Roman Findings: Romans Underwater

The Sunken Ruins Credit: AFP news agency In the depths of the Mediterranean, lurking near Tunisia, the ancient city of Neapolis (new city) has been discovered. An old Roman city, it was washed away in a tsunami, swiping it away from the empire. The city has very little archaeological history behind it, probably due to…

Roman Findings: The Citrus King

bloodua / 123RF Stock Photo The Citrus King According to archaeobotanist Dr. Dafna Langgut, Tel Aviv University, citrons and lemons were a status symbol in the Mediterranean with other citrus fruits arriving a millennium later. She chronicles their spread through Persia and the Levant into the western Mediterranean, citrons going first. Bitter orange, lime and…

Preservation of History: Palmyrene Restoration

Two funerary busts from Palmyra have been restored in Italy thanks to innovative 3-D imagining to recreate what they once look liked. They will be returned to Syria by March 2017.  Restored Busts   One piece of an ancient Greek sarcophagus has been recovered after it was stolen in Greece in 1988. It was seized…

Recent Discoveries 2

An Umayyad Palace History The Johannes Gutenberg University of Mainz has reaped the rewards of an archeology project in the Umayyad era ksar (castle) Khirbat al-Minya. Several small items were found as well as facilities for sugar cane production, a major industry in the region at the time. The discovery of this in particular is…

Recent Discoveries 10/10/16

So this is a new series I want to do where I preview multiple recent discoveries that don’t need full articles but I want to cover anyway. So they may end up being a bit old but I’ll still try to fill it with interesting finds. These will be the first ones and I hope…