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Damaged Medieval Seal Discovered in Eastern England

NORFOLK, ENGLAND—According to a BBC News report, a metal detectorist in eastern England discovered a badly burned seal that would have been used to sign and authenticate documents. Norfolk finds liaison officer Helen Geake said the seal’s silver components date to the thirteenth or fourteenth century, but the gemstone itself …

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Stolen Frescoes Returned to Italy

ROME, ITALY—The AFP reports that six frescoes from the walls of ancient villas in southern Italy have been handed over to authorities in Pompeii. Three of the frescoes, including an image of a cherub, a female dancer, and a woman’s head, were stolen from two Roman houses in Stabiae as …

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China Lands on Mars—Here Are The First Surface Images

China’s Zhurong finally sent images from the surface of Mars. The photographs confirmed that the solar panels and antenna deployed successfully and will help specialists build the rover’s movement plan. Zhurong landed in the south of the Utopia Plain in the northern hemisphere of Mars on May 15, 2021, as …

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EFFICIENZA NELLA LAVORAZIONE DEL MARMO IMPERIALE ROMANO

Per leggere questo articolo occorrono 3 minuti L’architettura imperiale romana è ricordata non solo per la sua maestosità e i relativi risvolti politico-sociali, non solo per la moltitudine di statue che decoravano città e e monumenti, ma anche per la materia con cui tutto questo, i colonnati e i lastricati …

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Study Suggests Roman Marble Production Was Highly Efficient

MAINZ, GERMANY—According to a statement released by Johannes Gutenberg University, researchers led by Cees Passchier employed software usually used for 3-D modeling geological formations to examine pieces of marble recovered from a second-century A.D. villa in Turkey’s ancient city of Ephesus. The thin sheets of green-veined cipollino verde quarried on …

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Charcoal Rock Art Dated in the Philippines

QUEENSLAND, AUSTRALIA—According to a statement released by Griffith University, rock art in the Philippines has been directly dated to 3,500 years ago. Team leader Andrea Jalandoni said the date for the black-pigment drawing in the Peñablanca Caves corresponds with nearby archaeological sites where pottery and evidence of foraging activities have …

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Constantinople’s Ancient Aqueduct Examined

MAINZ, GERMANY—According to a statement released by Johannes Gutenberg University, a team of researchers led by Gül Sürmelihindi analyzed limescale on the Aqueduct of Valens, which supplied water to the city of Constantinople in modern-day Turkey. Construction on the aqueduct was begun in the fourth century A.D., when the emperor …

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Age of England’s Cerne Abbas Giant Confirmed

DORSET, ENGLAND—According to a BBC News report, the results of optically stimulated luminescence testing of soil samples taken from the Cerne Abbas Giant early last year indicate that the 180-foot figure carved into a chalk hillside in southwest England was created between A.D. 700 and 1100, during the late Anglo-Saxon …

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