Inscription Reveals Final Years of Life in Pom…

Inscription Reveals Final Years of Life in Pompeii Before the City Was Buried in Ash:

In the decades before the city of Pompeii was buried in ash by the cataclysmic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79, everyday life was filled with parties and struggles.

That’s according to a recently deciphered inscription found on the wall of a Pompeii tomb that was discovered there in 2017.

The inscription describes a massive coming-of-age party for a wealthy young man. who reaches the age of an adult citizen. According to the inscription, he threw a massive party that included a banquet serving 6,840 people and a show in which 416 gladiators fought over several days.

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Greek Police Arrest Group Charged with Plunder…

Greek Police Arrest Group Charged with Plundering Ancient Shipwrecks | GreekReporter.com:

By Nick Kampouris

“Greek police announced on Monday that they have arrested three men on the island of Kythnos for allegedly plundering precious historical artifacts from ancient shipwrecks off the coast.”

“The police said that they have discovered approximately 25 ancient amphorae (pottery vases), dating from the 4th century BC up until the late Middle Ages, in the possession of the three men on Kythnos.”

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Several missions launched for the new archaeol…

Several missions launched for the new archaeological season in Luxor – Egypt Independent:

By Al-Masry Al-Youm

“The new archaeological season has begun, showing promise in Luxor, the capital of world tourism. There are currently five archaeological missions, including three Egyptian missions, one Spanish, and one American conducting excavations there. Several new mission and projects have been approved for the new season.”

“Luxor is known for its rich tombs and pharaonic temples, which all seem like they will see a strong tourist season.”

“Last season witnessed many discoveries and restorations of Pharaonic tombs, palaces, and statues of Pharaonic kings in several areas.”

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More human skeletons at Rome metro station

More human skeletons at Rome metro station:

By Wanted In Rome

“Two more human skeletons have been unearthed during works in Rome’s Piazzale Ostiense, outside the Piramide metro station, days after another skeleton was discovered nearby.”

“The latest skeletons to be found belong to a woman and child, and date to the first century BC, according to Italian newspaper La Repubblica.”

“Archaeologists believe the three skeletons are from the Ostiense necropolis, built in the first century BC on the sides of the consular road, and in use for several centuries.”

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Remains of Ptolemaic Temple Found in Sohag | E…

Remains of Ptolemaic Temple Found in Sohag | Egyptian Streets:

By Egyptian Streets

“Remains of an ancient Egyptian temple belonging to a Ptolemaic ruler have been uncovered in northern Sohag, as per Egypt’s Ministry of Antiquities.”

“Unconventionally, the temple remains belonging to Ptolemy IV were found during drillings to implement a sewage drainage project in the village of Kom Shakau.”

“As such, the drilling project has been halted and an archeological mission has been assigned to rescue the remainder of the ruins.”

“Secretary General of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mostafa Waziri, stated that the discovery includes limestone walls and floors as well as segments of the temple’s walls bearing the name inscriptions of Ptolemy IV.”

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Safeguarding Greece’s antiquities from climate…

Safeguarding Greece’s antiquities from climate change, Sakis Ioannidis | Kathimerini:

By SAKIS IOANNIDIS

“The Greek Culture Ministry is putting together an interdisciplinary committee of experts who will be responsible for drawing up a national action plan to tackle the impact of climate change on the country’s archaeological sites and historic monuments.”
“Climate change is fast emerging as a significant threat to the country’s historical and cultural heritage and one that has not been sufficiently addressed, according to Culture Minister Lina Mendoni.”
“It can have an adverse effect on monuments and archaeological sites, but also on museum exhibits if the proper measures are not taken. You cannot say that any are in imminent danger in Greece right now, but we really need to take measures to prevent this from happening,” Mendoni told Kathimerini.”

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Ancient Shipwreck Holding Nearly 100 Jugs Of R…

Ancient Shipwreck Holding Nearly 100 Jugs Of Roman Supplies Found In Spain:

By Tom Hale

“Not far from the tourist-filled beaches of Mallorca in Spain, marine archaeologists have discovered a seabed littered with almost one hundred Roman jugs and a 1,800-year-old shipwreck.”
“The treasure trove of relics was first discovered in July 2019 in the waters of S’Arenal beach in Palma, according to an announcement from the Council of Majorca”.

“Given the business of the waters and the value of the remains, authorities were quick to employ the help of the Balearic Institute of Studies in Maritime Archeology (IBEAM) to both document and recover the ancient objects before they were plundered. The marine archaeologists also captured some stunning footage of the shipwreck and the excavation work, which you can check out below.”

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Ancient grape grown near Vesuvius is all Greek…

Ancient grape grown near Vesuvius is all Greek to me:

By Martin Moran

“What have the Romans ever done for us?” asks John Cleese as Reg of the People’s Front of Judea in the Monty Python comedy The Life of Brian. Among the references to roads, aqueducts and sanitation, one foot soldier grudgingly cites wine. You may be disappointed to hear, however, that the Pythons employed some artistic licence on that score, as the Judeans were making wine thousands of years before the Roman empire.”

“We suspect winemaking began in the Caucasus, in Armenia and Georgia, 8,000 years ago. It then spread south through Turkey, Syria and Lebanon, and on to the rest of the Mediterranean basin, aided by the Phoenicians, who were based in what is now Lebanon, from about 1,500BC. In the Old Testament, Noah plants a vineyard soon after leaving the ark.”

“If the soldiers of the People’s Front of Judea drank wine, it would probably have been local, from the Judean Hills. I would imagine that Pontius Pilate, the governor of the Roman province of Judea, would have supplemented the local wine with some of Rome’s finest.”

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Exhibition in Turkey brings sounds of ancient …

Exhibition in Turkey brings sounds of ancient times to life:

By TRT World

A digital exhibition in the Turkish capital is bringing to life the sights and sounds of one of the country’s most important historical sites.

Southeastern Gobeklitepe gained international recognition last year after it was added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List – and archaeologists think it maybe eight thousand years older than the Egyptian pyramids.

Andrew Hopkins reports from Ankara.

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