Sunday, December 17, 2017
Contact us    |    Advertise    |   Help   RSS icon Twitter icon Facebook icon
    Home  ·  News  ·  Forum  ·  Stories  ·  Image Gallery  ·  Columns  ·  Encyclopedia  ·  Videos
Find: in
This news story is archived which means that, while it is still available to view, the information contained within may be outdated and the original source site/link may no longer be viewable.

For the most recent stories, please visit either the site's home page or main news section.

Lost items reveal Roman bath activities

Posted on Monday, 8 April, 2013 | Comment icon 5 comments | News tip by: Still Waters


Image credit: CC 3.0 Elgaard

 
Roman artifacts recovered from the drains of public baths have revealed new insights in to their history.

To those who had access to them in ancient Rome, the baths were a place not just to wash but also to socialize with others in the community. Artifacts such as food remains and sewing needles recovered from these buildings have revealed that some of the people who went there engaged in activities aside from bathing. At one site archaeologists even found a scalpel lodged down a drain indicating that medical procedures may have been carried out there.

"For the Romans, the baths weren't just a place to get clean, but this larger social center where a variety of activities were taking place," said study researcher Alissa Whitmore.

"Ever go swimming with rings on your fingers or hoops in your ears only to find your jewelry had vanished after your dip? If so, you've got something in common with ancient Romans."

  View: Full article

 Source: Live Science


  Discuss: View comments (5)

   


 
Next story >>
 How close is doomsday ?

 
Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #1 Posted by Hilander on 7 April, 2013, 16:10
There was a lot of hanky panky going on in these baths too. So I imagine things were lost besides jewelry.
Comment icon #2 Posted by moonshadow60 on 8 April, 2013, 17:38
It's mind boggling that so much has survived for that long, in many cases before the time of Christ.
Comment icon #3 Posted by Lady Kasey on 8 April, 2013, 22:02
My first thought upon reading the title of this thread was.... did they find an ancient rubber ducky?
Comment icon #4 Posted by regeneratia on 8 April, 2013, 22:54
Wow, thank you for bringing this to my attention. I have apps that cover this kind of thing. Just been too busy.
Comment icon #5 Posted by highdesert50 on 9 April, 2013, 0:59
It seems as though these baths were an important part of hygiene and socializing. I suppose the powers in control change, but one would think that these baths would have proliferated rather than diminished in popularity over time.


Please Login or Register to post a comment.


  On the forums
Forum posts:
Forum topics:
Members:

6056422
259822
171729

 
Footage of US nuclear tests published online
12-16-2017
The 62 newly declassified videos show nuclear bomb experiments being conducted between 1945 and 1962.
'Extinct' mammal found alive in Australia
12-16-2017
The crest-tailed mulgara - a small carnivorous marsupial - was thought to have died out a century ago.
Glowing trees could replace street lights
12-16-2017
By embedding nanoparticles in leaves, scientists at MIT have created plants that glow in the dark.
Hurricane Harvey dropped 127bn tons of rain
12-15-2017
Scientists have managed to weigh how much water fell on Texas during the hurricane back in August.
Other news in this category
Mummy discovered in unexplored Luxor tomb
Posted 12-10-2017 | 19 comments
Archaeologists have uncovered an unidentified mummy within a previously unexplored tomb near Luxor, Egypt....
 
'Santa's bone' dates back to time of St. Nick
Posted 12-6-2017 | 6 comments
Scientists have radiocarbon dated a small fragment of bone that may have belonged to Saint Nicholas....
 
How did the Indus thrive without rivers ?
Posted 12-4-2017 | 2 comments
The ancient Indus civilization had a novel solution to the lack of flowing water near its many villages....
 
Neolithic women were stronger than athletes
Posted 11-30-2017 | 27 comments
The arms of women who lived 7,000 years ago were stronger than those of today's elite Olympic rowers....
 
Tomb of Jesus is much older than thought
Posted 11-29-2017 | 9 comments
The Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem is now thought to date back more than 1,700 years....
 
Buddha's cremated remains found in China
Posted 11-15-2017 | 10 comments
A ceramic box thought to contain the remains of Buddha himself has been discovered in Jingchuan County....
 
Rare 17th-century map of Australia resurfaces
Posted 11-7-2017 | 13 comments
The incredibly rare map, of which only a few are known to exist, has reappeared after 350 years....
 
Could the island city of Nan Madol be Atlantis?
Posted 11-6-2017 | 58 comments
Built on an island in the middle of the Pacific, this mysterious ancient city remains a modern-day enigma....
 

 View: More news in this category
 
Top   |  Home   |   Forum   |   News   |   Image Gallery   |  Columns   |   Encyclopedia   |   Videos   |   Polls
UM-X 10.7 Unexplained-Mysteries.com 2001-2017
Privacy Policy and Disclaimer   |   Cookies   |   Advertise   |   Contact   |   Help/FAQ