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Archaeologists Unearth Roman Villa with Indoor Pool in the Ancient City of Dyrrhachium in Albania

The present city of Durrës in Albania is the second most populous in the country. It was founded by Greek settlers from Corcyra (modern Corfu), who called it Epidamnos, in 627 BC and renamed Dyrrhachium by the Romans. Located in the center of the Albanian Adriatic coast, about 33 kilometers west of the capital, Tirana. […]

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Roman Settlement of Karanis Found to have Survived in Egypt Until the Arab Conquest in the 7th Century AD

A new study sheds light on the history of Karanis, an ancient Greco-Roman agricultural settlement in the Fayum oasis in Egypt. The results of the research suggest that this place may have been inhabited until the mid-7th century AD, challenging the previous belief that the site was abandoned in the mid-5th century. This finding suggests […]

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Three Roman-Era Lead Ingots Found at a Site in Southern Spain that May Have Housed a Mine, Smelting Facility, and Processing Area

Three lead ingots, about 45 centimeters long and weighing approximately between 24 and 32 kilograms, were discovered years ago during the construction of the Maghreb-Europe gas pipeline at the Los Escoriales de Doña Rama site, located in Belmez, Córdoba (Spain). They are kept at the Belmez Museum and in private homes. These ingots, which are […]

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First Ever Solid Fragment of Tyrian Purple, the Expensive Pigment Associated with Roman Emperors, Found

A significant archaeological discovery was made during the 2023 excavation at the site of an ancient Roman bathhouse in Carlisle, England. The dig, conducted by the Wardell Armstrong company, unearthed a small, mysterious piece of purple-colored substance, which later was identified as a fragment of Tyrian purple—the highly prized pigment once associated with Roman emperors. […]

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“Triclinia” for Family Banquets and Libation Conduits Found in the Great Roman Necropolis of Narbo Martius with 1,430 Tombs

The archaeological excavation in the La Robine necropolis, near the ancient city of Narbo Martius (now Narbonne, France), has shed light on funerary and ritual practices of the early Roman Empire. The necropolis, located about 700 meters east of the ancient city, was discovered in a remarkable state of preservation, hidden under almost three meters […]

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A 5th-Century Roman Shipwreck off the Coast of Mallorca Came from Cartagena and Carried “Liquaminis Flos”, a Fish Sauce

Recently, a team of archaeologists and researchers studied the remains of a late Roman shipwreck off the coast of Mallorca, one of the Balearic Islands in Spain. The Ses Fontanelles shipwreck, discovered by chance in 2019 near one of the island’s busiest tourist beaches, has proven to be an exceptional find due to the excellent […]

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A Guided Tour of the Largest Handcrafted Model of Imperial Rome [Video]

“Il Plastico” is a model of ancient Rome created by Italian archaeologist and architect Italo Gismondi between 1933 and 1937, updated with archaeological discoveries until the early 1970s (it’s still being updated regularly today). The model represents the city of Rome in the 4th century during the reign of Emperor Constantine and is the flagship […]

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The sculpture of a snake-bodied deity, a hybrid from Roman-Germanic mythology, found at the Roman fort of Stuttgart

Excavations have been ongoing since the beginning of the year at the Roman fort of Altenburger Steige in Bad Cannstatt, the oldest area in the city of Stuttgart, under the supervision of experts from the State Office for Monument Preservation (LAD) of the Stuttgart Regional Council. The archaeologists are investigating the expansion works of the […]

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Giddan/Eddana, The Forgotten Twin City of Dura-Europos

The ancient city of Dura-Europos in modern-day Syria is well known for its exceptional state of preservation. Often compared to Pompeii, this ancient settlement provides a remarkable window into the Hellenistic, Parthian, and Roman periods. However, while Dura-Europos has garnered significant attention, there’s another ancient city, just a few kilometers downstream on the Euphrates River, […]