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RAMAINS OF A ROMAN FORT UNEARTHED

Derek Evans, of Cotswold Archaeology's Exeter office, said that the discovery is unexpected and the significance made it an interesting project

The remains of a Roman fort which have been discovered during excavation work at the site of Exeter Bus Station. The discovery was made by the Exeter Office of Cotswold Archaeology who are working with Kier Construction to record remains of the city's Roman history ahead of the construction of a new bus station and leisure complex

(FoxNews) – The remains of an ancient Roman fort dating back nearly 2,000
years have been unearthed underneath a bus station in southern England.

The fort, located in Exeter, is a “very important and completely unexpected”
find, according to city officials, who are working on redeveloping the area.

“This is a very important, and completely unexpected, discovery, in an area
that has been heavily changed by previous post war redevelopment," Exeter
City Council member Andrew Pye said in a
statement. "Along with other
recent work in Exeter, it demonstrates just how much of the city’s history
can still survive in unlikely places, despite damage caused by bombing
and modern concrete foundations."

Pottery fragments were dug up at the site as builders and archaeologists swept the area ahead of developments at the old bus station
Pottery fragments were dug up at the site as builders and archaeologists swept the area. Coins and fine tableware
were also found at the Devon site

The remains of a Roman fort have been unexpectedly discovered under Exeter Bus Station (pictured) in a completely unexpected discovery

The dig and findings were unearthed at the site of the Exeter bus station. Further excavations as part of the redevelopment of the area revealed the Roman fort

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SHIP WRECK FOUND ON THIS DAY IN 1985

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Seventy-three years after it sunk to the floor in the North Atlantic ocean, a
joint U.S. French expedition, led by Dr. Robert Ballard and Dr. Jean-Louis 
Michel, located the wreck of the RMS
Titanic. The sunken liner is located
963 miles northeast of New York and 453 miles southeast of the coast of
Newfoundland


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From left: Dr. Robert Ballard and Jean Louise Michel.

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York Times shows its April 16, 1912 front page coverage of the
Titanic disaster.

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BODY DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1962

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Marilyn Monroe (Norma Jeane Mortenson)
(June 1, 1926 – August 4, 1962

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SETTLEMENT DISCOVERED ON THIS DAY IN 1911

On July 24, 1911, American archeologist Hiram Bingham gets his first look
at
Machu Picchu, an ancient Inca settlement in Peru that is now one of the
world’s top tourist destinations.

Tucked away in the rocky countryside northwest of Cuzco, Machu Picchu
is believed to have been a summer retreat for Inca leaders, whose civilization
was virtually wiped out by Spanish invaders in the 16th century. For hundreds
of years afterwards, its existence was a secret known only to the peasants
living in the region. That all changed in the summer of 1911, when Bingham
arrived with a small team of explorers to search for the famous “lost” cities
of the Incas.

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Hiram Bingham III
(November 19, 1875 – June 6, 1956)

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ROSETTA STONE FOUND ON THIS DAY IN 1799

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On this day in 1799, during Napoleon Bonaparte’s Egyptian campaign, a
French soldier discovers a black basalt slab inscribed with ancient writing
near the town of Rosetta, about 35 miles north of Alexandria. The irregularly
shaped stone contained fragments of passages written in 3 different scripts:
Greek, Egyptian hieroglyphics and Egyptian demotic. The ancient Greek on
the Rosetta Stone told archaeologists that it was inscribed by priests
honoring the king of Egypt, Ptolemy V, in the second century B.C. More
startlingly, the Greek passage announced that the three scripts were all of
identical meaning. The artifact thus held the key to solving the riddle of hieroglyphics, a written language that had been “dead” for nearly 2,000
years.

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The Rosetta Stone on display in The British Museum.

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"Lithograph image depicting a group of scholars inspecting the
Rosetta Stone during the
Second International Congress of
Orientalists
, 1874.

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