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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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Stolen Egyptian Artefacts found in Cyprus set to be returned.

14 Artefacts including 13 amulets and an alabaster vase are set to be returned to Egypt from Cyprus. Continue reading “Stolen Egyptian Artefacts found in Cyprus set to be returned.”

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.


1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)

On This Day – 22 November 1968

The Beatles, also known as the White Album, is the ninth studio album by English rock group the Beatles, released on this day in 1968. A double album, its plain white sleeve has no graphics or text other than the band’s name embossed, and was intended as a direct contrast to the vivid cover artwork of the band’s earlier Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. Continue reading “1968 – The Beatles release ‘The Beatles’ (known as The White Album)”

Stolen Greek Artefacts discovered by Italian Police

Over 250 Greek artefacts dating from the 2nd to the 5th Centuries BC were discovered during a raid for illegal weapons near the Sicilian city of Enna. Continue reading “Stolen Greek Artefacts discovered by Italian Police”

Roman Portraits Examined

Real monument men to protect cultural heritage threatened by war

The Army aims to recruit a ‘Monuments Men’ team of art and archaeology experts to help protect priceless cultural treasures in war zones and choke off terrorist funding from antiquities smuggling.

The specialist unit of up 40 advisers will be staffed by expert reservists with backgrounds in museums, archaeology, the art world or criminal investigations, according to proposals seen by the Telegraph.

The cultural property protection unit will mirror the ‘Monuments Men’ team of British and American art experts who saved priceless European art treasures carried off by the Nazis and were portrayed in a recent George Clooney film.

Specialists will deploy to warzones alongside commanders to advise on how to locate, protect and save cultural riches in the area they are fighting, according to the idea.

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Stonehenge stolen from the Welsh, and moved?

A new study published in the journal Antiquity has archaeologists suggesting that Stonehenge was not originally located in Wiltshire where it is now. Continue reading “Stonehenge stolen from the Welsh, and moved?”

Pompeii becomes a touch app

The app available for windows, iphone and android features 3D reconstructions of the various buildings located at Pompeii to get an idea of how it all looked before the eruption of Vesuvius. The app also features cutaway drawings of houses and public buildings.  Continue reading “Pompeii becomes a touch app”

The history of the trailer

The video below provides and excellent overview of the development and evolution of the trailer, using the Star Wars movies


Recreating an ancient gem

Making an Ornate Roman Cup

Intact Etruscan tomb discovered

The tomb was discovered by an Italian farmer while plowing a field near Perugia in Umbria. Continue reading “Intact Etruscan tomb discovered”

The extent of Isis’ antiquities trade

As we have written about a couple of times in the past, Isis is engaged in the systemic destruction of ancient sites and artefacts in Syria but at the same time, as the warnings from the FBI indicate, they are selling artefacts to fund their activities.

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