Friday, September 26, 2008

September 26th News

New discoveries and more information on previous discoveries today. I have a suspicion that Stonehenge is going to be big in the news again.

New Stories as of 6:32 AM:

Discovery Of Pharaoh's Head Could Lead Archaeologists To Ramses II Temple
Mail Online
A huge 3,000 year-old red granite head has been unearthed in Cairo of one of Egypt's greatest pharaohs, archaeologists have revealed...

Granite Bust Of Ramses Discovered In Tell Basta
Daily News Egypt
CAIRO: Egyptian archaeologists have discovered the granite head and bust of one of the most powerful 19th Dynasty pharaohs, Ramses II (1279–1213 BC), in Tell Basta, Egypt...

Ancient Egyptian Recipe Inspired Modernized Brew

The Bowdoin Orient
An ancient burial chamber at Gordian in central Turkey supposedly houses the tomb of King Midas...

Bedford Museum Acquires Rare Viking Silver Ingot
24 Hour Museum
Bedford Museum has acquired a rare find in the form of a Viking silver ingot that dates back to 850-1000 AD. ..

Government Go-Ahead For Relief Road
Dorset Echo
The Government has given the go-ahead for Dorset County Council to buy land for the £84 million scheme...

Stonehenge: Geological Feature Indicates The Site Was Constructed At the End Of The Last Ice Age, 14,000 Years Ago
London, United Kingdom, September 26, 2008 --( Unlike other 'contemporary' earthworks Stonehenge consists of an outer Ditch and inner Bank encircling the most familiar of all features, the large stone setting...

Thursday, September 25, 2008

September 25th News

I'm sorry for the long gap in tracking Classical History and Medieval History news. Unfortunately life got in the way for a while.

There's certainly a lot of news this morning. It ranges from new discoveries in Egypt to more details and information on older stories, including the damage done to the ruins of Babylon and more.

New stories as of 10:35 AM:

Ancient Bronze Statue Finds Peace
Southeast European Times
A Belgian tourist discovered Apoxyomenos in the Adriatic in 1996. Now the restored bronze statue will be displayed in a Losinj museum, for tourists and antiquity admirers...

Egypt Unearths Granite Head Of Ramses II
Associated Press
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Egypt's antiquities council says that archaeologists have unearthed a 3,000-year-old red granite head believed to portray the 19th Dynasty pharaoh Ramses II...
The story is fairly short on detail, unfortunately. However, there is a good photo of the head.

Ancient Bacteria On Roman Tombs May Help Protect Cultural Heritage Monuments
Washington, September 25 (ANI): A new research has led to the discovery of two new species of bacteria found growing on the walls of ancient Roman tombs, which may help protect cultural heritage monuments...
This shows exactly how little we know about life on this planet. A truly fascinating read, though it is more focused on science and the bacteria than on classical history.

Relief Road Excavation To Start

BBC News
Archaeology work has started ahead of the building of a relief road through protected countryside in Dorset...

Macedonian Police Seize Stolen Antiquities

Associated Press
SKOPJE, Macedonia (AP) — Authorities have seized dozens of stolen ancient artifacts after raiding the homes of two suspected antiquities smugglers in southern Macedonia...

Rare Silver Viking Coin Found In British Village
Thaindian News
London, September 25 (ANI): A rare silver Viking coin, that was discovered by treasure hunters in the north Bedfordshire village in the UK last year, has been put on display at the British Museum in London...

The Hindu
Cairo (Xinhua): Egyptian archaeologists have discovered a granite head statue, believed to be that of the 19th Dynasty King of ancient Egypt Ramses II, the Egyptian Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA) said in a press release on Thursday...
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Experts 'Solve' The Mystery Of Stonehenge
Après de nombreuses années de supputations, deux chercheurs anglais affirment avoir résolu le mystère de Stonehenge...
The rest of the article is in English.

1000 Year Old Viking Shield Found
Archaeologists in Denmark have been quite lucky. They have unearthed a shield from the Vikings in very good condition, at a historic site near the town of Slagelse on Zealand...

Video: Ancient Babylon Damaged
National Geographic News
September 24, 2008—After years of deterioration, the ancient Iraqi city of Babylon is suffering anew in the wake of war...

Ramesis II Bust Found In Egypt

Yahoo News
CAIRO (AFP) - Archaeologists have found the bust of pharaoh Ramses II in Egypt's Nile Delta, Culture Minister Faruq Hosni said Wednesday, bringing experts closer to finding a temple belonging to the king...;_ylt=Au9QpPvZfPaOHACO_NASY7NFeQoB

Romans 'Brought Leeks To Wales'
BBC News
The Romans gave us roads, plumbing, wine and irrigation and now it seems they may have also introduced Wales' unofficial icon - the garden leek...

