When in Rome . . . (Archaeology)

Here’s a neat article from MSNBC on the recent discovery at Modena, Italy, of what appears to be the center of the Roman Empire’s lamp manufacturing. 

The article also included links to other similar ones on Roman archaeology, including the unearthing of the so-called “Gladiator Tomb” — actually, the tomb of a Roman general named Marcus Nonius Macrinus, upon whom Russell Crowe’s character in the film Gladiator is very loosely based. 

And here’s yet another about the discovery of a lost treasure trove of ancient Celtic coins, announced last month in Holland.

If you like archaeology and antiquities, Greensboro Public Library has a lot of recent books that may be of interest — though, as you might guess, our collection tends to focus more on general surveys or lay/popular works.

Some of our recent titles include:  Pompeii:  The Living City by Alex Butterworth and Ray Laurence (DVD);  The Cave of John the Baptist:  The Stunning Archaeological Discovery That Has Redefined Christian History by Shimon Gibson; Ghosts of Vesuvius:  A New Look at the Last Days of Pompeii, How Towers Fall, and Other Strange Connections by Charles Pellegrino; Titanic’s Last Secrets:  The Further Adventures of Shadow Divers John Chatterton and Richie Kohler by Brad Matsen; The Terra Cotta Army:  China’s First Emperor and the Birth of a Nation by John Man; Unholy Business:  A True Tale of Faith, Greed, and Forgery in the Holy Land by Nina Burleigh; The World Encyclopedia of Archaeology, chief consultant, Aedeen Cremin; The Invisible Sex:  Uncovering the True Roles of Women in Prehistory by J.M. Adovasio, Olga Soffer & Jake Page; Discovery!:  Unearthing the New Treasures of Archaeology, edited by Brian M. Fagan; The Horse, the Wheel, and Language:  How Bronze-Age Riders from the Eurasian Steppes Shaped the Modern World by David W. Anthony; Jamestown, the Buried Truth by William M. Kelso; The Tomb of Agamemnon by Cathy Gere; Britain in the Middle Ages:  An Archaeological History by Francis Pryor; and The Archaeology of Ancient Judea and Palestine by Ariel Lewin.

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  1. […] earlier post I mentioned another recent discovery, that of “the tomb of a Roman general named Marcus […]

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