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2017.08.17 | History and archaeology

Incredible Viking Ring Fortress Discovered In Denmark

We tend to think of the Vikings as a transient culture, riding the high seas, pillaging villages, and then making off with the spoils. Yet more and more evidence is being discovered that fundamentally changes this image of the Norse seafarers, with fortresses discovered in Denmark suggesting that there was far more to the Vikings than many have…

2017.08.17 | History and archaeology

Archaeologists finally know how old Denmark’s fifth Viking fortress is

A piece of well-preserved oak found close to the “Borgring” Viking fortress has provided a precise date for its earliest possible construction.

2017.08.17 | History and archaeology, Nature and technology

Antwerpen en Brussel één tot twee eeuwen ouder dan verwacht

Antwerpen en Brussel zijn mogelijk in één klap één tot twee eeuwen ouder geworden. Microscopisch onderzoek naar de zwarte laag van de steden heeft in ieder geval aangetoond dat Antwerpen al menselijke activiteit kende voor het jaar 900. In Brussel werden sporen van landbouw en veeteelt gevonden die dateren van voor de dertiende eeuw.

2017.08.16 | History and archaeology

Roman Change: Ancient Coins Reveal Rise of an Empire

Rome wasn't born big. Back before it blossomed into an empire that sprawled across 2.2 million square miles (5.7 million square kilometers), twice the size of modern-day Argentina, Rome was an up-and-coming force threatened by a formidable city-state: Carthage.

2017.08.16 | History and archaeology

Thousand-year-old Viking fortress reveals a technologically advanced society

When archaeologists uncovered four ancient ring-shaped fortresses in Denmark in the 1930s, the find profoundly changed the way they thought about the Vikings that built them. Rather than mindless marauders, Vikings in the Middle Ages must have been a complex, technologically advanced people to build these fortifications. Now, Danish archaeologists…

2017.08.15 | History and archaeology

The Newsroom

Radio broadcast on the BBC World Service on a coin find, co-authored by Assistant Professor Thomas Birch. Starts at 18:30.

2017.08.15 | History and archaeology

Ancient Earthquake Turned Mosaic Workshop into Time Capsule

An earthquake-toppled house in the ancient city of Jerash is providing archaeologists with clues on how artisans constructed mosaics during the eighth century.

2017.08.15 | History and archaeology

Early Islamic House Unearthed in Jordan

JERASH, JORDAN—Live Science reports that archaeologists have unearthed the remains of an extravagant early Islamic period house in the city of Jerash.

2017.08.14 | History and archaeology

This coin reveals when Rome became an empire

When did Rome become an empire? Its coins hold a clue. Rome controlled only territory in Italy until 209 B.C.E., when it gained command over the Iberian Peninsula—which includes Spain and Portugal—during the Second Punic War against Carthage.

2017.08.14 | History and archaeology, Nature and technology

Rome built on Spanish silver

In 215BC the Roman republic was on the cusp of becoming a footnote in the pages of history. Hannibal and his Carthaginians were rampaging around Italy after trouncing its forces at the battles of Trebia, Trasimene and Cannae. Its allies were deserting en masse. Many of its generals were dead.

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