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This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers

This 1,600-Year-Old Goblet Shows that the Romans Were Nanotechnology Pioneers | Archaeology News | Scoop.it

The colorful secret of a 1,600-year-old Roman chalice at the British Museum is the key to a super­sensitive new technology that might help diagnose human disease or pinpoint biohazards at security checkpoints.

The glass chalice, known as the Lycurgus Cup because it bears a scene involving King Lycurgus of Thrace, appears jade green when lit from the front but blood-red when lit from behind—a property that puzzled scientists for decades after the museum acquired the cup in the 1950s. The mystery wasn’t solved until 1990, when researchers in England scrutinized broken fragments under a microscope and discovered that the Roman artisans were nanotechnology pioneers: They’d impregnated the glass with particles of silver and gold, ground down until they were as small as 50 nanometers in diameter, less than one-thousandth the size of a grain of table salt. The exact mixture of the precious metals suggests the Romans knew what they were doing—“an amazing feat,” says one of the researchers, archaeologist Ian Freestone of University College London.

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This Article was very fascinating to me since I have such an intrest in engineering. It is amazing how Romans found this correlation between very finely ground particles and their combinations to create such an amazing piece of art and science.

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New chapel found at site of 'Easter' abbey - Telegraph.co.uk

New chapel found at site of 'Easter' abbey - Telegraph.co.uk | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Telegraph.co.uk New chapel found at site of 'Easter' abbey Telegraph.co.uk As well as establishing that the site at the time of the meeting was far larger than originally though, the new research also provides an archaeological link to the writings...
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Ancient Roman theatre discovered in Florence - Lyfestyle

Ancient Roman theatre discovered in Florence - Lyfestyle | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Archaeologists digging up the remains of an ancient Roman theatre discovered under the Palazzo
Vecchio in Florence have found a "vomitorium" or corridor used by as many as 15,000 theatre goers in
the first and second centuries A.D., city officials say.

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Roman port of Ostia much larger than previously thought

Roman port of Ostia much larger than previously thought | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Researchers have discovered a new section of the boundary wall of the ancient Roman port of Ostia, proving the city was much larger than previously estimated
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Retired army general wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery demolished - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online

Retired army general wants Egypt's St. Catherine's Monastery demolished - Politics - Egypt - Ahram Online | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
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Ahmed Ragai Attiya says that the historic UNESCO site in South Sinai poses a threat to Egypt's national security, after the monks turned it into 'a place for foreigners'

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Doorway with Skulls

Doorway with Skulls | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Doorway with Skulls, from the Sanctuary of Roquepertuse, Gaule, La Tene II civilization (3rd-2nd century BC).
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10 Surprising History Facts That Will Warp Your Sense of Time - wunderground.com

10 Surprising History Facts That Will Warp Your Sense of Time - wunderground.com | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Humans have been fascinated by time ever since becoming aware of the regular movement of the sun and stars. Despite this obsession, our perception of time can be very inaccurate as these 10 suprising facts will show.
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Byzantine monastery discovered the Negev Desert - Medievalists.net

Byzantine monastery discovered the Negev Desert - Medievalists.net | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
An impressive Byzantine monastery dating to the late sixth-century has been discovered in the northern part of the Negev Desert in Israel.
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In crumbling tombstones, Penang's link to ancient Chola - The Malay Mail Online

In crumbling tombstones, Penang's link to ancient Chola - The Malay Mail Online | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
The Malay Mail Online In crumbling tombstones, Penang's link to ancient Chola The Malay Mail Online “This area was where the Chuliers of the Chola Kingdom had settled and this is also the spot where early Indians and Indian Muslims such as the...
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Seven days of play in paradise - The News-Press

Seven days of play in paradise
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Archaeological Kayak and Site Tour Learn about our ancient native Calusa Civilization by taking a guided tour of the Calusa Heritage Trail at the Pineland Site Complex.
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Naughty money: clippers and coiners in 16th-century England

