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...

Tuesday, November 20, 2007

November 20th News

Lots of news today after the weekend. The really big story is the discovery of the cave the ancient Romans believed was where Romulus and Remus were suckled.

New stories as of 12:47 PM:

Photo In The News: Grotto Of Rome's Founders Revealed
National Geographic News
November 20, 2007—Colorful mosaics spiral across the vaulted ceiling of a grotto that was unveiled today as the likely place where ancient Romans believed that a she-wolf suckled their city's legendary founders...

Newly Unearthed Cave May Be Linked To Myth Of Rome's Founding

International Herald Tribune
ROME: Italian archaeologists have inched closer to unearthing the secrets behind one of Western civilization's most enduring legends...

Rome's Legendary She-Wolf Grotto Located: Minister
ROME (AFP) — The grotto where a she-wolf suckled Rome's founders Romulus and Remus, according to legend, has been discovered in the heart of the capital, Culture Minister Francesco Rutelli said Tuesday...

Legendary Cave Of Romulus And Remus Discovered

TV3 News
Italian archaeologists believe they have found the cave where legend has it that a she-wolf nursed the twin founders of Rome - Romulus and Remus...

'Dramatic' Ancient Cemetery Found
BBC News
A freelance archaeologist has uncovered what is thought to be the only known Anglo-Saxon royal burial site in the north of England...

New stories as of 10:44 AM:

Royal Burial Ground Unearthed

A royal Anglo-Saxon burial ground and some of the finest gold jewellery ever unearthed in the country has been discovered by a freelance archaeologist...

Sanctuary Of Rome's 'Founder' Revealed
Associated Press
ROME (AP) — Archaeologists on Tuesday unveiled an underground grotto believed to have been revered by ancient Romans as the place where a wolf nursed the city's legendary founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus...

Temple Mount Discovery Leads To Dispute In Jerusalem
San Francisco Chronicle
Israeli archaeologists say that ancient remains from the era of Solomon's Temple were discovered last month for the first time on the holiest site for Judaism, reigniting a historical and political debate over an area that also is holy to Muslims...

Former Getty Curator Faces Antiquities Smuggling Trial Next Week
ATHENS, Greece (AP) - A former curator of Los Angeles' J. Paul Getty Museum will be tried in an antiquities smuggling case next week after a prosecutor postponed her trial for eight days, court officials said Tuesday...

Italian Group's Bid For Getty Statue Rejected
Los Angeles Times
A judge's ruling bolsters the museum's claim that Italy has no grounds for requesting the return of an ancient bronze found in the Adriatic Sea...,1,1520320.story?coll=la-news-a_section&ctrack=1&cset=true

FACTBOX: Romulus And Remus, Founders Of Rome

Italian archaeologists believe they have found the cave where a wolf suckled Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome, according to legend...

Romulus And Remus Cave May Have Been Found
ROME (Reuters) - Italian archaeologists believe they have found the cave where, according to legend, a she-wolf nursed Romulus and Remus, the twin founders of Rome...
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Italian Archaeologists Find Cave Linked To Mythical Rome Founder
RIA Novosti
Italian archeologists claim they have found the legendary grotto in Rome, where a wolf nursed the city's mythical founder Romulus and his twin brother Remus, the culture minister said Tuesday....

Ancient Roman Cemetery In Syria
Turkish Daily News
Archaeologists have unearthed a Roman-era cemetery dating from the 3rd century A.D. in northeast Syria, one of several recent archaeological discoveries in the history-rich country, a government newspaper reported Thursday...

Ancient Zeugma To Get Protection With Roof
Turkish Daily News
Zeugma excavations have unearthed many ancient discoveries. The ancient villas will be covered with a roof. 'Mosaics and walls of villas are very vibrant, says Gazientep Special Provincial Administration Secretary General Abd├╝lkadir Demir...

Archaeology Student Unearths Roman Remains In A Yorkshire Garden
Thaindian News
London, Nov 19 (ANI): An archaeology student has found remains of a pot dating back to the Roman era, in the garden of his home in the Holme-on-Spalding Moor area of Yorkshire, England....

Rome's Founders' Sanctuary Discovered
Guardian Unlimited
Italian archaeologists said today they believe they have found one of the ancient city's holiest sites, the cave venerated as the place where, according to myth, a female wolf nursed the city's founders, twin brothers Romulus and Remus...,,2214269,00.html

Noah's Ark Spurred European Farming

Washington Post
LONDON (Reuters) - An ancient flood some say could be the origin of the story of Noah's Ark may have helped the spread of agriculture in Europe 8,300 years ago by scattering the continent's earliest farmers, researchers said on Sunday...

Anglo Saxon Treasures Discovered In Loftus
Gazette Live
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered the North of England’s first known Anglo-Saxon Royal burial ground at a secret East Cleveland location...

Understanding Avebury
The monument complex of Avebury is one of the most significant Neolithic sites in the world. The Longstones Project, directed by Dr Joshua Pollard of the Department of Archaeology and Anthropology with Dr Mark Gillings (University of Leicester) and Dr Dave Wheatley (University of Southampton) sought to understand the sequence and context of monument construction in this remarkable region...

A Real Gem Of A Find
Journal Live
A ROYAL Anglo-Saxon cemetery with some of the finest gold jewellery to be found in Britain has been discovered in the North-East...

Pharaonic Sarcophagus Discovered
Times Of India
CAIRO: German archaeologists working in Egypt have discovered a Pharaonic sarcophagus that dates back to the 13th Dynasty...

Mythical Roman Cave 'Unearthed'
BBC News
Italian archaeologists say they have found the long-lost underground grotto where ancient Romans believed a female wolf suckled the city's twin founders...