Life in litter: Mariana Castillo Deball’s remarkable Roman Rubbish | Art

When Mariana Castillo Deball was invited to create an exhibition responding to the Roman relics in London’s Mithraeum collection, it was its local quality and patchy treatment that first struck her. “It’s the opposite of the British Museum, where artefacts have been taken in suspicious circumstances from all over the world,” she says. “In Europe, […]

Hidden ancient Roman ‘Bridge of Nero’ emerges from the Tiber during severe drought

A severe drought in Italy has revealed an archaeological treasure in Rome: a bridge reportedly built by the Roman emperor Nero that is usually submerged under the waters of the Tiber River.  The dropping water levels of the Tiber, which according to Reuters (opens in new tab) is flowing at multi-year lows, have exposed the […]

Ancient sanctuary used by Roman soldiers nearly 2,000 years ago found in the Netherlands

One of the most extensive ancient Roman temple complexes in northern Europe, which includes sacrificial altars used by soldiers on a far frontier of the Roman Empire, has been unearthed in the Netherlands.  The first century A.D. site — known as a temple sanctuary — was located near the fork of the Rhine and Waal […]

Head of Hercules and other treasures found on Roman ‘Antikythera Mechanism’ shipwreck

The 2,000-year-old Roman shipwreck that carried the Antikythera Mechanism — a precise mechanical model of the sun, moon and planets — is giving up new treasures, including a marble head thought to depict the Greek and Roman demigod Hercules. Scientists and divers made the new discoveries after creating the first phases of a precise digital […]

Romans ventured deeper into Wales than thought, road discovery shows | Roman Britain

The awe-inspiring beauty of the Preseli Hills and the surrounding wild moorlands have long drawn visitors to north Pembrokeshire in Wales. Now an archaeologist has found evidence that even the Romans were drawn to the area, with the discovery of an ancient road showing they travelled farther west across Britain than previously thought. Dr Mark […]

Rutland’s Roman mosaics bring the Trojan Wars to life in the East Midlands | Natalie Haynes

Archaeologists always hope for a mosaic. Roman-British sites have yielded some remarkable treasures, from writing tablets at Vindolanda near Hadrian’s Wall to curse tablets at Bath, but there is something magical about seeing tesserae – the little coloured tiles of a mosaic – emerge from beneath the soil. And few have been more remarkable than […]