The Roundup #63

It’s been a six month hiatus from my weekly archaeology roundup (more on this later), and I’m happy to be getting back into the swing of things. Here is your roundup for the first week of July 2017. Enjoy!


Evidence from the Basilica di Santa Croce in Gerusalemme show the remains of the domus of Helena, mother of Constantine the Great and a saint of the Catholic church.

As with so many subject peoples, it appears that the Canaanites took on some of the social customs of the Egyptians who conquered them.

No wonder Rome is building its Metro line C around this: the barracks of the Praetorian Guard have been discovered and are being preserved during construction of the new transit line.

And more delays for the beleaguered line C, this time from the recently discovered remains of a burnt-out building near the Aurelian Wall.

Work is ongoing at a site in Peru called Montegrande where nearly a thousand years of history is being sifted through and documented.

From the Guardian:

I saw this in other places, but the Guardian – as is so often the case – says it better than others: research into the composition of Roman concrete shows that, by incorporating sea water into the mixture, the chemical reaction has made it a stronger and more durable material than modern concrete.

From the Atlantic:

Nothing says ‘god-loving’ like a giant religious conglomerate in the US that does horrible things to people, and now they are doing horrible things to things: after collecting more than $3 million USD of conflict antiquities, Hobby Lobby must pay that amount as a fine and forfeit the items. The best part? The title of the case: The United States of America v. Approximately Four Hundred Fifty (450) Ancient Cuneiform Tablets; and Approximately Three Thousand (3,000) Ancient-Clay Bullae.


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