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The Roman Colosseum Is Getting a $7.2 Million Exterior Makeover

by Dave Sadler
The Colosseum has emerged more imposing than ever after its most extensive restoration, a multimillion-euro cleaning to remove a dreary, undignified patina of soot and grime from the ancient arena, which has been assailed for decades…

Oldest human settlement uncovered in Persian Gulf

by Dave Sadler
Archaeological excavations have uncovered mid-Paleolithic stone tools in Qeshm Island. Seyyed Morteza Rahmati told Mehr News cultural heritage correspondent on Saturday that during last glacial period, Qeshm had been connected to mainland Iran by a thick layer…

What Ancient Rock Art Reveals About A Wetter Arabia

by Dave Sadler
Today, much of the Arabian Peninsula is sandy, dry and desolate. But in recent decades, some scientists have been collecting evidence revealing past periods of warm, wetter weather that periodically "greened" swaths of the peninsula, creating savanna-like…

Italians model 17,000-year-old brain from child’s skull

by Dave Sadler
The discovery of a 17,000-year-old skull in southern Italy has allowed a team of scientists to accurately recreate the brain of mans' ancient ancestors for the very first time. The skull belonged to boy of between 10 and 12 years old and was…

The Vatican just digitized this 1,600-year-old epic

by Dave Sadler
Virgil wrote his classic poem, “The Aeneid,” more than 2,000 years ago. Thanks to the Vatican, you can now read one of the the world’s oldest versions of the ancient Latin text online. The Vatican Apostolic Library announced Friday that it has digitized…

Discovery of Philistine Cemetery May Solve Biblical Mystery

by Dave Sadler
An unrivaled discovery on the southern coast of Israel may enable archaeologists to finally unravel the origins of one of the most notorious and enigmatic peoples of the Hebrew Bible: the Philistines. The discovery of a large cemetery outside…

Skeleton with stone-encrusted teeth found in Mexico ancient ruins

by Dave Sadler
Archeologists have discovered the 1,600-year-old skeleton of an upper-class woman whose skull was intentionally deformed and teeth were encrusted with mineral stones near Mexico's ancient ruins of Teotihuacan. The woman, between…

Urine-Based Dye Found in Ancient New Testament

by Dave Sadler
Behind one of the oldest surviving illuminated manuscripts of the New Testament lies a mixture of urine and weeds, according to analysis carried out during a lengthy restoration project of the sacred text. For centuries scholars wondered how the precious purple parchments…

How Cnut became Canute

by Dave Sadler
This blog discusses the development of the spelling for the name of Cnut the Great, Viking king of England from 1016 to 1035, from <Cnut> to <Canute>. A pope’s speech impediment, simplification of /kn/ or taboo deflection? Read More - How Cnut became Canute

Cahokia Mounds Joins List of Struggling Illinois Historic Sites

by Dave Sadler
Like a lot of other historic sites around the state of Illinois, Cahokia Mounds is hurting due to state budget woes and austerity measures. It’s estimated that it would cost more than $2 million to make much-needed repairs to the…
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