This Week In History News, Nov. 14 – 20

Published November 19, 2021
Updated November 22, 2021

Roman coin hoard found in Germany, lost sun temple unearthed in Egypt, ancient statue heads discovered in Turkey.

Mysterious Hoard Of Rare Roman Coins Found Scattered In A River Bed In Germany

Cache Of Ancient Roman Silver Coins

Andreas Brücklmair/Kunstsammlungen & MuseenThis haul of 5,500 silver coins is believed to have been buried in what is now Augsburg, Germany sometime in the third century A.D.

Excavators preparing to build a housing complex in southern Germany have stumbled upon an unprecedented cache of some 5,500 Roman coins dating back approximately 2,000 years. While experts are baffled as to how such a large haul was found simply scattered in a river bed, they suspect that the coins were washed away in a flood some 1,500 years ago.

Now, experts are working to preserve this haul and will soon put it on display for the viewing public. See more from this astounding discovery here.

Lost Sun Temple From 4,500 Years Ago Discovered In Egypt — Beneath A Newer One

Sun Temple

Chanel Wheeler/Wikimedia CommonsThe sun temple of the Egyptian pharaoh Nyuserra covered a much older one.

Thousands of years ago, a great pharaoh in Egypt ordered the construction of a sun temple. But the sands of time — and the political will of his successors — buried it in the desert. Now, archaeologists say they’ve found his “lost” sun temple hidden beneath a more recent one.

Archaeologists from the University of Naples L’Orientale and the Polish Academy of Sciences came across the temple in Abu Ghurab, some 12 miles south of Cairo. They suspect that the temple dates back to the mid-25th century B.C.

Dig deeper in this report.

Roman-Era Bone Workshop And Statue Heads Discovered In Turkey’s Ancient City Of Aizanoi

Tools Excavated In Aizanoi

Kütahya Dumlupinar UniversitySome of the tools made from thousands of bone fragments discovered at Aizanoi’s ancient workshop.

The Ancient Greek city of Aizanoi in what’s now western Turkey has long proven itself an archaeological treasure trove. From one of the best-preserved temples to Zeus and a theater-stadium complex to statues of Greek deities, Aizanoi is invaluable. Most recently, it yielded two Roman-era workshops and statue heads that shed new light on life in the ancient city.

Read on here.

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