Friday, September 19, 2008

September 19th News

There's lots of news today. I'm actually fairly sure I've missed stories, but I'm running out of time for the day to post.

New stories as of 6:47 AM:

Lullingstone Roman Villa
This Is Sussex
One of England's most important Roman sites has re-opened after the completion a year long refurbishment project...

Dead Sea Scrolls To Be Showcased At ROM Next Year
National Post
The biggest international exhibition yet of the Dead Sea Scrolls will be showcased at the Royal Ontario Museum next year...

'Ancient' Christian Amulet Exposed As Modern Hoax
Times Online
A silver cross regarded as one of the most important early Christian artefacts found in Britain is a modern fake, scientists confirmed yesterday...
This is certainly something you don't see too often in the news. I wonder how often it really happens. The last one I can think of was the Jesus Family Tomb controversy.

Bulgarian Archaeologist Georgi Kitov Dies At 65
Associated Press
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Archaeologist Georgi Kitov — an expert on the treasure-rich Thracian culture of antiquity — died of a heart attack while excavating a temple in central Bulgaria considered to be one of his greatest discoveries, his family said Thursday...
I know I've linked a number of articles where he's been interviewed. Just check the 'bulgaria' tag to see them. He seems to have been an archaeologist with tremendous luck when it came to new and spectacular discoveries.

Colchester: Roman Circus Site - New Deal

A DEAL has been negotiated which could allow the public daily access to the site of the starting gates of Colchester's Roman circus...

'Field Of Dreams' Treasure Site May Be Investigated
The Press And Journal
Two men using metal detectors find hoard of coins and other artefacts...

Tracing Urban Development In Ancient Pompeii
SF State News
September 19, 2008 -- During SF State's first archeological field school in Pompeii this summer students unearthed a preserved drain pipe and its contents from the first century -- evidence that will provide clues about the urban development of Pompeii...

Georgi Kitov
Archaeologist who unearthed a remarkable Thracian treasure trove in Bulgaria's 'Valley of the Kings'...

'Ancient' Christian silver cross worn by former Archbishop of Canterbury is exposed as a 19th century FAKE
Mail Online
Since its dramatic discovery in a Roman burial site, this silver cross was hailed as the earliest evidence of Christian worship in Britain...

'Ancient' Christian Amulet Declared A Fake
The discovery of the tiny silver cross in a fourth century Christian burial site was hailed as one of the archaelogical finds of the century...

Archaeologists Uncover 10th-Century Viking Shield

Charleston Daily Mail
COPENHAGEN, Denmark -- Danish archaeologists say they have found a well-preserved Viking shield that is more than 1,000 years old...
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Medieval Cross Stone Discovered Underwater In Veliki Novogrod
Russia IC
Underwater archaeologists working on Volkhov River in Veliki Novgorod have found a huge 12th century stone with a cross, which disappeared in the 1960s...

Important Finds In Bronze Age Settlement

Cyprus Mail
ARCHAEOLOGISTS have uncovered the remains of an unusual 1.2 metre high wall with once curved end and one straight end during continued excavations at Kissonerga-Skalia in Paphos...

Georgi Kito, Bulgarian Archaeologist

International Herald Tribune
Georgi Kitov, a Bulgarian archaeologist whose discoveries helped illuminate the culture of ancient Thrace, but whose methods - especially using bulldozers and backhoes - appalled his more meticulous colleagues, died Sunday in Starosel, Bulgaria. He was 65...

Monday, September 15, 2008

September 15th News

A quiet Monday morning with some interesting stories.

New stories as of 6:24 AM:

Excavations Stopped At Ancient City In Turkey
KNIDOS RUINS, Turkey -The archaeological site of Knidos in Turkey was once a jewel of ancient Greek civilization...

Roadwork Reveals Saxon Graves in UK
Fresh News
Some 450 graves have been found in Lakenheath, UK, out of which three graves are Saxon, after a discovery during recent roadworks...

Book Review: Byzantium - The Surprising Life Of A Medieval Empire By Judith Herrin
It is normal for an author to flatter their readers, to treat them as people of high knowledge and intelligence - why else would they have chosen the book?

Stonehenge Partiers Came From Afar, Cattle Teeth Show
National Geographic News
Prehistoric cattle remains found close to Stonehenge suggest that partying pilgrims brought the animals from afar, scientists report...

