Roman Ruins Survive the Ages Thanks to Volcanic Ash

Published on May 13th, 2009 | by Admin

The ancient Romans mixed their mortar with volcanic ash to strengthen it. Sandy ash produced by a volcano that erupted 456,000 years ago might have helped a huge ancient Roman complex survive intact for nearly 2,000 [&hellip... Read More


The possible historical origins behind 10 nursery rhymes

Published on May 13th, 2009 | by Admin

Mental_Floss has compiled a list of the possible historical origins behind ten classic nursery rhymes. 5. Jack and Jill has so many interpretations, it’s hard to pick just one. I kind of like the one that [&hellip... Read More


Replica pre-Columbian trading raft sets sail

Published on May 13th, 2009 | by Admin

For the first time in nearly 500 years, a full-size balsa-wood raft just like those used in pre-Columbian Pacific trade has taken to the water. Based on drawings and descriptions recorded by Spanish, Portuguese and Dutch [&hellip... Read More


Real-life Hobbits were poor runners

Published on May 13th, 2009 | by Admin

Analysis of ancient hobbit feet show they had a very different style of walking than that of modern humans. The fossil foot examined for the new study includes hallmarks of upright walking, such as stiffness and [&hellip... Read More


World’s oldest submerged town to be acoustically scanned

Published on May 13th, 2009 | by Admin

The world’s oldest submerged town, Pavlopetri in Greece, is undergoing an indepth survey by underwater archaeologists armed with the latest technology. Dr Henderson and his team will carry out a detailed millimeter accurate digital underwater survey [&hellip... Read More


Silver coins and skeleton found in Sweden

Published on May 12th, 2009 | by Admin

A collection of 100 silver coins from the 12th century have been found in a grave dating from the 14th century in Sweden. “It is fantastic that we have found silver coins in a grave,” said [&hellip... Read More


King’s grave uncovered during construction in Turkey

Published on May 12th, 2009 | by Admin

The final resting place of a historic king was accidentally uncovered in Turkey when a digger struck a rock that was part of the grave. The landlord of the building next to the excavated area, ?lker [&hellip... Read More


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