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Roman MMA champion became army recruiter

A newly translated inscription has revealed that nearly 2,000 years ago a celebrated Roman athlete named Flavillianus became a Roman army recruiter. His name was Lucius Septimius Flavianus Flavillianus and he was a champion at wrestling and pankration, the latter a bloody, and at times lethal, mixed martial art where contestants

WWI training trenches found in Scottish park

Trenches used to train WWI recruits have been found in Kings Park in Stirling, Scotland. About 20m (66ft) of the zig-zag trench system was opened up over three days. The trenches have now been back-filled but could be the subject of further research in the future. Lorna Main, archaeology officer

Diseased victims from seige of York found in mass grave

The skeletons of men from Oliver Cromwell's forces who succumbed to disease have been found in a mass grave in York. Archaeologists uncovered the remains on the site of what, even during the Civil War, was a “lost” church – All Saints – just outside the city walls, where until

Phoenician army complex found in Cyprus

The remains of a Phoenician garrison has been found in Cyprus. Buildings overlooking a previously discovered Phoenician complex more than 2,000 years old were found at the ancient city of Idalion, the island's Antiquities department said on Friday.The complex, linked by a tower, were found to discover metal weapons, inscriptions

Military veterans working on archaeological project

A group of U.S. military veterans are working on a project to sort through a massive government collection of Native American artifacts. The collection dates to the 1930s, when the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers started building dozens of locks, dams and reservoirs, and the ground beneath them was excavated for archaeological treasures. In

Scans from Italian Renaissance sketchbook featuring military art

Check out this incredible Italian sketchbook containing sketches showing Renaissance military information. This unique Italian sketchbook includes more than 200 highly detailed sketches and provides valuable insights into design and construction principles of Renaissance fortresses; siege and storm tactics of the era; guns development and gunnery intricacies; handling of the heavy