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

September 10th News

From book reviews to museum returns to new discoveries, it all seems to be here today.

New stories as of 6:47 AM:

Ruins Of Temple Of Athena Found In Turkey's Bodrum
Ruins of the Temple of Athena have been found in the popular resort town of Bodrum in western Turkey...

Researchers Uncover Roman Greek Embalming Practices
The writings of Ancient Greeks and Romans made us privy to the notion that funeral garments were used to wrap the bodies of the deceased in Ancient Greece, and water, wine and olive oil were used to wash and treat the corpses...

R. Stoneman, Alexander The Great: A Life In Legend
This engaging and handsomely illustrated book for the first time gathers together hundreds of the colorful Alexander legends that have been told and retold around the globe...
Although this review is in a french source, the book is available elsewhere, and is in English. I know I've seen it in my local bookstore, and it does look like an interesting book to say the least.

Shroud Of Turin Is Fake
Mindano Examiner
PARIS - In 2005, a French magazine said on Tuesday it had carried out experiments that proved the Shroud of Turin, believed by some Christians to be their religion's holiest relic, was a fake...
An interesting argument is made in this article, but people will believe what they wish to believe on this subject. There are enough conflicting claims for that to always be the case.

Roman Finds Go On Display
Hartlepool Mail
ONE of the most fascinating archaeological finds to be discovered in the area in recent years has gone on display in a town museum...
The item in question, said to be a piece of harness was discovered in June. I remember reading about it, so the story of the discovery is sure to be linked from the blog archives.

Rare Etruscan Finds Return To Italy
(ANSA) - Cortona, September 10 - A selection of astonishing Etruscan masterpieces has returned to Italy for the first time in centuries to star in new exhibition in this central Italian town...

Dead Sea Scroll In Stone Published In English For The First Time
Media Syndicate
WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 2, 2008) -- Dead Sea Scroll in Stone published in English for the first time. Several months ago, a significant splash was made in the academic community by Biblical scholar Israel Knohl of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, whose interpretation of an ancient text caused scholars to look at early Christianity and Judaism in a different light...

2100-Yr-Old Wall Unearthed
Jerusalem, Sept 10: Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Wednesday a 2,100-year-old Jerusalem perimeter wall -- along with beer bottles left behind by 19th century researchers who first discovered the stone defences...

Roman Bath With Caretta Caretta Figure Unearthed In Turkey
World Bulletin
Culture & Tourism Director of the province, said on Tuesday that there were more than 22 animal and flower figures carved on the mosaic in the bath complex...

Monday, September 8, 2008

September 8th News

What's new for a new week? New discoveries of a Roman Road in Britain, a cemetery with Roman era burials and an unusual Saxon burial, as well as other stories of interest.

New stories as of 6:44 AM:

The Challenge Of Ancient Judaism
Institute For Global Jewish Affairs
Martin Goodman's comprehensive study of the world in which the Great Revolt of the Jews of Judea against the Romans took place presents a challenge to the reader and to the reviewer. It is a magnum opus, an impressive culmination of a lifetime's work and thought of a prolific and creative historian of the Roman Empire and of ancient Jewish history and Judaism...,_by_Martin_Good

Serious Drinking: Vases Of The Greek Symposium On View At Kemper Art Museum
Organized in conjunction with Professor Susan Rotroff's course on ancient Athens offered through the Department of Classics, this exhibition presents a series of vases from the ancient Greek symposium--a highly choreographed, artistocratic, all-male drinking party that often drew to a close with a riotous parade about the shuttered streets of town...

Melting Swiss Glacier Yields Neolithic Trove, Climate Secrets
BERN (AFP) — Some 5,000 years ago a prehistoric person trod high up in what is now the Swiss Alps, wearing goat leather pants, leather shoes and armed with a bow and arrows...

Diggers Unearth Roman Road
Crewe & Nantwich Guardian
MORE than 40 people gathered in the field behind St Peter’s Church in Minshull Vernon to take part in a community archaeological dig...

Saxon Grave 'Couple' May Have Been Two Men
Archaeologists have unearthed the mysterious remains of what first appears to be a couple buried together arm in arm more than 1,000 years ago...
This is a particularly long and fascinating article, and covers other discoveries at the site as well.

Mystery Of The Couple Buried Arm In Arm 1,000 Years Ago: Not Husband And Wife But Saxon Warriors
Mail Online
For a thousand years they have lain side by side in a rough earth grave, one throwing a skeletal arm across the other...

