What a week it’s been! Glad to be back to thinking about stuff that matters, like this week’s latest roundup. Enjoy!
Evidence of a fresco from the high Middle Ages has been discovered under the Great Basilica in Plovdiv, Bulgaria.
Along the Black Sea coast of Bulgaria, archaeologists have identified more than 40 shipwrecks in the area and are using laser scanning and digital imaging to create 3D versions of each ship.
Evidence of fire making from approximately 800,000 years ago has been discovered in Spain, the first such evidence of this nature found outside Africa.
An inn from the Byzantine period has been discovered in the ancient city of Assos in Turkey. Archaeological excavations are ongoing.
Now this is very much an ex-parrot, as the Monty Python boys would say, discovered in Mexico as part of an Archaic Period burial.
And a Celtic cross from the Orkney Islands, carrying the figure of a dragon, likely dates to the start of the Christian conversions in the are.
From the Smithsonian:
A remarkable find – a fossilized dinosaur brain has been discovered by an amateur fossil hunter in Bexhill, Sussex.
From Little Things:
Alba amicorum, or ‘friend books’, popular in the 16th century are the subject of Sophie Reinders’ PhD dissertation.