Archaeologists have found ten Assyrian stone reliefs in northern Iraq near Faydah. The reliefs decorated an ancient canal in the region and depicted a king whom they believe to be Sargon II and several Assyrian gods including Ashur, Mullissu, Ishtar, Shamash and Nabu. The archaeologists assert that due to the influence of these deities, the stone reliefs could have been placed all over the country. For a practical purpose they demonstrate the rule of the king by adorning infrastructure with their image and increase the amount of land used for farming. The main role of the deities would be to bless the place and ensure it was fruitful.
National Geographic: https://api.nationalgeographic.com/distribution/public/amp/history/2020/01/rare-assyrian-carvings-discovered-iraq
Archaeologists with the Ulaanbaatar State University in Mongolia believe they have found the ancient Dragon City. In the Ulziit district of the Arkhangai province, around the center of the country, they made their discovery near the Orkhon River. The Dragon City had the official name of Luncheng (Luut) which was the capitol of the Xiongnu (Khunnu) confederation, an assembly of different tribes bordering the ancient Chinese states to the north stretching from parts of modern day China through Mongolia and Kazakhstan into Kyrgyzstan. In the city they found the inscription, “Son of Heaven”, designating the ruler of their confederation. They also discovered a double wall around the city and a pool for water storage. With the discovery, it is hopeful that additional information on this society can now be found at an accelerated rate.
Heritage Daily: https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/archaeologists-discover-the-lost-dragon-city-capital-of-xiongnu-empire/134256
Researchers with the Supreme Council of Archaeology in Egypt have discovered embossed rock slabs from the reign of Ramses II in Mit Rahina near the ancient city of Memphis. They were made from granite and limestone, traditional materials used in Egypt. Other findings included a statue of Ramses and statues of other ancient Egyptian deities. Two were identified as Sekhmet and Ptah.
Heritage Daily: https://www.heritagedaily.com/2020/07/ancient-egyptian-embossed-blocks-of-ramesses-ii-discovered/134461
Newington is a small village in northern Kent, located in southeast England and west of the larger town of Sittingbourne. Along the main road, called A2, a new discovery will bring this village quite the maelstrom of attention. A Roman site, dated to as early as 30 BC, was discovered with an ancient Roman road found near to an ancient temple. An array of artifacts was found along with the infrastructure, including: coins, pottery, jewelry, iron furnaces, pottery kilns and imported foreign goods. From this it can be guessed that the site was used for manufacturing and trade which creates the hope that more artifacts can be found.
A recently discovered Roman fort in north western England has received historical recognition from the government to protect it. The fort used to have walls, towers and a possible granary.
Two additional sites with Roman remains were also being explored at this time.
Roman settlement in Cambridgeshire with a large system of ditches and signs of industry.
An industrial Roman town in Corby was unearthed showing plenty of products being produced there such as tiles, lime, pottery and quarries for stone.
An ancient hill fort was discovered in Chiltern Hills by citizen scientists analyzing LiDAR data. It is believed to date to the Iron Age and is another addition to the many hill forts scattered throughout England.
In Afyonkarahisar, Turkey, a Byzantine granary was discovered. Located in the old city of Amorium it had 11 pithoi (large containers) filled with what the researchers believe is wheat. The findings were dated to the 9th century and add another element to the ongoing excavation of this city.
Daily Sabah: https://www.dailysabah.com/arts/byzantine-granary-found-in-ancient-city-of-amorium-in-central-turkey/news
In Antalya, Turkey, site of the ancient Greek city Perge, a large statue was recently found intact and dated to the 3rd century AD.
Anadolu Agency: https://www.aa.com.tr/en/culture/turkey-3rd-century-statue-unearthed-in-ancient-city/1924122
An Etruscan child’s tomb was found in Vulci, Italy dated to the 8th-7th century BC and later reused.
Il Messaggero: https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/etruschi_vulci_tomba_scoperta_un_bambino_databile_fine_viii_inizi_vii_secolo_c-5279418.html
Il Messaggero: https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/scoperta_vulci_la_tomba_di_un_piccolo_guerriero_etrusco-5268626.html
Il Messaggero: https://www.ilmessaggero.it/viterbo/a_vulci_scoperta_tomba_etrusca_di_bambino_risale_al_iv_ii_secolo_c-5268625.html
Archaeology Wiki: https://www.archaeology.wiki/blog/2020/06/05/etruscan-tomb-of-a-child-excavated-in-vulci-italy/
Near Türkmen-Karahöyük in Konya a farmer discovered a stone slab. The language on the slab was Luwian and refers to King Midas, a Phrygian king famous for turning everything he touched to gold. Another unknown king, Haraptu, was also mentioned.
A large Maya painting was found in Chajul, Guatemala.
Mosaics discovered in Verona
A Greek necropolis & artifacts were found in Bari during digging for a new public garden.
Realm of History: https://www.realmofhistory.com/2019/03/26/greek-necropolis-bari-italy/
Archaeology News Network: https://archaeologynewsnetwork.blogspot.com/2019/03/ancient-greek-necopolis-unearthed-in.html#CWEuWtu4VYxGiskf.97
Detailed mosaic of Narcissus found in Pompeii
Realm of History: https://www.realmofhistory.com/2019/02/18/fresco-narcissus-pompeii/
A Roman military diploma releasing veterans in Lower Dacia from active service was found.
Realm of History: https://www.realmofhistory.com/2019/08/29/roman-military-diploma-bulgaria/
Sofia Globe: https://sofiaglobe.com/2019/08/19/archaeology-fragment-of-roman-military-diploma-found-at-bulgarias-deultum-site/
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