Ancient Merchant Ship raised from South China Sea

BBC News recently reported that Chinese archaeologists have raised a merchant ship, the Nanhai 1, which sank in the South China Sea 800 years ago, transporting a cargo of precious porcelain.

The ship will be stored underwater in a massive tank, in which the water temperature, pressure and other conditions will be identical to where it lay on the seabed, allowing visitors to watch as archaeologists uncover its secrets.

Cave of Romulus and Remus unearthed

Photo of the ceiling of the long-lost underground grotto with a white eagle, the symbol of the Roman empire, at its center.

According to a recent report on BBC News, a cave believed to be the Lupercal was found near the ruins of Emperor Augustus’ palace on the Palatine hill.

In this context, one might also start wondering about the possible link between the Lupercalia of ancient Rome and nowadays’ Valentine’s Day.