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Denture made from human teeth found in Tuscany

A denture dating back to between the 14th-17th centuries has been found in a family tomb in Tuscany. One member of the team, Dr Simona Minozzi, said: "Although there are descriptions of similar objects in texts from the period, there is no known archaeological evidence. The dentures found in the tomb

Infant bones found on ancient workshop floor

Archaeologists working at Poggio Civitate, an ancient settlement near Tuscany, Italy, have found the bones of babies scattered on the floor of a workshop that dates back to the 7th century B.C. The bones "were either simply left on the floor of the workshop or ended up in an area with

Costa Concordia was not the first ship to sink off Giglio

Last month the Costa Concordia struck the rocks off the Tuscan island of Giglio. However, it was not the first ship to do so, and the wrecks of more than a dozen ancient ships can be found in the waters of the area. One of them, a third-century Roman cargo vessel,

2,000-year-old pills shed light on ancient medicine

A small cache of pills have been found in a 2,000-year-old shipwreck, prompting an investigation into their medical properties. Around 130 B.C., a ship, identified as the Relitto del Pozzino, sank off Tuscany, Italy. Among the artifacts found on board in 1989 were glass cups, a pitcher and ceramics, all of

Roman temple to Diana found in Tuscany

A Roman temple dedicated to the goddess Diana has been unearthed in the Italian region of Tuscany. The ancient religious sanctuary, found in the Maremma national park is 350 square metres large, and was discovered in perfect condition by a team of Italian and other European archaeologists following a two-year

Roman temple found in Tuscany

A fourth century Roman temple has been found in the Italian region of Tuscany. The rectangular-shaped structure measures 11.5 metres by 6.5 metres and was built using a Roman-building technique called 'opus testaceum'. A loose stone foundation covered by bricks which are then covered in slabs of marble. According to archaeologists, the

2,000-year-old cosmetics

Archaeologists in Italy have discovered a 2,000-year-old lotion belonging to an Etruscan woman. "This is almost unique in archaeology. Even though more than 2,000 years have passed, the oxidation of the organic material has not yet been completed. This is most likely due to the sealing of the alabaster unguentarium by

DNA study shows no Etruscan link to modern Tuscans

According to a new study, using Mitochondrial DNA taken from the remains of Bronze Age Etruscans, the current population of Tuscany has no relation to the areas predecessors. "The most simple explanation is that the structure of the Tuscan population underwent important demographic changes in the first millennium before Christ," they