Dripsinum: a new old Roman city

Old and new at the same time: archaeologists shed light on a Roman settlement, whose location was previously unknown.

The site, known before just from literary sources, has been discovered by Paolo Visonà, a native of northern Italy and adjunct associate professor of art history at the UK School of Art and Visual Studies at the UK College of Fine Arts, and George Crothers, an associate professor of anthropology at the UK College of Arts and Sciences.

Let’s hear from their own voice something about this exciting discovery!

More general information can be found here, while here you can retrieve more details on the archaeological techniques.



Londinium…is back!

wood writing tablet
wood writing tablet 

Archaeologists of MOLA working in a waterlogged trench at the Bloomberg Place1  have recovered more than 10,000 objects from Roman London, including writing tablets (more than 100 fragments!), amber, a well with ritual deposits of pewter, coins and cow skulls, thousands of pieces of pottery, a unique piece of padded and stitched leather, and the largest collection of lucky charms in the shape of phalluses ever found on a single site.

To find more about this “Pompeii of the North”, as the site has been nicknamed, check these articles from the Guardian, The Indipendent , the Telegraph, the Journal.ie, and the news on BBC and the CNN.

An interview to  Sadie Watson (site director) by Erin McLaughlin clarifies the importance of this exciting discovery, broadcasted on April 10th.

For more information in Italian, a gallery of pictures related to findings and a video on that, take a look at the links from the Italian newspaper “Corriere della Sera”.  The news has had a wide echo in local newspapers, from North (Friuli) to South (Sicily: ViviEnna).

Once again…Romans are back! 🙂

  1. already known for the Temple of Mithras []