Classical Roman culture
Submitted by AEschwynne on Sat, 2009-02-14 09:04
Three mosaics of tiny tiles, featuring naked people possibly performing pagan rituals, have been unearthed underneath the Cathedral of Reggio Emilia in Italy.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-02-10 11:15
Every year historians debate the "real" history of Valentine's Day, and still there seems to be no consensus on its true origins. Now student Sarah Clark gives it a try.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-02-08 16:51
Paul Ballinger and John Carter didn't find anything with their metal detector recently, but noticed tiles in a plowed field. After some searching, they uncovered a 40-foot (12 meter) diameter mosaic floor dating to 4th century Roman times. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2009-01-23 16:44
It was a very bad day for 3rd century Roman soldiers who tried to defend a fortress by way of a cramped tunnel. Dead soldiers were doused with toxic substances and set on fire, causing the Romans to retreat.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-01-21 15:28
British Channel Four's Time Team has discovered the remains of four Roman temples near Redbourn, England. The temples may have been built to worship water gods, according to experts, since there are springs and a river in the area.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2009-01-18 13:10
One of the most important aspects of the excavations at England's Vindolana archaeological site is the insight given to everyday life at the fort, especially through the preserved letters of those stationed there. Australia's Couriermail.com has a feature.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2009-01-12 12:51
Puzzled by Roman numerals? Always in a dither about how to write the latest SCA year? Maybe Scienceblog's Good Math, Bad Math website can help. The site explains the Roman numeral system and how to do calculations with them.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2009-01-07 10:43
Remains of a 15th century church and a Roman townhouse have changed architectural plans for a UK£30 million, nine-storey, 2,000-space car park at the Highcross shopping centre in Leicester, England. The contemporary parking garage has been redesigned to protect the ancient treasures.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2009-01-06 17:41
Spanish archaeologists have discovered a rare 1st century ceramic lamp depicting a gynecological exam. The lamp was found near the city of Leon in northern Spain.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-12-21 08:21
Archaeologists have discovered a 3rd century Roman battlefield near Göttingen in Lower Saxony, Germany which may rewrite the history of the Roman army in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-19 11:00
Fans of the cancelled HBO series Rome may have something to celebrate. Producer Bruno Heller would like to "produce a theatrical wrap-up" to the series.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-12-18 10:41
A pottery workshop for the mass production of oil lamps dating to the 2nd century C.E. has been discovered near Modena, Italy. The complex created pottery lamps which bear the brand name stamped on the bottom. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-12-14 08:09
Researchers have been poring over more than 30,000 photos taken over the past 60 years for hints to the real nature of Hadrian's Wall. So far, the study has revealed "2,700 previously unrecorded historic features."
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-12-13 10:08
Scotland's Crown Office each year gets the honor of collecting rare artifacts discovered by archaeologists, metal detectorists and treasure hunters into a Treasure Trove. This year's finds include a Bronze Age sword and the first Roman tombstone discovered in nearly 200 years.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-12-09 11:38
A major reconstruction project for a section of Hadrian's Wall has begun at Great Chesters, near Haltwhistle, Northumberland. The project will spend UK£200,000 to repair an 800m section of the wall.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-12-08 17:21
Workers laying a sewer pipeline near Penrith, England have discovered the remains of a "remarkable" Roman settlement complete with cobbled streets and timber houses. The village may have been part of the local fort and used for housing soldiers' families.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2008-12-05 10:26
Sewer construction near Penrith in northern England has uncovered a Roman settlement a mere meter beneath the soil. The project has also unearthed several medieval buildings, including a rare Grubenhauser. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2008-12-04 09:40
The Great Bath at the city of Bath, England's famous Roman Baths, is being given a cleaning to remove a buildup of sludge and algae. (photo)
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-12-02 07:57
The geniuses behind Google Earth have taken on a new project: the mapping of ancient Rome. Now visitors to the website can take a virtual 3D tour of the ancient city including such buildings as the Forum and the Colosseum.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-11-11 17:26
A 3,500-year-old gravesite, a Roman military camp, and a medieval road are just three of the possibilities archaeologists are exploring at a dig near Rábapatona, Hungary.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-11-04 17:41
Archaeologists working in the Sanliurfa province of southeastern Turkey have discovered the remains of a 5th or 6th century C.E. early Byzantine palace featuring a mosaic of goddess the Kticic.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-11-03 16:34
A new website will soon allow visitors to take a 3D tour of the city of Cologne as it would have been 2,000 years ago. The city, a major trade center, became the Roman Empire's major northern outpost.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-10-28 15:28
The Roman fort of Vindolanda in northern England will receive UK£4M from the Heritage Lottery. The money will be used to upgrade the museum allowing them space to display many of the Roman site's spectacular discoveries.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2008-10-25 15:46
New excavations in Kent, England have uncovered the hard surface of the country's coastline during the first Roman invasion (43 C.E.). The coast would have been two miles from the current coast. Also found: a Roman wall and a medieval dock.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-10-21 14:45
This year, we will be featuring a Byzantine/Roman Feast that is just to dine for. As usual, we will have our Best-Use-of-Bells, Byzantine/Roman table setting, and Brick Spoon competitions. We will also have a return of the Silver Tongued Devil competition.
So, don your best sheets, pack your feast gear and join us
for a fun filled day of classes, Helgi's bead making, Consorting 101
for you and your Consort,just to name 2, and of course as usual, a
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-10-20 16:55
Garum, a pungent, fish-based seasoning, used in Roman cooking is being used to help precisely date the volcanic eruption that buried the city of Pompeii.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2008-10-20 10:10
Andrew Dixey, Estate Manager for National Museum Wales, has created a Roman garden designed to help visitors understand the life of Romans in Wales. Among the plants brought to the country by the Romans was the garden leek, the unofficial symbol of Wales.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-10-19 15:00
Latin, the language once considered dead and buried, is finding new life in New York's suburbs where middle school students hope to increase test scores, or read Harry Potter's Latin spells by studying the language.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2008-10-19 11:15
Several months of excavation have unearthed the remains of a second century Roman villa in Budapest, Hungary, thought to be one of the earliest in the country.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2008-10-07 10:14
The Claude Moore Health Service Library of the University of Virginia has a website with photos of reproductions of surgical instruments excavated from the House of the Surgeon at Pompeii. The reproductions were acquired by the University in 1947.