Dig Reveals Jerusalem's First City Wall
Impressive remains from Jerusalem's first city wall - built by Hasmonean kings and destroyed by the Romans during the Jewish revolt - as well as part of a Byzantine period wall, have been discovered at an archaeological excavation on Mount Zion...

Saturday, September 6, 2008

September 6th News

It's really quiet this morning.

New stories as of 10:06 AM:

Romans 'Could Explain HIV Puzzle'
The Press Association
The conquering legions of ancient Rome may have helped to spread HIV and Aids throughout modern Europe, research suggests...

AIDS Risk Considerably Higher In Places Conquered By Ancient Roman Empire
A recent study has made quite a strange discovery about HIV/AIDS risk around the world. They have found that people living in regions that were once conquered by the powerful Roman Empire are at a higher risk of HIV infection...

Israeli Diggers Uncover Parts Of Ancient Wall
JERUSALEM - Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered new sections of Jerusalem's ancient walls, continuing a project started more than a century ago...

Phallic Figurines Found In Israel Stone Age Burials
National Geographic News
Prehistoric graves with an unusual abundance of phallic figurines and oddly arranged human remains have been found in Israel, archaeologists announced recently. ..

Keep An Eye On The Sphinx
Al-Ahram Weekly
While the SCA secretary-general was being interviewed for "Guardian's Spotlight" in July 2008, pigeons were seen pecking away at the eyes and ear cavities of the Sphinx and their droppings were splattered on the stone. Jill Kamil discusses this new danger ...

Melting Swiss Glacier Yields Neolithic Trove, Climate Secrets
BERN (AFP) — Some 5,000 years ago, on a day with weather much like today's, a prehistoric person tread high up in what is now the Swiss Alps, wearing goat leather pants, leather shoes and armed with a bow and arrows...

Thursday, September 4, 2008

September 4th News

There's a lot of stories today, ranging from more on yesterday's stories to some entirely new stories. Some of them throw out new details on stories from previous posts, and some of them are entirely new, about new discoveries.

New stories as of 9:01 AM:

National Archaeological Museum...
Culture Minister Michalis Liapis gestures before the upper section of a marble tomb, one of two ancient artifacts returned to Greece by US collector Shelby White, at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens yesterday...

Science Brings Back Ancient Instrument
Dallas Morning News
You know that harp-like instrument you always see nymphs and satyrs playing when you look at the illustrations in a book of Greek myths? It's not actually a harp. It's called an epigonion...

Archaeologists Shed Light On Ancient Caananite Burial Rituals
The Daily Star
SIDON: The British Museum's excavation team in Sidon on Wednesday declared the end of its mission for 2008 at the "Freres" excavation site near the southern port city's fortress...

Astra Revives Forgotten Sounds
The Inquirer
SOUNDS THAT HAVE been dead for years are being revived electronically thanks to a new computer modelling project...

Roman Fort Is Found In The Lake District
The Whitehaven News
A Roman camp, said to be of national significance, has been discovered on the outskirts of Keswick...

Found: Ancient Capital Of 'Jewish' Khazar Kingdom

Arutz Sheva
A team of archaeologists claims to have discovered remnants of the legendary Khazar kingdom in southern Russia, according to a recent report. If the findings by the Russian team, reported by the French agency AFP, prove to be indeed the long-lost capital of the reputed Jewish state, they would represent one of the largest breakthroughs in Jewish archaeology...

Hereford's Ribbon Has Backing Of Government
Hereford Times
HEREFORD’S Rotherwas Ribbon is worth preserving – and that’s official...
I linked a lot of stories about this site last year. It's interesting to see what's being said about it now. So often a story is picked up briefly, and nothing more comes of it.

Israeli Diggers Uncover Ancient Jerusalem Wall, Continuing Work Begun A Century Ago

Chicago Tribune
JERUSALEM (AP) _ Israeli archaeologists say they have uncovered new sections of Jerusalem's ancient walls, continuing a project started more than a century ago...,0,1403276.story
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Greece Welcomes Return Of Antiquities
The New York Times
On Wednesday Greece celebrated the return of two rare antiquities, Reuters reported. The items, a bronze vase from the fourth-century B.C. and the upper part of a marble tombstone, have been put on display at the National Archaeological Museum in Athens...

Vladimir Monomakh Seal Discovered In Novogrod
Russia InfoCentre
A lead seal has been recently found during archeological excavation in Veliki Novgorod. It belonged to legendary Prince Vladimir Monomakh, scientists presume...

Tutankhamen Fathered Twins, Mummified Fetuses Suggest
Two fetuses found in the tomb of Tutankhamen may have been twins and were very likely to have been the children of the teenage Pharaoh, according to the anatomist who first studied the mummified remains of the young King in the 1960s...

