I may be a day late with my usual #roundup post, but there was a lot going on yesterday, I swear.
The single most remarkable update is news of a startlingly beautiful sealstone revealed from the Griffin Warrior tomb at Pylos in Greece. I was recently at a lecture at the Royal Ontario Museum in Toronto given by the lead archaeologists on this project from the University of Cincinnati, and it was enthralling. The Smithsonian reports here, and the New York Times dove in with their take on it here.
And so, without further ado, here is this week’s archaeology #roundup. Enjoy!
A mass grave from the medieval period with the remains of approximately 1,500 people has been discovered in Kunta Hora, Czech Republic.
Another mass grave, this time a Jewish site from the 1500s, has been identified in Bologna, Italy.
Highlighting the importance of cleaning out your closets once in a while, a box of Roman coins (including at least one fake) has been pulled out of the dust in a castle in Kent, England. The Guardian reports on it in detail here.
Ongoing excavations at the site of Greenwich Palace, Henry VIII’s favourite residence, have revealed a lead-glazed floor (likely for an armoury) and a room where beehives were kept warm in winter. This was initially reported back in August by Archaeology.org and The Independent.
A Greek gymnasion has been discovered in the Fayum in Egypt.
Some of the oldest baths ever found in China have been discovered in Shaanxi Province.
A rather lovely looking fragment of a sundial has been found in central Italy. What’s even more interesting is that it’s from the site of a Roman theatre that somehow managed to survive the ravages of the Allied bombardment of Monte Cassino during the Second World War.
The remains of several people from the 8th century have been unearthed under Hereford Cathedral in Kent, England.
Work is ongoing at the site of the White Shaman rock shelter petroglyphs in Texas.
From Biblical Archaeology:
At the ancient site of Jezreel, archaeologists believe they have identified an Iron Age site that could be the famous vineyard of Naboth described in the Book of Kings.