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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

Roman theatre district in Cyprus mapped

Archaeologists are working to map the theatre district at the ancient city of Nea Paphos. The University of Sydney team has been excavating at Nea Paphos for two decades under the auspices of Cyprus’ Department of Antiquities. In that time it has uncovered and studied a theatre used for performance and

Maps of Empires that no longer exist

My brother passed along this cool link showcasing maps of vast empires that no longer exist. The animated gifs are pretty interesting! [Thx Seb!] Every imperial project, no matter how great, eventually meets its downfall. In fact, you may be reading this in a country that was once part of a

Mapping Iran’s Archaeological sites

Researchers in Iran have completed the first phase of a project to map of Iran's archaeological sites. The map was unveiled during a ceremony at the Cultural Heritage, Tourism and Handicrafts Organization (CHTHO) in Tehran on Monday. A total of 45,000 archaeological sites appear on the map, team director Abbas Moqaddam said

Abandoned Roman town of Interamna Lirenas mapped by researchers

Researchers have mapped the ancient Roman town of Interamna Lirenas in Italy which was abandoned 1,500 years ago. The street plan reveals the location of a theatre, marketplace and other buildings on the site of Interamna Lirenas in the Liri Valley of Southern Lazio. It debunks previous views that the town, originally

Archaic human genome mapped

Scientists have sequenced the genome of of the Denisovans, a human ancestor, using a tiny finger bone, the only fossil record of the people, found in a cave in Siberia. The sequencing is so complete that researchers have as sharp a picture of this ancient genome as they would of a

Rare 16th century map found between pages of 19th century book

A rare map, the first to document the the newly-discovered America, has been found in between the pages of a 19th century book. It had been thought that Waldseemueller had only made four copies, but researchers at a Munich university have now discovered a fifth version. This new map was found in

Online map calculates travel times in Ancient Rome

A team of historians and IT folks from Stanford University have developed an online map called ORBIS that calculates how long it took to travel between cities in Ancient Rome and how much it cost. Click here to play with it yourself! A paper map can show how far two cities are