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Two gladiators at the end of the fight

This is the scene of the last fresco found in the Regio V section of Pompeii not far from the barracks of the gladiators.

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AD 81 – Domitian becomes emperor of Rome

14 September – On this day

Titus Flavius Caesar Domitianus Augustus the second son of Vespasian, who had won the principate at the end of the year of four emperors succeeded his brother Titus to the imperial purple. Continue reading “AD 81 – Domitian becomes emperor of Rome”

AD 81 – The Death of the Roman emperor Titus

AD 81 September 13 – On this day Titus Flavius Caesar Vespasianus Augustus died of fever.

Titus was the eldest son of Vespasian, who famously took the principate for himself at the end of the year of four emperors, and elder brother to the infamous Domitian. Titus fought with his father to suppress the Jewish rebellion of AD 66 where he distinguished himself as a successful and capable general. Continue reading “AD 81 – The Death of the Roman emperor Titus”

490 BC – The Battle of Marathon

12 September – On this day the battle of Marathon took place during the first Persian invasion in 490 BC. Continue reading “490 BC – The Battle of Marathon”

The Battle of Teutoburg forest

11 September AD 9 – On this day the battle of Teutoburg forest ended

One of the most significant losses Rome ever suffered occurred in the Teutoburg forest during the reign of Rome’s first emperor Augustus. The Roman forces led by Publius Quinctilius Varus, the governor of Germania, were led into an ambush and slaughtered losing the three legions assigned to the fledgling province.

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How was a New Stonehenge discovered in Ireland thanks to the British Heatwave?

The recent record-breaking heatwave and drought across the British Isles has led to the discovery of a number of previously unknown sites due to cropmarks that have become evident. Cropmarks are visible differences on the surface of the ground which occur as a result of differential growth caused by archaeological remains under the ground.

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Romania’s History under threat because of a desire for gold

One of the reasons for the conquest of Dacia by the Romans in 106 AD continues to attract foreign interests to Romania even today, the fabled gold of the Rosia Montana region. I had the good fortune to be able to visit Romania in 2004 as part of my PhD research, and I travelled through the Rosia Montana region which is the home to some amazing archaeological sites.

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New discovery at Pompeii reveals more about the skeleton found under a rock

In a new discovery archaeologists have discovered a leather pouch full of coins when removing the skeleton of a man who had been crushed by a huge rock.

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A new excavation site at Pompeii reveals its first victim

The new excavation site at Pompeii (Regio V) has revealed its first victim who was killed in a most dramatic fashion after apparently surviving the initial phases of the eruption of Vesuvius only to be crushed by a huge stone block while fleeing the doomed city.

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Roman Army Fittings Found in Poland

Fragments of equestrian gear and Roman soldiers’ uniforms have been discovered in north-central Poland.

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Ancient DNA provides new insights into Human Migration and Life in Prehistoric Europe

La Trobe University molecular archaeologists Cristina Valdiosera and Colin Smith, in collaboration with colleagues from Uppsala University in Sweden and several universities across Spain, analysed the remains of 13 people aged 7,250 to 3,500 years old, from the north and south of Spain.

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Free Resource: Pathways to Prismatic Blades A Study in Mesoamerican Obsidian Core-Blade Technology, 2002 Hirth, Kenneth; Andrews, Bradford

The obsidian prismatic blade is one of the sharpest cutting implements ever produced in the prehistoric world.

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Dogs Trained to Sniff Out Ancient Treasures

A pioneering US research programme called “K-9 Artefact Finders” has been set up in response to alarm over cultural heritage trafficking.

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Shipwreck of World War II Shipwreck Discovered

The wreckage of what is believed to be the USS Juneau has been discovered in the South Pacific near the Soloman Islands.

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