As a student of archaeology, I obviously love hearing about new finds. So, when I found The Cauldron Forum’s monthly archaeological threads, it was like an early birthday present. Yay.
I thought I’d bring the fun to you all, starting off with Roman finds from the month of September:
- The world’s most northerly Roman fort is being surveyed and excavated. Located in Stracathro, Angus, Scotland, it is thought to date to 70 CE.
- An incense “vessel” in the shape of a bull’s head has been unearthed in St Kirik Island, off the coast of Sozopol, Bulgaria. I won’t give the link, because it has virtually no information and doesn’t even have a picture of the artifact :[
- 1800 years ago at the fort of Vindolanda, a young child was murdered. Recently, evidence has cropped up that he or she was from the Mediterranean, and had thus lived in Southern Europe or North Africa for 7 or 8 years before dying at the age of 10 at the British fort.
- A first-century bath house has been identified in the town of Papcastle, in Cockermouth, Britain. (…*giggle* those are funny names)
- A group of students from Saint Anselm College, New Hampshire, USA have found an underground pyramid in Orvieto, Italy, dating to approx. 400 BCE.
- A stadium and 5 other structures – gymnasia and a “sacred space of Artemis” – have been found in the ancient city of Magnesia, located in modern-day Turkey.
- Two headless statues have been unearthed in the ancient city of Aphrodisias, also in Turkey.
- A real-life “Phantom of the Opera” (well, not really…) in the Ankara Opera House! The bones of a 25-30 year old Roman male were recently found in the home of the Ankara State Opera and Ballet.
- Some cool 3rd century CE theater masks from Ilisu, Turkey.
- Excavations will soon begin in Adana, Turkey.
- Roman statues were colored! Here’s a video from the BBC on the subject.
- A plan to conserve a Roman curse scroll.
- And some information on the Roman shipwreck recently unearthed (unsea-ed? dredged?) in Antibes, France.