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‘Lamborghini’ of Chariots, Shipwreck Love Letters and More Unearthed Secrets for March

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A roundup of Secrets in the News for March 2021.


2,000-year-old chariot unearthed at Pompeii

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Live Science: An ornate four-wheeled chariot of iron, bronze and wood that archaeologists think was drawn by a team of horses in processions through Pompeii almost 2,000 years ago has been unearthed during excavations of a wealthy Roman villa just north of the ancient city’s walls…[read more]

 

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The New York Times: “Imagine that I have my lips tight against yours with my arms around you tight … hearts beating as one,” a serviceman stationed in India told his beloved, Iris, in 1941. That impassioned prose comes from a World War II-era love letter — one of the more than 700 letters found aboard the shipwrecked S.S. Gairsoppa that conservators are working to piece together…[read more]

 

Amateur Treasure Hunter Finds Trove of 1,000-Year-Old Viking Jewelry

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Smithsonian: Last December, retired police officer and metal detecting enthusiast Kath Giles made a stunning discovery while exploring a tract of private land on the Isle of Man: a trove of 1,000-year-old Viking jewelry. As Tobi Thomas reports for the Guardian, the cache includes a gold arm ring, a large silver brooch, a silver armband and a number of other artifacts dated to around 950 A.D…[read more]

 

World’s oldest ‘pet cemetery’ discovered in ancient Egypt

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LiveScience: Archaeologists in Egypt have discovered the oldest pet cemetery on record — a nearly 2,000-year-old burial ground filled with well-loved animals, including the remains of cats and monkeys still wearing collars stringed with shell, glass and stone beads, a new study finds…[read more]

 

Ancient woman may have been powerful European leader, 4,000-year-old treasure suggests

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National Geographic: A trove of ornate jewelry, including a silver diadem, suggest a woman buried nearly 4,000 years ago in what is modern-day Spain was a ruler of surrounding lands who may have commanded the might of a state, according to a study published today in the journal Antiquity. The discoveries raise new questions about the role of women in early Bronze Age Europe, and challenge the idea that state power is almost exclusively a product of male-dominated societies, say the researchers…[read more]