Tag Archives: Digging History

Mysterious Roman villa reveals it secrets

Illustration of Abermagwr Roman villa. Reconstruction of the house or domus by archaeologist Dr. Toby Driver showing a simple garden and graveled path surrounding the villa, and the wider villa enclosure which probably served as a yard for livestock. (<strong><em>© </em></strong>Crown copyright: Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales [RCAHMW]) A remote Roman villa in Wales has ...

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Ancient Egypt mystery: Identity of well-preserved Egyptian mummy remains unknown

This well-preserved mummy, wrapped in linen bandages, was found inside a sandstone sarcophagus in a 2,500-year-old tomb at Aswan, in southern Egypt. The identity of the mummy is unclear. Credit: Photo courtesy of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities Archaeologists have discovered several ancient Egyptian mummies — including the remains of a remarkably well-preserved individual — in a tomb along the ...

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Ancient church hidden in Turkish lake and a Pagan temple may lie beneath it

The ruined Christian church in Turkey’s Lake Iznik is thought to have been built around A.D. 390 Credit: Mustafa Şahin/Lake Iznik Excavation Archive When Mustafa Şahin first saw photographs of the submerged ancient church under the waves of Turkey’s Lake Iznik, he couldn’t quite believe what he was seeing. The head of archaeology at Bursa Uludağ University had been searching ...

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Entire Arctic expedition perished, but not because of lead

In a Sept. 9, 2014 image provided by Parks Canada, HMS Erebus is pictured on a sonar scan in the Queen Maud Gulf in Nunavut.  (Parks Canada/The Canadian Press via AP) In 1845, Sir John Franklin set sail from England in the hopes of discovering and successfully navigating the Northwest Passage. Instead, all 128 crew members aboard the HMS Erebus ...

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Sprawling 3,300-year-old Egyptian tomb hides secrets of ancient war

Archaeologists are in the process of uncovering this carving at the tomb of a high general in Saqqara. Credit: Photo courtesy Egyptian antiquities ministry Archaeologists have discovered the sprawling, 3,300-year-old tomb of an army general named Iwrhya at the ancient Egyptian site of Saqqara. Hieroglyphic inscriptions found on the tomb walls say that Iwrhya “is a high army General, and High steward ...

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Are these Neanderthal etchings a long-lost message?

The engraved flint flake from Kiik-Koba, Crimea. The flint has 13 etch marks, which were likely made by one or multiple pointed stones. Credit: Ana Mahjkic et al./PLoS ONE/CC by 4.0 A Neanderthal seems to have left a message etched in stone about 35,000 years ago, a new study finds. An analysis of the slanted, zigzag lines — engraved on ...

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This 3,000-year-old horse got a human-style burial

Discovered in 2011, the ancient remains of a chariot-pulling horse were found in a tomb more than five feet underground. Credit: Schrader et al./Antiquity Journal, doi.org/10.15184/aqy.2017.239 More than 3,000 years ago in the Nile River Valley, a body was carefully prepared for ceremonial burial. It was wrapped in a shroud and placed in a tomb, surrounded by important objects that ...

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'Extraordinary find' made in Pompeii bath house

File photo: A partial view of the ancient archaeological site of Pompeii is pictured in front of Mount Vesuvius April 17, 2014. (Credit: REUTERS/Ciro de Luca) Almost 2,000 years ago, a child sheltered in Pompeii’s central bath house complex as nearby Mount Vesuvius erupted terrifyingly, spewing vast amount of hot ash and pumice. The child’s body was undisturbed until this ...

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