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Security barrier set up around Rome’s Colosseum

A protective barrier has been set up around the Colosseum in Rome in preparation for some heavy restorative and cleaning work. A protective barrier will be installed around the Colosseum as a precaution measure to prevent passersby from dislodged fragments falling off the amphitheatre’s exterior walls. The announcement was made on 27

19th century ships and ancient harbour found off Israeli coast

Archaeologists working at Akko, one of the major ancient ports of the eastern Mediterranean, have found a fleet of early-19th century ships and ancient harbor structures that date back to the 3rd-1st centuries B.C. During the brief time the shipwrecks were exposed, the Israel Antiquities Authority investigated one of them: a

36 WWII Spitfires buried in Burma to be excavated

A British team of archaeologists are planning an excavation into Burma to dig up 36 Spitfire airplanes that were buried there during WWII. The aircraft are thought to have been shipped to RAF bases before being buried, un-assembled, in their crates. Having signed an agreement with the Myanmar government permitting him to

Ancient necropolis uncovered in Bulgaria

Archaeological excavations ahead of a planned gas line in Bulgaria have unearthed a necropolis of more than 100 tombs. The site includes tombs from the Thracian times to the times of the First Bulgarian Kingdom. The oldest ones date from the 5th – 4th centuries B.C. Some reveal very interesting rites

Using Viking poop to understand climate change

The Boston Globe has posted an interesting article about geoscientist Robert D'Anjou, who is looking for Viking excrement in order to better understand ancient climate change. Scientists often search for pollen, for example, but changes in plant life can be a sign not only of climate change, but agriculture. Similarly, erosion

Albert Einstein had an unusual brain

A study of 14 newly discovered photographs of Albert Einstein's brain has revealed that the great thinker's brain was highly unusual in a number of ways. The team compared Einstein’s brain with those of 85 other people and found that the great physicist did indeed have something special between his ears.