Italian archaeologists on Thursday said they have recovered an ancient Roman marble statue spotted by a diver in an imperial palace that is now under water in the Bay of Naples.
"The discovery is significant and quite important for us because of the quality of the marble and the excellent workmanship of the sculpture," said Paolo Caputo, a local heritage official.
The statue is of a woman and was discovered in October just off the shore near the town of Baia in what is already an underwater archaeological park. Read more.
NAPLES - An ancient road on which glass-making workshops of artisans renowned for their skill in the first century A.D. of the Roman Empire has been found near Naples. The road, Clivius Vitrarius, recently surfaced in Pozzuoli during excavations for maintenance work on a modern road. The unexpected discovery occurred when the road sunk after heavy rain. In repairing it, workers came across archaeological finds and called the experts in from the Naples superintendent’s office, who in turn brought to light ancient structures near the area which housed Roman baths, as reported by the newspaper Corriere del Mezzogiorno.
The latest excavations have added interesting historical information on Clivius Vitrarious, the road of the glass-making artisans famous throughout the Roman Empire, alongside their artisan counterparts north of modern-day Milan. Read more.
Rome - Researchers are poring over thousands of tiny artifacts - including a child’s milk tooth - found in a southern Italian cave that appears to have been shared by both Neanderthals and early man.
The caves of Roccia San Sebastiano, which overlook the Tyrrhenian Sea north of Naples, are being combed for traces of those who once lived there.
On the slopes of the medieval fortress of Montis Dragonis, near Mondragone in Caserta province, researchers say they’ve uncovered layers of history, rich in early historical finds.
The discovery is telling them “a story of the evolution that goes from 40,000 to 20,000 years ago, when the cave was used for uninterrupted time by Neanderthals and Sapiens,” says prehistoric archaeologist Carmine Collina. Read more.
A 2,000-year old wall surrounding an ancient villa at Pompeii has collapsed – just two weeks after the Italian government launched a 105 million euro project (£86 million) to save the precious archaeological site.
The collapse of the wall is particularly embarrassing for the government as it follows several other incidents at the world heritage site in the past two year .
There is growing concern Italy’s ability to protect it from further degradation and the impact of the local Mafia or Camorra. Read more.
A handful of mud and wood has given new insight into an ancient 4,150-foot canoe canal that once connected the Gulf of Mexico to Naples Bay.
Now, archaeologists want to excavate part of the canal, which has been filled in since the 1920s, on property owned by the city of Naples, Bob Carr, executive director of the Archaeological & Historical Conservancy in Davie, said Wednesday.
“We hope to look carefully at the canal,” Carr said. “We have big ideas, possibly opening an area where tourists can see the excavation and having a marked Naples Canal trail. This would be good for tourism and science.”
Before the arrival of Europeans in the early 16th century, Indians built a series of canals in South Florida, including a 2.5-mile canal that connects Pine Island Sound to Matlacha Pass through Pineland and a 7-mile canal system at Ortona.
All of South Florida’s canals from that era were built to facilitate trade. Read more.
Amid the near-constant cacophony of blaring car horns, rumbling traffic and buzzing scooters, among the exaggerated hand gestures, litter and smog, it can be hard to keep in mind that Naples, Italy, and its environs are chock-full of ancient and accessible history.
Ruins from former Roman glories abound. And if you’re looking for a way to soak in some relics, the Naples National Archaeological Museum is a good place to slake that thirst for history.
Located in the heart of the old city, in what was a cavalry barracks centuries ago, the museum offers a host of frescoes, marble-tiled grandiosity and sculptures in various states of undress from the old Roman towns of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum, among others. Read more.
NAPLES, Fla. - A team of archaeologists is solving mysteries for a Collier County family. The group spent Friday looking for unmarked graves at the historic Kirkland Cemetery on Shell Island Road in Naples. But who the graves belong to is the mystery the team is trying to solve.
The cemetery has been in Chris Kirkland Durfey’s family for more than a hundred years. She knows several of her ancestors are buried there, but she’s not sure where.
"That’s what you want to know, where is their final resting place?" asks Durfey, "the fact that this person lived here, somebody needs to know that they’re here."
Teams from the Florida Public Archaeology Network used ground penetrating radar to scan for unmarked graves.
"At least they’ll be some type of marker put on each unmarked grave," said Durfey. Read more.
The fresco was found during restoration work at the Catacombs of San Gennaro (Saint Januarius) in the southern port city of Naples by experts from the Pontifical Commission of Sacred Art.
The announcement was made on the feast day of St Peter and Paul which is traditionally a bank holiday in Rome and details of the discovery were disclosed in the Vatican’s official newspaper L’Osservatore Romano.
A photograph released by the Vatican shows the apostle, famous for his conversion to Christianity from Judaism, with a long neck, a slightly pink complexion, thinning hair, a beard and big eyes that give his face a “spiritual air.”
Cardinal Gianfranco Ravasi, who is Pope Benedict’s Culture Minister, wrote in L’Osservatore Romano:”The image of St Paul has an intense expression, philosophical and its discovery enriches our imager of one of the principal apostles.” Read more.