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170 silver bracteates found in medieval grave

#170 silver bracteates found in medieval grave Archaeologists have discovered a hoard of silver bracteates from the 12th century in a grave at the Brahekyrkan church in Visingsö, southern Sweden. It is rare to find extensive grave goods in Christian…

Bronze Alexander the Great fitting found in Denmark

#Bronze Alexander the Great fitting found in Denmark Metal detectorists have discovered a unique bronze portrait of Alexander the Great near Ringsted on the Danish island of Zealand. The circular object is just over an inch in diameter and depicts…

Stunning Trojan War frescoes found in Pompeii banquet hall

#Stunning Trojan War frescoes found in Pompeii banquet hall The excavation of insula 10 in Pompeii’s Regio IX neighborhood next to the recently-unearthed bakery has uncovered a banqueting hall with splendid wall frescoes depicting mythological characters and motifs from the…

Burials with fine glass goods found along Roman road in Nîmes

#Burials with fine glass goods found along Roman road in Nîmes A preventative archaeology excavation on the Rue de Beaucaire in Nîmes has uncovered graves, cremation pyres and secondary burials ranging in date from the 2nd century B.C. to the…

Name of Iranian city deciphered on clay seal

#Name of Iranian city deciphered on clay seal The name of the Iranian city of Shiraz has been identified on a 7th century Sasanian clay seal discovered almost 100 years ago at Qasr-i Abu Nasr in southern Iran. The clay…

Blank curse tablets, miniature votive axes found at Roman villa site

#Blank curse tablets, miniature votive axes found at Roman villa site An excavation at the site of a real estate development in Grove, Oxfordshire, has uncovered the remains of a richly-decorated Roman villa complex that contained a wealth of artifacts…

Mycenean refuge from Bronze Age collapse found

#Mycenean refuge from Bronze Age collapse found Excavations on the top of Mount Hellani, the tallest mountain on the Greek island of Aegina, have uncovered a Mycenaean building filled with vessels dating to the Mycenaean late palatial and post-palatial eras. This…

Roman gold coins like Vindelev to European elite

#Roman gold coins like Vindelev to European elite Newly published research into the Roman gold coins in the Vindelev treasure points to a strong local power in the small town in East Jutland with connections to a network of the…

11-year-old walking the dog finds Roman gold bracelet

#11-year-old walking the dog finds Roman gold bracelet An 11-year-old boy discovered a rare gold Roman cuff bracelet in a field near Pagham in West Sussex, England. It is a decorated bracelet of the armilla type, awarded to Roman soldiers…

The first Neolithic boats in the Mediterranean

#The first Neolithic boats in the Mediterranean New radiocarbon analysis of five dugout canoes found on the bed of Lake Bracciano 20 miles northwest of Rome have revealed the vessels are between 7,500 and 7,000 years old, the period when…