Of Romulus And Remus Located In Rome
The Telegraph
Legend has it that Rome was founded by the twin brothers Romulus and Remus, who were raised on the milk of a she-wolf in her cave lair...
This article contains both video and a link to the legend of Romulus and Remus.

Historical Cave Brings Excitement To Romans
Malaysia Sun
A cave, where ancient Romans believed a female wolf suckled the city's twin founders, has been discovered on one of Rome’s seven hills...

Ministry Man 'Stole Artifacts'
Kathimerini News
A 61-year-old Culture Ministry employee yesterday faced charges of antiquities theft after police discovered several ancient artifacts, religious icons and coins at his home in Athens...

Jewels Of Anglo Saxon Princess Revealed At Kirkleatham Museum

24 Hour Museum
A series of remarkable finds from the only known Anglo Saxon royal burial site in the North of England were unveiled to the public for the first time at Kirkleatham Museum, Redcar on Tuesday, November 20...

Ruins Linked To Roman Founding Myth Discovered By Archaeologists
Rome, Italy (AHN) - Italian archaeologists have uncovered a cave buried 16 meters under the ruins of a Roman emperor's palace on Palatine Hill in Rome...