Thursday, January 03, 2013

Nuntius 2013-01-03

Here are the Roman Archeology news found today:

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Antikythera Mechanism

Found in a shipwreck in 1901, the Antikythera Mechanism has been studied for over a century but it is only recently that we have began to understand it.
The construction of the mechanism has been dated to the 1st century BC. It appears to be one of a kind; and technologically complex items, like this, are not seen again until the 14th century AD. Though it is possible it had some predecessors in the Hellenistic period that led to this design, none have been found.

Terrace farming at ancient desert city of Petra
A team of international archaeologists including Christian Cloke of the University of Cincinnati is providing new insights into successful and extensive water management and agricultural production in and around the ancient desert city of Petra, located in present-day Jordan. Ongoing investigations, of which Cloke is a part, are led by Professor Susan Alcock of the Brown University Petra Archaeological Project (BUPAP).

Priapus: the original garden gnome?
Our journey starts in modern day Turkey, more precisely in the town of Lapseki. This town was most likely the area in which the ancient city of Lampsacus stood. Like most cities on or near the west coast it became a plaything for Greek and Persian alike, but its infamy lay not with a real historical figure, but a mythological one. According to myth Priapus was born here, details concerning his birth vary and according to one variation he was cursed while Aphrodite was pregnant with him by Hera who was still aggrieved over her loss of the golden apple. His curse took the form of something endless junk emails promise: a huge phallus.

Soham allotment sold turns up fascinating glimpse into Roman past
A Roman settlement has been discovered on former allotment land off Fordham Road by archaeologists commissioned to excavate the site by Hopkins Homes, which is hoping to build 96 new homes on the site.
Archaeology Solutions is carrying out the excavations and many items discovered so far point to an important Roman settlement.

The Byzantine Fortress of Dara
Dara or Daras was an important East Roman fortress city in northern Mesopotamia on the border with the Sassanid Empire. Because of its great strategic importance, it featured prominently in the Roman-Persian conflicts of the 6th century, with the famous Battle of Dara taking place before its walls in 530. Today the Turkish village of Oğuz, Mardin Province, occupies its location.

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