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

September 3rd News

There's a lot of smaller stories this morning.

New stories as of 6:34 AM:

Plateau May Be Ancient Gateway In Cyprus

Newspost Online
New research has suggested that a fortified settlement with a shrine that stood on a plateau near the eastern Larnaca coast in Cyprus, could have been the original gateway to Pyla, a village located in the eastern part of the island...

Ancient Musical Instruments Play Again Through Astra Project
Computing News
Ancient musical instruments can now be heard for the first time in hundreds of years, due to a new computer modelling project. ASTRA (Ancient instruments Sound/Timbre Reconstruction Application) has recreated the sounds of the harp-like Epigonion musical instrument from Ancient Greece and has performed one of the oldest known musical scores dating back to the Middle Ages...

Reclaimed Antiquities Exhibited
Athens - Two ancient artifacts illegally removed from Greece decades ago went on display in Athens on Wednesday after a US-based collector was persuaded to repatriate them, the Greek culture ministry said...

Roman Camp Found By Chance
Ellismere Port Standard
A nationally significant discovery of a Roman camp, thought to date back to the first century, has solved a mystery in Cumbria spanning hundreds of years...

Roman Fort Found In The Lake District

News & Star
A Roman camp, said to be of national significance, has been discovered on the outskirts of Keswick...

Russian Archaeologists Find Long-Lost Jewish Capital
ABC News
Russian archaeologists say they have found the long-lost capital of the Khazar kingdom in southern Russia, a breakthrough for research on the ancient Jewish state...

Jerusalem Ancient Walls Unveiled
BBC News
Archaeologists in Jerusalem have given a first glimpse of newly-exposed 2,100-year-old walls to the south of the city's ancient heart...

Archaeological Dig Confirms Roman Presence In Moray

The Press And Journal
ARCHAEOLOGISTS and volunteers at the Birnie dig site, near Elgin, have uncovered more evidence of the Romans’ presence in Moray...

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

September 2nd News

And with school starting again, let's see what there is to learn in Classical and Medieval history today.

New stories as of 10:44 AM:

Project To Preserve Our Roman Heritage
Buckingham Today
PEOPLE across south Northants can get involved in a new project to help preserve the region's archaeological heritage...

Plateau May Be Ancient Gateway In Cyprus
Thaindian News
Washington, September 1 (ANI): New research has suggested that a fortified settlement with a shrine that stood on a plateau near the eastern Larnaca coast in Cyprus, could have been the original gateway to Pyla, a village located in the eastern part of the island...

Prehistoric Funerary Precinct Excavated In Northern Israel
Washington, September 2 (ANI): Excavations in the north of Israel by a team from the Hebrew University have revealed a prehistoric funerary precinct dating back to 6,750-8,500 BCE...

Hittites' Holy City Nerik To Emerge
Turkish Daily News
Late in the second millennium B.C., as the Hittites were experimenting with bronze, they built a holy city called Nerik near the Black Sea, according to evidence being slowly gathered by archeologists...

Archaeological Dig Unearths Old Woman In Poland

The News
The remains of a 30-year-old woman were found today at an archeological excavation in Pinczow, in the Swietokrzyska region, southern Poland...

Historic Area Of Rome Threatened By New Car Park
The Independent
One of the prettiest and most historic corners of Rome will soon be sacrificed for a seven-storey underground car park unless Italy's minister of culture orders a dramatic, and costly, change of course...

Ancient Burial Chamber Found In Egypt

ABC Science
Egyptian archaeologists have uncovered the burial chamber and coffin of King Senusret II who was believed to have ruled Egypt from 1897 BC to 1878 BC, the official MENA news agency reported...

10,000-Year-Old Cult Center Found Near Nazareth
The Jerusalem Post
A 200-square-meter site in the lower Galilee dating back as far as 10,500 years has been identified by Hebrew University archeologists as having been a cult center and burial ground, mostly for men, equipped with items brought from as far away as Anatolia...

Ancient Gold Treasure Found In Northern Greece Puzzles Archeologists

The Canadian Press
ATHENS, Greece — A priceless gold wreath has been unearthed in an ancient city in northern Greece, buried with human bones in a large copper vase that workers initially took for a landmine...

Prehistoric Funerary Precinct Excavated In Northern Israel: Grave Goods Include Phallic Figurines, Sea Shells
Science Daily
ScienceDaily (Sep. 2, 2008) — Hebrew University excavations in the north of Israel have revealed a prehistoric funerary precinct dating back to 6,750-8,500 BCE...

