Vomitorium, small horse hoof found at Colchester Roman circus Jun24

Vomitorium, small ho...

By livius drusus A three-week excavation on the site of the Roman circus in Colchester, southeast England, has unearthed the remains of one of the circus’ passageways and the hoof bone of a small horse. The Colchester circus was built in the 2nd century A.D. as a venue for chariot...

Previously unknown daguerreotype of Sophia Thoreau gifted to museum Jun23

Previously unknown d...

By livius drusus The Concord Museum in Concord, Massachusetts, has an extensive collection of artifacts from Concord’s Native American, Colonial, Revolutionary and 19th century history. The town’s pivotal role in the opening salvos of the War of Independence, the Battles of...

Circulating Now Celebrates 20 Years of Harry Potter! Jun22

Circulating Now Cele...

By Circulating Now By Erika Mills ~ J. K. Rowling published Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, the debut novel in the seven-book series that became a pop culture phenomenon, on June 26, 1997. Over the past two decades, the exploits of the boy wizard and his friends have spawned...

A new look at an ancient Egyptian prosthetic toe Jun22

A new look at an anc...

By livius drusus One of the oldest prostheses ever found has been reexamined by experts at the University of Basel in Switzerland using state of the art technology and it is an even finer piece of medical equipment than previously realized. One of the oldest prosthetic devices known (its...

Late medieval longsword found in Polish peat bog Jun21

Late medieval longsw...

By livius drusus An intact late medieval longsword has been found in a peat bog in Poland. It was discovered in late May by excavator operator Wojciech Kot during drainage operations at the bog in the municipality of Mircze, 12 miles south of the town of Hrubieszów in southeastern Poland. The...

Escape to Iron Mountain Jun20

Escape to Iron Mount...

By Circulating Now By Sarah Eilers and James Labosier ~ Archival boxes in cool storage, 2017 At the National Library of Medicine (NLM), what you see is not all you can get. The library stores thousands of original film reels offsite, along with master videotapes, cabinets full of microfilm,...

Record-breaking 17th c. cabinet goes on display Jun20

Record-breaking 17th...

By livius drusus An ornate 17th century cabinet with the most aristocratic of lineages inlaid with pietre dure (hard stones) and festooned with gilded figurines has gone on display at the The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. The Getty bought the cabinet at a Sotheby’s auction in...

Major Islamic trade center found in Ethiopia Jun19

Major Islamic trade ...

By livius drusus Archaeologists excavating in Harlaa, eastern Ethiopia, have discovered the remains of a major Islamic city dating as far back as the 10th century. Local farmers have been finding archaeological remains and artifacts for years — pottery, coins, some from China, and masonry...

Baby dinobird found trapped in amber Jun18

Baby dinobird found ...

By livius drusus Researchers have discovered the remains of a baby avian dinosaur in a 99-million-year-old piece of Burmese amber. This is the most complete bird ever found trapped in amber, and it’s the most complete fossil of any kind found in Burmese amber. Its resinous coffin has...