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Ancient Garbage Dump Hints Byzantine Empire Collapse Linked To Climate Change

It's not the Islamic Empire that brought the end to the ancient city of Elusa. By digging through trash, scientists discovered clues to the real reason: a rapid climate shift.

Ancient March 26, 2019

Remains Of Men With Chopped Legs And Smashed Heads Buried In Garbage Dump Show Romans Were Brutal

Archaeologists unearthed the remains of two men believed to have suffered a horrific fate at the hands of the Romans. The skeletons were found in England, at the site of a future highway.

Ancient June 21, 2018

2,000-Year-Old Forgotten City Of Bassania Unearthed In Albania

Archaeologists found the lost city of Bassania in Albania. The 2,000-year-old city was a fortress city surrounded by thick stone walls and spanning 20 hectares.

Ancient June 12, 2018

Archaeologists Find Rare Remains Of Man Who Died On A Cross

Archaeologists unearthed the skeleton of a man who died on a wooden cross. This is only the world’s second piece of evidence of the brutal form of execution called crucifixion.

Ancient June 6, 2018

Discovery Of Ancient Human Bones In Denmark Suggests A ‘Barbarian-on-barbarian’ War Took Place In Northern Europe

A team of archeologists found ancient human bones in a wetland in Denmark. The finding suggested that barbarian tribes fought among each other in a yet recorded battle that took place in the first century A.D.

Ancient May 22, 2018

Lead Pollution Found In Greenland Ice Core Shows Lead Emissions From Ancient Greeks And Romans

Lead pollution trapped in ice cores taken from Greenland shows mining operations from the Ancient Greek and Ancient Roman empires. This shows the economic vitality of the empires by how much lead is found in the ice.

Ancient May 14, 2018

Seawater Strengthens Roman Concrete To Survive For 2,000 Years: Study

Concrete sea walls built by ancient Romans can withstand constant pounding from ocean waves for thousands of years. The key lies in aluminum tobermorite in the lost Roman concrete recipes, according to researchers.

Material Science July 4, 2017

Archaeologists Discover Ancient Roman Road, Find 2,000-Year-Old Coins Between Pavement Stones

Archaeologists digging near Bet Shemesh uncovered a perfectly preserved ancient road dating back to the time of Emperor Hadrian. Hidden between cobblestones, they also found a prized array of Roman coins.

Ancient March 14, 2017

Ancient Teeth Samples From Time Of Roman Empire Bear Evidence Of Malaria Parasite

Analysis of teeth samples from skeletal remains dating back to the era of the Roman Empire unveiled mitochondrial genomic evidence of Plasmodium falciparum, the mosquito-borne parasite that causes malaria. What did the discovery prove?

Public Health December 6, 2016

Roman Empire Coins Found In Ruins Of Ancient Japanese Castle

Archaeologists found ancient Roman coins in the ruins of the Katsuren Castle in Okinawa, Japan. The copper coins bear the image of Constantine the Great.

Ancient September 29, 2016

Where Did The Carthaginian Army Leader Hannibal Cross The Alps? Scientists Follow Horse Dung Microbes For The Answer

Research suggests they could have found the route Hannibal took, while leading his Army through the treacherous Alps. The clue was surprisingly found in the horse dung.

April 6, 2016

2,000-Year-Old Cemetery Offers Clues About Human Migration To Imperial Rome

The ancient population of Imperial Rome had flourished at its peak. Among its people were migrants from surrounding cities and regions, experts said.

Arts & Culture February 11, 2016

Can Climate Change Alter Course Of History? Little Ice Age Linked To Political Turmoil In China, Fall Of Roman Empire

Can political and social upheavals such as the fall of the Roman Empire be directly linked to the so-called Little Ice Age? Scientists say that a connection is likely, given how the cooling period caused changes in agriculture, human movement, and spread of disease at that time.

Earth/Environment February 10, 2016

Late Antique Little Ice Age May Have Shaped Rise And Fall Of Empires

Climate change contributed to the rise and fall of empires in central Asia and Europe. A study found that the so-called Late Antique Little Ice Age coincided with several social disorder in ancient times including the plague that swept Eastern Europe.

Society February 9, 2016

DNA Analysis Of Decapitated Romans Sheds Light On Ancient Gladiator Burials

Through a state-of-the-art genome analysis, archeologists in the United Kingdom unraveled the mystery behind the burial of ancient gladiators. The technology used in the study would be helpful in future investigations of the origins of skeletons, experts said.

Animals January 20, 2016

A Brief History Of The New Year's Celebration

Let's all look to the past before greeting 2016. Learn how Jan. 1 came to be known as the New Year and why most of the world celebrates on this specific day.

Society December 31, 2015

Ancient Aqueduct Could Unravel Climate Mysteries

Roman aqueducts could reveal information about the climate thousands of years ago, according to a new study. How does this work?

March 20, 2015

Discovery of ancient papyrus amulet with biblical references excites boffins

An amulet from 1,500 years ago contains passages from the Christian Bible, and may be the oldest artifact of its kind ever discovered.

September 8, 2014

2,000-year-old money box with 114 bronze coins found in Israel: Report

We're not certain what 114 bronze coins could have bought 2,000 years ago, but we'd like to believe it is a lot. The person who lost this money box was probably in tears, but that's if he survived the great revolt.

Earth/Environment August 7, 2014

200 AD Roman gladiator school discovery in Austria sheds light on how ancient warriors lived and trained

The discovery of one of the world's largest schools for gladiators shows how these fierce warriors lived and trained. The researchers have even made a 3D model of the facility.

Animals March 3, 2014

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