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New piece of ancient Roman map round

A newly discovered piece of the Severan Marble Plan, a massive marble map of ancient Rome that depicts every single building and street, has been found in the Maffei Marescotti Palace. A fragment of the world’s oldest and largest unsolved jigsaw puzzle, a 2,200-year-old map of Rome made of thousands of

Marble ram statue found in Israel

The marble statue of a ram has been found near a Byzantine-era church in Caesarea, Israel. According to Dr. Peter Gendelman and Mohammad Hater, directors of the excavation on behalf of the Israel Antiquities Authority, "Caesarea never ceases to surprise as evidenced by this amazing statue that was discovered today. In

Marble dolphin statue found in Israel

A marble statue depicting a dolphin gripping a fish in its jaws has been unearthed in northern Negev. Hewn from marble, the 2,000-or-so-year-old statuette surfaced during archaeological excavations near Kibbutz Magen, bordering the Gaza Strip, in March of this year. The discovery of the dolphin statue amid the ruins of a late

Marble headstone unearthed in Athens

A marble headstone dating back to 400 B.C. has been found in the Kerameikos area of Athens. According to the official announcement, the shape and style of the sculpted marble of the headstone date from the third quarter of the 4th century B.C.. It is possible that the sculpture was initially

Fragments of marble door found in Greece

Fragments of a marble door have been found in the second chamber of a Greek tomb. Made from marble brought from the island of Thasso, like most of the features uncovered so far in the underground space, the door fragments were found as archaeologists removed dirt from the second chamber. According to

Bust of Alexander the Great found in Cyprus

A marble bust of Alexander the Great has been found at a basilica in Cyprus. Archaeologists in Cyprus found a marble bust of Alexander the Great - considered one of history's most successful commanders - in a second three-aisled basilica that was brought to light on the site of Katalymmata ton

Statue of Hercules found in Israel

An ancient marble statue of Hercules has been found in the Jezreel Valley in Israel. “This is a rare discovery,” Israel Antiquities Authority’s Walid Atrash said in an e-mailed statement. He said the statue was about half a meter tall, made of smooth, white marble and “of exceptional artistic quality.” [tweetmeme][Full story] Story:

Dinosaur skull found in 16th century church

I thought this was particularly cool. A cross-section of a dinosaur skull has been found in a marble slab in the Cathedral of Vigevano in Italy. [Thx Catherine!] “The rock contains what appears to be a horizontal section of a dinosaur’s skull. The image looks like a CT scan, and

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