Ancient Scrolls Burned By Mt. Vesuvius Deciphered By New X-Ray Technique. Ancient papyrus scrolls charred in the same volcanic eruption that wiped out the city of Pompeii are a step closer to revealing their secrets thanks to a cutting-edge application of X-rays.
Stolen skull of 14th century German pirate recovered. On January 9th, 2010, thieves stole the alleged skull of medieval pirate Klaus Störtebeker from a display cabinet in the Hamburg Museum. The skull, still sporting the spike it was impaled on as a deterrent to any other would-be pirates, was one of the museum’s prized possessions. Welcome back "alleged" Klaus Störtebeker ;-)
Archaic Period, 600s bce. Altar stone inscribed to Ortheia with an embedded sickle. Inscriptions outside Sparta begin to speak of Artemis Ortheia by the 5th century bce, as the fusion of older forms with the Olympian pantheon proceeded.
Graffiti, Pompeii. "We two dear men, friends forever, were here. If you want to know our names, they are Gaius and Aulus." Other examples of graffiti from Pompeii: Bar of Astylus and Pardalus: "Lovers are like bees in that they live a honeyed life." House of Caecilius Iucundus: "Whoever loves, let him flourish. Let him perish who knows not love. Let him perish twice over whoever forbids love."
An extraordinary discovery has been found, that appears to show an ancient electronic device, embedded in a small mysterious stone, was unearthed during an excursion in a rural location in North America, which is far from any human settlements and indust ...