Roman Empire Archeology News Today 2013-08-15

Aspendos Ancient Theater in Turkey

Aspendos Ancient Theater in Turkey

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Roman temple clues found during dig in Conwy Valley : The remains of what is suspected to be a Roman temple have uncovered by archaeologists who had been searching for a lost 11th Century church. Archaeologists had been trying to find a Norman church on farmland in the Conwy Valley after baked remains became apparent during the hot summer of 2006. -

Read this story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23708475#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

 

Laodicea Columns Reveal the Grandeur of an Early Christian Center : Archaeologists have uncovered massive columns in Laodicea, a large ancient city in western Turkey that served as an early center of Christianity. – by Noah Wiener -

Read this story here: http://www.biblicalarchaeology.org/daily/biblical-topics/new-testament/laodicea-columns-reveal-the-grandeur-of-an-early-christian-center/

 

Treasure found in ancient Byzantine garbage pit : Hundreds of coins, intact lamps and even ancient gold jewelry have been found in Israel, curiously discarded hundreds of years ago in a Byzantine garbage dump. Archaeologists have been excavating the agricultural outskirts of the ancient city of Arsuf, also called Apollonia, just north of Tel Aviv. -

Read this story here: http://www.nbcnews.com/science/treasure-found-ancient-byzantine-garbage-pit-6C10908517

 

ARCHAEOLOGY > Ancient church found in Aegean province of Denizli : A church, which is in very good condition until its roof level, was found in Tripolis. Its roof will be covered with a wooden material. AA photos -

Read this story here: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/ancient-church-found-in-aegean-province-of-denizli.aspx

 

Exploring Aspendos – images from a wealthy city of Pamphylia : The second place I visited during my recent trip to Turkey was Aspendos (on 28 March 2013… see itinerary map here). Aspendos is one of the most popular historic sites in the Antalya region. – by followinghadrian -

Read this story here: http://followinghadrian.wordpress.com/2013/04/17/exploring-aspendos-images-from-a-wealthy-city-of-pamphylia/

 

Exploring Sagalassos – images from the city in the clouds (part 1 – Upper Agora) : The first visit of my recent trip to Turkey was the archaeological site of Sagalassos in Pisidia. We had the place almost to ourselves (I always travel with my partner) which was a real treat. Few people seem to have heard of Sagalassos and the site is a bit off the beaten track. – by followinghadrian -

Read this story here: http://followinghadrian.wordpress.com/2013/04/10/exploring-sagalassos-images-from-the-city-in-the-clouds-part-1-upper-agora/

 

Roman Amphitheatre in London (Bread and Circuses) : I was fortunate enough last week to spend Thursday/Friday in London filming for a new PBS show called “Secrets of Underground London” – it will be out next year. One of the great joys of a shoot is the access you have to sites that, under normal circumstances, you might not visit. -

Read this story here: http://adrianmurdoch.typepad.com/my_weblog/2013/08/roman-amphitheatre-in-london.html

 

Making a Mess of Maps : This week I am focusing on making maps for the final publication of the survey component of the Pyla-Koutsopetria Archaeological Project. As I have mentioned before on the blog, making maps is not my specialty and the illustrations in recent survey publications put mine to shame.  -

Read this story here: http://mediterraneanworld.wordpress.com/2013/08/14/making-a-mess-of-maps/

 

Discovering A New Monumental Latin Inscription at ‘Ayn Gharandal : “The stone was huge, well over 500 pounds. It was quite a thing to witness. It was face down in the dirt, and using lots of muscle the workmen were able to stand it up. I looked at it and all I saw on its face was packed sand. – by KaitNAnderson -

Read this story here: http://asorblog.org/?p=5244

 

Mini-Colosseum of ‘Gladiator’ Emperor Found : The Roman emperor Commodus might have cultivated the skills showcased in Ridley Scott’s blockbuster film “Gladiator” in a personal miniature Colosseum on his estate near Rome. – by Rossella Lorenzi -

Read this story here: http://news.discovery.com/history/archaeology/mini-colosseum-of-gladiator-emperor-found-130812.htm#mkcpgn=rssnws1

