The Roundup #61

As America marches slowly towards its demise, I would compare it to the evacuation at Dunkirk in 1940, but that would be rude. Although, one could say that neither group really knew what they were getting in to until they got there and realized that they’re fucked.

But the archaeological world continues to trudge along, hunting for grant funding, and work permits in countries where most people are worried about getting shot. So here’s this week’s roundup. Enjoy!


A toy discovered in 1890 is helping archaeologists understand how chariots were designed in the Roman world.

A cistern used as a food storage facility has been discovered during construction in London, England.

Evidence of long-distance trade has been identified from stone tools and flint unearthed during construction work in St. Andrews, Scotland.

The earliest evidence of silk production yet discovered has been identified in Henan province, China.

Delays in studying the site at Oahu where the Attack on Pearl Harbor occurred continue to generate questions about the events and the site itself.

From the Guardian:

Plans are in place to dig a traffic tunnel underneath Stonehenge, ostensibly to relieve traffic congestion around the site, while archaeologists and historians are decrying the vandalization of the remarkable site.

And a curator of the Folger Shakespeare Library has found definitive proof among research on the Elizabethan College of Heralds that Shakespeare the player is also Shakespeare from Stratford who tried to apply for a coat of arms through the College in the 16th century.


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.