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Eat Like a Roman

Visitors to the archaeological site at Pompeii can get a firsthand idea of the Roman diet by purchasing kits containing ingredients commonly found on Roman tables.

Roman University Celebrates 700th Anniversary

The Faculty of Media Studies and the Department of Sociology and Communications of Rome's La Sapienza is celebrating the 700th anniversary of the university.

Remains of Cape Cod Explorer to be Verified

Researchers are hoping that DNA tests will confirm the identity of Capt. Bartholomew Gosnold, privateer, explorer and namer of Cape Cod.

Da Vinci Fingerprint May Solve Mystery

The restoration of a renaissance painting, "The Adoration of the Christ Child," may have solved a mystery by revealing a fingerprint and stylistic touches that could tie the work to Leonardo Da Vinci.

Japan to permit female succession

Lacking a male heir, the Japanese government is creating a new law to allow a woman to succeed to the Imperial throne for the first time in two centuries.

Hawks to Protect Herculaneum from Pigeons

Humans are not the only visitors to the ancient Roman city of Herculaneum. Pigeons have found a goldmine in the tourist hotspot, leaving behind a mess and forcing officials to try a new approach in pest control: hawks.

Roman archaeological find may be part of Nero's palace

When Roman Emperor Nero was deposed, his contemporaries went to great lengths to obliterate his legacy, burying his Domus Aurea (Golden House) with debris. Officials in Rome have revealed a mosaic the size of a large door that suggests that Nero's palace ruins may be remarkably well-preserved under the hill that covers them.

Iranian Warrior was Female

DNA tests have shown the remains of a 2,000-year-old warrior in an Iranian tomb are those of a woman.

"Seaman Swan" Offers Insight into Sailor's Life

The remains of a crewman of Oliver Cromwell's ship, discovered off the coast of Scotland, show that the sailor "had the body of a trapeze artist" and probably worked in the rigging.

Experts discover archaeological surprise beneath Pompeii

Archaeologists from Basilicata University in Italy are excavating part of the southwestern edge of Pompeii, revealing a civilization that predates even the Romans.

Search for Genghis Khan descendants includes free meal

Shish, a London restaurant, is offering free DNA tests in an effort to identify descendents of Genghis Khan. Those whose DNA matches receive a free meal.

Da Vinci doodles brought to life: Leonardo's genius on display in hometown museum

The main attraction of the Leonardiano Museum, in Vinci, Italy, is a model of a self-propelled vehicle based on a drawing that Leonardo da Vinci created in 1478.

"The Reckoning:" a Medieval Thriller

A new medieval thriller, starring Paul Bettany and Willem Dafoe, brings the 14th century alive through painstaking recreation which includes cold castles and the Black Plague.

Linguists Disgruntled Over Gibson's "Passion"

Some linguistic experts are less than thrilled with the historical accuracy of Mel Gibson's "The Passion of the Christ."

Ancient Greek Verses Found in Vatican Manuscript

As many as 200 previously unknown verses attributed to the Greek playwright Menander have been re-discovered in a manuscript in the Vatican Library.

Jesus Ossuary Back in the News

New scholarly research on a burial box, purported to be that of James, brother of Jesus, says it is too early to call the box a fake.

Roman Boat Discovered in the Netherlands

A Roman barge, used to deliver stone for fortifications, has been discovered in Woerden in the Netherlands.

Columbus Mystery to be Solved?

For some time, researchers have wanted to test the DNA of remains in the tomb of Christopher Columbus. Now it looks like they will finally get their chance.

Viking Canoe Discovered in Norway

A dugout canoe dating from around 1,000 years ago has been taken from Royraas Lake in southern Norway.

Tomb Inscription May Commemorate Burial Place of Father of John the Baptist

"This is the tomb of Zachariah, martyr, very pious priest, father of John," says the Greek inscription on a funerary monument at the foot of the Mount of Olives. The inscription likely dates to several centuries after Zachariah's death, and was probably put there by Byzantine Christians.

Thousands Gather at Stonehenge for the Solstice

Worshippers and partiers alike flocked to Stonehenge Saturday to celebrate the summer solstice - the longest day of the year.

Who's Buried in Columbus' Tomb?

DNA testing is being used to try to determine whether a tomb in Seville, Spain contains the actual remains of Christopher Columbus.

Moses to Save Venice from the Sea

City planners hope that underwater barriers will hold back the Adriatic Sea from pounding the historic city of Venice, Italy.

Roman Shipwreck Discovered in the Netherlands

Dutch archaeologists have unearthed a Roman military transport ship from the mud along the banks of the Rhine River in the Netherlands.

Stonehenge Built by Swiss?

Researchers at Stonehenge studying the enamel of the tooth of an archer may have found a Swiss connection.

Castle Restoration: Ideal SCA Summer Vacation

La Sabranenque restoration projects in France and Italy allow volunteers to help with the preservation of period rural architecture in southern France.