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tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus
'Gladiator' tomb is found in Rome
(Oct 18, 2008)

The tomb of a general thought to have been an inspiration for the main character in the Oscar-winning film Gladiator has been unearthed in Rome. The tomb of Marcus Nonius Macrinus is one of a number of recent archaeological discoveries in the city. Marcus Nonius Macrinus was a favourite of Emperor Marcus Aurelius, helping him achieve major victories in Europe.

Read more. Source: BBC

Dig pinpoints Stonehenge origins
(Sep 22, 2008)

Archaeologists have pinpointed the construction of Stonehenge to 2300 BC – a key step to discovering how and why the mysterious edifice was built. The radiocarbon date is said to be the most accurate yet and means the ring's original bluestones were put up 300 years later than previously thought. The dating is the major finding from an excavation inside the henge by Profs Tim Darvill and Geoff Wainwright.

Read more. Source: BBC


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