Naughty money: clippers and coiners in 16th-century England | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Four and a half centuries ago, Elizabeth I made the reform of currency one of her government’s top priorities. Invested as queen in 1558, she inherited a coinage which was fraught with problems
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The Darwin Fish Is a Real Fossil, and Creationists Hate It

The Darwin Fish Is a Real Fossil, and Creationists Hate It | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
We all know the Darwin fish, the car-bumper send-up of the Christian ichthys symbol, or Jesus fish. Unlike the Christian symbol, the Darwin fish has, you know, legs. But the Darwin fish isn't merely a clever joke; in effect, it contains a testable scientific prediction. If evolution is true, and...
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Human-Neanderthal interbreeding is more likely scenario

Human-Neanderthal interbreeding is more likely scenario | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
New research has added weight to the argument that Neanderthals interbred with the ancestors of Eurasians, thanks to a genome analysis method
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Chile: Ancient Mummies Damaged by Quake - ABC News

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Chile: Ancient Mummies Damaged by Quake
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The mummies date back to the Chinchorro period that lasted from 5,000 to 1,500 B.C. That makes them older than the famed 3,300-year-old mummy of ancient Egyptian pharaoh Tutankhamun.
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A taste of Bronze Age Brew

A taste of Bronze Age Brew | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
A modern interpretation of Denmark's oldest known beer is now on sale at the Danish National Museum and is based on the residue analysis of a fermented drink from the Bronze Age
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British Academy fears for humanities in open access world

British Academy fears for humanities in open access world | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
RCUK rules may mean UK scholars seeking to publish abroad lose out, report warns
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Syrian War Takes Heavy Toll at a Crossroad of Cultures

Syrian War Takes Heavy Toll at a Crossroad of Cultures | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Fighting has damaged Palmyra and other archaeological sites, and made it easier for thieves to smuggle hundreds of antiquities out of the country.
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University of Sydney archaeologists study engravings at Quarantine Station, Manly

University of Sydney archaeologists study engravings at Quarantine Station, Manly | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
ARCHAEOLOGISTS are studying engravings around North Head as part of multidisciplinary research aimed at learning more about Australia’s migration history.
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Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel

Predators and Prey: A Roman Mosaic from Lod, Israel | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
One of the oldest surviving complete Roman mosaics dating from 1,700 years ago, a spectacular discovery made in Lod in Israel, will go on show at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire
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Iowa City applies for grant to restore historic cabins - DesMoinesRegister.com

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Iowa City applies for grant to restore historic cabins
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More than a century's worth of history, dating back to the first settlers of Johnson County, can be found in the weathered oak logs of two Iowa City cabins.
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An Update on the Iraq Museum - Archaeology Magazine

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An Update on the Iraq Museum http://t.co/OSUpXcLPzC #archaeology
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Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1000-year-old historic find - Reuters India

Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1000-year-old historic find - Reuters India | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1000-year-old historic find Reuters India But this week, archaeologists who conducted radio carbon tests on the canoe said it was crafted almost 1,000 years ago, making it the oldest canoe in the state and shedding...
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Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1000-year-old historic find - Yahoo News

Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1000-year-old historic find - Yahoo News | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Tiny Minnesota museum's canoe a 1000-year-old historic find Yahoo News But this week, archaeologists who conducted radio carbon tests on the canoe said it was crafted almost 1,000 years ago, making it the oldest canoe in the state and shedding...
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Rome 'ages' 200 years as archaeologists discover new remains

Rome 'ages' 200 years as archaeologists discover new remains http://t.co/dNuWEGrRlt #archeology
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The die that struck Britain’s first coins?

The die that struck Britain’s first coins? | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
Ian Leins and Emma Morris, curators, Department of Coins and Medals, British Museum One of the most recent acquisitions made by the Department of Coins and Medals is a highly unusual object – an an...
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World map with place names swapped out for their original meanings

World map with place names swapped out for their original meanings | Archaeology News | Scoop.it
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