Nero Tyrannus: The Physiological and Psychosomatic Causes of His Tyrannical Legacy

Gold coin showing facing busts of Nero and Agrippina / Wikimedia Commons By Amanda Gardner / 11.02.2015 University of Colorado, Boulder Undergraduate thesis defended Fall 2015 Evidence from the Rubble Tiberius Claudius Nero Caesar was born Lucius Domitius Ahenobarbus in 37 AD. He was the adopted son of Claudius and biological son of Agrippina. Many[…]

Archaeologists Discover Early Iron Age, Late Roman Settlement with Bi-Ritual Necropolis

A large Late Roman settlement near Bulgaria’s Moshtanets, which was also inhabited earlier, ca. 1,000 BC, has been excavated for several months. Photo: Blagoevgrad Regional Museum of History By Ivan Dikov / 11.23.2017 Archaeology in Bulgaria A large settlement which was inhabited during the Early Iron Age (ca. 1,000 BC), possibly by Ancient Thracians, and then[…]

The Struggle to Protect a Tree at the Heart of Hopi Culture

To Hopi traditionalists—Hopis who practice traditional culture—the humble one-seed juniper tree has deep cultural meaning. / Photo by Mark Sykes In the American Southwest, the loss of juniper trees at the hands of mining and development could cost the Hopi a crucial part of their heritage.    By Stewart B. Koyiyumptewa (left) and Dr. Chip Colwell[…]

Our Earliest Technology?

Handaxe, lower paleolithic, about 1.8 million years old, hard green volcanic lava (phonolite), 23.8 x 10 cm, found at Olduvai Gorge, Tanzania, Africa © The Trustees of the British Museum By the British Museum / 06.25.2016 Made nearly two million years ago, stone tools such as this are the first known technological invention. This chopping tool and others[…]

A Brief Introduction to Paleolithic Art

Replica of the painting from the Chauvet-Pont-d’Arc Cave in southern France (Anthropos museum, Brno)    By Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker / 08.08.2015 Harris: Founder and Executive Editor of Smarthistory, CUNY Graduate Center Zucker:  Founder and Executive Editor of Smarthistory, CUNY Graduate Center The oldest art: ornamentation Humans make art. We do this[…]