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Bulgarian drought reveals 7,000-year-old wall

A 7,000-year-old defensive wall has been revealed during drought in Bulgaria. The dry spell blanketing Bulgaria for the past two months has resulted in an unexpected archaeological discovery, with the remains of a 7000-year-old defensive wall emerging from the waters of the Ticha accumulation lake near the town of Shoumen in

Lost Roman camp found in Germany

A Roman cap which was the "missing link" in the chain of Roman defenses in western Germany has been found. Occupied between 11 and 7BC and the size of seven football pitches, the military installation was probably used to control crossings points on the Lippe and act a supply depot for

Fortifications on Crete debunk myth of peaceful Minoan society

Archaeologists have found a fortification system at the Minoan toan of Gournia, debunking the popular myth that the Minoans were a peaceful society. The team weren’t able to excavate the area, and so relied on photography, drawing and surveying to identify the fortifications. The eastern-most promontory had a heavy wall

Ancient Canaanite fortifications found in Jerusalem

The oldest example of massive fortifications ever found in Jerusalem, a 3,700-year-old wall, has been uncovered. The 26-foot-high wall is believed to have been part of a protected passage built by ancient Canaanites from a hilltop fortress to a nearby spring that was the city's only water source and vulnerable to

Castle moats: More than just defense

Two new studies are revealing that castle moats had more than just defensive functions. Over 2,000 years ago, residents of at least one royal palace enjoyed convenient indoor toilets, with the contents regularly transported to the stately mansion's surrounding moat, according to a recent excavation. The dig also found that the

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