Archaeologists excavating a 2,300 year old ship, located in the “Bay of Pirates,” are hoping to shed light on naval war tactics during the Punic Wars (the wars between Rome and Carthage). The Romans, who detested the water, are reported to have built their ships with a rostrum, a type of ‘beak’ that was used to ram the enemy.
Carbon dating has placed the sinking of the ship at approximately 260 BCE, during the first Punic War. They shave published their findings in this month’s Analytical Chemistry. If you do not have a subscription to the journal, read the summary at Science Daily.
Researchers recently rediscovered some leather trappings in a drawer at the Egyptian Museum at Cairo. Scholars hope that the remarkably preserved find will help to further our understanding of the machinations of Egyptian War Chariots.
“The trappings should help us to understand more about chariot construction and use, which in turn will be important for our knowledge of ancient Egyptian warfare and elite display,” Susan Harris
Archaeologists working in Ecuador have recently presented their findings concerning Incan fortresses during the time of the Spanish invasion. The team identified more than 20 fortresses and 2 forts built in Ecuador during the height of the Incan Empire. These findings lend credence to the stories relayed by Conquistadors about the power and mobility of the Incan Armies.
The fortified structures displayed preparation for assault, long-term investment, and violent death. To learn more about these findings, read the article presented on FoxNews.