Ancient Roman frescos "worthy of Pompeii" found in southern France
By Henry Samuel in Paris, 11 Jul 2015
Archaeologists have unearthed extremely rare ancient Roman frescoes, comparable to those found in the Villa of Mysteries in Pompeii, in the southern city of Arles.
The unexpected discovery was made during a dig on the remains of a Roman villa near a car park in the Trinquetaille district of the historic French city, which began last year.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has published books online
By Metropolitan Museum, August 2015
Metropoliten Museum of Arts, New York has published online publications on art history that have been collected in the museum's archive the last 50 years. The books are available online for free to read, download, and surch.
Archaeological team prepares 4,000-year-old Hittite meals
Daily Sabah with Anadolu Agency, 8 September 2015
An archaeological team excavating the ancient site of Alacahöyük, one of the most significant centers of the ancient Hittite civilization, cooked pastries belonging to Hittite cuisine that dates back 4,000 years. The foods found on Hittite tablets were cooked without modern technology or equipment.
Autumn Festival of Ancient Heritage in the Roman Military Camp NOVAE, Bulgaria
www.eagleonthedanube.org, September 2015
Dates: 26-27 September 2015
Places: Central square Svishtov, Roman military camp Novae
Open trainings - archery, gladiator fighting. Craft demonstrations. Roman wine tasting with honey and cinnamon. People from the audience are welcome to participate.
With the special participation of gladiators from Gruppo Storico Romano, Rome, Italy and the group for historical reenactments "First Italic Legion", Svishtov.
Pre-Roman tomb unearthed in Pompeii
By Patrick Browne, www.thelocal.it, 21 September 2015
The tomb dates to the time of the Samnites, an Italic people living in south-central Italy who fought against the Romans. It was found by surprise during a dig led by a French archaeological team from the Jean Bèrard centre in Naples.
“It is an exceptional find for Pompeii because it throws light on the pre-Roman city about which we know so very little,” said Massimo Osanna, the archaeological superintendent of Pompeii.
Islamic State 'blows up Palmyra arch'
, 10 October 2015
Islamic State militants in northern Syria have blown up another monument in the ancient city of Palmyra, officials and local sources say.
The Arch of Triumph was "pulverised" by the militants who control the city, a Palmyra activist told AFP news agency.
It is thought to have been built about 2,000 years ago.
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Restoration of Rome’s Mausoleum of Augustus
, 16 October 2015
Telecom to provide €6 million for restoration project.
The long-awaited restoration of Rome’s Mausoleum of Augustus has been put out to tender, announced the city’s outgoing mayor Ignazio Marino and culture councillor Giovanni Marinelli on 16 October.
The first phase of the restoration of the abandoned mausoleum is possible thanks to a €6 million donation from Fondazione Telecom.
Archaeologists Unearth “Greek Pompeii” in Sicily
By Christopher Klein, 10 November 2015
As reported by London’s Independent newspaper, archaeologists unearthing the lost ancient Greek city of Selinunte on Sicily’s southwest coast have found a city frozen in time, little different from the day 2,500 years ago when it was suddenly attacked and its residents massacred and enslaved.
Unlooted Etruscan Tomb Complete with Sarcophagi and Treasures Unearthed in Italy
By April Holloway, http://www.ancient-origins.net,
5 December 2015
Archaeologists have made a rare discovery near the small town of Città della Pieve, near Perugia in Italy – a 2,400-year-old sealed and untouched Etruscan tomb. The burial chamber contains sarcophagi and a wealth of grave goods, providing a fascinating window into the mysterious civilization that disappeared around two millennia ago.
UNESCO proclaims 2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year
, 9 January 2016
UNESCO General Conference proclaimed 2016 the Aristotle Anniversary Year. The decision was taken during the 38th session of the Conference, which was held in Paris at the suggestion of the Greek National Commission. The main reason is that the coming year will mark 2400 years since the birth of the ancient Greek philosopher. The anniversary will be celebrated with an international conference, which will be organized by the Interdisciplinary Centre for Aristotle Studies at The Aristotle University of Thessaloniki in May.
4,000 year-old shipwreck belonging to Minoans found in Turkey
by Nurbanu Kizil, Daily Sabah Turkey, 1 February 2016
Tukish researchers have discovered a 4,000 year-old shipwreck in Marmaris Hisarönü Gulf in the Mediterranean, as part of an ongoing project carried out by Dokuz Eylül University's Marine Sciences Institute since 2007.
The shipwreck is thought to be used for trading purposes and is from the Minoan Civilization, which existed around 3650 to 1400 BCE.
Ancient Roman Shipwreck Full of Coins and Bronze Statues Discovered Off Israel
by Jay Bennett, 16 May 2016
Two recreational divers in Israel recently stumbled upon one of the greatest caches of artifacts from antiquity ever discovered. The recovered treasures include bronze statues of ancient Roman deities and coins bearing the face of Constantine the Great.
An endangered Greek dialect spoken in Turkey has been identified as a "linguistic goldmine" because of its closeness to a language spoken 2,000 years ago
by 4 June 2016
Until Medieval times, the area of Trabzon, on the Black Sea coast of Turkey, lay at the heart of the Greek-speaking world.
Remarkably, despite millennia of change in the cultural and socio-political history of the surrounding area, in this mountainous and isolated north-east corner of Asia Minor its people still speak Greek.
Romeyka is proving a linguistic goldmine for research because of the startling number of archaic features it shares with the Koiné (common) Greek of Hellenistic and Roman times, spoken at the height of Greek influence across Asia Minor from the 4th century BC to the 4th century AD.
Palace Of Nestor In The Peloponnese Reopens After Three Years Of Restoration
by https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.fr, 27 June 2016
The mythical Palace of Nestor, considered to be the best example of a well-preserved Mycenaean palace in all of Greece, is reopening to visitors on June 12, after a three-year 2.5-million-euro restoration, the culture ministry announced on Tuesday.
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Stunning mosaics shed light on enigmatic past of Roman city in southern France
by Léa Surugue, 29 March 2017
Archaeologists have unearthed part of an ancient Roman city in southern France, known as Ucetia. To date, the settlement had only be known by name, and this is the first time that some of its impressive features have come to light.