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Oldest representation of Roman hydraulic wheel

Oldest representation of Roman hydraulic wheel

Researchers from the University of Warsaw have determined that a mosaic stolen from Apamea in present-day Syria is the oldest representation of a Roman hydraulic water wheel.
French Wharf at Lavrion to be restored

French Wharf at Lavrion to be restored

The study prepared by the National Technical University of Athens was approved unanimously by the Central Council of Modern Monuments.
Science reveals secrets of a mummy’s portrait

Science reveals secrets of a mummy’s portrait

Analysis of a speck can teach us about how the pigment was made, what it's made of–and maybe even a little about the people who made it.
UNESCO’s reaction on status of Hagia Sophia

UNESCO’s reaction on status of Hagia Sophia

Results are impending of the report by inspectors examining the change in status of Hagia Sofia and the Monastery of Chora.
“The traces of pain”. The victims of Civita Giuliana

“The traces of pain”. The victims of Civita Giuliana

During the current excavations at Civita Giuliana, in the area of the large suburban villa, two skeletons of individuals caught in the fury of the eruption have been found.
Open positions in Italian universities

Open positions in Italian universities

Positions in antiquity-related subjects are currently open in Italian universities.
Nagorno-Karabakh: Reaffirming the obligation to protect cultural goods

Nagorno-Karabakh: Reaffirming the obligation to protect cultural goods

“Damage to cultural property belonging to any people whatsoever means damage to the cultural heritage of all mankind” Convention for the Protection of Cultural Property in the Event of Armed Conflict.
The microbiome of Da Vinci’s drawings

The microbiome of Da Vinci’s drawings

The microbial composition of art pieces can reveal interesting facts about their past and the journey they made.
Middle Stone Age populations repeatedly occupied West African coast

Middle Stone Age populations repeatedly occupied West African coast

Excavations at Tiémassas, Senegal, indicate roughly 40,000 years of behavioural continuity, in contrast to other African regions over this period.
Ancient Egyptian tomb yields material evidence for gynecological treatment

Ancient Egyptian tomb yields material evidence for gynecological treatment

An ancient Egyptian tomb of a noblewoman has yielded the first material evidence supporting the application of a certain gynecological treatment which was only known from medical papyri.  
Garstang Museum to support development of 3D digital exhibitions

Garstang Museum to support development of 3D digital exhibitions

The University of Liverpool’s Garstang Museum of Archaeology secured £40,000 investment from the Art Fund to produce digital exhibitions using 3D imagery.
43,750€ for a shoe belonging to Marie Antoinette

43,750€ for a shoe belonging to Marie Antoinette

Thanks to the "lively interest" shown by collectors, the price of the shoe far exceeded the initial estimate.
Prehistoric shark hid its largest teeth

Prehistoric shark hid its largest teeth

Some, if not all, early sharks that lived 300 to 400 million years ago not only dropped their lower jaws downward but rotated them outwards when opening their mouths.
Transition to feudal living in 14th c. impacted local ecosystems

Transition to feudal living in 14th c. impacted local ecosystems

The findings illustrate the direct and significant impact the economic transformation of Lagow from a tribal to a feudal society had on the local ecosystem.
Events at The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion

Events at The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion

The Baron Thyssen Centre for the Study of Ancient Material Religion (The Open University) has announced some upcoming events.
Dinosaurs were not in decline before asteroid hit

Dinosaurs were not in decline before asteroid hit

The researchers say that had the impact not happened, dinosaurs might have continued to dominate the Earth.
No drinking! No Fighting! The laws of early Edo Japan

No drinking! No Fighting! The laws of early Edo Japan

The official document details how workers should act during the reconstruction of Sunpu Castle.
Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes

Ancestral Puebloans survived from ice melt in New Mexico lava tubes

A lava tube in the El Malpais National Monument yields centuries-old insights of survival in the face of harsh climate change.
The course of work at the National Gallery

The course of work at the National Gallery

The National Gallery’s Digital Programmes project is also in progress, with a budget of 2,200,000€.
Lost Worlds of Ancient and Modern Greece

Lost Worlds of Ancient and Modern Greece

The volume based on Gilbert Bagnani's personal letters and news’ reports covers the momentous years from 1921-1924.
Another 14 fossilized trees found on Lesvos

Another 14 fossilized trees found on Lesvos

The discovery was made during excavations for the construction of a drainage pipeline in the district of Akrochira.
X-ray imaging of a beetle’s world in ancient earthenware

X-ray imaging of a beetle’s world in ancient earthenware

Using X-rays, Professor Hiroki Obata of Kumamoto University, Japan has imaged 28 impressions of maize weevils on pottery shards from the late Jomon period.
KGB Espionage Museum Collection up for auction

KGB Espionage Museum Collection up for auction

The museum has been permanently closed and its entire collection will be auctioned on February 13, 2021 at Julien’s Auctions in Beverly Hills.
The Changing Landscapes of Rome’s Northern Hinterland

The Changing Landscapes of Rome’s Northern Hinterland

a new regional history of the middle Tiber valley as a lens through which to view the emergence and transformation of the city of Rome from 1000 BC to AD 1000.
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