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Cirencester Roman grave is 'history changing' ~ Roman News and Archeology

Cirencester Roman grave is 'history changing' ~ Roman News and Archeology | Roman | Scoop.it

Excavations in Cirencester have unearthed one of the earliest burial sites ever found in Roman Britain.

 

The dig at the former Bridges Garage on Tetbury Road has uncovered over 40 burials and four cremations.

 

Experts say it is the largest archaeological find in the town since the 1970s.

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Unearthed: The 1700-year-old Roman child's coffin found in Leicestershire that ... - Daily Mail

Unearthed: The 1700-year-old Roman child's coffin found in Leicestershire that ... - Daily Mail | Roman | Scoop.it
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'It seems to be third century Roman and because of the east-west alignment we think it was a Christian burial.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, October 25, 2013 4:54 PM

It might sound strange but we can learn a lot from a culture from the burial practices that they have.  From this grave we know that the family was wealthy and what religion they practiced.  We can also learn what is important to a culutre.

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Fighting champ was recruiter for ancient Roman army

Fighting champ was recruiter for ancient Roman army | Roman | Scoop.it
Millennia before modern-day military recruiters talked up potential soldiers in shopping malls or put up posters, one Roman city took a rather different approach to recruiting soldiers for the emperor's army.

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Romanians mobilise in protest against gold mine plans

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IPS: Street protests are snowballing in Romania against a Canadian-led gold mining project in Rosia Montana

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Ancient Roman coins depict sundry sexual acts, but what were they for?

Ancient Roman coins depict sundry sexual acts, but what were they for? | Roman | Scoop.it
The Romans loved sex. The wrote graphic poetry about it, and scrawled x-rated graffiti on their city walls. They even emblazoned currency with depictions of sexual acts. But what purpose did this coinage serve?

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Rome and the Punic Wars

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The Punic wars were a momentous turning point for the Romans and altered the course of history.

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Here's what third-century China thought about the Roman Empire - io9

Here's what third-century China thought about the Roman Empire - io9 | Roman | Scoop.it
Here's what third-century China thought about the Roman Empire
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Third-century China got around the ancient world. They even made it to the Roman Empire, and wrote down their thoughts on these strange foreigners in the Weilüe, a third-century C.E.

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Joy Kinley's curator insight, September 5, 2013 4:13 PM

I find it interesting that China and Rome traded with each other.  The Chinese descriptions of the Romans was great. 

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ARCHAEOLOGY - Bones from Neolithic era found in Turkey's Hasankeyf

ARCHAEOLOGY - Bones from Neolithic era found in Turkey's Hasankeyf | Roman | Scoop.it
Excavations carried out by a Japanese team in Batman’s ancient city of Hasankeyf have revealed (RT @archaeoinaction: Top story: ARCHAEOLOGY - Bones from Neolithic era found in Turkey's Hasankeyf http://t.co/TxR4q4DpAt,...

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Raymond McGee's curator insight, January 24, 2014 3:23 AM

I didnt know neolithic era spread ti Hasankeyf. This is cool fact that i now know.

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The death of paganism: how the Roman Empire converted to Christianity

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In the year 300 AD, Christianity was a minority religion in the Roman Empire, practiced by perhaps ten percent of the population.

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Marines vs. Roman Army: Could the Devil Dogs Win? | Gun Digest - We Know Guns So You Know Guns

Marines vs. Roman Army: Could the Devil Dogs Win? | Gun Digest - We Know Guns So You Know Guns | Roman | Scoop.it

Being around so many Devil Dogs here in Eastern NC, THUMPY found this a most-interesting article over at Gun Digest's blog:

 

"Could a single Marine Expeditionary Unit of 2200 soldiers armed with state-of-the-art firearms take down the entire 330,000-man army of the Roman Empire? For a student of military firearm history it’s an intriguing question."


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Was Jesus a Roman Hoax to Trick the Jews? | VICE United States

Was Jesus a Roman Hoax to Trick the Jews? | VICE United States | Roman | Scoop.it
Joe Atwill purports to have discovered proof that Jesus of Nazareth was merely a fabrication of first-century Romans, who created his gospels as a way to quell the messianic fervor of the Jews.

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Gladiator's Tomb to Be Reburied : Discovery News

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Fantasy and Fiction merged, but now harsh reality takes over. 

