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Friday, October 12
Archaeologists from the Spanish National Research Council claim to have found a concrete structure marking the spot where Julius Caesar was stabbed on March 14, 44 B.C. The structure is located at the Curia of Pompey, the spot where classical tests record the assassination taking place. It may have been erected as a memorial to the fallen leader.
Sections of Camp Lawton’s stockade wall have been found at Magnolia Springs State Park in Georgia. More than 10,000 Union soldiers had been imprisoned at the camp, which was one of the largest prisoner of war camps of the Civil War. Archaeologists used a number of different technologies, including ground penetrating radar and magnetometry, to locate the walls. They also recovered timbers that may have been part of the stockade from Magnolia Spring.
The Pyramid of Khafre and six tombs have been reopened after a long restoration project, as part of the continuing effort of government officials to reassure tourists that Egypt is safe to visit. Tourism had dropped sharply after last year’s revolution, but western visitors are slowly beginning to return.
Border patrol agents on foot in the Patagonia Mountains discovered an intact pot and a rim of another pot estimated to be 1,000 years old. The agents notified the U.S. Forest Service. The pots have been recovered for study.
Here’s more information on the colonial-era wall paintings found beneath some plaster in a home in Guatemala. Farmer Lucas Asicona was renovating his home when he uncovered the murals, which depict Europeans performing the so-called “conquest dance,” beating drums and playing flutes. “We try to keep the kids away from it and keep people from touching it. [But] the house is very humid and some of the colors have been fading. The black has started to turn gray and some of the other colors have lost their shine, but we do what we can without any funding,” he said. A dozen other homes in the village could also contain Maya murals.
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