601 CE and Earlier

Re-discovery of Classical Writings - Second Renaissance

Oxford scholars are using high-tech satelite technology to read the once hidden words on the hoard of manuscripts known as the Oxyrhynchus Papyri. In the last few days, works by Sophocles, Euripides, Hesiod and other classical greats have been deciphered, and it is believed early Christian texts are also amongst the works.

Hamsters Built Stonehenge?

Want the REAL story behind famous British historical events? The Hamster Theatre Company offers "a series of tableaux depicting great (and disastrous) moments in British history."

Roman Treasure Discovered in West Norfolk

Metal detector enthusiast Stephen Brown recently discovered a hoard of 2nd century Roman coins on farmland in West Norfolk, England.

Roman Duct Tape

An article in the recent British Archaeology magazine discusses evidence that Romans had and used duct tape.

Arizona Republic: Teachers Preach Value of Learning Latin

Arizona teachers lobby for the teaching of Latin as a way to expose children to ancient culture, improve test scores and help kids get into college.

British Museum Returns Treasure to Sutton Hoo - Temporarily

A 1500-year-old hanging bowl is being loaned to Sutton Hoo for an exhibit which takes place at the Anglo-Saxon ship burial site beginning in March, 2005.

Codex Sinaiticus to be Digitized

The Codex Sinaiticus, the earliest copy of the New Testament, is scheduled to be digitized and published on CD-ROM.

Scottish Schoolchildren Strive to Save Antonine Wall

A new campaign to have Scotland's Antonine Wall declared a World Heritage Site is being spearheaded by the country's schoolchildren. The campaign includes an educational pack that teaches about the country's Roman history.

Turkish Daily News: Istanbul History 101

Byzantium, Contantinople, Istanbul, New Rome...whatever historical name it has gone by, the city on the Bosporus has always been the gateway between Europe and Asia. This article gives a short history of the city.

Archaeologist Killed on Site of Roman Dig

An Austrian archaeologist was killed when the pit he was excavating collapsed.

Headless Romans Stump Experts

Archaeologists working on a Roman cemetery in the Mount area of York are baffled at the discovery of 36 decapitated bodies.

New Book Moves Important Battlefield

In his new book, author James Fraser claims that the battle of Mons Graupius, which allowed Rome dominance over all of Britain, occured not in the north of Scotland, but in the south.

Catholic News: Tomb of St. Paul Found?

The Vatican has announced that a team of archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the tomb of St. Paul in Rome's St. Paul Outside the Walls Basilica.

Daily Record: Erotic Murals Discovered in Ikea Excavation

The remains of a Roman brothel dating to the 5th century B.C.E. have been discovered during excavation for an Ikea store.

Times: Author claims St. Patrick took bribes from Christian converts

In his book Secret Sights II: Unknown Medieval Ireland, author Rob Vance accuses St. Patrick of taking bribes from his wealthy female patrons.

London Times: Roman Coffin Found in London

An early example of a wooden, Roman coffin has been discovered near the River Fleet in London.

2,000 Year Old Celtic Carving Identified

A stone carving, found 20 years ago in a back garden, has been identified as a 2000 year old Celtic carving from the Iron Age.

Minnesota reporter discovers delights of Pompeii

Chris Welsch, a reporter for the Minneapolis-St. Paul Star Tribune, walks the streets of the city of Pompeii, a city frozen in time by a volcanic erruption.

Gode Cookery featured in upcoming Food Network documentary

The producers of Food Network's "Secret Life Of..." series were so impressed last year with the folks at Gode Cookery, a noted medievalist cooking web site, that they are featuring Gode Cookery in another episode, this time on Roman wine cakes.

Sex in the Roman City

Natalie Bennett reviews Looking at Lovemaking: Constructions of Sexuality in Roman Art, 100 B.C. - A.D. 250, a new book by John R. Clarke that looks at sexuality and gender issues in Roman society.

Iron Age Fort to Receive Facelift

The conical, Iron Age fort, Kimsbury Camp, located in Gloucestershire, England, is set to receive a UK£85,000 facelift to repair damage from erosion.

Hunts Post: Huntingdon Digs Ends with Spectacular Finds

Archaeologists digging for five weeks through an archaeological site in Huntingdon, England have unearthed some spectacular finds dating from the Bronze Age through the 14th century.

Stonehenge Construction Project Delayed

Controversial plans by the National Trust and English Heritage to route traffic away from Stonehenge have hit a snag. The British government has been strangely silent on the subject, leading officials to believe that the plans may have been abandoned.

5th Century Letters Prove Gaza Intellectual Center

Researchers at the University of Fribourg believe that a rich cache of letters, written in Greek, prove that residents of 5th century Gaza lived a vibrantly intellectual life.

New Techniques Used to Recreate Roman Imperial Cloth

Researchers working on the Roman city of Pompeii are using ancient methods to re-create the Roman imperial cloth used for togas.

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.

Prehistoric Scots Tied to Middle East

A new book and television series claim that 20% of Scots have blood ties to Iraq stemming from a migration in 4000 BCE.

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.

Chariot Race Track Discovered in Colchester

The remains of a Roman chariot track have been discovered under an army barracks in Colchester, England.

Noisy Toys Nothing New

The Scottish Urban Archaeological Trust has evidence that noisy toys may date back to the Bronze Age.