Roman slaves

Were Roman slaves hungry?    What was it like to be a slave in the Roman Empire? The answer, according to the latest excavations at Vagnari, is that slaves were rather better looked after than one might expect:  they ate quite well, they suffered less from childhood starvation than did the population in general, and […]


Egypt in England at Wellington Arch

Ancient Egypt has had a deep and lasting influence on English architecture for the last 200 years. From Harrods’ food court and fanciful mausolea to cinemas and even factories, Egyptian art is everywhere. Now, marking the 90th anniversary of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s tomb, English Heritage have launched an exhibition in the recently-reopened Wellington Arch on Hyde Park […]

A fragment of a child's skull, from Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, shows the oldest-known evidence of anaemia caused by malnutrition. : Citation: Dominguez-Rodrigo M, Pickering TR, Diez-Martin F, Mabulla A, Musiba C, et al. (2012) Earliest Porotic Hyperostosis on a 1.5-Million-Year-Old Hominin, Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania. PLoS ONE 7(10): e46414. doi:10.1371/journal.pone.0046414

Anaemic ancestors

A fragment from the skull of a prehistoric child provides the oldest-known evidence of anaemia caused by malnutrition – suggesting that hominids were regularly eating meat much earlier than previously thought, archaeologists say. While it is known that early human ancestors did eat meat, it was not previously certain whether this was something consumed frequently, […]


Ancient Egyptian teething problems

Hard on the heels of the discovery that Neolithic ‘dentists’ may have used beeswax to treat cracked teeth, high-resolution CT scans of an ancient Egyptian mummy have revealed that the young man suffered from terrible dental problems – and that he used a unique treatment to try to soothe his toothache. Aged in his 20s […]

Disturbed stones said to have been part of the foundations of the old Ducal Palace. Image:  Roberto Rocca

Apulia’s archaeology under threat

Residents of Taurisano, a small village in Apulia, Italy, are fighting to prevent their local heritage from being razed by building works. A series of 12th-century tombs associated with the Medieval church of St Lucia were revealed beneath the main square during sewage works in the 1990s. Carefully covered over at the time, villagers now […]

The grave of the 'metalworker'. IMage: Austrian Museum of Ancient History

‘First female metalworker’ sheds light on prehistoric gender roles

Austrian archaeologists are reconsidering prehistoric gender roles after the discovery of what could be the earliest female metalworker. The burial of a mature woman, aged between 45-60, was uncovered along with 14 other early Bronze Age graves during excavations by the Austrian Museum of Ancient History at Geitzendorf, northwest of Vienna. She had been laid […]

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Three jailed for Fitzwilliam Museum thefts

Three men arrested for the theft of 18 Chinese artefacts from the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge have been jailed for 6 years each. Robert Smith, 24, of Hockenden Lane, Kent, Steven Coughlan, 26, of Eleanor Street, London, and another 29-year-old man, who cannot be named for legal reasons, were each sentenced for conspiracy to burgle […]

Image: Elmar Buchner

Out of this world: Buddhist statue made from meteorite

A 1,000-year-old Buddhist statue taken from Tibet by Nazi scientists is the first-known carving of a human figure made from a meteorite, newly-published research says. With stylistic links to the 11th century Bön culture, the sculpture is thought to depict the Buddhist god Vaisravana. Despite measuring just 24cm in height, the object weighs 10kg (22lb). Now […]

Image: David Holt

Last chance to see the Motya charioteer

The spectacular 5th century BC statue known at the Motya Charioteer will be in London for just a few weeks more, after the British Museum today (31 August) announced that its loan had been extended until 19 September.

Excavating the collapsed roof. Image: Domenico Camardo

Raising the roof on the House of the Telephus Relief

We are proud to share with you the first published photos of the House of the Telephus Relief at Herculaneum since archaeologists started their reconstruction of its wooden roof and completed studies of its decorated ceiling.

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