Computer scientist cracks mysterious 'Copiale Cipher'
The manuscript seems straight out of fiction: a strange handwritten message in abstract symbols and Roman letters meticulously covering 105 yellowing pages, hidden in the depths of an academic archive.
Researcher uncovers secrets of Kells 'angels'
(PhysOrg.com) -- The Book of Kells and similarly illustrated manuscripts of seventh- and eighth-century England and Ireland are known for their entrancingly intricate artwork -- geometric designs so precise ...
Ancient Mayans Inspire Modern Fade Proof Dye
Physicists have created a dye that promises to last for a thousand years. The secret to this extraordinary durability? Its formula is based on a Mayan pigment, a brilliant blue color that survives to this ...
Archaeologists hail unique find in Albania
Archaeologists unearthed a Roman bust from the 2nd century AD hailed as the most important archaeological find of the last 50 years in Albania, experts said Friday.
Roman civilization travelled further than history books tell us
A University of Exeter archaeologists research has uncovered the largest Roman settlement ever found in Devon. The discovery could force us to rewrite the history of the Romans in Britain.
High-tech imaging reveals hidden past in ancient texts
(PhysOrg.com) -- It might simply look like a smudge, but even the slightest stain on the ancient writing surface of papyrus could obscure a revelation of a past civilization. Now, with the advent of high-tech imaging, some ...
Researchers solve Roman Empire historical mystery
In ancient Roman times A.D., Palmyra was the most important point along the trade route linking the east and west, reaching a population of 100 000 inhabitants. But its history has always been shrouded in ...
What the Romans learnt from Greek mathematics
Greek mathematics is considered one of the great intellectual achievements of antiquity. It has been decisive to the academic and cultural development of Western civilisation. The three Roman authors Varro, Cicero and Vitruvius ...
Unique Roman gladiator ruins unveiled in Austria
They lived in cells barely big enough to turn around in and usually fought until they died. This was the lot of those at a sensational scientific discovery unveiled Monday: The well-preserved ruins of a gladiator ...
Lead from a Roman ship to be used for hunting neutrinos
(PhysOrg.com) -- Italy's National Institute of Nuclear Physics, at its laboratories in Gran Sasso, has received 120 lead bricks from an ancient Roman ship that sunk off of the coast of Sardinia 2,000 years ago. The ship's ...
Climate flux matched Europe's social rise and fall
Ancient tree rings show links between climate change and major events in human history, like migrations, plagues and the rise and fall of empires, said a study this week in the journal Science.
Church unearthed in Israel may hold Zechariah tomb
Israeli archaeologists unveiled on Wednesday the remnants of a newly discovered Byzantine-era church they suspect is concealing the tomb of the biblical prophet Zechariah.
A new phase in reading photons: Photodetector beats the quantum limit by a factor of four
A new photodetector can cleanly discriminate among four states, not just the standard two states of binary logic.
Archaeologist Uncovers Evidence of Ancient Chemical Warfare
(PhysOrg.com) -- A researcher from the University of Leicester has identified what looks to be the oldest archaeological evidence for chemical warfare--from Roman times.