The Roundup #4

What a week this has been. We lost Omar Sharif and Roger Rees, the 2015 PanAm Games got underway in Toronto, Champagne was made part of UNESCO World Heritage, and we received the best pictures yet from the New Horizons satellite on its way to Pluto. Here’s all the things that happened before that we’re just finding out about again:


A beautiful series of fresco fragments have been discovered in Arles, France, the first such pieces to be found outside Italy.

The bones of 27 US Marines will finally be laid to rest more than 70 years after they died during the Battle of Tarawa in the Pacific during World War II.

The dates for prehistoric man in Scotland have been extended back to 8,000 years, approximately a thousand years earlier than previous evidence had suggested.

A Viking longhouse has been found in Reikjavic, Iceland, to the excitement of archaeologists everywhere.

A new theory about the attic of the Parthenon in Athens has been released, suggesting that the wealth of nations was once stored there.

Analysis of ice core samples from Greenland and Antarctica suggest that a pair of volcanic eruptions may have been responsible for widespread disease and famine in the sixth century, rewriting climate history in Europe for this period. This has also been covered by the Smithsonian.

Archaeologists have unearthed gold spirals in Zealand (in Denmark, not in the Pacific), which had multiple uses and are generally quite lovely to look at.

At the site of Oinoanda in Turkey, a massive stone inscription by Diogenes, who was a student of the Epicurean school of philosophical thought, was discovered towards the end of the 19th century and is part of a new study of the area. Included in the text is the following excerpt:

Not least for those who are called foreigners, for they are not foreigners. For, while the various segments of the Earth give different people a different country, the whole compass of this world gives all people a single country, the entire Earth, and a single home, the world.  

And excavations of the permanent HQ of the Sixth Legion are underway in Israel.

From Biblical Archaeology:

Yet more discussion on whether or not Carthaginians practiced human sacrifice of infants.

The discussion also continues on who built the Cardo in Jerusalem, the two main suspects being the Roman Emperors Hadrian and Justinian I.

And an oil lamp workshop has been discovered in the Galilee.

In Popular Archaeology:

A Roman legionary’s bootprint has been discovered, also in the Galilee in Israel.

And from JSTOR Daily:

New evidence about the colour of dinosaur eggs.