This Week In History News, Oct. 11 – 17

Published October 16, 2020

Coin celebrating Julius Caesar's death uncovered, ancient Siberian warrior couple unearthed, stolen Pompeii artifacts returned.

Experts Uncovered A 2,000-Year-Old Coin Minted In Celebration Of Julius Caesar’s Assassination

Front And Back Of Caesar Coin

Numismatic Guaranty CorporationThe back (left) and front of the 2,000-year-old going minted in honor of Julius Caesar’s murder.

During a meeting of the Roman Senate on March 15, 44 B.C., a pack of senators slashed Julius Caesar 23 times until he lay dead and bloodied on the chamber floor. Soon after, his killers minted a special series of gold coins to celebrate his demise and claim their victory in taking over Rome.

Now, experts have uncovered one of these extremely rare, 2,000-year-old coins. Learn more about the coin soon set to fetch millions at auction here.

Remains Of Warrior Couple, Older Woman, And Newborn Found In 2,500-Year-Old Siberian Grave

Scythian Tagarian Warrior

Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of SciencesThe grave contained a couple in their 30s or 40s, an older women in her 60s, and a month-old infant.

Archaeologists in Siberia have discovered a 2,500-year-old grave containing the remains of four people from the ancient Tagar culture. The burial was littered with weapons and artifacts and held the skeletons of two warriors, one older woman — and a month-old infant.

The experts from the Siberian Branch of the Russian Academy of Sciences have yet to determine a clear cause of death. They’re currently theorizing that illness may have sealed the fate of these Scythian warriors, while the uncovered artifacts are just as intriguing.

Dig deeper in this report.

Woman Returns Artifacts Stolen From Pompeii, Claiming The ‘Cursed’ Items Gave Her Cancer

Ruins Of Pompeii

Wikimedia CommonsA woman who stole a bounty of artifacts from Pompeii mailed them back to a travel agent, along with a confession claiming that they brought her bad luck.

Pompeii is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Italy. It is also, apparently, a popular target for archaeological theft.

A travel agent in the city received an unexpected package containing a number of artifacts that had been stolen from the site of the ancient disaster.

The package came with a confession letter written by a tourist who took the artifacts illegally after visiting Pompeii 15 years ago.

Read on here.

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