A chance find by an amateur metal detectorist has added to a long-running mystery of archaeology, as a fragment of an Ancient Roman dodecahedron has been found in the small town of Kortessem, in Belgium.  The piece, originally part of a dodecahedron measuring 5-6 centimeters (2–2.36 inches) in size, shows signs of having been repaired in the past,...

There appears to be a new painting by the Italian Renaissance great Raphael, and we have an unusual source to thank: facial recognition technology. Based on the close similarities of the face of the Madonna in the previously unattributed de Brécy Tondo and Raphael’s Sistine Madonna, a research team from the University of Nottingham and University o...

Italian archaeologists on Tuesday said they may never find the remains of the opening stretch of ancient Rome's first highway, the Appian Way, because underground water makes it impossible to dig deep enough to reach it. Appius Claudius Caecus, a magistrate, started the Appian Way in the 4th century BC. It was known in ancient times as the "regina...

What are the secrets of longevity among Perdasdefogu's centenarians? In the village in Ogliastra, Sardinia, which has twice entered the Guinness Book of Records for the highest number of centenarians and the longest-living family on the planet, the reasons for long life are being investigated. And they study that strength of the town whose name in...

While Italy is one of the most popular European countries to visit, it's also a fantastic destination to call home. With a wealth of historic and cultural landmarks (including a whopping 58 UNESCO World Heritage Sites), picture-perfect small towns, cosmopolitan cities, gorgeous beaches, towering mountains, and world-famous cuisine, the Bel Paese is...

A UNCW Associate Professor of Art History has been tapped to lead the studies of Roman-period pottery from the new excavations in the Athenian Agora. Doctor Nicholas Hudson will lead the studies of the Roman pottery found in the Agora of Athens in Greece. “Pottery is the most common archaeological artifact at ancient sites in the Mediterranean, whi...

On a sunny winter morning, the dog trainer Mario Fortebraccio slowly bends toward a line of potted olive trees and indicates it with his hand. Waiting for that signal, Paco, a three-year-old white Labrador, rushes through the row of plants with his head tilted, sniffing each pot at the root, the rhythm of his inhaling echoing through the greenhouse...

PAUL PEARSON HAS ALWAYS BEEN fascinated with ancient human history, even though his professional area of interest is more like earth science and paleoclimate. Pearson, of Cardiff University in the United Kingdom, has indulged his interest in the Roman Empire for a long time, and in March 2022 published The Roman Empire in Crisis, 248–260: When the...

ENEA researchers have developed a method to identify pure extra virgin olive oil through the traceability of the geographical origin of the olives based on the content of elements. The outcomes of the study were published in the open source journal ‘foods’. The study was conducted on thirty-seven samples of olives and leaves from eleven species of...

I felt like Indiana Jones exploring the Etruscan tumulus treasure tomb found in 1882 in Vetulonia and three others in succession down a country lane in Vetulonia in Tuscany... and I am a fully grown adult! On a warm June afternoon it was something wonderful to do in Maremma that had us all wondering what we would find next and got our heartbeats ra...