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Ruins of gladiator school found in Vienna

The ruins of a massive amphitheatre where gladiators trained has been found in near Vienna. They say that the ruins located through ground radar measurements rival the Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus in Rome in their structure. The Ludus Magnus is the largest of the gladiatorial arenas in the Italian capital,

Aztec surveyors were very accurate

A mathematical review of the Codex Vergara, a document which contains detailed map of 386 farms, has shown that Aztec surveyors were incredibly accurate. Using these records, Clara Garza-Hume, a mathematician at the National Autonomous University of Mexico in Mexico City, and colleagues went back to the codex to check the

Ancient forearm bone from a tall man found in Japan

Researchers in Okinawa have unearthed a forearm bone which came from a man who was unusally tall (169cm) for the period. The bone, measuring about 28 centimeters, is believed to be from the late Jomon period, dating back 3,000-4,000 years. The average height of males from the same period is about

Interview with Goebbels’ secretary

The former secretary of Joseph Goebbels, Hitler's propaganda chief, has broken her vow of silence in an interview with Germany's biggest newspaper. [Thx Kese!] 'I was working as a typist at the propaganda ministry, and his radio station, and was the fastest. It was an order to be transferred to work

Roman amphitheatre found in Yorkshire

A lost Roman amphitheatre has been found atop a hill in northern England. Crowning the summit of Studforth Hill, the oval arena would have combined spectacles and entertainments with a magnificent 360-degree view, making it the equivalent of a national theatre of the north. The find by Cambridge University archaeologists – led

DVD Giveaway: The Thomas Hardy Collection

A&E Home Entertainment has graciously provided a double-DVD set of The Thomas Hardy Collection, featuring Tess of the D'Urbervilles and The Mayor of Casterbridge. TESS OF THE D?URBERVILLES Her luminous beauty blazing against the bleak background of rural Victorian England, Tess Durbeyfield (Justine Waddell, ?Great Expectations?) is one of literature's best-loved and

The first pre-Roman planned town in Britain

Archaeologists in Britain have found the first pre-Roman planned town which shows that Iron Age societes were much more sophisticated than previously thought. Prof Mike Fulford, an archaeologist at the University of Reading, said: "The people of Iron Age Silchester appear to have adopted an urbanised Roman way of living. "They did