Saturday, August 30, 2008

August 30th News

There's been a rather interesting discovery in Northern Greece in the last day or so, as the news will show.

New stories as of 10:10 AM:

Dead Sea Scrolls Will Be Put On Internet
Winston-Salem Journal
Scientists using American space technology have started a large project to digitally photograph the Dead Sea Scrolls, the oldest known version of the Hebrew Bible, and post it on the Internet for all to see, Israeli authorities said Wednesday...

Ancient Gold Treasure Puzzles Greek Archaeologists

Associated Press
ATHENS, Greece (AP) — A priceless gold wreath has been unearthed in an ancient city in northern Greece, buried with human bones in a large copper vase that workers initially took for a land mine...

Exceptional Find In Vergina
Archaeologists apparently uncovered one of most fascinating finds to date at the archaeological site of Vergina, northern Greece, earlier this week, namely, an immense cylindrical copper vessel inside of which was a slightly smaller, similar vessel...

Greek Archaeologists Uncover Rare Golden Wreath At Vergina Site
Aug. 29 (Bloomberg) -- Greek archaeologists discovered an ancient golden wreath during a dig at Vergina, northern Greece, the site of the tomb of Alexander the Great's father...

Chariot Find At Settlement Site
BBC News
Archaeologists have uncovered a small - but vital - clue to the use of a chariot in Moray...

Thursday, August 28, 2008

August 28th News (or lack of news)

The reason I haven't been posting in the last few days is that I can't find any stories to post. Everything that comes up today is about the Olympics, travel or the USA Democratic National Convention.

Even the website has no links to new stories from the Classical or medieval periods. At least not as of 9:45 AM.

Friday, August 22, 2008

August 22nd News

Yikes! I just realized how badly I've been letting this slide. I've got an excuse for yesterday, but not the other days: I was watching Canada win Gold in the Individual Show Jumping. It's another quiet day today. I think its because most people and news outlets are focused on the Olympics.

New stories as of 10:34 AM:

'Hadrian: Empire And Conflict'
International Herald Tribune
Few political commentators ask what lies behind the thinking of those expressing boundless admiration for the Roman Empire in almost every quarter of present-day Western society...
The article is a slide show from the British Museum exhibit on Hadrian. There are twelve photos.

Bronze Ring Unearthed In West Durrington
The Argus
Artefacts not seen for about 3,000 years have been discovered at the site of a new hospice...

Archaeologists Unearth Roman Period Mosaic And Iron Furnace In Turkey

Fresh News
Istanbul, August 22 (ANI): Archeologists have unearthed a mosaic and an iron furnace from the Roman period, as well as a marketplace, through excavations of the ancient city of Pompeipolis, located in the western Black Sea city of Kastamonu in Turkey...

Monday, August 18, 2008

August 18th News

Another quiet week-end in classical and medieval history.

New stories as of 8:19 AM:

Technology To Shed Light On Thera
A research team, from Princeton University in the US, has developed an automated system that works like a ''virtual archaeologist'' to shed new light on Thera, an island civilization near Greece that was buried under volcanic ash more than 3,500 years ago...

Excavations Continue In Zeugma

Turkish Daily News
Excavations that started Aug. 8 in the ancient city of Zeugma will continue through Sept. 25 this year. A group of 47 archeologists is working for the protection of the villas by covering them with roofs...

Archaeologists Discover 2500 Year Old Gold Earrings
Thaindian News
London, August 18 (ANI): An archaeologist has discovered gold earrings, a ring, and other funeral gifts that date back to the 5th century B.C., roughly 2,500 years ago, while excavating a Thracian tomb near the village of Kushare, about 280 km from Sofia, Bulgaria...

1,700-Year Old Apollon Statue Unearthed In Mersin
MERSIN - Archeologists unearthed a 1,700-year old Apollon statue in Soloi Pompeipolis ancient city in the southern province of Mersin...

'Virtual Archaeologist' Reconnects Fragments Of An Ancient Civilization
Science Daily
For several decades, archaeologists in Greece have been painstakingly attempting to reconstruct wall paintings that hold valuable clues to the ancient culture of Thera, an island civilization that was buried under volcanic ash more than 3,500 years ago...

Thursday, August 14, 2008

August 14th News

Things have been pretty quiet over the last couple of days. Only two stories today.

New stories as of 12:09 PM:

Colossal Head Of Roman Empress Unearthed
Sagalassos, Turkey, August 12—Tuesday morning, archaeologists of the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven team (Belgium) directed by Marc Waelkens uncovered the colossal portrait head of the Roman empress Faustina, wife of the emperor Antoninus Pius, who ruled from A.D. 138 to 161...

