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2009-01-20 10:08:27

A British archaeologist says soldiers in the Persian Empire may have used poisonous gases on the ancient Roman city of Dura in eastern Syria. Simon James of the University of Leicester said he has found evidence Persian soldiers in the 3rd century dug a mine beneath the city wall and ignited bitumen and sulfur crystals while mounting an assault on the Roman city . James said the theory, presented at the annual meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, is based on the discovery of...

2009-01-14 10:36:54

A researcher from the University of Leicester has identified what looks to be the oldest archaeological evidence for chemical warfare--from Roman times. At the meeting of the Archaeological Institute of America, University of Leicester archaeologist Simon James presented CSI-style arguments that about twenty Roman soldiers, found in a siege-mine at the city of Dura-Europos, Syria, met their deaths not as a result of sword or spear, but through asphyxiation. Dura-Europos on the Euphrates was...


Word of the Day
call-note
  • The call or cry of a bird or other animal to its mate or its young.
'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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