Key to longevity of imperial Roman monuments
No visit to Rome is complete without a visit to the Pantheon, Trajan's Markets, the Colosseum, or the other spectacular examples of ancient Roman concrete monuments that have stood the test of time and the ...
Water's role in the rise and fall of the Roman Empire
Smart agricultural practices and an extensive grain-trade network enabled the Romans to thrive in the water-limited environment of the Mediterranean, a new study shows. But the stable food supply brought ...
Tombs with mythical carvings found in Chinese city that was once along the Silk Road
Laser from plane discovers Roman goldmines in Spain
Las Médulas in León is considered to be the largest opencast goldmine of the Roman Empire, but the search for this metal extended many kilometres further south-east to the Erica river valley. Thanks to ...
Anthropology unlocks clues about Roman gladiators' eating habits
Roman gladiators ate a mostly vegetarian diet and drank ashes after training as a tonic. These are the findings of anthropological investigations carried out on bones of warriors found during excavations ...
The changing landscape of religion
Religion is a key factor in demography, important for projections of future population growth as well as for other social indicators. A new journal, Yearbook of International Religious Demography, is the first to bring a quan ...
Roman road discovered on an archaeological dig shows pot hole repairs
(Phys.org) —The excavation at Ipplepen, run by the University of Exeter, is back on site following the discovery of a complex series of archaeological features thought to be part of the largest Romano-British ...
New archaeological find could shed light on late-Roman Britain
A unique archaeological find uncovered near the site of a Roman villa in Dorset could help to shed light on the rural elite of late-Roman Britain.
Sensors and satellites deployed to save Pompeii
Ground sensors and satellites will be deployed in a new bid to keep the ancient Roman city of Pompeii from crumbling following a series of recent collapses at the sprawling and long-neglected site near Naples.
Researcher looks underwater for history of the Roman Empire
Stanford scholar Justin Leidwanger spends a lot of time underwater. An assistant professor of classics, Leidwanger is a maritime archeologist. His research entails what it sounds like it would – exploring ...
Rain triggers latest collapse in ancient Pompeii
A section of wall around an ancient shop in Pompeii is the latest casualty of rain in one of Italy's most popular archaeological sites.
German researchers near certain remains are those of Charlemagne
Ancient traditions: Why we make New Year resolutions
As many of us start to think about our New Year's resolutions (or breaking them), we may not realise that the tradition of making promises on the first day of the year is a custom started by our Roman ancestors.
Roman 'Christmases' were similar to ours
When opening your presents or enjoying a night out this Christmas spare a quick thought for the Romans. We owe much of our festive fun to them.