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recent stories from the world of ancient art and archaeology

SkullGladiator School in Carnuntum

With the ever-increasing costs involved in excavation, ground probing radar is often used to make preliminary surveys of sites. In many cases the resulting information is open to debate, as walls can be difficult to interpret without finds that make the purpose of the structure clear. However, there are some structures where their location and particular features are so clear that little interpretation is required. Such is the case for gladiators' training and living quarters next to the amphitheatre of the ancient Roman city of Carnuntum. In form the structure compares to the Colosseum and the Ludus Magnus (linked to the Colosseum by an underground passage) in Rome. To date no excavations have taken place, but using surviving Roman structures as a guide, the general outlines of the site can be reconstructed.

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Pompeii comes to Paris

The Musée Maillol in Paris is currently hosting a new exhibition, aimed at recreating the experience of visiting a wealthy home in ancient Pompeii, which will highlight the extraordinarily modern feel of the 2,000-year-old dwellings. In Pompeii – A Way of Life the Pompeiian house is brought to life through a tour of its tr

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aditional rooms and garden. Each room is decorated with frescoes and art works, including 200 original objects excavated from Pompeii and other sites around Vesuvius, on loan from Italy.

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The Witching Hour approaches

Abundant textual evidence in the medieval and post-medieval period attests to the practice of witchcraft. Perhaps the most celebrated case is the Salem Witchcraft Trials of 1692. Archaeological evidence pertaining to witchcraft is understandably thinner on the ground than historical testimony given its secretive practice. A recent discovery in Tuscany may alter this perspective.

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More on the Persepolis Tablets

As reported in Minerva May/June 2011, the fate of the Persepolis tablets has now been decided  in one US state. On 15 September 2011 the case Rubin v The Islamic Republic of Iran clarified the issue of what could be seized under the Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act and the Terrorism Risk Insurance Act.

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Return of hoplitesEthics and Egyptology

This year's annual meeting of the International Committee for Egyptology (CIPEG), held in September in Poznan, Poland, coincided with the installation of a small, but important, display of Egyptian and Sudanese antiquities at the local Archaeological Museum. Central to the new exhibition is an obelisk of Ramses II, on loan from the Agyptisches Museum, Berlin, and delegates were treated to an introduction to the obelisk from Dietrich Wildung, former Director of the Agyptisches Museum.

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Roman coinNew Ancient Egypt and Nubia Galleries at the Ashmolean Museum

On Saturday 26 November the new Ancient Egypt and Nubia (modern Sudan) will open at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford. Building on the success of the museum's new extension, which opened in 2009, this second phase of major redevelopment will re-display its world-renowned Egyptian collections and exhibit objects that have been in storage for decades; more than doubling the number of mummies and painted coffins on display. The new galleries will take visitors on a chronological journey covering more than 5,000 years of human occupation of the Nile Valley.

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