 

The large marble monument of Marcus Nonius Macrinus will be reburied as an archaeological project runs out of funds.

 

The tomb of the ancient Roman hero believed to have inspired the Russell Crowe blockbuster "Gladiator," might be returned to oblivion four years after its discovery in Rome.

 

A lack of fundings is forcing Italian archaeologists to bury again the large marble monument of Marcus Nonius Macrinus, a general and consul who achieved major victories in military campaigns for Antoninus Pius, the Roman emperor from 138 to 161 A.D., and Marcus Aurelius, emperor from 161 to 180 A.D.


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Unidentified photographer, The Roman Forum, ca. 1845,...

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Unidentified photographer, The Roman Forum, ca. 1845, Daguerreotype, gift of Eastman Kodak Company; ex-collection Gabriel Cromer, George Eastman House Collection


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Michael Kleven's curator insight, September 24, 2013 2:59 PM

What a lovely image. 

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Ruins of Early Roman Period Mansion Unearthed at Mount Zion | Archaeology | Sci-News.com

Ruins of Early Roman Period Mansion Unearthed at Mount Zion | Archaeology | Sci-News.com | Roman | Scoop.it
Archaeologists from the United States and Israel have discovered well-preserved lower levels of what they believe is an early Roman period mansion.

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Silk Road History: Enabling Trade From China to the Parthian and Roman Empires

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A research paper examining the curious and complex history of silk production in China and the spread of silk to western cultures over time.

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Archeologists believe Roman gate found in Beirut

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Archaeologists said this week that after working for seven years on Downtown’s Riad al-Solh Square they have reason to believe that ruins there include the remnants of a gate that served as a main entrance to an ancient Roman city.

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Do as the Romans do: ancient winemaking techniques revived - Telegraph

Do as the Romans do: ancient winemaking techniques revived - Telegraph | Roman | Scoop.it
The techniques that the ancient Romans employed to make their beloved wine are being revived in a sun-baked corner of Italy.

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Mariano Pallottini's curator insight, August 24, 2013 4:43 AM

Great article that shows only one side of the matter. In all world more and more wineries, understanding the feeling of the consumers, "bored" with wines of different nationality with the same taste, and fighting the international policy of alchool consuming reductions, are looking toward the eastern countries especially Georgia and Armenia to produce a more interesting product.
Qvevri (kvevri) wine making is a traditional wine making process used in Georgia. What is unique to this wine making process is the use of a large earthen ware vessel (qvevri) in which the wine is made. Basically this natural wine making process involves the use of large clay pots, lined with beeswax that is buried in the ground. Similar is the process still used in monasteries in Armenia, where the need of having wine for religious needs has preserved the most ancient process of wine making.
The qvevri wine-making method, the most cherished cultural treasure of Georgia, has been nominated to be included in UNESCO’s list celebrating the world's Intangible Cultural Heritage (ICH).

Italians have intercepted this world's growing phenomenon of wineries adopting "more natural" process in wine making and nowadays there are a large number of wineries following Gravner (with its "Amphora" Ribolla Gialla) the pioneer of this (partial) conversion.

It is not a surprise to see, nowadays, producers involving scientists and historians to re-propose the ancient romans process in wine making, especially because, already in those times, the method was an evolution and maybe an amelioration of the eastern one.

Penelope's curator insight, August 24, 2013 3:48 PM

 

Italian historians are heading back to 2,000-year-old Roman texts to pull out knowledge of wine-making from the ancients. Why? They are attempting to reproduce the same type of wine guzzled by the emperors, legionaries and plebeians of the empire.

 

They will be using the same tools, but no machinery, no pesticides, and tying up the vines with strips of cane and twists of wood from broom bushes as Roman farmers once did.

 

The scientists have established a vineyard at Mascali, near Catania in Sicily. The wine will be organic and they are using little known grapes such as Nerello Mascalese, Visparola, Racinedda and Muscatedda. The varietals will be seven red and one white.

 

More power to them! This should produce one fine glass of wine.

 

***This review was written by Penelope Silvers for her curated content on "Storied Lives"***

 

The original article: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/europe/italy/10260333/Do-as-the-Romans-do-ancient-winemaking-techniques-revived.html

 

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