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Roman Archaeology: October


Yeah.  It’s been a while.  I picked a horrible, horrible time to start writing about the virtues: I have been swamped with schoolwork.  Senior year in college, yay!…?

No.  Not “yay”.  More of an “ohmygod thisismylastyear whatamigoingtodoafterthis?!”  Because after May of 2013, I’m done with being an undergraduate.

And, apparently, I have to wait a year to go to graduate school.  Senior project not done for the Fall semester = no graduate application until the NEXT Fall semester!  Sooo…I get to do archaeology for a few months.  Maybe.  And spend the rest of that time learning Italian.

So anyway.  Sorry to bother you with this brief insight into my personal life.

In addition to missing the virtue posts, and the pagan blog project posts, and pretty much everything else, I missed the archaeology post for October.

I’ll get started on that right now – taken from this thread at The Cauldron forum (thanks Aisling!).  For those who aren’t so interested in archaeology, bear with me – a non-archaeological post should be up soon.


  • The poisonous purple snake that the natural historian Aelian describes as being extremely venomous has been discovered!  And, fortunately, it is a very rare snake.  That lives in southern Asia.
  • really cool article (with pictures!) on the cave tunnels at Baiae.  These were used by the Cumaean Sibyl and were thought to be an entrance to the underworld.
  • Scientists think that they have found the exact spot where Julius Caesar was assassinated.  But really, they’ve known the general area of it for years so, nothing too knew here.
  • Two Roman shipwrecks – one from the early Empire, the other from about the 6th century CE – have been discovered off the coast of Turkey.
  • Four tomb raiders lead authorities to a previously-unknown sanctuary of Juno.
  • A Roman cat (the animal, not a hipster) discovers a 2,000 year old catacomb system.
  • A one-of-a-kind ceramic lamp in the shape of a dog’s head is found in a a bath complex in ancient Deultum, in Bulgaria.
  • The ancient Romans loved their orchids.
  • And, finally, an interesting article on female oracles.

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Roman Archaeology: September

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.

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