 

The Beau Street Hoard: counting ancient money : If you listen carefully outside the Department of Coins and Medals at the moment you may hear the chink of money being counted. – by Treasure Valuation Committee -

Read this story here: http://blog.britishmuseum.org/2013/02/08/the-beau-street-hoard-counting-ancient-money/

 

Open Day for largest Roman village ever found in Devon : An opportunity to experience the unfolding excavations at the largest Roman village ever found in Devon is open to members of the public on Sunday 18 August, at the site near Ipplepen in South Devon. -

Read this story here: http://www.theexeterdaily.co.uk/news/local-news/open-day-largest-roman-village-ever-found-devon

 

Ephesus: A Turkish Pompeii and Tourist Homing Beacon : In my recent adventures in Turkey we were lucky enough to visit the amazing site of Ephesus on the Western coast of the country. This site is a must see and I certainly understand the hype but as an academic a few things struck me which need to be addressed. – by GraecoMuse -

Read this story here: http://graecomuse.wordpress.com/2013/08/12/ephesus-a-turkish-pompeii-and-tourist-homing-beacon/

 

Remarkable Pictures Of Ancient Roman Boat Found Off Italy : A Roman ship frmo 200 BC was found, with a cargo of amphors. It’s considerered one of most important archeological discoveries of last 20 years in Italy. A Roman ship frmo 200 BC was found, with a cargo of amphors. – by Stephen Hull -

Read this story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/12/roman-boat-pictures_n_3742285.html

 

Rome mayor in bid to create ‘biggest archaeological park on the planet’ : The mayor of Rome has revealed the next phase of a radical plan to transform the city by reuniting two ancient forums and ripping up the avenue that divides them. – by Josephine McKenna in Rome -

Read this story here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10237814/Rome-mayor-in-bid-to-create-biggest-archaeological-park-on-the-planet.html

 

Archéologie poitevine : Le nom des lieux est déjà tout un programme… Depuis 1972, Jean et Lucette Galland habitent rue du Temps-Perdu à Migné-Auxances, joli clin d’œil pour ce couple passionné d’histoire locale. -

Read this story here: http://adane.canalblog.com/archives/2013/08/12/27823588.html

 

The Archaeology News Network : Crossrail project uncovers Bedlam burial ground  -

Read this story here: http://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.de/2013/08/crossrail-project-uncovers-bedlam.html#.Ugii6_k3Dh4

 

Roman Glass : Roman glassware includes some of the finest pieces of art ever produced in antiquity and the very best were valued higher than wares made with precious metals. – by Mark Cartwright -

Read this story here: http://www.ancient.eu.com/article/592/

 

Roman Wall Painting : The interiors of Roman buildings of all description were very frequently sumptuously decorated using bold colours and designs. – by Mark Cartwright -

Read this story here: http://www.ancient.eu.com/article/597/

 

Hot summer unearths Roman discoveries in Wales : The major Roman fort complex was spotted on parched grassland near Brecon, Powys, and the marching camp near Caerwent in Monmouthshire. Aerial archaeologist Toby Driver said he could not believe his eyes when he spotted the fort from the air. -

Read this story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-wales-23628630

 

Ancient glass beads provide evidence of industry and trade routes at the time of the Romans : Scientists at Mainz University for the first time prove techniques used to produce ancient glazed beads / Investigations conducted using neutron activation analysis with the aid of the TRIGA research reactor. – by HeritageDaily -

Read this story here: http://www.heritagedaily.com/2013/08/ancient-glass-beads-provide-evidence-of-industry-and-trade-routes-at-the-time-of-the-romans/98656

 

ARCHAEOLOGY > Huge old columns found underground in ancient city of Laodicea : The columned galleries are in a rectangular shape on an area of 35,000 square meters. They were discovered seven meters underground. AA photo -

Read this story here: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/huge-old-columns-found-underground-in-ancient-city-of-laodicea.aspx

 

