Archaeology and History

By Chris Mav | New and Old World Archaeology and History.

Archaeologists discover WWI tunnels where British soldiers trained before front

<b>A unique set of tunnels that were used to train British soldiers before they were sent to fight in the trenches during World War One have been newly</b> …

Military History

The Arch of Titus’s Menorah Panel in Color

The Arch of Titus in Rome. <i>Photo: Courtesy of Steven Fine, the Arch of Titus Project.</i><p>How did Rome look in ancient times?<p>Usually when we envision …

Ancient History

Archeologist Sounds Bummed to Find No Royal Tomb at Teotihuacán This Year

For years archeologists have been hunting for a royal tomb somewhere in the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán. This year they thought they were …

Ancient History

New light on old money

The exhibits are small and eroded, not only by sand, but by time. As the ancient empires along the Silk Road faded into obscurity, these surviving …

China

Mexico's ancient city guards its secrets but excavation reveals new mysteries

An eight-year project at Teotihuacán, once the western hemisphere’s largest city, failed to locate its rulers’ tomb but findings offered tantalising clues to its origins<p>For decades, the hunt for a royal tomb at the ancient Mexican city of Teotihuacán has gripped archaeologists trying to unravel the …

Ancient History

New Thoughts on England’s White Horse Geoglyph

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND—According to a report in the <i>International Business Times</i>, archaeologist Joshua Pollard of the University of Southampton thinks …

Townspeople May Have Fled 15th-Century Inca Invasion

PITTSBURGH, PENNSYLVANIA—Elizabeth Arkush of the University of Pittsburgh suggests that the Colla people fled their homes in Ayawiri, a hillfort in …

DNA Obtained From Franklin Expedition Crew

NUNAVUT, CANADA—According to a report in <i>Live Science</i>, a team led by Douglas Stenton of Nunavut’s Department of Culture and Heritage obtained DNA …

When Actors Mixed Politics and Comedy in Ancient Rome

Anti-Roman sentiment may have run rampant through Asculum, a city on the Roman Empire’s Adriatic coast, but it was still no laughing matter. Politics …

Ancient Rome

The X Factor of ancient Athens

Everyday citizens became the judges of an ancient prize for drama that challenged popular opinion and rewarded subtlety and intelligence. It was an experiment that shaped not just the theatre, but democracy itself, writes Benjamin Ramm.<p>“Popular culture is a contradiction in terms,” remarked the …

Democracy

Mexico revives 3,000-year-old ancient ball game

<b>The finals of a revived 3,000-year-old ball game have been played in the Mexican city of Teotihuacan</b><p>Organisers have been trying to bring back the game, known as Ullamaliztli in Mexico, because of its ancient cultural and religious significance.<p>The game was played across Central America before being …

Ancient History

Creating a virtual tour of New Zealand's WWI tunnels in France

Chris Page, left, and Damien Houvet survey tunnels hewn by NZ soldiers under Arras, France during World War I.<p><b>Important World War I tunnels dug by</b> …

New Zealand

Climate and Migrations in Early Medieval Germany

What role did the Early Medieval climate changes ca. 400 – 700 play in the creation of the post-Roman world? Did people migrate because of the …

Archaeology

Autochromes of Petra

The Rose City in color<p>Built sometime around the 4th century BC, the city of Petra in southern Jordan was the capital of the Nabataean society.<p>The Nabataeans carved elaborate and beautiful structures directly out of the raw sandstone cliffs, and devised ingenious cisterns and water conduits to make …

Ancient History

Getting High in the Middle Ages: Hashish in Medieval Egypt

In recent years, there has been a contentious debate on how should society deal with drugs like marijuana. Should it be legalized and accepted? What …

Cannabis

living conditions in medieval europe

Today's focus: How did the living conditions differ between the rich and the poor?<br>We will cover the following:<br>- Home life<br>- Town life<br>- Fashions<br>- …

Chiapa de Corzo: Rise of a Zoque Capital in the Heart of Mesoamerica

The world’s ancient civilizations were resourceful blends of language, ethnicity and popular culture. Entangled in the middle of the Mesoamerican …

Archaeology

Colossal Hand Of Hercules: Just What Happened To The Rest Of Him?

<i>Mythological hero Hercules (or Herakles) was famed for his great strength and endurance and celebrated as an extraordinary mortal who,</i><p><i>through success</i> …

Ancient History

1,100-Year-Old Inscription Found in India

TAMIL NADU, INDIA—<i>The Times of India</i> reports that a 1,125-year-old inscription has been discovered on the floor of the Arunachaleswarar Temple, the …

Archaeology

Saudi Arabia’s silent desert city

Madain Saleh isn’t as well-known as Petra, but the Nabateans’ second-largest city played a crucial role in their mysterious empire.<p>As always, our Saudia Airline flight from Riyadh to Medina started with prayer.<p>“Ladies and gentlemen,” the flight attendant said over the intercom. “The text that you …

Ancient History

Europe's Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets

High-tech tools divulge new information about the mysterious and violent fates met by these corpses

Archaeology

Vandals use Aboriginal sacred site for burnouts and wheelies

Vandals have trashed a Noongar sacred site after driving quad bikes and trail bikes over the area and using it for what appear to have been wheelies …

National Parks
Archaeology

Byzantium or Medieval Greece?

I received my master's degree in "Byzantine" history and during my studies I never questioned the legitimacy of "Byzantine" in describing or distorting the history of the Greeks after their forced conversion to Christianity in the fourth century of our era. Greece had been a Roman province since …

Top 5 best beards of Byzantium

I have never seen my father's chin. The man has worn a beard since well before I was born, and my brother quickly followed in his tradition. The …

Smithsonian

On this day 529 AD: The Code of Justinian, precursor to Europe's great secular civil codes, is published

Justinian was a Latin-speaking peasant from Illyria. In April 527 he became co-emperor of the Eastern Roman Empire, and sole emperor later that year.<p>After only six months in office, Justinian turned to the problem of an overly complex legal system, snarled up by a kaleidoscope of old, conflicting …

Europe

Buddhism, in the Beginning

Archaeology

Neolithic Skeleton Unearthed in Malaysia

GEORGE TOWN, MALAYSIA—According to a report in the <i>New Straits Times</i>, a human skull, femur, and ribcage thought to be at least 5,000 years old were …

Archaeology

A Sandstorm Reveals The Ruins Of An Ancient City In Iran

In a strange occurrence of a sandstorm in Iran, a series of structures that are said to be part of an ancient city or necropolis, are unearthed. The …

Ancient History