Category: Classical antiquity

23. August 2019

Classical antiquity | Society

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The influential Camilli of Avenches

by Eva Carlevaro

What became of the Gallic tribes who continued to live in the territory of what is now Switzerland after the Roman conquest? Thanks to Roman inscriptions, we’re able to partly reconstruct the family tree of the Gallic Camilli family, who lived in Avenches around 2,000 years ago.

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20. June 2019

Protohistory | Nature

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Humans and dogs

by Alexander Rechsteiner

Inscriptions, grave finds and remains bear witness to the enduring relationship between humans and dogs, extending across millennia.

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5. June 2019

Middle Ages | Archaeology

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Pecunia (non) olet – Latrine archaeology: the dirty side of wealth

by Elias Flatscher

For some of today’s archaeologists, former toilets are not just informative, but also a veritable treasure trove – whether stinking or not.

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23. February 2018

Classical antiquity | Society

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Playing with bones

by Swiss National Museum

Games are as old as mankind itself. In ancient times, people used specially shaped bones as dice.

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24. July 2017

Classical antiquity | Series: counterfeit money

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A thousand-year-old business

by Christian Weiss

First part of the series on counterfeit money: Counterfeiters have been around for as long as money itself. Even back in the 7th century BC people tried to reproduce official coins. But criminal intentions are not always behind this.

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