Sea gives up a portrait of ancient Rome : Video will begin in 5 seconds. Divers in northern Italy discover a Roman trading ship, believed to be 2000 years old. -

Read this story here: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/world/sea-gives-up-a-portrait-of-ancient-rome-20120807-23sdr.html

 

ANTINOUS THE GAY GOD : THE ACCESSION OF HADRIAN AS EMPEROR OF ROME : WE ALL KNOW the anguish of worry. But few of us have to worry about being murdered by rivals — Hadrian spent years in exactly this sort of anguish.On August 11th, the Religion of Antinous commemorates the accession of Hadrian to the throne as Emperor of Rome, succeeding Trajan. – by Hernestus -

Read this story here: http://antinousgaygod.blogspot.fr/2013/08/the-accession-of-hadrian-as-emperor-of.html

 

L’Aigle Romain Et Les Enseignes Militaires. : Vous êtes-vous déjà demandé pourquoi l’aigle était le symbole par excellence de l’Empire romain? Frappé sur les monnaies, gravé dans le marbre des monuments (comme l’Arc de Constantin, par exemple), et bien sûr brandi par les légions : l’aigle est partout ou presque, pour peu que l’on se do – by FL -

Read this story here: http://latogeetleglaive.blogspot.fr/2013/08/laigle-romain-et-les-enseignes.html

 

Herzliya Byzantine-era find sheds light on ancient Samaritans’ lives : An ongoing archeological excavation in northwestern Herzliya is furthering studies on Samaritan life during the Byzantine period. The excavation began in mid-June near Apollonia National Park in the hinterland of the Apollonia-Arsuf region, in an area located between Kfar Shmaryahu and Rishpon. – by Sammy Hudes -

Read this story here: http://www.jpost.com/Features/In-Thespotlight/Herzliya-Byzantine-era-find-sheds-light-on-ancient-Samaritans-lives-322395

 

Ancient Glass Beads Provide Evidence of Industry and Trade Routes at the Time of the Romans : The raw materials for ancient glass beads found in former Rhaetian settlements in Bavaria clearly did not originate from this region. -

Read this story here: http://www.sciencedaily.com/releases/2013/08/130809114831.htm#.UgiQTYzF278.twitter

 

Sarmatian Treasures Found At Russian Burial Site : “Archaeologists have found the intact burial chamber of a noble woman from a powerful tribe that roamed the Eurasian steppes 2,500 years ago in southern Russia..” Source: Archaeology News Network. Image: Sarmatians depicted on 2nd Century Roman relief. -

Read this story here: http://www.ancientworldreview.com/2013/08/sarmatian-treasures-found-at-russian-burial-site.html

 

Return from the Underworld: The Orpheus Mosaic : The famous Orpheus Mosaic depicting the Roman underworld is on public display for only the second time in 150 years at Bristol’s Museum and Art Gallery. The Orpheus mosaic was discovered in a Roman Villa at Newton St. – by Past Horizons -

Read this story here: http://www.pasthorizonspr.com/index.php/archives/08/2013/return-from-the-underworld-the-orpheus-mosaic

 

Fascinating Roman relics discovered at site of future housing development in Parson Drove : The findings were made by a team of archaeologists at a site being developed by Wisbech-based contractor Foster Property Maintenance (FPM) for housing. -

Read this story here: http://www.cambstimes.co.uk/news/fascinating_roman_and_medieval_relics_discovered_at_site_of_future_housing_development_in_parson_drove_1_2328529

 

The death of Trajan and ascension of Hadrian : On this day, 9th August 117 AD (or it might have been the 7th or 8th), the Emperor Trajan died suddenly from a stroke at Selinus in Cilicia on his way from Syria to Rome. – by followinghadrian -

Read this story here: http://followinghadrian.wordpress.com/2013/08/09/the-death-of-trajan-and-ascension-of-hadrian/

 

Walking up the Roman siege ramp at Masada : Masada has caught my attention in the past few days. Those who have visited the site are aware of the Byzantine ruins, including a church, on the top of the plateau. -

Read this story here: http://ferrelljenkins.wordpress.com/2013/08/08/walking-up-the-roman-siege-ramp-at-masada/

