Roman Findings: Metro House, Amasra Sea Ruins

Credit: MiBACT.TV   The ever exciting digging under Roman soil to expand their metro system has this time yielded an amazing house. They believe the house belonged to a Roman commander due to its proximity to a nearby barracks. It has plenty of mosaics and decorated walls, 14 rooms, a bathhouse and under floor heating…

Roman Findings: Beit Shemesh Monastery, 1,000 Doliche Seals

Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Official Channel   A Byzantine monastery was discovered during construction in Ramat Beit Shemesh outside Jerusalem. Among the findings were mosaic floors decorated with birds and pomegranates, stone walls, bases of marble pillars decorated with crosses, a bronze cross and ceramic oil lamps. The finds from the next excavation were much…

Historic Findings: Seljuk Tablets

nejron / 123RF Stock Photo   This has been a great month or so for finding Seljuk tablets. If you’re unfamiliar with the term, the Seljuks or Seljuqs were a Turkish Persianate (they thought Persia was cool so they adopted some of their culture) society which emerged from Central Asia to conquer a large amount…

Roman Findings: Caesarea Mosaic, Roman Boxing

Credit: Israel Antiquities Authority Official Channel In the Caesarea National Park in northern Israel a large mosaic was discovered which dated to the 2nd – 3rd century CE. Caesarea is an old Roman city which has been the site for amazing discovery after discovery for years. The mosaic was Roman but also had Greek inscriptions…

YouTube Excellence #2: Geography Now

Credit: Geography Now It’s time to learn Geography NOW! This is the catchy start to the YouTube show, Geography Now. A favorite of mine for years, it features its host, Barby (cool Aussie word, also girl’s doll), goes over, in general, each country that exists in the world which has been recognized by the U.N….

The Record of 2016

The cultures for this year were recorded as: Byzantine, Etruscan, Greek, Iranian, Ottoman, Roman, Umayyad     Byzantine   Location: Black Sea Finds: Ships https://tomeoftrovius.com/2016/11/02/recent-discoveries-2/   Egypt   Location: Abydos, Egypt Finds: Ships https://tomeoftrovius.com/2016/11/16/egyptian-boats/   Etruscan   Location: Poggio Colla, Italy Find: Stele https://tomeoftrovius.com/2016/10/10/recent-discoveries-101016/   Greek   Location: Peta, Jordan Finds: Statue https://tomeoftrovius.com/2016/10/10/recent-discoveries-101016/   Culture: Minoan/Mycenaean Location:…

Historic Findings: Ile-Ife Glass

nejron / 123RF Stock Photo   In 2017 I briefly touched on a discovery from Nigeria that revealed the production of glass by the native population before meeting Europeans. Those findings have now been examined and were confirmed to be accurate. Since glass in the area was so widely used in their culture and religion…

Historic Findings: Griffin Warrior UPDATE

samot / 123RF Stock Photo Parthenon   The grave of the Griffin Warrior once again coughs up beauty. When the discovery was first released it was a massive story and hailed as a crowning achievement of the year. It’s not often you find a warrior in his armor and with specialized jewelry. In addition to…

Historic Findings: Vetulonia

sharpness / 123RF Stock Photo Pantalica   Etruscan discoveries are rare to come by but thankfully the site of Vetulonia has shown no stop to its treasures. The site has already been explored and ruins were discovered but now a new site is being explored. A large villa was discovered consisting of 10 rooms with…

Historic Findings: Arabian Gates UPDATE

nejron / 123RF Stock Photo Ever since the mysteries designs popped up throughout the barren Arabian landscape, researchers have been ready to photograph them. The stone gates sitting patiently in the desert are all ready to be explored and cataloged and yet this hasn’t happened. The main reason was that Saudi Arabia was reluctant to…

Historic Findings: Urartu in Erzurum & Van

belchonock / 123RF Stock Photo The Urartu civilization is bursting onto the scene. An Iron Age kingdom based between Lakes Van and Sevan, with a small presence near Lake Urmia, they had long been the antagonists of the Assyrians to the south and are regarded as the ancestors of the modern Armenian people. Near the…

Historic Findings: Venezuelan Rock Art

cookelma / 123RF Stock Photo Along the Orinoco, a massive river cutting Venezuela in half, a large amount of rock art has been found, specifically in the Atures Rapids. They’re located on the bend in Venezuela where the countries border starts going south and where the Orinoco merges with the Meta River at the Colombian…