Coin Hoards of the Roman Republic Online

This one’s been hitting all my social media sources and a few lists as well … here’s a description from the page:

Coin hoards of the Roman Republic Online (CHRR Online) is a database of Roman Republican coin hoards mainly from the period 155 BC to AD 2. This database began life as a personal research database constructed by Kris Lockyear using a combination of published data and Michael Crawford’s personal archive now housed in the British Museum. The online database, which utilises the Numishare application developed by Ethan Gruber, is a joint project between Kris Lockyear (Institute of Archaeology, University College London) and the American Numismatic Society. Project coordination provided by Rick Witschonke of the ANS. […]

Check it out: Coin hoards of the Roman Republic Online

Honourary Pillar from Sagalassos

The incipit of a Hurriyet piece:

The latest excavations at the ancient city of Sagalassos, in the southwestern province of Burdur’s Ağlasun district, have uncovered the fourth “honorary pillar” of the city’s agora. “They started the 2013 excavation season two weeks ago and the hamam, city mansion, library and neighborhoods have been revealed,” said Sagalassos ancient city excavation vice president and architect Ebru Torun.

The president of the excavations, Professor Marc Waelkens, is from Belgium’s Leuven University. Waelkens’s team consists of 80 people. “There are many different people in the excavation team such as architects, archeologists, geophysicist and many more. These excavations address all kinds of sciences,” added Torun. There are scientists from Belgium, Turkish, Sri Lanka, US and Slovenia participating in excavation works.

The fourth pillar revealed

Torun said one of the most important developments of this year’s excavation was finding the fourth pillar of the agora. The pillar is 12 meters long and the sculpture part of the pillar has been unearthed. “We had found the other three honorary pillars before, now we are working on them to erect them. We were wondering about the fourth pillar and we have found it in a very good condition,” Torun explained.

The pillar has many special features and belongs to the first century B.C.. Noting that they had learnt the writings and the patterns on the pillar and their origin, Torun said, “In each corner of Agora there are sculptures of people that build the agora. This pillar is the fourth of them. These pillars are constructed by the famous people of the city.”

Torun also said that in 2010 the Antonin fountain was the most important find of Sagalasos and that they were currently working to reconstruct the agora a whole. “We want to finish the works in the north of the area and we want to finish the restoration of the agora next year,” added Torun.

Experts have also uncovered traces of Ottoman settlements at the Sagalassos ancient city, in the western town of Ağlasun.

Burdur Provincial Director of Culture and Tourism Mehmet Tanır said July 17 in a written statement that the interesting findings had revealed that the ancient city was abandoned after the 13th century. He said that during the excavations in the upper part of the old Ağlasun-Isparta highway structures, ceramics and metal tools from the Ottoman period had been found. “These findings show that settlement existed at Sagalassos in the Ottoman period and continued until the 18th century. This brings a new dimension to the ancient city.” […]

A few months ago, Carole Raddato — of Following Hadrian fame —  had a nice two-part feature on her trip to Sagalassos, with plenty of photos:

… and, of course, Sagalassos is one of Archaeology Magazine’s Interactive digs with plenty of info on a decade or so of digging: City in the Clouds. For the most recent info, check out the Sagalassos Archaeological Research Project page …

Roman Temple Find in Maryport

From a Newcastle/Hadrian’s Wall Heritage press release:

An archaeological excavation team, led by Newcastle University’s Professor Ian Haynes, has identified the most north western classical temple in the Roman world.

This is the third year of a five year programme of excavation commissioned by the Senhouse Museum Trust with in-kind support from Newcastle University and the permission of the landowners the Hadrian’s Wall Trust.

Remains of a building adjacent to the Roman fort and civilian settlement at the site were discovered in the 1880s by local amateur archaeologist Joseph Robinson. The excavation this year has confirmed the building was a Roman temple from the second century AD, and information from the position of fallen roof stones is allowing a reconstruction image to be drawn. The building is calculated to have been 8.4 metres high to the tip of the roof.

Professor Haynes (pictured) said: “We can confirm the stone building first uncovered in the 1880s was a temple from its shape, characteristically rectangular with an apse at the southern end. Foundations for columns at the entrance at the northern end of the building have also been identified.

“It is the north-western most classical temple in the Roman world.