 

Welsh drought brings Roman and Iron Age aerial discoveries across the country : The long spell of hot summer weather across Wales has left aerial archaeologists reflecting on some of their most significant discoveries since 2006. – by People’s Collection Wales -

Read this story here: http://heritageofwalesnews.blogspot.fr/2013/08/welsh-drought-brings-roman-and-iron-age.html

 

The Age of Tarquinius Superbus : The age of Tarquinius Superbus saw important changes in the history of the Roman world. Livy describes his reign as full of unrest, war, expansionistic undertakings into Etruria and Latium Vetus and political and social turmoil, leading up to the expulsion of the king. – by Archaeology -

Read this story here: http://www.archaiologia.gr/en/blog/2013/08/09/the-age-of-tarquinius-superbus/

 

ARCHAEOLOGY > Roman artifacts in barn ruins : BATMAN – Doğan News Agency DHA Photo A villager in the southeastern province of Batman’s Kozluk village, Mahfuz Nazar, has found 50 pieces of ancient artifacts in the ruins of a barn, which he set on fire in order to build a larger barn. -

Read this story here: http://www.hurriyetdailynews.com/roman-artifacts-in-barn-ruins.aspx

 

Crossrail digging unearths diverse and ancient London burial ground : Every day hordes of London commuters have passed unknowingly over the bodies of thousands of their predecessors, buried a few metres under the roaring traffic and rumbling trains at Liverpool Street, and which are now being exposed for the first time by the huge Crossrail construction project. -

Read this story here: http://www.theguardian.com/science/2013/aug/08/crossrail-tunnelling-unearths-burial-ground-bedlam

 

Rubicon river rivalry in Italy to be settled with mock court case : David Cameron said last year he had “serious concerns” about crossing it. Mick Jagger sang with anguish on Streets of Love that he thought he might have done so. -

Read this story here: http://www.theguardian.com/world/2013/aug/07/rubicon-river-italy-mock-court-case

 

Bedlam Burial Site Uncovered By Crossrail Excavations Finds Skeletons And Roman Treasures : If you ever walked down the London road linking Blomfield Street to Liverpool Street before 2011 it may perturb you to know you were walking on top of thousands of bodies. -

Read this story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2013/08/07/bedlam-burial-site-crossrail_n_3721427.html

 

ANTINOUS THE GAY GOD : HAPPY WORLD CAT DAY IS YOUR HOME A CAT TEMPLE TOO? : AUGUST 8th is World Cat Day … so it’s the purrr-fect day to look over the shoulders of archaeologists who have unearthed what appears to have been a major temple to the cat goddess Bastet in the royal quarter of ancient Alexandria. – by Hernestus -

Read this story here: http://antinousgaygod.blogspot.fr/2013/08/happy-world-cat-day-is-your-home-cat.html

 

Byzantine Garbage Pit Yields Mystery : The archaeological excavations on behalf of the Tel Aviv University and the Israel Antiquities Authority have given rise to a mystery involving 400 Byzantine coins, 200 Samaritan lamps, an ancient ring and gold jewelry. – by Gil Ronen -

Read this story here: http://www.israelnationalnews.com/News/News.aspx/170671

 

A New Isis Aretalogy : [from Londinium, c. late 2nd c. – by aediculaantinoi -

Read this story here: http://aediculaantinoi.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/a-new-isis-aretalogy/

 

Archaeologists examine historic Byzantine garbage dump : Researchers from the Israel Antiquities Authority and the Tel Aviv University discovered an array of finds on an archaeology dig whilst excavating a refuse pit, dating from the Byzantine period. – by HeritageDaily -

Read this story here: http://www.heritagedaily.com/2013/08/archaeologists-examine-historic-garbage-dump/98074

 

Roman Sex, Sexuality, Slaves and Lex Scantinia : In ancient Rome, Latin has no equivalent translation for defining homosexuality, nor heterosexuality as an individual’s sexual nature. Gay or straight, there would be no distinction. – by Markus Milligan -

