601 CE and Earlier
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-06-10 17:01
When Patrick E. McGovern read an article about traces of an "unidentified beverage" being found inside 2800-year-old pottery vessels in Central America, he was inspired to collaborate with the author, anthropologist John Henderson, and eventually to recreate a brew made from cacao beans.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-05-27 10:05
A decade later later, the report of the 1999 "Millennuim Dig" at Carlisle describes the tens of thousands of items found at the site. Finds of wooden buildings and leather artifacts surprised the archaeologists, as such materials don't normally survive.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-05-20 20:26
Archaeologists in Scotland are excited about the discovery of Roman altar stones found in a cricket pavilion in Musselburgh, East Lothian, finding them "the most significant find of their kind in the past 100 years."
Submitted by Ursula on Tue, 2010-05-18 08:35
A rediscovered ancient Greek scroll lists a number of health and safety violations by Odysseus during his tenure as ship's captain while returning home from the Trojan War.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-05-17 18:09
The city of Carlisle, England is now being mentioned in the same breath as York and Newcastle when it comes to Roman archaeology thanks to the Millennium dig. The three-year effort has now been documented in a 936-page report.
Submitted by Ursula on Thu, 2010-05-13 16:12
Dr. Deborah Vess of Georgia College & State University has created an online overview of Celtic monasticism illustrated with photographs of monastic and pilgrimage sites.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-08 19:03
Maya commoners of their Classic Period -- "illiterate farmers, builders and servants" -- preserved their history by burying their old possesions in the floors of newly built homes.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-05-08 07:45
The entire Parker library, a collection of Anglo-Saxon manuscripts at Corpus Christi College of Cambridge University, has been made accessible online. Librarian Suzanne Paul narrates a video tour of the collection's highlights.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-05-03 10:58
Long thought to be artistic images of hunters and animals, the engravings on the famous Iron Age Pictish Stones are now believed to be the written language of the Pictish people, an ancient language recognized by the Venerable Bede.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-05-02 17:51
Ancient gladitorial artifacts, preserved at Pompeii, will share display space with modern reconstructions of plumed helmets and silk tunics for a new exhibit at Rome's Colosseum entitled Gladiatores now through October 2, 2010.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-04-26 18:04
This summer, twenty students from the University of Regensburg in Germany are foregoing their usual pizza and computers in favor of Roman gladiator training.
Submitted by Milica on Fri, 2010-04-23 06:15
The discovery of an early medieval church and graves dating to the 5th-12th centuries, has temporarily stopped construction of a subway line in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Submitted by Ursula on Wed, 2010-04-21 13:42
Walkers along Hadrian's Wall are being urged to respect the ancient structure and help to protect it.
Submitted by Ursula on Sat, 2010-04-17 22:39
In the village of Maaloula, Syria, the ancient language Aramaic is still spoken but endangered.
Submitted by Ursula on Fri, 2010-04-16 11:16
At Tell Zeidan in Syria, a few hours' drive from Aleppo, archaeologists believe they will find rich discoveries about the culture that flourished there before the first cities appeared further south.
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-04-12 22:04
Officials from the Colchester (England) Archaeological Trust report that they have reached their goal of raising UK£200,000to buy and preserve the only Roman chariot-racing circus ever found in Britain.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-04-04 11:21
Bruno Heller, creator of the hit TV series Rome, has announced plans for a feature-length film.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-03-24 15:20
Recent analysis of a Roman burial in the city of York show that the remains belonged to a "high status" woman of African origin. Dubbed the "Ivory Bangle Lady," the woman was buried in the late 4th century along with "items including jet and elephant ivory bracelets, earrings, beads and a blue glass jug." (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-03-17 11:33
A new study of the landscape around Stonehenge seems to suggest that Stonehenge was once surrounded by two low, concentric hedges. The media have dubbed the foliage "Stonehedge."
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-03-16 13:10
A PDF with complete instructions for construction of an SCA tent version of an Iron Age Celtic roundhouse is available to download online.
Submitted by Milica on Sat, 2010-03-13 14:27
The Madaba Map, a mosaic depicting 6th-7th century Jerusalem, shows Cardo Street in the Jewish Quarter of the Old City. Now, the Byzantine-era street has been discovered by archaeologists.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-03-09 10:03
In a recent lecture entitled "Risk and Humanities," Cambridge classicist Mary Beard explored "the images of gambling and associated brawls that appear on the walls of bars in Pompeii."
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-03-07 19:30
Experts at the Panum Institute in Copenhagen, Denmark have shown the world the face of the 2000-year-old Auning Woman, found in 1886 in a northeastern Jutland bog.
Submitted by Milica on Wed, 2010-03-03 09:23
Archaeologists working on excavations in the chancel of the Church of Sant Feliu Girona in Catalonia, Spain, have discovered the remains of a 6th or 7th century tombs, as well as an ancient Roman temple.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-03-02 16:39
Scraps of packing material in the cover of a medieval book have been identified as pieces of the 4th century Gregorian Code, a Roman law book, long believed to have been lost.
Submitted by Milica on Tue, 2010-03-02 12:16
British father and son filmmaking team Ted and Michael O'Neill believe they have found the source of the Aqua Traiana, the 2nd century aqueduct, constructed by the Emperor Trajan, 30-40km northwest of Rome. (photos)
Submitted by Milica on Mon, 2010-03-01 13:03
VCAW-IMI (Visual Culture of the Ancient World & International Museum Institute at USC) will present a lecture series dealing with the ancient world in March and April 2010. The lectures will take place at USC and at the Getty Villa.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-02-28 18:18
Archaeologists from Orkney College are looking for the original 6th century monastery built by the Irish monk St. Columba on the island of Iona, off Mull in the Scottish Hebrides.
Submitted by Milica on Sun, 2010-02-28 14:14
Recent archaeological finds in the town of Sleaford, England prove that the town "was a very large and important settlement in the Roman period." Among the discoveries were the skeleton of a 4th century woman.
Submitted by Milica on Thu, 2010-02-18 14:34
In a review for The Telegraph, Philip Hoare looks at Bodies in the Bog and the Archaeological Imagination, a book by University of California, Berkeley professor Karin Sanders.