Archaeologists Uncover 1,800-Year-Old Roman Coffins In Newcastle City Centre
Two Roman stone sarcophagi have been uncovered at a dig on the site of a former chapel and office buildings...

Monday, August 11, 2008

The news this morning is all new news, some of which is extremely interesting. There's quite a bit of work with replicas, ranging from the Viking replica the 'Sea Stallion' which is back in the news, to the forthcoming sailing of the replica Phoenician ship.

New stories as of 8:41 AM:

Roman Temple Uncovered In Ancient Jewish Capital Of Galilee
Science Daily
Ruins of a Roman temple from the second century CE have recently been unearthed in the Zippori National Park. Above the temple are foundations of a church from the Byzantine period...

Iron Age British Warrior With Roman Links Unearthed In England
Fresh News
Archaeologists have unearthed the grave of an ancient British warrior with Roman links in southern England...

Archaeologists Dig In St Cross
Hampshire Chronicle
ENTHUSIASTIC excavators have been digging for clues near one of Winchester's most historic buildings...

Archaeologists Find 2,000 Year-Old Coins At Jerusalem Site
eNews 2.0
Archaeologists on an Israeli-German dig south of Jerusalem have uncovered a cache of 15 silver coins dating back 2,000 years and lying in a pot hidden in a pigeon hole...

Roman Temple Ruins Found In Israel
JERUSALEM—Archaeologists have found the ruins of a pagan temple dating back to Roman times in the Galilee region of northern Israel, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem said on Monday...

Iron Age Warrior With Roman Links Found In U.K.
National Geographic News
The grave of an ancient British warrior with tantalizing Roman connections has been unearthed in southern England, archaeologists say...

Around Africa In A Phoenician Boat
BBC News
On Arwad Island off the coast of Syria, a group of 20 sailors-to-be are preparing for a voyage their captain believes has not been undertaken for two and a half millennia...

Viking Longship Returns To Home Port After Epic Sail
Irish Times
THE VIKING replica longship Sea Stallion returns to home waters in Roskilde today, after a 2,800 nautical-mile round trip between Denmark and Ireland...

Romanian Experts Uncover Biggest Dacian Find Ever
Southeast European Times
Romanian archaeologists discovered an ancient cemetery, which experts consider the largest necropolis ever found in the Dacian area...

Friday, August 8, 2008

August 8th News

It's definitely a quiet morning today. Most of the news is continuations of yesterday's stories.

New stories as of 7:04 AM:

Why Not Test The Phaistos Disc?
The New York Times Blogs
If there are suspicions that the renowned Phaistos Disc is fake, why not address them by determining its age? That was the excellent question raised by Lab readers in response to a post on the disc...

Ancient Fully-Preserved Chariot Discovered In Bulgaria
A team of Bulgarian archaeologists working in an ancient Thracian tomb uncovered a well-preserved 1,900-year-old chariot, according to the team’s leader on Thursday...

Chance Find Could Be Long Lost Church
Berwick Today
REMNANTS of what experts believe could be an ancient church have been found in a chance discovery at Bamburgh Castle...

Ancient Olive Press Unearthed In Galilee
Arutz Sheva
Archaeologists have discovered an ancient olive press dating back to the Byzantine period at a dig at Moshav Achihud in the Western Galilee...

King Tut Tomb Fetuses May Reveal Pharaoh's Mother
National Geographic News
Two mummified fetuses found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun will undergo DNA testing to determine their relation to the famous pharaoh, Egyptian officials announced today...

DNA Tests To Study Mummy Fetuses In King Tut Tomb
Associated Press
CAIRO, Egypt (AP) — Egyptian scientists are carrying out DNA tests on two mummified fetuses found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun to determine whether they are the young pharaoh's offspring, the antiquities authority said Wednesday...

Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Ancient Chariot

Yahoo! News
SOFIA, Bulgaria - Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,900-year-old well-preserved chariot at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria, the head of the excavation said Thursday...;_ylt=ArR7XXIgGEqTqvUEq6eKjQxFeQoB

Thursday, August 7, 2008

August 7th News

I'd thought there wasn't going to be much in the way of news this morning, but I was wrong. The big story of the day is from a period a little later than I usually post in here: the possible discovery of the first theatre where Shakespeare's plays were first shown.

New stories as of 7:50 AM:

Unveiling The Secrets Of the Ancient Olympic Computer
Researchers have discovered that the ancient Greeks used a primitive 'computer' to set the dates of the Olympic Games...

