Here are links to news items about this exciting discovery. The villa seems to be an impressive one and was found in a part of England where relatively few such finds have been made. BBC News: http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-wiltshire-36062538 Sky News: http://news.sky.com/story/1679879/was-unearthed-villa-home-to-roman-emperor
A few proposals floated in the final months of 2015 offered rational, practical options for saving antiquities and ancient monuments.… Read More Rational Proposals for Safeguarding Antiquities – But Will Anyone Act?
The Museum of London has undertaken the first multidisciplinary study of the inhabitants of a Roman city anywhere in the Empire. In the video Curators Dr Rebecca Redfern and Caroline McDonald explain how this was done through the analysis of the ancient DNA (aDNA) of four different individuals from the Roman period. This analysis has… Read More New Video from the Museum of London Looks at a Genetic Study of Roman Londoners
A fascinating video from the British Museum detailing the importance of accidental archaeology in the First World War’s Salonka Campaign in northern Greece (opens in a new window or tab) – https://youtu.be/TQR6Flbf_-0
A large hoard of Roman silver coins of the 1st and 2nd Century AD has been discovered by archaeologists working in the Bulgarian capital city, Sofia. Known to the Romans as Serdica, Sofia was once a major Roman urban site. A detailed article on this discovery, including many excellent photographs, may be found here (opens… Read More Roman Silver Coin Hoard Discovered During Excavation in Bulgarian Capital
In light of the horrendous events of the last week or so — the senseless execution of Dr Khaled Asaad by IS at Palmyra and now the demolition of Palmyra’s Baalshamin Temple, also by IS, described by UNESCO as a war crime — a Wall Street Journal guest opinion piece by former Walters Art Museum… Read More Wall Street Journal Opinion Piece on Saving Syrian Antiquities
Here is the full article from Huffingtonpost.com (Opens in a new tab or window) – http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2015/06/10/lost-tomb-of-jesus-fraud_n_7557764.html
With Islamic State on the rampage, and other groups swearing allegiance to them in Libya, Tunisia, Nigeria, Yemen and Afghanistan, the threat to ancient heritage is greater than ever, and the debate over whether or not to return antiquities, looted or legally exported, to the modern nation states where they were discovered is fiercer than ever.… Read More Making Matters Worse? The Debate Over “Repatriating” Antiquities to Failed States in the Middle East
An exceptionally well preserved Roman enameled owl brooch has been found in Denmark by metal detectorists and is now undergoing study. Read more here about how it may have arrived in Denmark (Opens in a new tab or window) – http://cphpost.dk/rare-roman-iron-age-clasp-found-on-bornh…/
Some good news about ancient monuments for a change! Thanks to a wealthy Japanese benefactor, the Pyramid of Gaius Cestius in Rome, whose surface had been covered in grit and urban dirt, has been restored to its brilliant marble white. The photo essay shows the before and after, interior of the pyramid, restoration ceremony in… Read More Pyramid of Gaius Cestius Restored!