The Roundup #28

A day late, but certainly not a dollar short, here is this week’s roundup. Also, for the record, as of last week, this column is syndicated on the Facebook Page, Best Science Friends Forever (a name that we’re working on but, knowing us, may just stay that way forever).

My personal favourite from last week’s news has to be the discovery of this tavern in France, where Romans in Gaul would have gone for a cup o’ wine and a bite back in the day.


The oldest known woven dress has been conclusively dated to 3484 to 3102 BCE, nearly five thousand years ago. Yet more reason to love Egypt; this kind of thing would never have survived elsewhere.

One of the (admittedly few) joys of drone technology is finding things like the Khatt Shebib, a low wall discovered in Jordan that may have been used as a boundary or hunters’ blind but was certainly not for defensive purposes.

The oldest complete example of a Bronze Age wheel has been discovered at Must Farm in Cambridgeshire, England. The Guardian has also covered this discovery and their piece includes a video for your viewing pleasure.

A prehistoric village, nearly 12,000 years old, has been discovered in Jordan.

In a stunning feat of engineering, a medieval ship has been raised from the bottom of the Ijssel River in the Netherlands.

Ongoing studies of Roman funerary portraits from Egypt have identified specific workshops where they were made based on the pigments used.

From The Guardian:

The Iron Age hill fort said to be the birthplace of Queen Guinevere is at risk of being destroyed in favour of a housing development in Shropshire, England.

The remains of the woman who may have inspired Thomas Hardy’s Tess of the D’Urbervilles have been unearthed in Dorset.

From the Smithsonian:

A feature on Ernst Herzfeld, the man who rediscovered the tomb of Cyrus, the Persian King of Kings.

From the British Museum:

A feature on African rock art, something that fascinates me more every time I read about it or see photographs.

And from the Toronto Star:

A central part of the city’s black history has been rediscovered downtown near Osgoode Hall.


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