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A brief history of goths – Dan Adams

The Goths were a Germanic people who were referred to as “barbarians” by the Romans, famous for sacking the city of Rome in A.D. 410, but who were they, really? And what do fans of atmospheric post-punk music have in common with the ancient barbarians? Not much … so why are both known as “goths”? …

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The World of Phrygian Gordion, Royal City of Midas

Speakers: Julian Siggers, Brian C. Rose, Charles Williams and Nicolo Marchetti. International scholars and archaeological excavation directors exploring Phrygian culture found at Gordion and other sites around Turkey come together for a scholarly conference funded by the Office of the Provost University of Pennsylvania Research Council, the Penn Museum. Gordion was the capital city of …

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Natural History Museum London: Clues to Britain’s own ancient Atlantis

A treasure trove of animal fossils found on a Norfolk beach by an amateur fossil collector could point scientists to the oldest undersea archaeological site in the world. Museum archaeologist Simon Parfitt discusses the finds with their discoverer Neil Bowman and explains how they reveal the presence of early humans around half a million years …

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Catherine Morgan: Why did early Greeks build temples?

Professor Catherine Morgan of the Australian Archaeological Institute at Athens (AAIA) delivers a public lecture at The Australian National University. Temples are nowadays taken for granted as essential features of Greek sanctuaries. Yet following the collapse of the Mycenaean palaces, the nature and function of buildings at cult sites varied greatly – and many sanctuaries …

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Brian Rose: Rome The Eternal City

From its founding more than 2,800 years ago, Rome has become known as an “eternal city” world-renowned for its architecture. Dr. C. Brian Rose, Curator-in-Charge of the Mediterranean Section at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology explores the history of this astounding city: Classical Rome, one of history’s most powerful civilizations. Rome …

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Barry Cunliffe: Who Were the Celts?

Published on Feb 4, 2014 Shallit Lecture given at BYU on March 17, 2008. The Celts living in the middle of Europe were the fearsome opponents of the Greeks and Romans and in c. 390 B.C. they actually besieged Rome. The classical writers have much to say about their warlike activities but where did they …

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