Herculaneum | ancient city, Italy | Britannica

Source: Herculaneum | ancient city, Italy | Britannica Herculaneum, ancient city of 4,000–5,000 inhabitants in Campania, Italy. It lay 5 miles (8 km) southeast of Naples, at the western base of Mount Vesuvius, and was destroyed—together with Pompeii, Torre Annunziata, and Stabiae—by the Vesuvius eruption of AD 79. The town of Ercolano (pop. [1995 est.] 59,695) now lies over part of the site. The excavations of Herculaneum and Pompeii in…

August 10 612 BC: Nineveh, the Largest City in the World, Fell | Ancient Origins

Source: August 10 612 BC: Nineveh, the Largest City in the World, Fell | Ancient Origins On this day, 2,632 years ago, the ancient metropolis of Nineveh fell. “ ABC 3 ” is a historiographical text from ancient Babylonia which records August 10th 612 BC as the date of this dramatic occurrence. At that time, Nineveh was the largest city in…

Ancient DNA may reveal origin of the Biblical Philistines

Source: Ancient DNA may reveal origin of the Biblical Philistines PUBLISHED JULY 3, 2019 The first-ever study of DNA recovered from an ancient Philistine site is providing a unique genetic insight into the origins of some of the most notorious troublemakers of the Old Testament. The authors of the Hebrew Bible made it clear that…