“There is also what looks like a Roman military ditch beneath the temple which indicates an earlier phase of Roman presence at the site.

“In the area just outside the temple Joseph Robinson found material directly comparable to the cache of altars found by Humphrey Senhouse in the 1870s 100 metres further north. From our previous excavations here we know these altars were re-used in the foundations of a large timber building, having been moved from their original position. Part of the Temples project is establishing where they were placed originally and it’s something we’ll be looking at again when we come back next year.”

The site team includes fellow dig leader Tony Wilmott, supervisors Dan Garner and David Maron, community archaeologist Hannah Flint and environmental archaeologist Don O’Meara with a group of other experienced excavators, working alongside archaeology students and volunteers.

Rachel Newman of the Senhouse Museum Trust said: “We’d like to thank everyone for their commitment and hard work again this year, particularly our volunteers who have given so much of their time to the excavation and as guides to the site. We’d also like to thank the Hadrian’s Wall Trust for permission to dig here.

“Work certainly doesn’t stop when the excavation team leaves Maryport. Indeed, in many ways, the hard work begins then, as all the records made on site during the excavation need to be studied to understand in detail the way the site developed and individual structures were built. Finds also have to be cleaned and conserved, and then studied, and a report written.

“Lectures here at the Senhouse Roman Museum will be given throughout the year to allow both the public and other archaeologists to hear about the exciting findings.”

Nigel Mills, director of world heritage and access for the Hadrian’s Wall Trust said: “The fort and civilian settlement at Maryport were a significant element of the coastal defences lining the north western boundary of the Roman Empire for more than 300 years. They are also part of the world heritage site.

“As this year’s excavation season for the Roman Temples project closes, we’re preparing for a separate and complementary excavation exploring the civilian settlement adjacent to the fort and the temple area. The Roman Settlement project is due to start on site in August, subject to scheduled monument consent.”

The excavations are an important step towards the establishment of a long-term programme of archaeological research at Maryport, which is a key element in the development of the proposed Roman Maryport heritage and visitor attraction being taken forward in partnership by the Hadrian’s Wall Trust and the Senhouse Museum Trust.

The 23 Roman altars dedicated to Jupiter and other Roman gods by the commanders of the Maryport fort provide information of international importance for the study of the Roman army and its religious practices. In some cases the career histories of the commanders can be established from the inscriptions on the altars, tracing their movements across the Roman Empire as they moved from posting to posting. The altars are now part of the display in the Senhouse Roman Museum.

I know I have some more Maryport news lurking in my mailbox … we’ll get to it.

Myndos Excavations

A somewhat vague and chronically-challenged item from Hurriyet … excerpts:

The ancient city Myndos has been unearthed in on Tavşan (Rabbit) Island in the district of Bodrum. The excavations, which lasted for four years finally revealed some important artifacts and monuments. As a result of the excavations, the King’s Road, churches from the Christian era and storage houses have been revealed.

Archaeologists also found stone tablets that had Myndos written on them. The Roman Emperor Marcus Ulpius Nerva Traianus’ thousand-year-old temples were also uncovered. The excavations also revealed tombs that date back to the early years of Christianity.

The excavations were conducted by Professor Mustafa Şahin of Uludağ University’s archaeology department. The island is close to the shore, and tourists can walk through 50 to 70 meters of shallow water to reach the island.

A temple of Roman Emperor Traianus, who lived between 53 and 117 A.D., was among the discoveries.

The ancient city has been taken under protection. The excavation work is expected to end within two years, and an archaeopark will be opened on Rabbit Island.

In case you were wondering about the rabbits:

As part of a project titled “Rabbits and history will live,” Rabbit Island also got its rabbits back. The fauna and the environmental conditions of the island are suitable for rabbits. In the past there were many rabbits, and with this new project rabbits have been returned to the island. As part of the project, five rabbits have been placed on the island.

… and even more interesting

“The island, which took its name from rabbits and has a 2,500-year history, lost its rabbits because of the excavations. The rabbits that had been sent to Bodrum have been brought back again,” Gümüşlük Mayor Tire said. […]

That said, it seems odd that they don’t mention a theatre, which was found a couple of summers ago (and which I don’t seem to have mentioned at rogueclassicism because the report was so brief: Ancient theatre discovered in Turkey’s Bodrum)