Pompeii’s Unearthed Stash of Ancient Charms and Amulets

When Pompeii met its sudden end more than 2,000 years ago, the city was buried with many treasures intact. With every archaeological dig there, remarkable insight into Roman life is revealed. A recent dig inside the House of the Garden unearthed the remains of 10 people and a collection of gems, beads, shells and amulets—once housed in a wooden box. There are phallic charms oftentimes …

Ancient Phallic Graffiti Wasn’t For Laughs

A very familiar symbol has been discovered near Hadrian’s Wall (aka Hadrian’s Wall) in Cumbria, England—only this one dates back to 207 AD. The penis-shaped drawing isn’t just juvenile scribbling, however. According to archeologists from Newcastle University, these images are common and used to adorn doorways, walls and jewelry during the Roman Era (753 BC to 476 AD) and symbolized good fortune—and power. “Phallus graffiti, …

Two Amateur Divers Accidentally Discover Roman-Era Treasure

While exploring a sunken ship in the ancient port of Caesarea, two amateur divers stumbled upon the largest trove of Roman-era artifacts in Israel in three decades. Bronze statues, lamps, jars, and thousands of coins featuring the faces of Constantine and Licinius were uncovered—some dating back to the fourth century AD. The treasure likely ended up down there after a storm wrecked a ship nearly …