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The remains of an ancient Greek cargo ship that sank more than 2,300 years ago have been uncovered with a deep-sea robot, archaeologists announced today.

The ship was carrying hundreds of ceramic jars of wine and olive oil and went down off Chios and the Oinoussai islands in the eastern Aegean Sea sometime around 350 B.C.

 Archeologists speculate that a fire or rough weather may have sunk the ship. The wreckage was found submerged beneath 200 feet (60 meters) of water.

 The researchers hope that the shipwreck will provide clues about the trade network that existed between the ancient Greek and their trading partners.




First new tomb discovered in the Valley of the Kings since the 1922 Tutankhamun discovery.

EDIT: sorry, werong link, I fixed it


Hellenistic tomb found in Pella!


--- Quote from: Robert_Brenchley on December 06, 2005, 02:25:01 am ---<<After the fall of the Roman Empire, the art of brick manufacturing was lost in most of Europe, surviving only in Italy itself. Central Europe didn't rediscover the skill until the 18th century and England until the 1100s .>>

I've a feeling that the art reached Britain in the late 1400's. There's a very early brick castle at Kirby Muxloe near Leicester which was abandoned half-built when its owner had his head amputated by Richard III, but I haven't come across anything earlier. But I could be wrong.

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Sorry, I have read this post but now. The art of brick making was known in Norther Germany, Polen, Scandinavia and the Baltic provinces from the beginning of the 12th century. A stile was created called 'Backsteingotik' something like 'Brick Gothic' which dominates the cities of the Hansa from Lübeck to Riga.

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I know it's before the time of coins, but it's interesting nevertheless....

This week's issue of Science (28 April 2006) carries two papers and a news story on the dating of early Aegean civilizations through radiocarbon. There has been a controversy (the story says) centering on the date of the eruption of Thera (modern Santorini) which may have been responsible for the destruction of Minoan civilization. (I think the tsunami angle is most likely myself -- imagine what an event like the recent Indonesian tsunami would have done to a bronze-age culture living on the shoreline.)

The controversy has been between those who would put the eruption of Thera in the 1600s BC, and those who would place it a century later in the 1500s. New radiocarbon dating puts the reuption within the 1627-1600 BC range. The Egyptologists, who favor the later dating, are not amused. They had tended to see the Minoan zenith as correlated with the New Kingdom zenith in the 1500s. The new dates suggest that the Minoan zenith may have been coincident with the less creative Hyksos culture in Egypt, thought to have been derived from Anatolia (where there was also some Minoan influence).


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