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Skull, found in France, with a knife still embedded it it.  The skull belonged to a Roman solider who died during the Gallic Wars, ca. 52BC. It was on display at the Museo Rocsen in Argentina.  

Whenever I see things like this, I wonder how they died. I guess it will always be a mystery.

I’m gonna go with “Stabbed through the head” 

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could have been worse, better lightning than golden showers.


Etruscan urns, 3rd/ 2nd centuries BCE.

A distinctive burial form developed by the Etruscans was the practice of placing a reclining effigy/effigies of the deceased on the lid of the urn, which contained their ashes. Often such urns would reflect the Etruscan love of banqueting, which they liked to envision themselves doing in their afterlife.

I am uncertain of the original location of the 1st urn, however, the 2nd was found at the Hypogeum of the women of the Velimna family, and the third, the Hypogeum of the Rafi family.

Aertefacts courtesy of the National Archaeological Museum of Perugia. Photos by Dan Diffendale: 1, 2 & 3

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Nero would have loved this, a statue of him in modern day Azio (his birthplace). It was set up in 2010 by the mayor who wanted to celebrate the infamous Emperor.

Nero certainly wasn’t a saint, pun intended, but he was no worse than other emperors in certain regards and even other christian Roman figures (e.g. Constantine). There’s a good piece concerning the revisionism of him in this month’s National Geographic.

I’ve always thought that, along with Caligula, Nero was demonised by later scholars and historians. His worst acts written thick and his middling ones exacerbated. Had he the PR machine of Augustus perhaps statues like this one would be more common?


An attempt to reconstruct the apperance of a high-status mycenaean woman.

It’s possible that mycenaean women of high social status, noblewomen and priestesses, painted their faces for ceremonial occasions, using white lead. Such make-up would give their face mask-like appearance, letting temporarily remove the individual behind said mask and play a certain role instead.

The Ancient Worlds with Bettany Hughes: Helen of Troy

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Roman Legionary Tile with Canine Imprint, Roman Province of Pannonia, c.  2nd-4th century AD

A Roman legionary building tile (baked orange clay brick) with the imprint of a dog’s footprint, likely the pet of a legionary soldier or local camp dog who stepped on it while it was drying prior to baking. The tile 6 x 7 x 1.25 inches, the print 2 x 3 inches. The print quite clear with excellent detail including the claw marks. Some ancient calcified deposits in the impressions attesting authenticity. Quite rare.

Pannonia was an ancient province of the Roman Empire bounded north and east by the Danube, coterminous westward with Noricum and upper Italy, and southward with Dalmatia and upper Moesia. Pannonia was located over the territory of the present-day western Hungary, eastern Austria, northern Croatia, north-western Serbia, Slovenia, western Slovakia and northern Bosnia and Herzegovina.

Roman toilet seat found at fort



Archaeologists at a Roman fort in Northumberland more used to finding coins, weapons and tools have found a 2,000-year-old perfectly preserved wooden toilet seat.

Dr Andrew Birley, one of the experts at Vindolanda fort on Hadrian’s Wall, believes it is the only find of its kind.

The site has…

ALS ice bucket challenge in tunic and with some roman kit…

The inbreeding of the Greek gods, Oedipus had little to worry about really….


Ancient Worlds - BBC Two 

Episode 1 “Come Together”

Clay tablets, History built to last.

In the Ancient Near East, clay tablets were used as a writing medium, especially for writing in cuneiform, throughout the Bronze Age and well into the Iron Age. Cuneiform characters were imprinted on a wet clay tablet with ink pens or styluses with sharp triangular tips. Once written upon, unfired tablets were dried and later could be soaked in water and recycled into new clean tablets. Other tablets were fired in kilns (or inadvertently, when buildings were burnt down or during conflict) making them hard and durable. Collections of these clay documents made up the very first archives. They were at the root of first libraries.

Scribes used clay tablets as a record of what was happening during their time.

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