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Trio of infant planets discovered around newborn star

Two independent teams of astronomers have uncovered convincing evidence that three young planets are in orbit around an infant star known as HD 163296. Using a new planet-finding strategy, the astronomers identified three discrete disturbances in a young star’s gas-filled disk: the strongest evidence yet that newly formed planets are in orbit there. Artist impression of protoplanets forming around a …Continue reading →

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Organics on Ceres may be more abundant than originally thought

Last year, scientists with NASA’s Dawn mission announced the detection of organic material — carbon-based compounds that are necessary components for life — exposed in patches on the surface of the dwarf planet Ceres. Now, a new analysis of the Dawn data by Brown University researchers suggests those patches may contain a much higher abundance of organics than originally thought. …Continue reading →

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31 ancient Greek forts discovered in Italy’s Calabria

Over the passed year, Lino Licari, has been identifying the remains of a long series of fortifications (phrouria) of Magna Graecia that presided over the route from the important colony of Epizephyrian Locris – founded by the Lokrians of Greece at the beginning of the seventh century BC, to Medma (today’s Rosarno), a subcolony planted on the Tyrrhenian side towards …Continue reading →

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Capital of Vakataka dynasty excavated in India’s Nagpur

A team of city-based archaeologists from Deccan College has confirmed that the Vakataka dynasty ruled from its capital Nandivardhan, or the present day Nagardhan, a large village discovered near Ramtek taluka in Nagpur district. Since ancient times, the place has been of great significance to the dynasty that ruled during 250-550 CE. It is the same dynasty that built the …Continue reading →

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Lost Illyrian city of Bassania discovered in Albania

Polish archaeologists discovered over 2,000 years old lost city of Bassania in Albania. The fortress was probably destroyed by the Romans at the beginning of our era. Until now, its ruins were considered to be natural rocks. Credit: M. LemkeThe lost city was found unexpectedly in northwestern Albania, in the area of today`s Shkoder. According to the researchers, it is …Continue reading →

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New excavations started at the famous Heroon in Paestum

The excavations of the famous Heroon of Poseidonia have just begun in Paestum, a late Archaic monument located in the agora that was dedicated to the founder of the Greek city. The Heroon of Poseidonia [Credit: WikiCommons]The excavation, by students of the University of Naples “L’Orientale” enrolled in degree courses in archaeological disciplines, are directed by Fabrizio Pesando, coordinated by …Continue reading →

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Roman anchors recovered in Sardenia and Sicily

Two lead anchors dating back to the late Roman Republican era, between the first century BC and the second century AD, were recently discovered in the waters in front of Capo Sant’Elia in southern Sardinia. Roman anchor recovered by the Carabinieri off the coast of southern Sardinia [Credit: ANSA]The two 135 centimetre long lead anchors were detected at a depth …Continue reading →

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Greek wildfire reveals hoard of plundered antiquities

A brush fire in central Greece has helped authorities discover a hoard of illegally excavated antiquities. Credit: Hellenic PoliceThe Greek culture ministry said Friday that firefighters trying to extinguish the blaze found about 200 artifacts, some as much as 2,800 years old, in plastic bags hidden under bushes. Credit: Hellenic PoliceThe discovery was made Thursday in the countryside between the …Continue reading →

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Sixth century mosaic unearthed in Italy’s Galeata

The geometric polychrome mosaic dating back to the sixth century from the Theodoric era, located in Galeata in Pantano, has finally materialized in all its beauty. Credit: Il Resto del  CarlinoIn the light of the sunset the geometric patterns of the octagonal mosaic, in which, as the archaeologist Riccardo Villicich writes, who for years has been following the excavations of …Continue reading →

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Unique 800 year old tapestry from Norway gives insight into medieval times

About 800 years ago a group of women gathered in the village of Høylandet in northern Trøndelag County to embroider a long tapestry. They came from prosperous farms and high-status families that had enough resources to allow the women from the farm to embroider instead of contribute to the crop harvesting. The Virgin Mary proudly presents the infant Jesus to …Continue reading →

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