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Remains of 1,500-year-old amputee studied in Vienna

Researchers are studying the 6th century A.D. remains of a man who was buried with a prosthetic foot. There is actually little left of the 1,500-year-old prosthetic device found at Hemmaberg. The wood has deteriorated, and all that remains is an iron ring, barely over three inches in diameter, to stabilize

Congenital syphilis found in 14th century remains

Researchers in Vienna have identified congenital syphilis in human remains found in the cathedral square of St. Pölten, Austria. In 1495, a "new" disease spread throughout Europe: syphilis. Christopher Columbus was said to have brought this sexually transmitted disease back from his voyage to America. At least, that has been the accepted

More information on Roman gladiator school in Austria

Last week I posted about the discovery of a gladiator school in Austria. Now more information on this exciting find has been released. They lived in cells barely big enough to turn around in and usually fought until they died. This was the lot of those at a sensational scientific discovery

Ruins of gladiator school found in Vienna

The ruins of a massive amphitheatre where gladiators trained has been found in near Vienna. They say that the ruins located through ground radar measurements rival the Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus in Rome in their structure. The Ludus Magnus is the largest of the gladiatorial arenas in the Italian capital,

What to do with Nazi-era flak towers?

Planners in Vienna are deciding what to do with six huge WWII anti-aircraft towers that dot their city. The flak towers were built by forced labour. On the walls inside you can still see graffiti, written in chalk and pencil, by prisoners of war. "Milano, poi morire" wrote one Italian

Sketches by Adolf Hitler up for sale

Drawings that Adolf Hitler submitted as part of his application to the Vienna Academy of Art are set to hit the auction block. "They look quite typical of an aspiring student hoping to get into art school - tentative and not very certain about his perspective when he's using pencil

Mozart died from strep throat?

Researchers have a new threory as to what could have killed Mozart at the age of 35. The composer - who died in Vienna in 1791 - may have succumbed to complications from a sore throat, caused by a bacterial infection. The University of Amsterdam team think the streptococcus bug infected his

Two long-lost works by Mozart discovered

The International Mozarteum Foundation says it has discovered two new piano pieces composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Two unknown fragments of music by Mozart are believed to have turned up in a library in Nantes in western France. If authenticated by musical scholars, at least one of the pieces may be performed