The 2016 Olympics in Rio are well underway and people are discovering all kinds of sports they didn’t know they enjoyed watching, like rugby sevens apparently. And, in spite of the volcanic heat in Toronto, things are happening all over the world. My favourite of the week has to be this note in the Washington Post about a massive mosaic depicting chariot racing discovered in Cyprus.
So, without further ado, here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!
Massive structures have been found near Risan, Montenegro dating to the third century BCE. Risan is the capital of ancient Illyria.
Healthy living isn’t a new fad, as the discovery of a plunge pool built in the 19th century inside a 12th century abbey proves.
Evidence from horses that died in the Middle Ages suggests that the elusive ‘ambling’ gait originated in Medieval England.
Fragments of Roman fresco discovered in Israel may have been part of a public building constructed in the second century CE.
Ongoing archaeological work around the site of Tintagel in Cornwall is providing new information on the date of the first settlements there.
From the Smithsonian:
The oldest known processed gold has been discovered in Bulgaria.
Evidence of the mysterious snake-head dynasty have been discovered in Belize.
From the Independent:
At first blush, the news that a Portuguese sailing ship has been discovered in a Namibian desert might sound outlandish (sorry, bad pun), but this is apparently not that unusual: the latest is the Bom Jesus, that set sail in 1533 and vanished with its crew and cargo on its way to India.
From the Guardian:
A unique find during the excavation of a burial site in Serbia: magic spells inscribed on gold leaf found with skeletons as amulets.
From History Today:
A feature on the largest pyramid in the world – and it’s not in Egypt, but in Mexico: the Great Pyramid of Cholula.