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DNA Evidence Of Malaria Found In Imperial-Era Skeletons In Southern Italy

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Portus was Rome's port city, and neighboring Ostia Antica was famously abandoned because of malaria in the 9th century AD. Of course, DNA testing ...
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Skeletal remains of an individual from Velia, Italy are shown. (Photo Credit: Luca Bondioli, Pigorini Museum) In today's issue of Current Biology, an international group of researchers has published some of the first direct DNA evidence of malaria in Imperial Italy. While the study did not find DNA of Plasmodium falciparum in skeletal remains near Rome, the discovery points to a way forward in our understanding of disease and death in the Roman Empire. The team, led by Stephanie Marciniak of McMaster University, investigated 58 skeletons in total from Isola Sacra (the cemetery associated with Portus Romae, about 25 km from Rome on the coast), Velia (a site in southwestern Italy), and Vagnari (in southeastern Italy). All date to the 1st-4...
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Island Monastery May Be Britain's First

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The wattle-and daub monastery buildings stood on a small island near the future site of Glastonbury Abbey, which dates to the seventh century.
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SOMERSET, ENGLAND—BBC News reports that radiocarbon dating of human remains unearthed earlier this year at Beckery Chapel revealed that they date to the fifth or early sixth century A.D. “It’s the earliest archaeological evidence we’ve got for monasticism,” said Richard Brunning of the South West Heritage Trust. The wattle-and daub monastery buildings stood on a small island near the future site of Glastonbury Abbey, which dates to the seventh century. In the 1960s, an excavation at Beckery Chapel unearthed 50 to 60 skeletons. Most of the burials contained the remains of adult males, but the bones of two young men, perhaps novice monks, and a woman’s skeleton, thought to have been a visitor, were also found. Further analysis of the bones...
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Dourdan lance une souscription en ligne pour rénover son église du XIIe siècle

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Dourdan is launching an online subscription to renovate his Church of the 12th century
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Le chantier de rénovation de l'église de Dourdan est estimé à 250 000 €. La commune lance une cagnotte sur Internet en espérant ainsi récupérer 50 ...
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The project of renovation of the Church of Dourdan is estimated at €250 000. The commune is launching a jackpot on the Internet hoping to recover 50...
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Florian Loisy (@florianloisy sur Twitter) Une grande première pour Dourdan. Afin de financer en partie la rénovation de l’église Saint-Germain l’Auxerrois, la municipalité vient de lancer une souscription en ligne. « Avec la raréfaction de l’argent public, on a souhaité diversifier les sources de financement et faire appel notamment au mécénat pour boucler le budget », commente le cabinet de la maire (PS) de Dourdan. L’objectif est de récolter 50 000 € sur les 250 000 € nécessaires au chantier. « On se donne jusqu’à fin 2017 », détaille Olivier Bouton, le 1er adjoint. Pour l’instant, 3 754 € ont été sur le site de la fondation du patrimoine qui héberge la cagnotte.Les travaux que la mairie souhaite entreprendre sont considérés comme « ur...
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THE remains of the earliest monastery in the British Isles have been unveiled in Somerset.

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... have shown it began in the 5th or early 6th Centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the 7th Century.
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THE remains of the earliest monastery in the British Isles have been unveiled in Somerset. Excavations at Beckery, near Glastonbury, and radiocarbon dating of bodies in the monastic cemetery have shown it began in the 5th or early 6th Centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the 7th Century. Run as a community training dig by the South West Heritage Trust, the excavation was part of the Avalon Marshes Landscape Partnership backed by a £1.8 million Heritage Lottery Fund grant. It re-investigated the site of a medieval chapel that was first excavated in the 1880s by John Morland and again in the 1960s by Philip Rahtz. The 1960s excavation uncovered an extensive cemetery of at least 50 bodies. Almost all w...
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Mysterious Danish fortress reveals 1000-year-old Viking toolbox!

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London: A mysterious, ring-shaped fortress in Denmark, thought to have been constructed under orders of the 10th-century Danish king Harald ...
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London: A mysterious, ring-shaped fortress in Denmark, thought to have been constructed under orders of the 10th-century Danish king Harald Bluetooth has revealed what it seemed to be hiding. Archaeologists have excavated a 1,000-year-old Viking toolbox, containing a set of extraordinary iron tools that may have been used to make ships, houses and jewellery. At least 14 iron tools from a gatehouse building of the fortress were unearthed during the excavation. Only traces remain of the wooden chest that once held the tools, researchers said. The tools may have belonged to a craftsman who occupied a workroom in the gatehouse until it collapsed in the late 10th century, they said. They identified several sophisticated hand tools and other m...
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New to streaming: Week of Dec. 6

