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A prison-bakery where slaves and blindfolded donkeys were used to grind the grain, unearthed in Pompeii

It was a narrow room with no exterior views, featuring small windows with iron bars for light. Notches on the floor coordinated the movement of the animals, forced to walk for hours with blindfolds. The facility was unearthed in Regio IX, insula 10, as part of ongoing excavations in a broader project to secure and […]

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Two Ancient Stone Anchors Found off the Coast of Siracusa, in Sicily

During a joint operation by the Maritime Superintendency of the Sicily Region and the Diving Unit of the Guardia di Finanza in Messina, an archaeological protection operation was conducted on the seabed off the coast of San Lorenzo, in the municipality of Noto, province of Siracusa (Sicily). The verification and survey operation was triggered by […]

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3,000 Coins and 50 Gems Dedicated to Deities Found in the Ancient Roman City of Claternae

A series of significant discoveries has recently been revealed during ongoing archaeological excavations at the site of the ancient Roman city of Claternae, located in the municipality of Ozzano dell’Emilia in the Emilia-Romagna region, about 15 kilometers southeast of Bologna. Last Tuesday, an event was held where the Undersecretary of State for the Ministry of […]

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The Warrior of Capestrano: The Strange Iron Age Sculpture Representing the Second King of Rome

In September 1934, a farmer was tending to his fields in the municipality of Capestrano, in the Abruzzo region of Italy, when his tools came across fragments of stone that would soon reveal themselves to be part of a grand sculpture. After notifying the authorities, archaeological excavations began, uncovering one of the masterpieces of pre-Roman […]

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Cesare Borgia, Machiavelli’s model for his Renaissance prince and alleged inspiration for Leonardo’s face of Christ

Cesare Borgia, commonly known as the Duke of Valentinois, gained his state through his father’s fortune, and lost it with that same fortune, despite employing every imaginable means and doing everything that a prudent and skillful man should do to establish himself in a state acquired with the help of arms and the support of […]