Monthly Archives: March 2010

New Ancient Scottish Written Language Identified

Scotland’s Pict society, which existed between 300 and 843, created elaborate rock engravings, known now as Pictish Stones. The engravings, once thought to be a form of art, have recently been identified as a written language. “We know that the … Continue reading

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Part of Nero’s Palace Collapses in Rome

A part of the ceiling of Rome’s infamous emperor Nero’s palace collapsed Tuesday as repair work was underway at the site. A section of the garden above the roof consequently fell into the palace. Officials reported no injuries. Nero’s Golden … Continue reading

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Archaeologists Rush to Excavate and Preserve Assyrian City Before the Site is Flooded

Archaeologists in southeast Turkey are working diligently to excavate and preserve as much as they can of Tushan, an Assyrian city, before a hydroelectric dam floods the area. Tim Matney, who is leading a team of German, Turkish, and British … Continue reading

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Ruins of Eastern Han City Found in China

Archaeologists in China have discovered the ruins of a 2,000 year old city dating to the Eastern Han Dynasty. The site is about 18,000 square meters and is located in the Jiangxi province. Part of the city wall is still … Continue reading

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New Method Could Revolutionize Dating of Ancient Artifacts

Scientists on Tuesday announced the development of a new method to determine the age of ancient artifacts that does not require damaging the remains in any way. Previously “off-limits” artifacts may now potentially be dated using the new technique. “This … Continue reading

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Pompeii Snack Bar Reopens to Serve Ancient Roman Cuisine

A thermopolium in Pompeii, preserved under volcanic ash from Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD, is being reopened to the public after an extensive excavation and restoration project. A Roman thermopolium is comparable to a modern day fast food restaurant, in … Continue reading

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Ancient Petroglyphs at Arizona’s "Picture Rocks" Vandalized

Ancient petroglyphs at Picture Rocks, a Hohokam Indian site northwest of Tuscon, have been damaged by vandals over the last three years, the Arizona Star reports. “People have been seen vandalizing petroglyphs. There has been some damage – defacing of … Continue reading

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