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Medici: Masters of Florence: Season 1—NETFLIX ORIGINAL: A television drama series about the Medici dynasty, set in 15th century Florence, starring ...
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9:02 a.m. PST December 5, 2016Gael García Bernal stars in “Mozart in the Jungle.”(Photo: Amazon Streaming)Week of Dec. 6 OnDemandAuthor: The JT LeRoy Story: The story behind literary persona JT LeRoy, the fictional writer created by American author Laura Albert.Spa Night: A closeted Korean-American teenager struggles with his sexuality.It Watches: A house-sitting job turns spooky for a man recovering from an accident.Netflix Blue Jay: Former high school sweethearts (Mark Duplass and Sarah Paulson) reunite after 20 years.Homeland (Iraq Year Zero): Season : Chronicles life in Iraq before and after the U.S. invasion.Reggie Watts: Spatial—NETFLIX ORIGINAL: A stand-up comedy special.The Devil Dolls (2016): A serial killer’s soul is transferre...
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Medieval peepholes given special planning protection

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... street without being seen, the Muxrabija first appeared in Maltese architecture in the late Middle Ages, through cultural contact with the Arab world.
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A timber Muxrabija and one made from stone. A rare medieval architectural feature, a legacy of the island’s Arabic heritage, has been granted special protection by the Planning Authority. The PA has scheduled 36 historic buildings which include on their façade the Mediterranean Muxrabija, a window-like feature which originated in North Africa and the Middle East in the seventh century. Designed to cool the building interior by allowing the breeze to circulate through the trelliswork, as well as allowing women to look onto the street without being seen, the Muxrabija first appeared in Maltese architecture in the late Middle Ages, through cultural contact with the Arab world.  They were also used as a cooling device for water storage and a...
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Winter sun sets on historic seaside castle ruin

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A low winter sun turns the beach at the North Bay, Scarborough, into polished steel, as a well wrapped-up child makes her way across the sand ...
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A low winter sun turns the beach at the North Bay, Scarborough, into polished steel, as a well wrapped-up child makes her way across the sand between waves in late November. Scarborough Castle can be glimpsed in the distance in silhouette. The castle has a long history. It is known that forts have been built on the headland at Scarborough since at least 500BC but that a Roman tower occupied the present site in about AD4.Scarborough Castle stands on a huge promontory of rock that rises above the North Sea. The ruin dates from the 12th century and is dominated by the great tower, the centrepiece of a royal castle. It became one of the greatest royal fortresses in England and figured prominently in national events during the Middle Ages.The...
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Exposition : l'art des manuscrits islamiques à travers les collections de Leiden en Tunisie

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Exhibition: the art of Islamic manuscripts through the collections of Leiden in Tunisia
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C'est au cours de ces deux premières manifestations culturelles que 40 reproductions de manuscrits en langue arabe datant du VIII au IXe siècle ont ...
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It is during these first two cultural events 40 reproductions of manuscripts in Arabic dating from the EIGHTH to the ninth century were...
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« L’art des manuscrits islamiques à travers les collections de Leiden – beauté de l’Orient en reproductions. » Ainsi s’intitule l’exposition organisée par le royaume des Pays-Bas au Club Tahar Hadded à Tunis. Aujourd’hui à 19h se déroulera le vernissage privé de cette exposition au Club culturel Tahar Haddad dans la médina de Tunis. En collaboration avec l’université de Leiden aux Pays Bas, il sera mis à disposition des travaux de calligraphie, des illustrations issues de livres scientifiques, des miniatures, des dessins de décorations architecturales islamiques, des représentations illustrées de la Mecque et Médine, des textes poétiques et bien plus encore. L’université possède une collection de plus de 4000 manuscrits en langue arabe e...
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Somerset skeletons are oldest evidence of monks found in UK

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... burials continuing in the seventh to early ninth centuries. The monastic use of the site may have ended in the later ninth century when Somerset was ...
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Skeletons excavated at a site near Glastonbury are the oldest examples of monks ever found in the UK, carbon dating has proved. The remains, unearthed at the medieval Beckery chapel in Somerset, said to have been visited by legendary figures such as King Arthur and St Bridget, indicate a monastic cemetery dating back to the fifth or early sixth centuries AD, before Somerset was conquered by the Saxon kings of Wessex in the seventh century. Archaeologists first located an extensive cemetery of between 50 and 60 bodies during an excavation in the 1960s. The fact all were male – apart from one female, thought to have been a visitor, nun or patron, and two juveniles, who may have been novices – left little doubt this was a monastic graveyard...
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