Read this story here: http://www.heritagedaily.com/2013/08/roman-sex-sexuality-slaves-and-lex-scantinia/97996

 

A Roman vineyard? We’ll drink to that! : Archaeologists found the 2,000-year-old vineyard at the new Persimmon Homes site at Grovebury Farm, Grovebury Road. -

Read this story here: http://www.leightonbuzzardonline.co.uk/news/local-news/a-roman-vineyard-we-ll-drink-to-that-1-5358334

 

Press Office : Professor Ian Haynes is project director of the excavation, while Tony Wilmott, Newcastle alumnus and Current Archaeology’s Archaeologist of the Year, is working as field director. The Temple is the north-westernmost classical temple known from the Roman World. -

Read this story here: http://www.ncl.ac.uk/press.office/newslink/item/roman-temple-find1

 

More than 40 skeletons discovered in Gloucester’s ‘Roman cemetery’ : MORE than 40 skeletons have been dug up in Gloucester and 20 more could follow in what has been described as a “significant find” by archaeologists. In June, Cotswold Archaeology discovered a skeleton on the Linden Homes development site off Brunswick Road, where the old media college sat. – by The Citizen -

Read this story here: http://www.gloucestercitizen.co.uk/40-skeletons-discovered-Gloucester-s-Roman/story-19618344-detail/story.html

 

The Warrior on the Hill : From the hills east of the Tribanjska Draga canyon in western Croatia, not far from the Adriatic coast, comes one of most enigmatic ancient burials from Eastern Europe. -

Read this story here: http://balkancelts.wordpress.com/2013/08/06/the-warrior-on-the-hill/

 

Imperial Tagmata Regiments – The Central Reserve : The tagma (Greek: τάγμα, pl. tagmata) is a term for a military unit of battalion or regiment size. – by Gary -

Read this story here: http://byzantinemilitary.blogspot.fr/2013/08/imperial-tagmata-regiments-central.html

 

Bulgarian Archeologists Uncover Large Votive Relief of Zeus : A team of Bulgarian archeologists led by Dr. Ivan Hristov has discovered an unusually large votive relief of the ancient Greek God Zeus near the Bulgarian village of Starosel. The news was announced by the National History Museum for the Bulgarian News Agency Focus. -

Read this story here: http://www.novinite.com/view_news.php

 

: NCM Fathom Events and More2Screen Present the Critically Acclaimed and Sell-Out British Museum Exhibition of Unique Archaeological Finds to Select U.S. Theaters on Sept. 25 -

Read this story here: http://online.wsj.com/article/PR-CO-20130805-907480.html

 

Samford archaeological dig in Israel uncovers Jewish village : An archaeological expedition directed by Samford University religion professor James Riley Strange has uncovered the remains of a Jewish village in the Galilee sector of Israel. – by GREG GARRISON -

Read this story here: http://www.al.com/living/index.ssf/2013/08/samford_archaeological_dig_in.html#incart_river_default

 

Pompeii, Italy Approves Special Superintendent To Oversee EU Funds To Prevent Further Ruin : ROME — Italy’s government is trying to spare the ancient ruins of Pompeii from further neglect. – by Kavitha A. Davidson -

Read this story here: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/08/02/pompeii-restoration_n_3697805.html

 

Top 5 Evil Roman Matriarchs : When Octavian changed his name to Augustus and became Rome’s first Emperor, rather than sharing too much power with senators who might start another civil war, he surrounded himself with freedmen (who could never become senators) and family members. – by Juliette -

Read this story here: http://popclassicsjg.blogspot.fr/2013/07/top-5-evil-roman-matriarchs.html

 

Viewpoint: Does Caligula deserve his bad reputation? : The Roman emperor Caligula’s name has become a byword for depraved tyranny, used as a popular benchmark for everyone from Idi Amin to Jean-Bedel Bokassa. But was Caligula really mad and bad, or the victim of a smear campaign, asks historian Mary Beard. -

Read this story here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-23455774#sa-ns_mchannel=rss&ns_source=PublicRSS20-sa

 

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