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…

Historic Findings: Carthaginian Silver Floods Rome

Roman Theatre in Dougga – the former capital of Numidia, Tunisia sergxfq / 123RF Stock Photo By analyzing silver coins from the Roman Republic period scientists were able to determine how the defeat of Hannibal led to the influx of Iberian silver into the republic. The coins examined from the period showed that they were…

New History: Roman Sarcophagi

3 Roman sarcophagi were discovered in Izmit, Turkey during construction. As a former capital of the Roman Empire, Izmit has been the center of archaeological artifacts being discovered all the time. Roman Sarcophagi       Patreon Support my site on Patreon for as little as $5, $3 or $1 per month. You contribute to…

Return of the Gladiator

Gladiators are back. Finally they are back. But don’t worry; no one is going to die. A company called Unified Weapons Master (UWM) wants to bring back gladiators into the 21st century but they want to turn it into a new type of sport. Through the use of a carefully designed suit of armor (think…

Roman Currency, In Japan!?!?!?!?!

Archaeologists have discovered Roman coins in the ruins of the 12th century Okinawa castle, Katsuren Castle. Analysis of the coins found them to bear the portrait of Constantine the Great, the Roman emperor from the early 4th century AD who mandated that Rome accept Christianity as the official religion. This is also the first discovery…