A recently analyzed vase is the only representation of an actual gladiatorial contest in Roman Britain. The location of the event remained a mystery until recently, but according to research by archaeologists from several British universities, the two gladiators probably fought near a town in what is now eastern Essex.
During the Mesozoic, marine reptiles known as ichthyosaurs dominated the oceans for approximately 160 million years. At the beginning of the 19th century, curiosity over their peculiar fossils led to the development of paleontology.
Early farming in Scotland was less stinky than elsewhere, according to new research, because they did not need to use manure to fertilize their fields, unlike their counterparts in the British Isles and on mainland Europe.