The Roundup #49

It’s been a strange couple of weeks heading into this Labour Day long weekend of 2016. Professor Juan Rojo of Lafayette College has begun a hunger strike to protest his denial of tenure. Active Latin learning is being championed as a new way to learn a dead language. I found a professor in the US who has written a great series on Latin hacks, the first of which is here. The Tragically Hip played their last concert in Kingston, Ontario. And the New York Times published one of the most powerful articles I’ve ever read on the wars in the Middle East. Naturally, I’ve been somewhat distracted. So, without further ado, here is a roundup from the past two weeks. Enjoy!


A railway turntable has been discovered in Ottawa during routine construction in the city.

A lavish Roman seaside villa is being documented near Positano in Italy.

A Neolithic labret has been discovered in Siberia, suggesting that face ornamentation has never been the preserve of the present.

Excavations at Rotterdam are bringing to light artefacts of the city before it was founded in 1270AD.

And there’s been a fair amount of excavations yielding Roman artefacts in the UK: first is this selection of bolts and other materials for iron smelting discovered in Scotland; second is from work done near a nursery in Norfolk; third is what appears to be a Neolithic log boat in Wales; and fourth, a medieval castle wall has been discovered during repair work on a nearby mausoleum in Scotland.

From the Guardian:

A ring purported to have belonged to Joan of Arc is in the middle of a new battle over export licences.

Cryptologists may get crowd-sourcing help to unlock the mysteries of the Voynich manuscript.

From the Washington Post:

A rare fourth century AD mosaic of chariot racing in the hippodrome has been discovered in Cyprus.


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