Bulgarian Archeologists Unearth 1900-Year-Old Thracian Chariot
Visit Bulgaria
A team of Bulgarian archeologists has discovered a unique, fully preserved four-wheeled Thracian chariot, which is more than 1900 years old...

Bulgarian Archaeologists Discover Ancient Chariot
Associated Press
SOFIA, Bulgaria (AP) — Archaeologists have unearthed a 1,900-year-old well-preserved chariot at an ancient Thracian tomb in southeastern Bulgaria, the head of the excavation said Thursday...

Shakespeare's 1st Theater Unearthed
LONDON, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- An excavation in England has uncovered the brick foundations of the 16th century theater where William Shakespeare's plays were first performed, officials said...
Yes, this one's strictly a little late for this journal, but I found it interesting enough that I had to include it. Besides, things seem so quiet, that more articles are a good thing.

Possible Shakespearean Theater Found In London
(AP) -- The theater where "The Merchant of Venice" and "Romeo and Juliet" likely debuted and where William Shakespeare himself may have trodden the boards has likely been discovered in east London, archaeologists at the Museum of London said Wednesday...

DNA Tests To Study Mummy Fetuses In King Tut Tomb
(AP) -- Egyptian scientists are carrying out DNA tests on two mummified fetuses found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun to determine whether they are the young pharaoh's offspring, the antiquities authority said Wednesday...

Wine Presses Yield More Secrets
The fields in the locality have turned out to date back to the 4th and 3rd centuries BC – as old as the wine-presses...

Shakespeare's Shoreditch Theatre Unearthed
A shiver of excitement rippled around the theatrical globe as news spread of some grubby red bricks uncovered in a muddy pit off a nondescript street in east London...

King Tut's Kids
Foetuses found in the tomb of Tutankhamun are to be tested in an attempt to determine who their parents were...$1235395.htm

Egypt To DNA Test Mummies To See If Tutankhamun Was A Father
Egyptian scientists will carry out DNA tests on two mummified foetuses found in the tomb of King Tutankhamun to determine their link to the young pharaoh, Egypt's Supreme Council of Antiquities has announced...

Tutamkhamuns Mummified Fetuses To Get Paternity Test
Thaindian News
London, August 7 (ANI): Egyptian scientists are doing DNA tests on stillborn children found in Tutankhamuns tomb in the hope of confirming if they are the pharoahs offspring and confirming his family tree...

Large Olive Press Discovered In Northern Israel
6 August 2008 - An ancient olive- oil production complex dating from the 6th-7th Centuries CE – one of the largest ever exposed in Israel – was discovered at Ahihud, in excavations conducted by the Israel Antiquities Authority...

The Truth About The Picts
The Independent
The Picts have long been regarded as enigmatic savages who fought off Rome's legions before mysteriously disappearing from history, wild tribesmen who refused to sacrifice their freedom in exchange for the benefits of civilisation...

German Scientists Dig for Their Own Stonehenge
BERLIN (Reuters Life!) - Archaeologists have discovered traces of a Bronze Age place of worship in Germany in what they say might be the country's answer to Stonehenge...

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

August 5th News

Definitely a quiet day today.

New stories as of 10:46 AM:

Greek Mummy Found Inside Lead Coffin Dates Back To A.D. 300
Argentina Star
Washington, August 5 : A mummy of a middle-aged woman dating to A.D. 300 has been discovered in a lead coffin inside a marble sarcophagus in northern Greece, the first clear indication of embalming in Greece from the era when the Romans ruled there...

Ancient Greek Astronomical Mechanism Designed To Record Olympics
Huliq News
The Antikythera Mechanism, which was used in ancient Greece to make astronomical calculations, has now been discovered to also record the times of the Olympiads...

First Embalmed Greek Mummy Found In Lead Coffin

People's Daily Online
Found inside a lead coffin inside a marble sarcophagus, a mummy of a middled-aged woman from Ancient Greek times is the first clear indication of embalming in Greece during the Roman occupation...

Document Shows Templars Not Heretics, Historian Says
OTTAWA - When several Knights Templar were burned at the stake for heresy in 1314, legend has it they screamed out a curse against the villainous lawyer who convicted them. Eight days later, he died...

Archaeologists Discover Fragrance Container
Visit Bulgaria
Archaeologists have found a 900-year-old lead ampoule of fragrance at the excavations on Tzarevetz hill in the town of Veliko Tarnovo. The find dates back to 12-13 century and was discovered by the team of archaeologist Mirko Robov by the South fortress wall...