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December 2016

Hundreds of Stolen Artefacts sold on Ebay

A 56 year-old male employee of the Orleans Museum of Natural History located South of Paris has been handed a 3 month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the theft of 666 stones and fossils dating back to the Neolithic era.

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Saturnalia – New Header Image

To celebrate the start of the Ancient Roman Saturnalia festival we have changed our header image to a ‘slice’ taken from Antoine Callet’s oil painting Saturnales. Callet was a French painter who lived 1741 – 1823. He became the official portraitist for Louis XVI, as well as creating allegorical works such as this one.

 

Saturnalia – Ancient Roman Festival

On This Day – 17 December

The Ancient Romans celebrated the beginning of the Saturnalia with a festival in honour of Saturnus, the god of seed and sowing.

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1944 – The Battle of the Bulge

On This Day – 16 December 1944

The Germans launched their last major offensive of World War II, known to most as the Battle of the Bulge the Germans originally called it Unternehmen Wacht am Rhein (operation watch on the Rhine). This battle which lasted until the 25th of January 1944 became the bloodiest battle of World War II for the Americans, The Department of the Army recording US losses at more than 108,000.

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Amarna Reports Digitised and Available

Originally published by the Egypt Exploration Society the 6 volumes that make up the  Amarna Reports were published between 1984 and 1995.

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Viking Raider Saint’s Lost Shrine Rediscovered

Archaeologists believe that they have found the original shrine of the Viking king turned Saint, Olaf Haraldsson. This unlikely Saint spent his early years as a Viking raider before being baptized into the Roman Catholic church in 1013.

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Greek manuscripts from the British Library online

The British Library has digitised and made over 900 Greek manuscripts available online. They are available for viewing as high resolution colour images.

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New Ancient Greek City Discovered

Research and excavations by researchers from Gothenburg University are uncovering a previously unknown Greek city. The site has been discovered 5 hours north of Athens near the village of Vlochós.

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1941 – Roosevelt Declares War on Japan

On This Day – 8 December 1941

One day after the surprise attack on Pearl Harbour by the Japanese military the American President Franklin D. Roosevelt called for the US to declare war on Japan.

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43 BC – Marcus Tullius Cicero is assassinated

On This Day – 7 December 43BC

Cicero was one of the greatest orators of Rome, and lived through some of the most turbulent events at the end of the Republic. He was born on the 3rd of January in 103 BC in Arpinum, to a well-off equestrian family.

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