The remains of an ancient cemetery dating back to Roman times has been found on a Misrata farm.
When the owner of the farm unearthed what he believed to be an ancient tomb, he called in experts to examine the remains. They discovered that the find was one of a number of graves in a cemetery, according to Libyan news agency LANA.
Samples from the graves have been taken to the Department of Tourism and Antiquities at Misrata University for further examination. (source)
A Roman sculpture of the god Jupiter, dating from between the 2nd and 4th Century AD, has been donated to a Cambridge University museum.
Hanson Aggregates, which owns the Earith quarry where it was found in, has given the piece to the Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology.
It was discovered by the Cambridge Archaeological Unit which excavated the site between 1997 and 2007.
The sculpture is made from Upwell limestone from Norfolk.
It originally formed part of a larger monument topped with a freestanding figure (lion, sphinx or gryphon). Paws can be seen at the top of the cornice. Read more.
In ruins today, Hadrian’s Villa can only hint at its second-century glory. But a new digital archaeology project promises to transport computer users to the Roman emperor’s opulent compound as it might have been nearly 2,000 years ago.
Five years in the making, the Digital Hadrian’s Villa Project brings to life all 250 acres (101 hectares) of the estate in Tivoli, Italy, through 3D reconstructions and gaming software. The project launched Friday (Nov. 22), and the first of its 20 interactive Web players should be publicly available sometime before Thanksgiving (Nov. 28), said the project’s leader Bernie Frischer of Indiana University.
The demo videos for these Web players sort of look like “The Sims,” as they take advantage of a “virtual world” gaming platform. Read more.
Archaeological excavations in the ancient city of Metropolis, situated in İzmir, revealed a 40-meter corridor, giving clues about life 2,000 years ago.
According to a statement by Sabancı Foundation, which supports the project together with Torbalı Municipality and the Association of Metropolis Lovers (MESEDER), a 40-meter corridor was unearthed during the excavations that have been continuing in the bathing and sports sections of the site.
The brick-vaulted corridors, which had been built parallel to the northern, western and southern walls, were discovered in a well-preserved state, revealing aspects of social life 2,000 years ago. Read more.
Two bracelets, believed to be “at least” 1,600 years old have been found in a Roman coffin.
The jet bracelets were found on Monday buried in silt inside the coffin which was discovered in a field in Witherley, Leicestershire last month.
Archaeologists from Warwickshire who are studying the find said one bracelet is in good condition, while the other needs “immediate conservation”.
They said they have not ruled out the possibility of further finds.
Stuart Palmer, business manager of Archaeology Warwickshire, said: “Both of the bracelets were in the bottom of the coffin. One of them has left its imprint on the coffin’s leaden base. Read more.
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.
AS archaeologists prepare to open a child’s coffin believed to be 1600 years old, residents are being asked to select a name for the child.
The relic was uncovered two weeks ago in a field six miles from Tamworth and is due to be examined on Monday by a team from the University of York InterArchive – Archaeology project.
The discovery of the lead coffin was made by metal-detectorist Chris Wright and is believed to contain a Romano-British child who died over 1600 years ago.
It has been in the care of Warwickshire County Council’s Archaeology Unit who have been commissioned to study it. Read more.
Roman pottery, evidence of a Roman settlement and “possibly Saxon” artefacts have been found at a proposed solar farm site near Peterborough.
The land at Newborough is being excavated ahead of a city council decision about the solar farm plan.
Richard O’Neill, from Wessex Archaeology, described the finds as “locally and regionally significant”.
Work is expected to continue for three weeks, after which the council will consider the archaeologists’ report.
Plans for the solar energy farm at three council-owned sites at Newborough, Morris Fen and America Farm were put on hold after English Heritage stepped in suggesting the area could be “nationally important”. Read more.