Admittedly, the weirdest thing that happened this week was that the Roman city council voted to overturn Ovid’s banishment some 2,000 years after it was first enacted by the Roman Princeps Augustus. I’m sure the council has slightly more pressing matters of local government to attend to, but why not add a showcase piece to the agenda?
So, without further ado, here’s this week’s (properly numbered) roundup. Enjoy!
From the Guardian:
Underwater archaeology at Lechaion, the main harbour of Corinth in Greece, is yielding new understanding of Roman engineering techniques. Archaeology.org reports on it here.
From National Geographic:
A map from 1587 by cartographer Urbano Monte has been reassembled and digitized.
From the CBC:
A newly opened pair of tombs near Luxor are designed to bolster Egypt’s ailing tourism industry. The Associated Press also reports on it here.
12,000 year old fish hooks have been found associated with a burial in Indonesia.
A large cache of bronze items have been discovered in Shaanxi Province in China.
Archaeological work being done in Albania as a result of infrastructure developments in the country is revealing a dense collage of history.
A bronze age burial has been discovered near Loch Ness in Scotland.
Evidence of New Zealand’s violent past has been exposed following the identification of 12 burials of British soldiers who died during the Northern Wars in the 19th century.
Ongoing research into pre-contact Maori is being done by analyzing obsidian tools.
An interesting assemblage of items have been discovered at a burial site in the Aswan area of Egypt.
Rock art has been discovered on Kisar, a tiny island near Indonesia.
From the Smithsonian:
Medieval palimpsests are revealing new information about knowledge exchange between East and West.
Possibly the oldest preserved eye in the world, some 500 million years old, is being studied by archaeologists from the University of Cologne.